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Old 02-13-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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I have been looking for a generator for my Casita. I understand the Honda generators are the most popular. I want a 3000 watt generator and I find the Honda 3000 A bit expensive. I have looking at the Boliy generator. I can purchase the Boliy, 3000W for just over $1,100.00. I would like some input from anyone who owned a Boliy. Thanks is advance. TomB
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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Why do you want a 3000 watt generator? A 2000 watt Honda will handle anything in the Casita unless you want to operate the microwave and a/c together? I read some bad reviews on the Boily when looking for my Yamaha. I believe they are made in China.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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Look at the weight difference between the Honda 3000 and the 2000 . Approx 47# vs 134#. I'd never been able to lift the 3000 by myself. YMMV
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:15 PM   #4
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The Honda 3000i (pull start) weighs 77 lbs. -- I have one. But you really do only need a 2000. There is no better make as far as clean power output goes, important in keeping your electrics happy.

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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I got the weight from this page: Honda EU3000iS Super Quiet Generators (EU3000ISA) WiseSales.com
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I have the 3000 EU and I can get it into the back of my truck by myself. I don't think I could lift 100 pounds up into the truck...... I got to weight it to know. I will try weighing it tomorrow and post what it weighs.


Personally, I am very happy with it!
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The generator which Donna linked has an electric starter (and a battery to run it). If you want the same maximum power and current, and don't mind hand-pulling a recoil starter, (and a much smaller fuel tank, and lower continuous rated power due to the smaller engine, and more noise, and higher price) there is the Honda EU3000i Handi, at 78 pounds.

There's nothing wrong with the Wise Sales site, but you can also check out Honda equipment at the Honda Power Equipment site.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:01 AM   #8
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We use a Honda EU3000i with electric start to power our annual hunt camp. (12 100w bulbs, 2 small cabin A/C units, large rotisserie over the BBQ, and the occasional blender). They're great generators and relatively quiet. Even so, we keep it distant from the camp in a special shed. And much too heavy for trailer use, I'd never try to tote it around, even in the back of my truck.
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Honda makes 2 different 3000's. The standard electric start and a portable pull start. I have a 2000 now but I did have a 3000 for awhile. I loved the 3000 electric start but it was heavy and bulky.
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Tom, the first and most important question that hasn't been asked is what type/brand/size ac unit do you have? I see from your pictures its a rooftop unit. If its a 9000 watt then you might get by with a honda/yamaha 2000 but yamaha makes a 2400i that suposedly starts some 13500btu units.

Maybe Im a fool, but since Im poor and can't really afford to drop $1200 this year and have to do it again next year if I buy an underpowered unit or a "cheaper" one that didn't meet up to what its suposed to be. I did do a google search, and there is a lot of people on rv.net saying they are happy with their Boliy, but a few said they had nothing but problems with it. Suposedly some of the parts are interchangeable from yamaha...but I did see a post that the pull starter that was plastic and broke after a few uses and was replaced with a metal one from yamaha.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't doubt that some of the chinese companies want to make a more quality cheaper product to get the business that is going to the japanese companies, but where are the corners being cut to make it cheaper?... but there is a honda and yamaha dealers within a half an hour of me that I can drop it right off for warrantied repairs. The Boliy needs to be mailed in and even if they pay for the shipping its still an extra hassle. I like being able to get a part locally and get it up and ready just in case I need it next weekend.

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The biggest advantage of Honda is there is a service dept in almost evey city should you need it.
In 8 years I have had only one problem with my Honda 2000.
I didn't run it dry before winter storage and the fuel didn't have any fuel stabilizer in it.
The gas in the carburetor turned to green jelly over the winter.
I pulled the carburetor, cleaned it and it has run well ever since.

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But it still won't run the air conditioner that he was asking about


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deryk, can you RENT a generator (that you're looking to buy) in your domcile and test it? Shoot even $100 for 24 hours would be cheap compared to making a loooong term mistake...
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Probably Donna I might need to look around for one that size...i know HD rents larger ones...not sure about smaller ones. If i wait till it gets warmer i could go to yamaha with my caravan and see what they have that will fire it up. Or play it safe and go a little larger abd use it as a backup for the fridge if we lose power in a storm again. The weight of the 2400 watt unit doesn't bother me.

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