Generator: Yamaha 2000 W - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-19-2017, 10:51 AM   #1
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I'm pretty set on the Yamaha EF2000iSV2 inverter generator. I don't have an AC installed yet, but this one should power whatever I end up with. The Honda is pretty much second choice. (This project was sped up by the close call of hurrricane Irma. So I can run a small window shaker and my fridge in the house indefinitely.) I'm also looking at the "Motor Snorkel" propane dual(or tri-fuel) conversion kit from US Carburetor.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:10 AM   #2
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The Electrical Contractor I worked for had both Yamaha and Honda generators (2000 & 3000 watt )
We found the Yamaha generators to be far more dependable and that they required far less service and repairs.
We had a couple of the Honda's fail to the point that repairing them was not worth the cost.
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Old 09-19-2017, 11:20 AM   #3
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I have the Yamaha 2000 iSV2 that you mention. It is a very high quality genny.
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I'm pretty set on the Yamaha EF2000iSV2 inverter generator. ... Any comments? I will report.
In my mind, both are solid brands, but each has a big advantage over the other, so it depends on what's important to you:
1) The Yamaha 2000i has a fuel cut-off valve, so you can run the carburetor dry for long-term storage, Honda 2000i does not. Advantage Yamaha.
2) The Honda 2000i has a positive pressure fuel pump, so you can easily attach it to a larger fuel supply (5 gallon gas can) for longer run times between refueling, Yamaha 2000i does not. Advantage Honda.
Two good choices, depending on what's important to you.
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Having worked in shops that sold and serviced both brands, I would go with the Yamaha. War Eagle pointed out the main difference between the 2 brands. For me, running time with a standard fuel tank is more than enough for me.

With propane conversion, you have less horse power, thus a reduction in wattage.

Both units are high quality.
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:58 PM   #6
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If you have a Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C EMS (or plan to get one), I'd check with Progressive to insure that the Yamaha EF2000iSV2 is compatible. The Yamaha generator Model EF2000iS voids the warrantee due to chattering of the relay in the EMS that kills it.

No idea if this is a problem with the EF2000iSV2 model, but worth checking.
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In my mind, both are solid brands, but each has a big advantage over the other, so it depends on what's important to you:
1) The Yamaha 2000i has a fuel cut-off valve, so you can run the carburetor dry for long-term storage, Honda 2000i does not. Advantage Yamaha.
2) The Honda 2000i has a positive pressure fuel pump, so you can easily attach it to a larger fuel supply (5 gallon gas can) for longer run times between refueling, Yamaha 2000i does not. Advantage Honda.
Two good choices, depending on what's important to you.
Dale, the Yamaha has a steel cylinder sleeve which afford 3 times service life as compared to the Honda, which does not have this.
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For what it's worth, for RV'ing in warm climates, I also like the way Yamaha combines two 2000i's to achieve 30 amps for an RV air conditioner. With Yamaha, you need two standard 2000i's, then a set of patch cables that incorporates a TT-30 receptacle typical of RV electrical hook-ups within the patch cables. With Honda, you buy one standard 2000i, then a special "Companion" 2000i that has a built-in L5-30 receptacle for which you then need an adaptor to the TT-30. Slight advantage to Yamaha for simplicity, in my opinion....
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Dale, the Yamaha has a steel cylinder sleeve which afford 3 times service life as compared to the Honda, which does not have this.
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The EU2000i DEFINITELY HAS A STEEL CYLINDER but the smaller EU1000i does not.

That said besides my eu2000i I have a Yamaha 3000 clone, a Boliy, and prefer it over the Honda.

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ME, I would purchase the generator that Harbor Freight sells. They kave both 2K and 3K.
Propane: I just converted my home 8000W to the snorkel propane conversion. It allows me to use Gas or Propane.
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ME, I would purchase the generator that Harbor Freight sells. They kave both 2K and 3K.
Propane: I just converted my home 8000W to the snorkel propane conversion. It allows me to use Gas or Propane.
I have a lifelong ban on buying anything from them. How much have you saved when the half priced POS breaks and you are stuck without it, then have to go to a real store and pay for a decent version? Been there, done that.
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I have a lifelong ban on buying anything from them. How much have you saved when the half priced POS breaks and you are stuck without it, then have to go to a real store and pay for a decent version? Been there, done that.
I've had mixed results with HF, but generally positive. The generator (Predator 2500), electric pole pruner and pneumatic stapler have given good service. The right-angle drill was junk. Jury is still out on some other items. For light to moderate use, their stuff may make sense. If you are a pro or serious hobbyist, not so much.

On their generators, get the extended warranty. I never buy warranties, but you should for this. I also changed the oil the first three times I used it.
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I have the Generac IQ 2000. I have had it for over a year. I do a lot of boon docking in the hot humid South. I have run it for many many days. I have a 13 ft Burro. I have a 8000 btu a/c, counter height refrigerator. and all my lights. It runs every thing great It also has a fuel shut off, and a fuel running time gauge. Weighs 45 pounds and is rated quieter than the honda. I have had no problems with it. There are Generac dealers every where. Even one in the small city of Crossville Tennessee close to where I live.
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We could go on and on but the Honda is the standard by which all others are measured. Just my two cents!
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