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Old 02-21-2018, 04:49 AM   #1
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Generator recommendations

My wife and I go to Talladega each year in the fall. This will be the first time for us to take our own camper. We have a 35 Keystone Outback with 50 amp service. We are looking into purchasing a quiet type generator. I have been researching the new Briggs and Stratton generators mainly due to price. Any recommendations of brand and size?
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Old 02-21-2018, 09:47 AM   #2
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I have a champion dual fuel and it's an excellent generator with a reasonable price if you shop around.

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Old 02-21-2018, 09:56 AM   #3
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We have a champion 3100w Now for several years. Will operate one air conditioner. Easy to start. Well made. Well priced.

Newer models have electric start/stop which would be very nice. Typically one runs for an hour or two before quiet hours start. Would be good to not have to go outside at 10pm to shut it down.

A pair of 2000w class is a good way to go. Only need to deploy one when it will do.
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My Champion is electric start. Again, for the $, an excellent generator.

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Old 02-22-2018, 11:16 AM   #6
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I know the flamers will be coming...but..........I picked up a Predator 3500 invertor /gen from Harbor Freight. Total cost including the 2 year extended replacement warranty was $829.

Powered my 30 amp TT with no problems. A/C and all.

Ran right next to my buddy's Honda 3500 for 3 days. Two things we noted...1)The predator was a bit quitter and 2) a tank of fuel lasted longer.

Obviously, Honda's are high quality, but the Predator's are well made and do their job when you are on a budget.
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Check out Bass Pro and the Furman invert generator. I purchased the 3000 watt and have been very happy with it. They have other sizes available with pull start, electric start and remote start. An other thing I purchased mine with my PayPal account and got 6 months fee interest. My unit delivered to my door was about $750, not bad for what I got, and yes this generator is very quiet.
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I know the flamers will be coming...but..........I picked up a Predator 3500 invertor /gen from Harbor Freight. Total cost including the 2 year extended replacement warranty was $829.

Powered my 30 amp TT with no problems. A/C and all.

Ran right next to my buddy's Honda 3500 for 3 days. Two things we noted...1)The predator was a bit quitter and 2) a tank of fuel lasted longer.

Obviously, Honda's are high quality, but the Predator's are well made and do their job when you are on a budget.
+1 for the Predator
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:24 PM   #9
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Champion 100263 3400 dual fuel electric start (Bought two) and can pair them
with 50 amp plug or run one on the 30 amp plug
The dual fuel are more $$ but I like the propane option
Cheaper than 5500 Oran
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I've got a pair of Champion 2000 watt generators that I've had for about six years now. Got them when they first came out. So far, other than one fuel gum related issue in a carburetor which was cleared up with sea foam rather than a tear down they have been trouble free until now. I did notice last night that one of them appears to have leaked oil onto the garage floor. I haven't opened it up yet to see what's going on. I don't have hour meters on them, but would estimate several hundred hours a use a year as they got a fair bit of use.

The dual champions aren't quite big enough to run the air conditioner reliably on my current fiver so last summer I bought a Predator 3500 inverter generator which I'm so far quite pleased with. Quite a bit more power and surge capability than the paralled 2000 watt champion units, and noticeably quieter. That said, on the current 5er I have 1kw of solar on the roof, and thus pretty much only currently use a generator for air conditioning which I try to avoid, and a rare need for battery charging so I haven't put much use on the generator, and to be honest, wasn't too concerned with getting something that I could count on for a whole lot of use over the years.
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Most of the Briggs and Stratton generators out there are the construction type open frame generators. They are reliable, but really loud. Places like Talladega may not even allow their use. Also, the way they pack in the RV's you may need to purchase an "up pipe". Gen-turi is one, there are others, or you can make one, but if you are running a loud generator, exhausting right at another camper 5' away, you won't make any friends!

If I were buying new now, I would buy the Predator 3500 inverter genny from Harbor Freight. Best value for the money out there! And that's coming from a guy who owns two Honda EU2000's
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Most of the Briggs and Stratton generators out there are the construction type open frame generators. They are reliable, but really loud. Places like Talladega may not even allow their use. Also, the way they pack in the RV's you may need to purchase an "up pipe". Gen-turi is one, there are others, or you can make one, but if you are running a loud generator, exhausting right at another camper 5' away, you won't make any friends!

If I were buying new now, I would buy the Predator 3500 inverter genny from Harbor Freight. Best value for the money out there! And that's coming from a guy who owns two Honda EU2000's
If you Google Briggs & Stratton, you will see a complete line of quiet inverter generators. Looks like 2200 to 6500 watt models.
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If you Google Briggs & Stratton, you will see a complete line of quiet inverter generators. Looks like 2200 to 6500 watt models.
Cool! I didn't realize that they were marketing quiet inverter type generators. You learn something new everyday! Even though I try REAL heard not to . . .
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My Champion is electric start. Again, for the $, an excellent generator.

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X2 and mine runs on Gasoline, Propane and natural gas. VERY helpful options
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