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Old 10-30-2013, 10:47 AM   #15
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I have the Honda EU1000 and there is a lever on the gas cap to shut off the vent. I have kept it inside the trailer and had no gas odor or other concerns.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:24 PM   #16
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We had a Yamaha years ago and could not find support at the time. Perhaps that has changed by now.
I just heard a similar story from a friend recently. He purchased a Yamaha 3kW generator for a week-long camping trip that he intended to use daily. It failed after the first 15 minutes. The nearest dealer was 20 miles out of the away and Yamaha America would only authorize a repair (not an exchange) and it would take a week to get the parts and they would not give him a loaner for the duration of the camping trip. He was 1000 miles from home where he had purchased the generator and so he called them to see what they could do. The deal they worked out required him to purchase a new generator and then pick up the the repaired generator after his camping trip to bring it home with him so the local dealer would refund his purchase and then they'd re-sell the repaired generator. They did this only after he threatened to buy a Honda generator and return the broken Yamaha for a refund.

PPL Motorhomes has a helpful video that describes the virtues of Yamaha generators: Yamaha generator video on YouTube It talks about the benefits of their generator over the competition. They claim twice the engine life of a Honda and the fact that it has a fuel gage. Also, the fuel supply to the carb can be turned off and the bowl allowed to run dry, which should help with starting after storage. I can confirm that fuel left in a carb bowl can evaporate and leave flakes of varnish and other solid residue that will block the jet. You'll find it at the worst possible time, i.e., when needed for an emergency. That's why generators should be started periodically whether you need to use them or not, or if you can, drain the fuel from the carb and turn off the fuel source if the model you have allows it. After watching the video, I was convinced I wanted a Yamaha generator until I talked with my friend about his service experience.

I don't know how much different an experience he would have had with Honda, so I don't mean to imply they have better service policies than Yamaha.

Perhaps the real lesson is not to take a generator camping until you've run it for an hour under load to make sure it has no latent manufacturing defects.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:50 PM   #17
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You can always check out the "Yamaha Generator Fan Club" Yamaha Generator Fan Club

A wealth of information!

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Old 10-30-2013, 03:50 PM   #18
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I just bought mine after a long research on both Yamaha and Honda. Both are very very good generators. The reason(S) I went with Yamaha is
1. They have the fuel shut off so no fuel is left in the bowl to cause problems.
2. It has a fuel gauge.
3. It comes with the DC battery charge cables. So no extra cost.
No matter which one you go with you will love it. But with Yamaha it was cheaper and has the extras.

I just heard a similar story from a friend recently, he had a new Honda and it caught the whole campground on fire and even some how burned down his house 3 states away. It also gave him a speeding ticket and a flat tire the next day. Just saying.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:27 PM   #19
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I later found a 2600(?) watt inverter generator at Costco that said "powered by Yamaha" on the side. I believe it is still at our local store and about $599.


"Powered by Yamaha" means Yamaha built the engine but who built the generator portion of the unit and where do you get repairs . A Yamaha dealer will service the engine but that is probably all.
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My brother-in-law sells BBQs, electric and gas fireplaces, spas and the like. He is constantly dealing with "customers" who bought the appliance at a big box store for cheap, and now it's broken, and they want him to fix it, and there are no parts. Junk is made by some company for one year, with no replacement parts available.
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:55 PM   #21
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I think what your talking about is the brand Smart Tools (brand). I also did some research on them too but for just a couple of hundred more I went with a known brand Yamaha. Haven't looked back yet.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #22
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I have had a couple of both Yamaha and Honda inverter gensets. They have all been 3,000W models. They all worked great, and I would not hesitate to buy either, in any size, again. Go with your best deal.

I have also had a couple of the cheaper ones. Not as quiet, and nowhere near as reliable.

It seems any of them can be stolen though
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:05 AM   #23
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I bought a Honda 2000 and companion based on watts needed to run the roof air, weight that an old man could carry, quietness, and brand reputation.
I started buying Yamaha motor cycles in 1969, and owned 6 of them over the next several years. The 4th, 5th, and 6th ones had major manufacturer defects. Two were tuned so poorly, they would not even get me home, and one had a transmission gear fall in two pieces in the first ten minutes of riding.
That was the end of my love affair with the Yammies. Since then I have owned a dozen or so Hondas. They were much more sorted out tuning wise, and only needed minor jetting changes for altitude. None had any mechanical problems from the factory. They all had remarkable reliability and held their value. I bought a Honda Fit automobile that now has 44000 miles with no repairs of any kind. NONE. It is a solid rattle free car with excellent fit and finish. I will trust Honda until they change their ways.
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Yamaha may make perfectly fine generators, but they won't get me to be a guinea pig in their product development any more.
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We guys and gals I stopped by at one of my friends rental shop (Like A to Z rental ) and what do I see he is a Honda generator sales and repair shop. So guess what. He gave me a great price on a Honda 2000. So now all I need to do is save up some $$$.
Thanks for all the help and insight!
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:18 PM   #26
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So let us all in on the great deal he gave you!
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He made me promise not to tell but lets just say I could not find it any where on the internet any cheaper!
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Old 11-02-2013, 04:47 AM   #28
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Well not sure how to start this but.....my best buddy has been an equipment and tool repairman for 40+ years. Took apart and put back together a Briggs engine when he was six years old and it ran fine. Anyway when I was looking for a generator I ask him which brand should I get. He didn't hesitate in saying a Honda because of the reliability of them. I should have known since all the generators, trash pumps and anything else that had a gas motor on it for power at the water district we worked for were Hondas. We needed them to work perfectly 24/7 for emergencies. Just FYI, I have run my roof air, I think it's a 9000 btu, on my Casita for nine hours on a tank of gas with my Honda 2000 and it hardly went over an idle when cycling on and off. It does run pretty much full tilt with the micro or coffee pot going though. As far as a fuel shut off switch goes, on the 2000 Honda once you shut the motor off you can drain the fuel bowl by opening the drain valve with a slotted screwdriver if you want to. I never do that but I also use Seafoam or Sta-bil in all my small motors. Even with no use in four or five months they start right up and run great.
Anyway I would say that's my two cents worth but after looking at how much I wrote I'll change it to three cents worth
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