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Old 04-14-2021, 05:57 PM   #1
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PREDATOR 3500 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator

Looking at this generator, from harbor freight. Anyone using this model? Good bad ??

It's less than a champion dual fuel 3500 which I am also looking at (which I realize this one is not dual fuel. Which would you prefer.

By the way, Honda is great, but out of my $$ range.

Let me know what you think.
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Old 04-14-2021, 06:05 PM   #2
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lots of good reviews on it. its heavy though. and there are kits out there to convert to LPG and even wireless remote start, but those make it pricey enough to just buy a unit with those abilities outright unless you dont mind modifying over time
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We race motocross and I would estimate that 80% of the campers are powered by this genny maybe more.
The only issue my buddy has with his is the spark arrestor screen clogging. Pulls it apart and cleans it out and runs like a champ again. They use theirs at least 15 weekends over the summer with 24/7 use while at the track.
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Old 04-14-2021, 06:37 PM   #4
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There are literally hundreds of posts about this generator on the Forum.
A quick search might bring up many of them, in mere seconds.
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Old 04-14-2021, 06:38 PM   #5
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What have you heard about the champion dual fuel 3500??
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What have you heard about the champion dual fuel 3500??
I own one (Champ Dual Fuel) with a couple hundred hours on it without problems. Both on gas and propane. Easily runs my A/C and microwave at same time.

Champion is easier to move around with folding handle and larger wheels.
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I assume your Geo Pro is a 30A model with a 13.5K or 15K air conditioner. Are you seeking a 3500W genny so you can power the TT AND run the A/C? If so, there is another option instead of dealing with a large, 100lb+ genny.

We have a Honda EU2200i generator (1800 running watts) which powers our TT AND runs our 15K A/C. We picked it up used (w/236hrs) for $800 and, being a Companion Model, it has a ~30A receptacle. We also installed a Micro-Air EasyStart 364 soft starter on the A/C. With this arrangement, the Honda powers our rig, charges our batteries and, when needed, keeps our TT nice and cool.

The only two downsides have been (1), finding a good used EU2200i Companion and (2), the elevation in dBs when the A/C cycles on. We had to spend 6-8 months searching for our genny (which came with an engine Run Log!). When running the A/C the generator runs at a higher RPM (higher dBs) but it is still quieter than many similarly-sized, 1800 running watt units.

As you are aware, this isn't the cheapest solution: $800 for the genny and $279 for the Micro-Air. But the Honda doesn't take up much room (or payload) and weighs about 53lbs with full fuel. My back loves the decision we made.
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Keep in mind the champion is a remote control on off which I love I've had a very good experience with the champion
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I have one and it runs great, I did a test and tried the AC and microwave at the same time and it handled it without a problem. The AC was running first and then I started the microwave. I don't know if it could handle an AC startup with the micro running though.
It's quiet for a 3500W but heavy at around 99 lbs. It would be nice if it had bigger wheels and handles that extended so you could easily get a person on each end when lifting in and out of the truck. Currently, I'm using 2 2x6's as a ramp to get it in when my wife isn't around to help.
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like very much

Have used one for over 4 years.Love it,spark screen is only problem and burn good gas.
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:55 PM   #11
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At a small park we had a champion dual fuel that was so quiet you did not k ow it was there...
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Old 04-15-2021, 03:29 PM   #12
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At first I was thinking of just getting a small generator for just the AC. But then thought about home use too. Power outages, away from shop or home doing chores. Power freezer in garage and frig in house. Things like that got me thinking I should invest in a bigger generator.

I like the idea of propane versus gas. Burns cleaner, yeah less power but I have extra tanks that I can take along and don't have to worry to much about vapors like a gas can in back of truck with cap.

Pretty much decided on a Champion dual fuel. Like the bigger wheels and handle and I'm sure it would handle our needs with the trailer. Oh, yes, 13,500 AC. The trailer is basically 12 volt (for most items in trailer) course would be taking some items that would need 120v ac but for the most part it was mainly for air conditioner and work around the property and power appliances if grid go down.

Thank you everyone for your input, this forum is great !!
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I just bought this generator because everyone claimed I needed more than 1500W to power my A/C on my TT... WRONG. 13.5K BTU A/C spikes to 1500W to start and runs at 1200W. I hate that I have this 3500W 100lb behemoth just to run my TT A/C. Wish I bought the smaller version. Otherwise, it is a fantastic generator. Weight is the problem. Very quiet - had it on the opposite end of my TT from my bed and couldn't hear the gen running.
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I have had this same generator for three trouble free years. Always starts and runs very well under load conditions with ac and anything else we use. Highly recommend it
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Someone mentioned a LP conversion for this genny... Got a link? Very interested.
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The Generac IQ 3500 is a similar generator to the Predator but w/ more metal. Very quiet. You also have the advantage of getting parts at any Generac dealer. I have used 1 for 3 years and pleased w/ it. Other than getting to the spark arrestor at 100 hours, no problem. Manual does not tell you but after taking 4 screws out, the whole side panel prys off. If you are going to use it a lot go w/ Honda or Yamaha. I sold both Champion and Generac, prefer Generac as motors are larger.
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Remember you lose about 15% power w/ LP. Look at specs.
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:42 PM   #18
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I camped with two fellow campers last summer in a dry-camping location. They both had this Predator 3500 generator and both loved them. After seeing their use for one week, and having to ask if their generators were currently running, I went out and bought one. Looking forward to giving mine the initial break-in.
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I just bought this generator because everyone claimed I needed more than 1500W to power my A/C on my TT... WRONG. 13.5K BTU A/C spikes to 1500W to start and runs at 1200W. I hate that I have this 3500W 100lb behemoth just to run my TT A/C. Wish I bought the smaller version. Otherwise, it is a fantastic generator. Weight is the problem. Very quiet - had it on the opposite end of my TT from my bed and couldn't hear the gen running.

Interesting! I bought 2 of the 2000 watt Predators so that I could run my 13.5K A/C, without having to lift 100 lbs. in and out of the truck. I'll have to try and see how one runs the A/C.
Ironically, the 2000 is louder than the 3500!
I'm about to embark on a cross country trip, and would love to take only one of the generators if it will suffice.
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Interesting! I bought 2 of the 2000 watt Predators so that I could run my 13.5K A/C, without having to lift 100 lbs. in and out of the truck. I'll have to try and see how one runs the A/C.
Ironically, the 2000 is louder than the 3500!
That's why I don't recommend the 2000w Predator. You can get other much quieter 2000w inverter generators for similar prices.
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