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Old 03-23-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Buying a Honda Generator Advise

I posted the following on another site that I like to go to but thought I might want to ask the same question here as you guys tend to have lots of insight for this type of stuff.


I am in need of getting a small generator for use with my Scamp (no A/C). My brother has a Honda eu2000i and I am very impressed with it to the point that it is the one I want to get. Me and most everyone else.

I know there are other brands but I didn't post to argue that there may be better deals to be had as I don't care, it will be red no matter what it will cost me. I just want some buying advice of where and when to get some kind of deal as the prices seem all the same wherever I look, and they are all high right now. I looked around a few years back and saw prices at times around $850, but now all I see is something north of $950. I thought a few seconds about buying used but these Honda's look exactly the same with 2 hours or 20,000 hours so I am not doing that.

So, where did you get one or what place should I look? Any discounts or coupons, etc.?
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:47 PM   #2
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I have a Honda Generator in my garage that's been sitting UNUSED for 4 years.
For less than a third of the cost of the 2000i you can install a 60w solar system that should take care of all your normal electrical needs, including running you furnace in sub freezing temps.

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Old 03-23-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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Northern tool has Honda's and other less expensive generators.
Costco has a camping gen for around $600.
A can of RED paint is less than $8.
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Ah Perry, I just had to look up "solar" and "sun" in wikipedia because I forgot what it was or looked like, lol.

No way would I get enough light to recharge my battery on extended trips. I run a c-pap machine at night and my battery can run it for about 2 days. I wouldn't be charging that much but I sure as heck can't be waiting for the sun in a part of the country that sees it less than 50% of the time. I will also be using it during power outages.
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Perhaps in addition to the solar you might consider an upgrade to a Group 27 battery, or if you have the room consider dual 6 volts. My son, who travels with us, uses a cpap machine plugged into 12 volt and we can get about 8 days in mid summer, no furnace is used but lighting and pump. This is with dual 6 volt.

I know how dark those Wisconsin campsites can be and therefore I use a portable solar panel to better chase those rays.

Like you, I started with a love affair for the Honda gen, then I looked at theft issues, carrying extra fuel, fumes and a bit of noise. That seemed too much, I thought solar was too expensive and to complicated, so wanted a red one. Now I am glad I went solar, it was pretty easy.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:43 PM   #6
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To try to answer your real question....

Lomita Lawnmower Repair in SoCal is an authorized Honda Generator dealer and, at least in the past, offered exceptional prices on Honda generators. Give them a call to check their prices if you like. They will ship:


Lomita Mower & Saw Shop


<LI class=mod> Address: 2344 Lomita Blvd, Lomita, CA 90717
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Vtec (Dave), I have used a 100 watt solar panel on our 13' Scamp, running an electric refrigerator 24/7 for 60 days straight up the west (wet/foggy) coast for a couple of summers, and never even came close to using 50% capacity on a single group 27 battery (just food for thought). With that being said I will now be having an all electric trailer (at least until we return to Arizona after 4 months of use 1st) that has air conditioning, so I was going to purchase a little Honda generator, but listened to those on the FGRV site, and after checking out the specs., advantages of gas shut-off, 3 x longer engine life expectancy, and ten dollars cheeper, I purchased a Yamaha 2000i , from "Electric Generators Direct"
They also sell the Honda you are looking for, but I don't understand why you would post based on your statement " I didn't post to argue that there may be better deals to be had as I don't care, it will be red no matter what it will cost me."
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"They also sell the Honda you are looking for, but I don't understand why you would post based on your statement " I didn't post to argue that there may be better deals to be had as I don't care, it will be red no matter what it will cost me."
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Dave, please read the rest of the paragraph.

"I just want some buying advice of where and when to get some kind of deal as the prices seem all the same wherever I look, and they are all high right now. I looked around a few years back and saw prices at times around $850, but now all I see is something north of $950. I thought a few seconds about buying used but these Honda's look exactly the same with 2 hours or 20,000 hours so I am not doing that."

Translation, I am going to buy a Honda EU2000i, period. So, if you know where there is a good deal, special, or bought one from a place and had a good experience, let me know. That is the information I am seeking. After reading some of the comments I am wondering why I bothered as well, but I am getting the info I need. Thanks much Bob M, I will be giving them a call on Monday.
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Dave, got my 2000i 4 or 5 years back from Mayberry's, had it in a few days. I paid just under $850 then, which was the best I could find from a reputable dealer. They show $950 now with free shipping.
I've used it more times at home during outages then I have for camping, but I'm glad I have it. Fairly quiet (if you can consider any generator quiet) and a tank lasts for 11 hours when just charging the batteries or running the home fridge and furnace. The 1000i would be cheaper, and easier to carry around, but would take longer to charge with.
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Anyone have the Hyundai 2000i?


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So, where did you get one or what place should I look?

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I have a Honda Generator in my garage that's been sitting UNUSED for 4 years.
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Honda products are very good

In the world of small boat sailing the favorite outboard of choice is the Honda 2hp outboard motor. they cost a few hundred more than a comparable Suzuki or Yamaha.

I've owned both the little Honda and the little Suzuki.

For something used as lightly on a sailboat as an outboard I think the Suzuki was the better choice.

In the world of small generators the same may be true. If you are only using a generator for a few hours at a time a few weekends a year a good name generator other than a Honda would suffice.

I'm excluding cheapo generators from places like Harbor Freight though.

Generally iffy reviews and reported to be very noisy.

As to saving money, places like Lowe's and Home Depot sometimes offer discounts for military vets. I understand at Lowes you can get 10% off on Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day if you are a vet.
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I get a discount at Lowe's everytime I go in.
I have a military card.
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I bought it new from a Honda Dealer in Merced California, on sale for $900.00 about 8 years ago

I keep it because we get cold winters and our power goes out occasionally in the winter.
It runs my pellet stove.

I ran it the day I made the post as I haven't run it since last summer.
Fortunately I had gas stabilizer in it and it started on the second pull.
Can't beat anything Honda.
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