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Old 07-19-2016, 05:27 PM   #15
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To run a 13.5 K Btu AC you'll need 2x 2000w genny or a single 3000W. It's a good idea to install hard start capacitor in the AC when running off portable power.

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Old 07-19-2016, 05:53 PM   #16
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Have my Yam 2000 mounted under the coach and plumbed to a 10g tank via the Panella kit. Will run UP TO 100 hours.

Reach under and pull the rope. Reach under and push the stop button. Minor inconvenience.

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Old 07-20-2016, 07:32 AM   #17
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Depends on your needs. I've used both. Honda is quieter and more efficient. Honda starts easier. Reconsider the 2 small generators unless you need to move them around. 1 big generator is easier and can be more efficient. You need a lot of solar and a lot of batteries to replace a generator.
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:05 PM   #18
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Honda is the largest small engine maker for a reason. I still have the original Honda lawnmower that I purchased in 1979. Still runs like the day I bought it.
Their reliability is the best, but you do pay slightly more, go for the quality.
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Old 07-31-2016, 02:02 AM   #19
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We have a Honda EU2000i that we purchased in 1999 and it still runs perfect. All I have ever done to it is change the oil every spring and have replaced the spark plug a couple of times.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:11 PM   #20
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The Honda and Yammy are best two. I have the Yammy 2400is. It starts easy and will run a 13,500 btu A/C unit. The down side is it is a bit heavy when it comes to moving it. When I was younger I could do it but now 10 years later I need help.
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Old 08-02-2016, 08:37 PM   #21
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We were doing research on this for months. Asked same question your asking now.

What we chose was the Champion, 3500W, remote start inverter generator.


We just spent a week boondocking in the great smokey mountains national park with our 50amp, 40+ ft. 5th wheel, that has both a 15k, and 13.5k AC units.

This generator is fantastic! We ran it for a couple hours in the AM (breakfast and get ready for the day) and a couple hours in the PM (dinner, etc) before going to bed. Ran for 3 days before adding fuel, we used a total of 2.5 gal gas for the week.

It's ultra quiet too, at 58db. We sat it under the drivers side locked to the fifth wheel, and had no problems sitting on the passenger side and carrying normal conversation. That's about 8 ft away.

Here is the best part.... it has a key fob to start it, so wife was able to wake up, start gen on her own with the press of a button and not leave the trailer!

It's also parallel capable, so if you have a big rig like ours and want to use both AC units you would have more than enough power at 6.4k.

It has wheels and handle, so easy to move around, but we never moved ours once it was setup.

It also has auto eco mode, so will only run as hard as needed to meet the demands put on it without any intervention from you. It a pure sine wave inverter, so no issues with electronics.

Only thing I had to do was set it up, secure it, and keep gas in it.

Did I mention the price? $ 1100. That's very close to the same price as the Honda.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:27 AM   #22
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Boiley gets good reviews. Now if you are going to exercise it a lot I would go Honda. Low use I would go with Boiley
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:05 AM   #23
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You'll be happy with the Champion. Enjoy your camping.
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Maybe the Yamaha's are better now, but my old Yamaha 1997 model the fuel tank rusted inside. Also happened to replacement tank. Parts are hard to get also a technician who knows how to work on them. You may want to check out the new Briggs & Stratton P2200 and the P3000 inverter generators, they are very quiet and a lot cheaper than Honda or Yamaha. They are price more like a Champion generator. A plus to the Briggs is you can hook them up parallel the P2200 to the P3000, they don't have to be the same size generators, you can have a P3000 then by a cheaper P2200 and link them together. The P2200 is around $630.00 and the P3000 is around $1,270.00. They few that I know are using them are so far real pleased with them. I don't know how they will do in the long run as they are new to the market, not like the Honda or Yamaha that have been on the market for years.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:29 PM   #25
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Both the Honda and Yamaha 2000 watt inverter generators are fantastic, with the nod going to the newer designed Yamaha.

But for less money than one 2000 watt rig, you can buy a Champion 3000 inverter generator that will run 1 a/c unit. They're the hottest thing on the retail market right now, and they're even available online and at Advance Auto Parts.

While the Champions are Chinese units, I understand the company's level of customer service and online parts availability is absolutely fantastic. That'd be the way I'd be going if I was in the market for a generator.
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we have 2 Yamaha 2000 good thing about them is the fuel shut off, adding solar at some point
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:36 PM   #28
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Honda vs Yamaha portable generators

The newest honda 3000 inverter is the way to go hands down. As a guy that has not only fixed all sorts of generators for a living as well as used them to full time I say Honda period.
My last generator was a cheaper china unit and it did the trick but it was finicky to start sometimes and didn't run 100%. It did run ok though
but not like a Honda.
Lots of people that don't know any better think the chinese units are just as good... Trust me they are not and good luck with resale value...the electronics are not built to last as long as Honda/Yamaha.
That new Honda inverter is WAY lighter than the older style it just replaced.
If the price of a chinese unit is much much cheaper than a Honda then consider it but if u want to do it once and do it right go Honda/Yamaha.

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