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Old 04-25-2007, 01:21 PM   #1
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Does anyone know anything about these two genertors? I'm trying to see if there is a good alternative to the 2000 Honda or Yahama.

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Coleman Powermate Recreational Generator 2250 Watts, Model# PM0431802
Item# 164066
Only $499.99

ProForce 2500 Generator (Refurb)
Model# RPM0102500
Allow 2 week lead time
$239.95
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Does anyone know anything about these two genertors? I'm trying to see if there is a good alternative to the $2000 Honda or Yahama.

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Coleman Powermate Recreational Generator 2250 Watts, Model# PM0431802
Item# 164066
Only $499.99

ProForce 2500 Generator (Refurb)
Model# RPM0102500
Allow 2 week lead time
$239.95
I have the ProForce 3500 and this powers all our AC, heating, and lighting needs. However, I'm having a bit of trouble with it at the moment because of a slight gas drip out of the needle valve. I don't know if the 2500 will cover what you need, but I would guess it would be dependable for you. However, it is a bit noisy and I'm trying to fabricate a sound cover out of insulated ceiling tiles to act as a box with the top open. This would direct more sound up rather than all over.

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I have the ProForce 3500 and this powers all our AC, heating, and lighting needs. However, I'm having a bit of trouble with it at the moment because of a slight gas drip out of the needle valve. I don't know if the 2500 will cover what you need, but I would guess it would be dependable for you. However, it is a bit noisy and I'm trying to fabricate a sound cover out of insulated ceiling tiles to act as a box with the top open. This would direct more sound up rather than all over.

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Thanks Kevin, that was one of my questions...noise...even though they advertise a low 70db sound on the 2500, I'm not sure they can be beleived. I appreciate your input.
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Does anyone know anything about these two genertors? I'm trying to see if there is a good alternative to the $2000 Honda or Yahama.
Honda is the largest manufacturer of engines in the world and they have set the bench mark in all applications.
I have had a Honda 2000 for 6 or 7 years. The only time I had a problem was when I let it set for about 6 months with fuel in it. After I cleaned the carb it has never failed me and usually starts on the first or second pull. It is probably the most quite gen on the market.
If I could not have a Honda a Yamaha would be my next choice
I had a Coleman and one other off brand gen prior to my Honda. They were hard to start on occassion and in my opinion compared to a Honda a waste of money even though the initial cost was less.
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"...alternative to the $2000 Honda..." With all due respect, I think you mean 2000i Honda that is available for under $900. If i'm wrong, please accept humble apology.
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The primary issue ends up being noise. Yamaha and Honda are the examples of quietness that other manufacturers try to copy. If you are wise and continue to investigate before spending your money, you'll realize that many people have unused generators in their garages or they have sold them cheaply because they couldn't stand the racket. One should be able to stand next to an operating generator and carry on a conversation without raising ones voice. The inexpensive units can often be disturbingly loud 3-400 feet away. They can be heard throughout your own well insulated, dual glazed home.
Campgrounds usually have restrictive rules regarding generators because of past noise pollution from folks who did not consider the affect on the rest of the campground tenants.
Have you ever attempted to sleep when parked next to a diesel big-rig with it's engine running? An inexpensive (read cheap) generator may produce even more noise.
In other words, have a heart, save your money until you can afford a truly quiet unit. Your own family and all your camping neighbors will thank you, and it's guaranteed you will be a much more happy camper.
There is also another side to the better generators. Mostly they provide "clean" power which doesn't affect electronic such as computers. They also have fuel saving modes which adjust the output to the demand. If you are only using a lightbulb or 2, the generator will only be idling until the air conditioner cycles or some one decides to fix popcorn in the microwave, then it will speed up automatically.
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John Perry,
As recently as 2 years ago, the distinction of being the world's largest manufacturer of generators belonged to Yamaha. I wasn't aware that Yamaha's position had changed. I will admit the situation could have changed like Toyota becoming #1 in world wide vehicle sales.
Either are quite acceptible power units for camping as long as the quietest units are used. In my opinion converting them to propane improves them even further.

That's my story and until a big improvement comes along...I'm committed to sticking to it!!
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Thanks Kevin, that was one of my questions...noise...even though they advertise a low 70db sound on the 2500, I'm not sure they can be beleived. I appreciate your input.
70 dB isn't particularly quiet. In fact, it's fairly loud. 60 dB is half as loud as 70 dB (it's a logarithmic scale). Honda 2000i's are rated sub 60 dB (at 1 meter from the source.)

Some dB comparisons
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"...alternative to the $2000 Honda..." With all due respect, I think you mean 2000i Honda that is available for under $900. If i'm wrong, please accept humble apology.
Where can I get a 2000=/- watt Honda/Yahama for under $1000? Thanks
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The primary issue ends up being noise. Yamaha and Honda are the examples of quietness that other manufacturers try to copy. If you are wise and continue to investigate before spending your money, you'll realize that many people have unused generators in their garages or they have sold them cheaply because they couldn't stand the racket. One should be able to stand next to an operating generator and carry on a conversation without raising ones voice. The inexpensive units can often be disturbingly loud 3-400 feet away. They can be heard throughout your own well insulated, dual glazed home.
Campgrounds usually have restrictive rules regarding generators because of past noise pollution from folks who did not consider the affect on the rest of the campground tenants.
Have you ever attempted to sleep when parked next to a diesel big-rig with it's engine running? An inexpensive (read cheap) generator may produce even more noise.
In other words, have a heart, save your money until you can afford a truly quiet unit. Your own family and all your camping neighbors will thank you, and it's guaranteed you will be a much more happy camper.
There is also another side to the better generators. Mostly they provide "clean" power which doesn't affect electronic such as computers. They also have fuel saving modes which adjust the output to the demand. If you are only using a lightbulb or 2, the generator will only be idling until the air conditioner cycles or some one decides to fix popcorn in the microwave, then it will speed up automatically.
'Nuff said,
Kurt & Ann K.
I am very aware of my (our) responsibility to other campers in all areas, especially noise and so that is why the db level is the most important aspect of my search for a gen........price is also, but not at the expense of being a "problem camper".
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:54 AM   #11
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Where can I get a 2000=/- watt Honda/Yahama for under $1000? Thanks

See here!

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=19506
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As recently as 2 years ago, the distinction of being the world's largest manufacturer of generators belonged to Yamaha.

Hi Kurt and Ann,

Yamaha may be the largest manufaccturer of generators. They are a first class product.
I have a 1985 25 Hp Yamaha outboard engine and it has never failed to start or given me a bit of trouble.
I stated that Honda was the largest manufacturer of engines in the world and has set the bench mark in every application.
As for longevity and trouble free operations you cannot beat either Honda or Yamaha.
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Given that we use our trailers for camping and "get away," and that we don't want to bother our neighbors who are also trying to "get away," I think the main thing is to know how loud the genset is. Noisy gensets make for unpopular people on a campsite, and quieter gensets have an advantage besides winning the popularity contests. Quieter gensets tend to be better made and engineered, so they should last longer and cost less to operate.

Genset marketing materials generally measure their volume levels in decibels at a distance of 7 meters, about 23 feet, with cheaper ones claiming decibel readings of 63-65 decibels and top quality units, like the Hondas, Kipors, and Yamahas down in the mid- to lower-fifties range.

Since normal human conversation measured at a distance of just one meter tends to range from 55 decibels for quiet conversation to to 65 decibels for a loud one, this kinda means you'd really have to raise your voice to be heard over a 65 decibel genset even when you're over twenty feet away, but with a good genset you can talk in a "normal" voice (about 60 decibels).

I looked at cheaper gensets, too. My decision is to skip the cheapie genset, install a solar panel and lower energy lighting. Solar is silent, doesn't pollute the air, doesn't consume (or run out of) gas or require tune-ups or oil changes. And, ifit turns out I do occasionally need to boost my batteries or want to run my microwave or an air conditioner I can always buy a genset later.

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While the Canadian MSRP for a Honda EU200iC is $1749, the online price from Honda USA is only $1079.95, so US$900 sounds like a decent deal. I can't say whether it's worth the price difference, but I also can't see buying any typical cheap generator, primarily due to the noise.

Even the Honda EU-series I've heard is too loud for me to want in a campsite. I'll bet my van could be fitted with a high-output alternator and make 2000W more quietly than these little air-cooled units - despite being twenty times as large (by engine displacement).

High-end RV generators are liquid-cooled, which probably helps reduce noise, but not the portables.
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