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Old 03-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #221
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I have this generator but mine only weighs 43 lbs...its extremely quiet, easy to start and super portable....does all I expect from it.
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The manual gives two different weights, I think the 43 pounds is what it weighs empty and the other is when full of gas and oil. Mine arrived just 3 days after we ordered it. It was sturdily packed, shipped without oil in it but a container of oil, a funnel, a spark plug wrench and a 12 v charging cable were packed with it. After filling the oil and gassing up I pulled the starter rope--about ten times. Didn't start. I checked to see if the spark plug wire was disconnected and generally poked around inside the case and when I closed it up and tried to start again it started right up. Since then it starts right away. I've run it through its 5 hour break in period and changed the oil as directed. I'm happy with it and I second Handbuilder's opinion of it.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:26 PM   #223
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Will this generator run the AC also?
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I don't think so; it can put out some 13 - 14 amps consistently but I'm pretty sure the Cool Cat wants more than that. I haven't actually tried it though. As Handbuilder has pointed out, it'll run everything else inside, and the Cool Cat's fan, just not the compressor part of it. It will run an electric heater, up to 1500 watts or so. That's the load I had plugged in during the break in period.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #225
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How is the noise level? In a camp ground, up to what time at night do you think we could keep this running before they start complaining?

Good idea to break it in before taking it out on a trip.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #226
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We were prepping dinner & my dog show buddy said she'd start the generator, she didnt realize it was already running...she couldnt hear it over the motorhome generator parked next to us. The Champion is sooo quiet! We had it outside the open kitchen window & the only loud noise was our neighbors big genny sitting on their back bumper. Grr
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:10 PM   #227
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That was fast, my GEN was delivered today. I reviewed the owner's manual and the oil supply was not included. I was thinking of using synthetic oil 10W30, is this a good or bad idea?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:18 PM   #228
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That was fast, my GEN was delivered today. I reviewed the owner's manual and the oil supply was not included. I was thinking of using synthetic oil 10W30, is this a good or bad idea?
Any oil that meets the mfg recommendations is fine. I'd go with conventional if it were me.
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #229
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I agree with Jeep4Two. At least during the first 100 hours or the first season, whichever is less, I'm going to use the cheaper "regular" 10W30 oil. Maybe after the second oil change I'll switch to synthetic, but it may be overkill. Didn't Handbuilder say they use synthetic in theirs? Maybe it was someone else. One of the blessings of being an old futz is that I can admit to not remembering something without feeling embarrassed about it.

BTW, just today I ran our house furnace from the generator to see whether it could handle the job. It did just fine. Ours is a gas furnace with a two-stage burner and variable speed fan--lots of sensitive electronics inside--so having a genny with a pure sine wave output is a necessity. The furnace manual says it draws up to 11 amps on full output and the genny can handle that just fine. Of course, first you need to have a transfer switch installed to isolate your furnace circuit from the house mains. After that, follow the genny's manual about grounding its frame to a ground rod; this kind of furnace can be picky about the electricity it's fed and you don't want to trip the burner lockout. Shouldn't be a problem using the genny with the camper without a ground rod though.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:16 AM   #230
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I got the GEN out of the box, took pictures of its brand new state and visualize using it in my next trips. I'm so looking forward to testing it out. But the maintenance stated in the manual for this unit lectured me that I have abused my other GEN. It states if not in use to start the unit every 2 weeks for 20 mins or do 8 steps from the manual like draining the fuel out for long storage, REALY...I feel sorry for my lawn mower too. I just put gas stabilizer and store them over the winter. I guess I have been lucky they started ok after the long storage.
I read several recommendations in the Internet that it is better to store gas devices full with stabilizers, so far it worked for me but I may do the dry storage for my new GEN.

THG1-Lee, thanks for your info on using the GEN for the house. You have changed the GEN oil once already after 5 hours/break in period. While your memory is still fresh, there are notes in the manual but how did you do it? was it hard draining the oil out completely? Did the gas spill during this process? was it a messy job?
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I think using gas stabilizer will be fine as long as you don't leave it in forever, which you won't if you use it over the summer. I use "Stabil" in my motorcycle and leave it parked all winter--it always starts right up. My previous motorcycle had carbs instead of fuel injection, and I found out the hard way that not using a fuel stabilizer is bad news. It cost around $200 to get the carbs cleaned on that bike. I started using Stabil after that and never had another problem.

To change out the Genny's oil I had help from the spouse. I ran it awhile to warm up the oil, then set it up on my truck tailgate. While she held a jar under the oil fill/drain hole I tipped the genny on its side. It only holds .4 litre so it doesn't take long to drain. No gas leaked out; I had closed the vent in the gas cap. (Some oil inevitably missed the jar; put down papers or a tarp under the unit before trying to change oil.) I was amazed at how dark the oil was after only 5 hours of use. Dark enough that I may decide to do another change well before the 100 hour mark the manual requires. If the oil is less dark then, I may switch to the more expensive synthetic, but I figure there's no use doing that with shorter change intervals. Besides, conventional oil holds up well enough in this kind of (light) duty use.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:20 PM   #232
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That was easy...well I don't have a spouse to help me so I'll use an oil basin to catch all the oil LOL. Here is a link I found in the Internet about oils:http://www.carbibles.com/engineoil_bible.html

Lee you mentioned that your order came with a 12v charging cable, do you have a newer model than I got? My unit manufacture date is 2010/11 and it does not have a port for a 12v cable. It looks like they have lots of this unit in inventory.
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I think there are a couple of very similar looking models available. Someone mentioned in a post I read that there's a specific Canadian model of this genny, maybe that's the difference? 'Tis a puzzlement.

Just dug out the manual to look at the numbers so you could compare. I have model 73536i and if decoded the serial number correctly it was made in August, 2012. The 12v outlet is on the lower panel below the 120v outlets and just to the left of the grounding stud. Let me know if you want a close-up photo, I can do that tomorrow.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:46 PM   #234
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Lee, mine was made Dec 2011 & outlets are located same as you described. It also came w/12V DC battery charging cable, spark plug socket and oil funnel.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:40 AM   #235
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I have model 72552i & 1600 WATTS rated output, apparently there are more than 6 models out there, it was also mentioned that others have 1700 WATTS rated output. Yes please post a pic of your power panel ports, I wanna see what I'm missing LOL.

HB have you clean your spark arrester? How dirty did it get?
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Here you go, one of both panels and two of the lower panel. If you think your dealer substituted the wrong model, they should be willing to take it back. It would set you back some for shipping but you'd have what you thought you were ordering.

On the other hand, 1600 watts at 120 volts is 13.3 amps, which is enough to run everything you might want, short of the Cool Cat's compressor, which you couldn't run with the 1700 watt model either, so you're at no loss, only 8 tenths of an amp difference.
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Thanks for the pics. I verified the fine print and it looks like I got what I've ordered. As you said the difference is very minimal. Too bad it can't run our A/C but we have an option to combine another unit to get the power; I may do this when I plan to go south.

I'm including this link for more information about our A/C and information about 2K GEN tests:http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ump-26319.htmlIt says in here that with some tweaking the A/C works with the Yamaha 2K.

I'm keeping my order and will give it a test when winter temperatures here goes away LOL.
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re: Champion spark arrester

Ko777 - The spark arrester was pretty clean. DH did it all while I watched and asked questions. Removing the pillars to get to the spark arrester required a deep (long) socket tool. The spark arrester didnt come out in one piece as pictured in the manual - the small brillo looking cover came off seperate of the arrester...but it all went back in just fine. After lightly brushing w/wire brush & blowing out any fine particles, DH also sprayed it with carb/choke cleaner before putting it back together. It runs like brand new!

PS - we also stuff a small rag (we use socks that lost their mates) under the oil hole to help catch any drips when changing oil...it makes clean up a little easier.
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Thanks for the pics and tips. Now I know the GEN comes in 2 different names, color and several models. I was about to checkout the other panels of my GEN but I don't have to do that anymore because of the pics.

The weather here is going to be above 5 C starting next week...I could test my GEN and unwrap my rig.

I won't use the water system till the end of April. My rig is parked on my front yard, so after I unwrap it and remove the jacks; I'll move it on the driveway. Hopefully the dent on the yard will recover.

Since this will be my first time unwrapping my rig, and preparing it for this season, any advice that you could share getting our A-Frame ready?
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:43 AM   #240
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The only thing I can think of is not to drag the tarps off your roof. There might be abrasives that have worked in there over the winter (dust, sand, dead moose, the usual) and you wouldn't want to scratch the skylights. Might be best to bring the sides of the cover up and then roll up the cover on top before lifting it off.
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