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motoeric
01-13-2011, 01:38 AM
Hi,

What sort of generators do you use at comps (when you do use them)?

Thanks!

Eric

widespread
01-13-2011, 05:32 AM
I have 2 Honda EU2000's. Both of them linked together will run our toyhauler and one will run our 16' box trailer. We use them up at our riding cabin also. Very quiet and very dependable.

big brother smoke
01-13-2011, 06:08 AM
Honda 2000 EU


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Ron_L
01-13-2011, 06:18 AM
Honda EU3000is Handi

I think most teams who compete regularly use either a Honda, a Yamaha or a Kipor quiet generator. BUT... Every once in a while you run into a team who either hasn't competed, or just plain doesn't care, and they use a construction generator. Those things are so noisy that I have seen the comp reps ask them to shut them down.

ALso, I saw this generator on another forum and the guy who posted it said that it is as quiet as the Honda but only about $500 at Sams. He's going to buy one to test.

http://championpowerequipment.com/73531i.php

Rub
01-13-2011, 07:44 AM
Honda 3000, love it.

Scottie
01-13-2011, 08:15 AM
Honda 6500. I believe the quietest generator out there.

msavard
01-13-2011, 08:32 AM
ALso, I saw this generator on another forum and the guy who posted it said that it is as quiet as the Honda but only about $500 at Sams. He's going to buy one to test.

http://championpowerequipment.com/73531i.php

Link to forum? (i'll take a PM if you must, but I think other people are interested aswell).

trueque
01-13-2011, 08:53 AM
I bring my PowerHouse PH3100Ri to every comp, but only crank it up if power is inadequate. Rated at 56–65 decibels and priced around $1,200.

http://www.powerhouse-products.com/Products.aspx

Buster Dog BBQ
01-13-2011, 08:54 AM
Two Honda 2000's. Had s kipor 3000 as well. In our 2nd season I was one of this loud generator guys at a comp and to this day still feel like an ahole for using it.

Ron_L
01-13-2011, 09:06 AM
Link to forum? (i'll take a PM if you must, but I think other people are interested aswell).

I originally saw it mentioned on another BBQ forum, but it was one line in one post, so not worth linking. The poster did point me to this thread on the RV.net forum...

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24022161/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1

77 pages!

AzQer
01-13-2011, 09:21 AM
That Champion is a thing of Beauty. I would like to see one in action

msavard
01-13-2011, 09:45 AM
I originally saw it mentioned on another BBQ forum, but it was one line in one post, so not worth linking. The poster did point me to this thread on the RV.net forum...

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24022161/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1

77 pages!

That is pretty impressive. On page 75 the guy tested the Champions (2 of them) at 57db at eco mode... and mid 60s when cranking. That's about on par with many of the Honda "Super Quiet" models... nice.

And they're supposed to be $500?!

EDIT : Yeah it looks like $680ish is the best price online.

Ron_L
01-13-2011, 09:47 AM
That is pretty impressive. On page 75 the guy tested the Champions (2 of them) at 57db at eco mode... and mid 60s when cranking. That's about on par with many of the Honda "Super Quiet" models... nice.

And they're supposed to be $500?!

I saw that. I haven't checked to see if my local Sam's Club has one, but I'd like to see it for myself.

KC_Bobby
01-13-2011, 10:03 AM
Honda EUs

motoeric
01-13-2011, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone!

Eric

Smokin Mike
01-13-2011, 07:45 PM
I have 2 Honda EU2000's. Both of them linked together will run our toyhauler and one will run our 16' box trailer. We use them up at our riding cabin also. Very quiet and very dependable.

That is what we have too. I just wanted to add, we got a fuel extender kit from ebay. those suckers with the extender fuel can will run all day without ever checking them, and if you need to add fuel, just add it to the fuel extender can, instead of adding to each generator.

rip
01-14-2011, 07:17 AM
Honda eu3000is handi. Very quiet and easy to move around.

widespread
01-14-2011, 08:19 AM
That is what we have too. I just wanted to add, we got a fuel extender kit from ebay. those suckers with the extender fuel can will run all day without ever checking them, and if you need to add fuel, just add it to the fuel extender can, instead of adding to each generator.

Thanks, I forgot to add that. I got the dual genny extender when I got my second 2000. Works great like you said. Have to admit, it does make me a bit nervous having 6 gallons of gas sitting a few feet away from the generators though. I wonder if those plastic fuel lines could be replaced with braided line?

BowtieBill
01-14-2011, 01:20 PM
I originally saw it mentioned on another BBQ forum, but it was one line in one post, so not worth linking. The poster did point me to this thread on the RV.net forum...

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24022161/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1

77 pages!

Hey Ron,
That was me from the "other" forum.
I did find the specs and it is rated at 54db at 25 percent load, 59 db at 50 percent, up to 65db at 100 percent. Here is the link.

http://championpowerequipment.com/doc/CPE%20Inverter%20White%20Paper.pdf

I am still torn. It is $499 at Sams Club, plus tax. Honda is $879, no tax, free shipping, through Wise Sales.

Trucky1008
01-14-2011, 01:40 PM
EU200i here, will be adding the EU2000i Companion and link them for 30 amps to run my trailer.

KC_Bobby
01-14-2011, 02:06 PM
Here's a link that has a video of various Honda generators with the db levels so you can hear them at low power levels and full power levels.

http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/models.aspx?page=models&section=P2GG&category=sq

Click on Generator sound level comparison in the lower left gray box

fireman_pete
01-14-2011, 02:34 PM
Hey Bill,

Contact Champion Equipment directly. They are in Santa Fe Springs, and before Xmas, were selling refurbs for $250 each!

Also, I think the price from Wisesales is over $900 now.

Of course, if you buy it at Sams Club, you can always return it if it does not work for your needs!

I am looking to pick-up one of two of the Re-furbs if they still have them.

Pete


Hey Ron,
That was me from the "other" forum.
I did find the specs and it is rated at 54db at 25 percent load, 59 db at 50 percent, up to 65db at 100 percent. Here is the link.

http://championpowerequipment.com/doc/CPE%20Inverter%20White%20Paper.pdf

I am still torn. It is $499 at Sams Club, plus tax. Honda is $879, no tax, free shipping, through Wise Sales.

Pig Headed
01-14-2011, 03:31 PM
I was on Sams Club webiste and can't find them. I did see the parralel kit though.

JD McGee
01-14-2011, 03:37 PM
Yamaha 1000IS...I use it for lights...computer...charging batteries...blowing up air matresses...radio...charging cell phones...everything but heat...whisper quiet @ half rpm...not sure of the decible rating...

BowtieBill
01-14-2011, 04:28 PM
I was on Sams Club webiste and can't find them. I did see the parralel kit though.

Yeah, I even went to the store order desk and gave them the Sams Club part number and they could not find it, said they could not order it. In speaking with Champion, they said Sam's was only sending them to stores back east at first (due to the demand because of weather related problems), though I heard some AZ stores carried them. Just became availavble here (Oxnard, CA branch) right before Christmas. Other stores I frequent do not have them yet.

BowtieBill
01-14-2011, 04:28 PM
Hey Bill,

Contact Champion Equipment directly. They are in Santa Fe Springs, and before Xmas, were selling refurbs for $250 each!

Also, I think the price from Wisesales is over $900 now.

Of course, if you buy it at Sams Club, you can always return it if it does not work for your needs!

I am looking to pick-up one of two of the Re-furbs if they still have them.

Pete

Thanks for the info.:thumb:

fireman_pete
01-14-2011, 06:06 PM
My Sams Club (in Murrieta) has them.....

Thanks for the info.:thumb:

Bigmista
01-14-2011, 06:51 PM
Just saw this at costco for $449. Comments?

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs733.ash1/162772_1746289410618_1040276865_1978376_4793622_n. jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs009.ash2/33800_1746289730626_1040276865_1978378_2203506_n.j pg

JD McGee
01-14-2011, 07:03 PM
I looked at those last year...for some reason it was not getting very good customer reviews. Perhaps they have fixed the issues people were having with it.

Here is the one I bought...

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/assets/content/images/600/inverteref1000is_s3_7b6402a0.jpg

Specs here... (http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outdoor/products/modelspecs/442/0/specs.aspx)

CivilWarBBQ
01-14-2011, 09:52 PM
Never met anybody who was sorry they bought a Honda.

No other brand I can say that about.

Bob S
01-15-2011, 08:41 AM
Never met anybody who was sorry they bought a Honda.

I agree. I have the Honda EU2000i and its been great.

JD McGee
01-15-2011, 09:04 AM
Never met anybody who was sorry they bought a Honda.

No other brand I can say that about.

I agree. I have the Honda EU2000i and its been great.

I would love to have bought a Honda (we drive two of them :wink:) but they were out of my price range. The Yamaha got great reviews, performs flawlessly, and was half the price. If you can afford it...go with Honda...if not I highly recommend the Yamaha. :thumb:

timzcardz
01-17-2011, 08:08 AM
Just saw this at costco for $449. Comments?

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs733.ash1/162772_1746289410618_1040276865_1978376_4793622_n. jpg




The only thing that I can offer is that it is less at amazon - $417 with free shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-HW2000i-4-Stroke-Generator-Compliant/dp/B001DSGBZQ/ref=pd_cp_hi_3

JohnJ
01-18-2011, 11:52 AM
I bought one of the Honeywell gensets pictured above, 2000i, from Costco and took it back this past summer. Noisy, hard to start and didn't power everything I wanted. If slightly overloaded it would just stall the motor. Couldn't parallel two of them like the other inverter gensets out there.

I bought 2 of the Champion 2000 watt inverter generators for my trailer this past summer at Sams for 499 ea. Compared to a Honda that is 2 for 1. I have been very pleased.

I think a link has been posted to the RV.net forums which link to woodalls forums where I posted a review in about October as I recall. If I find the link I will post it. But there is like 78 'pages' of reviews comments and other stuff on these Champion inverter generators.

Here's the link:

http://forums.woodalls.com/Index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24022161/gotomsg/24420143.cfm#24420143

John

leanza
02-21-2011, 03:20 PM
Thanks to this thread I just purchased the Champion 2000w inverter, refurbed, for $275.00. Nice unit. Really pretty quiet in the econ mode. Normal mode is about like the level of a somewhat noisy room where you would need to slightly raise your voice to have a conversation.

I live in the same city as there warehouse so I went down there and picked one out that the guys were working on. These units are 499.00 new.

vexter1
02-21-2011, 03:40 PM
Honda EU6500i here - very quiet and a TON of power. A little on the heavy side to carry around but well worth it overall.

Capn Kev
02-21-2011, 04:05 PM
I have the Honda 3000iS and love it. It runs everything on my trailer except when I fire up my AC. So, I'm looking at getting another used to run in parallel this summer.

DeanC
02-21-2011, 06:19 PM
I looked at those last year...for some reason it was not getting very good customer reviews. Perhaps they have fixed the issues people were having with it.

Here is the one I bought...

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/assets/content/images/600/inverteref1000is_s3_7b6402a0.jpg

Specs here... (http://www.yamaha-motor.com/outdoor/products/modelspecs/442/0/specs.aspx)

X 2, love mine and it performs flawlessly.

fireman_pete
02-21-2011, 08:22 PM
I live close to the warehouse and need to make a trip down there (Temecula). I was the one who posted about the refurb units.

I assume they had some more?

Let me know how it works out, was really thinking of getting two, and the parallel kit.

Pete


Thanks to this thread I just purchased the Champion 2000w inverter, refurbed, for $275.00. Nice unit. Really pretty quiet in the econ mode. Normal mode is about like the level of a somewhat noisy room where you would need to slightly raise your voice to have a conversation.

I live in the same city as there warehouse so I went down there and picked one out that the guys were working on. These units are 499.00 new.

Smokin' Hicks
02-21-2011, 10:55 PM
I have one of the champions 3500 its very quiet and works like a champ

Nomanerz
02-22-2011, 10:03 PM
We use 2 Honda EU2000's coupled with an external 6 gal tank....It gives us enough power to run our 6x12 30amp trailer, ac/heat pump, sat tv, lights, computers and stereo system...will run for about 12-16 hours without refilling and is super quiet.

Bigmista
02-22-2011, 11:34 PM
Is there a warranty on the champion refurb?

fireman_pete
02-23-2011, 01:10 AM
When I talked to Champion, the refurbs were sold as-is. But the guy said they were like new and have never had any problems with them.

big brother smoke
02-23-2011, 02:06 AM
Is there a warranty on the champion refurb?


Stop playing around and get the Honda :becky:

Bigmista
02-23-2011, 09:12 AM
Stop playing around and get the Honda :becky:

Quit spending my money.

Scottie
02-23-2011, 09:42 AM
I don't think that is possible. Can only tandem 2000's...


I have the Honda 3000iS and love it. It runs everything on my trailer except when I fire up my AC. So, I'm looking at getting another used to run in parallel this summer.

musicmanryann
02-23-2011, 09:45 AM
I don't think that is possible. Can only tandem 2000's...

You can parallel the 3000's now as well. That's how we roll. :thumb:

Scottie
02-23-2011, 09:59 AM
did they start making the cables for it Ryan? I know they only made them for the 2000's before. Save yourself the effort and just buy a 6500. Trust me on that one...

musicmanryann
02-23-2011, 10:08 AM
did they start making the cables for it Ryan? I know they only made them for the 2000's before. Save yourself the effort and just buy a 6500. Trust me on that one...

They do make the cables and we have them. Only used both a couple of times last year. We also have the 'Handi' model, which has a smaller tank, but they are pretty easy to lug around.

musicmanryann
02-23-2011, 10:16 AM
Interesting note. On the website under the 3000iS, they do not say that you can run parallel, but they offer the cables as an option. Under the 3000 Handi model they do state you can run them in parallel. I'm guessing you can on both.

http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/products/modeldetail.aspx?page=modeldetail&section=P2GG&modelname=EU3000iS&modelid=EU3000ISAN

Vince RnQ
02-23-2011, 11:00 AM
Stop playing around and get the Honda :becky:

I agree with Stephan. While a Honda may be more expensive up front, the history of reliability and availability of service locations makes it worth the extra money up front.

We've had ours for about 2-1/2 years now and have been very satisfied with the performance and the fact that it is so very, very quiet.