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Old 10-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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OK guys and gals lets here it who likes witch one and why. I am in the market and only want to do this once. I want the most bang for the buck and the most reliable. I'm guessing I need at least 2000 to run air in the summer. Oh and where is the best place to order one from.
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Old 10-29-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
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I personally have an inverter Champion. I got it from Costco for $499 and later saw if at Sam's Club and CampingWorld. They also sell parallel kits and covers. It is rated 2000 but I think that's the surge rating. It runs the AC in my EggCamper just fine.

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.

FYI last ad I got from CampingWorld had a Honda 2000 for $1099 and companion for $1199.

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Old 10-29-2013, 03:02 PM   #3
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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I like the Yamahagas shut off valve for going down the road and to turn it off, let the engine run out to empty the carb.
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I went with the Yamaha ef2400ishc model. It was $300 more, but with my 5000btu ac unit its running barely above idle and on the 1.6 gallon gas tank I get about 9 hours or so. Being that its running at 25% load its probably quieter then the honda or yamaha 2000 watt model. I like being able to run the carb dry and I store the generator in the doorway of my ParkLiner and there is zero gas smell(obviously of course if you dont spill the gas all over it lol)
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:36 PM   #6
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I see no reason to pay a fortune for a gen that you seldom use.
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Ive heard the "you get what you pay for" speech many a time, and I happened to have the money at the time and after reading hundreds of comments on many different forums Honda and Yamaha are worth it in the long run I decided it was worth it to me. Ive got about 50 hours on the generator this year... probably will put on another 10-15 hours before this season is over for recharging the batteries from running the furnace. I have an extended warranty that came with it and I feel it was a good deal. Also the resale value is good on them.
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My feeling is that they are largely interchangeable really.

Some with a larger rooftop AC seem to need the little extra output of the 2400 watt Yamaha to get things going but for anyone with a smaller AC the Honda is perfect too.

The Honda runs mine just fine and it is a smaller rooftop unit.

Wise Sales seems to be the preferred source on many RV sites but I found mine used in a huge lot of them and we paid under $500.00 each for 20 units and they each looked brand new at the time.

I have also used the Robin units some and with little Subaru engines they have been just like the Honda to me?

I think you do get what you pay for with these Gensets and maybe the knock-off cp=opies are fine but I am happy that I got the real thing!
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Honda would be my pick but nothing wrong with Yamaha either. It's like ford vs Chevy etc.
I do know If I had to camp beside someone using a generator I would hope they had a Honda or Yamaha and not a cheaper construction grade one
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We bought a Yamaha EF3000iSEB from Wise Sales about 5 years ago to use with our original Oliver. We have retained it to use with our new Oliver. Its size is overkill but we have a 13,500 BTU AC and the Yamaha easily runs it with everything else.
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We had a Yamaha years ago and could not find support at the time. Perhaps that has changed by now.

Now have a Cummins / Onan 3500 Inverter. Very quiet, powers everything, electric start, wheel kit and it has a made in Japan engine.
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I scored my Honda 2000 on Craigslist, at a closeout sale, and paid $600 cash new in the box. Worth checking out CList as generators are seldom used. If it starts , makes AC, and doesn't blow blue smoke it's ok my book.......

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Thanks guys I think I am leaning towards the Yamaha because of the fuel shut off if I can find a dealer by me for service if I ever need it.
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I've got a Yamaha dealer about 15 minutes away from where I keep my ParkLiner so not a big deal...I almost bought it from them but got a better deal online so I went with it. The fuel shutoff is a great thing..I don't want the caravan smelling like gas while its closed up or have to worry about it going BOOM if its in my back seat and someone light up a cigarette lol
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