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Old 10-03-2019, 04:10 PM   #1
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Need help selecting a generator

Hi.
We're new RVers.
We have a 2014 Outdoors RV 22RB. My father-in-law has a Honda 3500 generator...very quiet I like it. But I don't think I need one that big as I'm not boondocking or running power tools.

I will mostly be using it to run the furnace for a few minutes and to keep the two 6v batteries charged up. We may use the microwave once in a while.

I've been looking online a bit and the Wen and Hondas look decent. The quieter the better.

So....I'm asking here...what is the smallest quietest generator I would need to keep me in power for the taskes mentioned above?

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Old 10-03-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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We have used a Honda 2000 EU for the past 15 years and it handles everything but the air conditioning at high altitudes, these generators are real workhorses and simple to maintain. I would check your local Craig's List and look for a used one ~$400-600. If you but new I think the new models are 2200 EU's.

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Old 10-03-2019, 05:42 PM   #3
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We have a Champion 3100 inverter that runs our 60 amp battery charger simultaneously with one of these - toaster, hair dryer or microwave. If I take our 2000 watt Champion we can run just one of those at a time, so I usually take the bigger one. I would think the Yamaha 2400 or Honda 2200 would be a good in-between choice.
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:11 PM   #4
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We use a Predator 3500 so that we can run about any combo at any time, but have found that it will not run the AC at elevations 7000' and higher. We routinely travel the west and prefer boondocking, so we are looking at an easy start set up for our AC.

Our generator has been a good, solid, quiet purchase for us and I would encourage you to take a look at the brand so see if the brand a fit.
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Champion 3100 here. Ample power and will run one air conditioner. Quiet. Reliable. Easy start.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:09 PM   #6
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I have a Honda 3000is and it's been perfect, quiet, electric start, runs the AC. No issues for 17 years. I like the remote start and stop Champion 3100. Or the Yamaha 2600 for compact size and light weight.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:16 PM   #7
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Go see what you can lift before you buy. The Champion 3100 weighs 80 pounds. Two Honda EU2200 weigh a little less than 100 pounds, but you can carry one at a time. at just under 50 each.
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We picked up a Champion 2kw when we bought our previous little Jayco. At ~48lbs it's easy in/out of the truck bed and ran everything on the 195RB no problem. With the new ORV and larger A/C I added the MicroAir EasyStart and the Champion is still running things just fine so I haven't felt the need to pick up a second one.
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Long Long Honeymoon (LoLoHo) have several great videos on RV generator comparisons ....
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We have a Yamaha 2400 that worked great for us! Ran everything, including our air (most of the time). Trying to sell now.

The Champions sound interesting, but I don't hear many stories of folks using them for 15-20 years trouble free, like I do with Hondas and Yamahas.
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I just purchased a DuroMax XP2000EH Dual Fuel Inverter Generator from lowes for under 600. Its dual fuel and about the same sound level as a Honda for 1/2 the price.

I love the option of using the onboard propane instead of carrying gas and having to worry about the Carb getting gummed up.

Plus I didnt have to buy a seperate kit for it to run on the propane already came built in.. SCORE!
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We have a Honda 2000i generator. It is quiet and reliable. It is a pain to store for the next use: drain the fuel and drain the carb. I use fuel stabilizer, but still use my generator so infrequently, that draining and running dry is the best way to be sure the carb doesn't gum up.



Recommend the Yamaha EF2000i because it is as quiet as the Honda, but has a gas shutoff so you can close the gas supply and run the carb dry. Much easier than the Honda.


If quiet isn't the most important factor, then get a small generator that is dual fuel and run it off propane. Then you don't need to worry about stale fuel and a gummed up carburetor.


And if at some time you end up with a gummed up carb, I have used Seafoam with great success.
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I've had a Yamaha 2400i for almost 10 years. Run everything and with the gas shut of and a little stabilizer in the gas it fires up everytime I've used it.
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And if at some time you end up with a gummed up carb, I have used Seafoam with great success.
I might be making some Seafoam fog for Halloween this year when I try out my generators and change the oil.
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