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Old 04-08-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Honda-Boondocking

Has anyone used a Honda-Handi 3000 when boondocking and was it quiet. We are looking at buying one for running the 13,500 A/C when needed along with other items.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:03 AM   #2
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Honda is one of quite generators as they go. Honda noise is some where between
50 and 60 db. Others are 60 to 75 db noise.
You will be a max output when the A/C starts with a 3000 watt unit and some say
the can not get their A/C to run because of the start up requirement with them.
The 3000 provides 120 volts at 25 amps some A/C's need 120 volt at 28 amps to
start. I would go with a 3600 watt unit to be sure.
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i agree 3600watt would work 3000watt is borderline at best
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:55 PM   #4
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There are two different versions of Honda's 3,000 series gensets. One is the 3,000iS and the other is the 3,000i...the specs are different for each one.
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Either one is border line.
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I think we are going to avoid boondocking if we need A/C. We will save boondocking for the better weather.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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Smile Honda 3000is

I have one and it is great, it does everything, the AC , charge batteries. and it is soooo quiet. If you only want to charge batteries and run general things (except ac) you can put it on economy mode and it gets even quieter, plus the fuel last a lot longer. Now it does weigh 134 lbs so put that in your plans if you buy one. I put wheels on mine so it goes where ever I need. On my last trip (only 4 days) I just left it in the back of my F250 SD diesel. I pull a 37 ft cedar creek . I use 2, 6 volts batteries and installed a 2500 watt inverter and wired all my 110 wall outlets to function of the inverter, everything you need. Just keep charging the batteries and the Honda was great. Wayne -43
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you can get 2 EU2000is (1 companion), parallel cable, and a 5 gallon extended run kit for less than $2,000 delivered, brand new.
They are really easy to setup and store. Plus you can move them around relatively easy.

Together they put out 30amps. Ive found they can support my 34' rig and never draw more than 28amps(ac/fridge/microwave/tv)
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my 3000is runs my 13.5k penguin AC JUST fine.

the 3000i is not as quiet as the 3000is

the 3000is is FAR quieter than 2 2000is running in parallel
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Honda makes a lot of different generators, Usually in these forums when someone says "HONDA": we think of the inverter units which are very quiet.. Very very quite.

But hey make louder ones as well, And they sell motors to others who make even louder ones still.

I am not familure with the generator you ask about.. So the above is in the nature of a "Read the label" warning.
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my 3000is runs my 13.5k penguin AC JUST fine.

the 3000i is not as quiet as the 3000is

the 3000is is FAR quieter than 2 2000is running in parallel
didnt realize the discussion called for the "quietest" generator. I offered a solution that is relatively easy to store & setup. 2 EUs arent that loud.
Plus its at least $300 cheaper than the 3000is.
I usually have them right by my window. (closed of course)
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The 3000i Handi is the generator in question. For those that don't know what it is, it's lighter, more portable version of the 3000is and has built in folding handle, and fairly large wheels built in on the end opposing the folding pull handle. IMHO, it's an RV owners dream generator as it's so portable, and easily lifted and inserted into The bay. Runs everything I have Including the A/C (actually the A/C and a few other things at the same time). Ed
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The 3000i Handi is the generator in question. For those that don't know what it is, it's lighter, more portable version of the 3000is and has built in folding handle, and fairly large wheels built in on the end opposing the folding pull handle. IMHO, it's an RV owners dream generator as it's so portable, and easily lifted and inserted into The bay. Runs everything I have Including the A/C (actually the A/C and a few other things at the same time). Ed
Thanks, that is the reply we were looking for.
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