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Old 06-01-2012, 12:05 AM   #71
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So the generator arrived today from wisesales. Gotta say those folks do a nice job packing it. The box it comes in and would likely be how you'd get it buying from a store, is suspended in another box with foam at all 8 corners. It was in perfect shape. I was so excited to get it going when I walked in the door from work and saw the box. I read the manual, oiled and gased it and it started on the 2nd pull. I ran it at eco slow mode for a couple of hours to help with break in. I'm an old Nitro RC guy and I've always run engines in to break them in. Wife and I were talking to each other standing 3 feet from it, in both the eco mode and full throttle mode and we didn't have to raise our voices to hear each other at all. Darn amazing little blue machine!! After it ran for a while, I plugged in a toaster that drew about 1100 watts. It was in the eco mode and spun up to about half speed of full mode. Of course that's only an estimate based on the sound of the engine. I gotta say I'm am impressed beyond expectations. First camping trip of the year tomorrow. YAAYYY!!! The little Yammy will be put to good use. Next years footballs season and tailgating will put it to some serious use.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:19 AM   #72
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I knew you'd like it. Now, you're not like all the other guys with the little red gennies.

Mine was dropped shipped directly from Yamaha in WA and I can't remember how it was boxed, but from the factory... You know it was boxed right.

If you go to run it out of gas, it just seems like it takes forever.

Enjoy your camping.
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If you go to run it out of gas, it just seems like it takes forever.
No kidding there! To test it out, I closed the fuel valve and the thing must have run between 5 and 10 minutes in the high speed non eco mode before it finally shut down.

A buddy from work is just conincidentally camping a site across from us this weekend. He's all excited about his new $300, 5500 watt home center Champion Generator and how quiet it is. I'm gonna invite over for a beer and to show him what a quiet generator is.
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He's gonna have to shut his off, just to hear your's
(Did I say that out loud?)
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I was really torn about the Yamaha or the Honda and went with Honda, based on other hams input and the fact that Honda has an extensive dealer reapir network.

Wise equipment did a great job getting the generators ( a pair) to me and the best price to boot.

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I was looking for a good price on a Honda and came across the Yamaha. I didn't even know they made them until I started looking. I compared the weight, db and other specs and just happened to come across a Yammy for $830 - shipped.
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First trip out with the little Yammy went well. It performed flawlessly. It gave us enough power for everything except the AC units. Management of appliances needed only if microwave/convection used. We were running it during the day and non generator hours, the camp host was cool with though because it is so quiet.

Good trip. Now let me get back outside and finish up un-packing before the wife get's upset.
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That camp host should be fired. Generator hours apply to either everyone or noone!

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That camp host should be fired. Generator hours apply to either everyone or noone!

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I see your point. One set of standards is always a good thing. One thing though, there were only 3 campers in the entire campground and no one was within ear shot of my gen.
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I have a Honda EU1000i in that sound deadening box I designed. I use it to recharge batteries when we boondock which is most of the time. From a distance of 25' you cannot hear it run. It has over 1000 hours on it so far and still runs like a clock. I would never consider leaving it run outside of generator hours. The possibility of angering a fellow camper or staff is not worth the chance. The rules apply to everyone.



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I like your sound box. I'm planning on doing something similar. I don't have as much storage though, so It will be colapsible and made out of foam insulation.
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I have the rear seat removed from our Samurai and the generator box and some of my RC plane and helicopter toys ride back there.
Care must be taken with the design so as to not have overheating issues.

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Sometimes the mechanical noise can not be eliminated and can be more than the exhaust noise.
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Sometimes the mechanical noise can not be eliminated and can be more than the exhaust noise.
It's pretty darn quiet just stock. 54 db at idle. Human conversation is around 60db. With my old louder 1000 watt Camp mate I surrounded it with the box from a 60" tv. Open on top with a gap opposite campsite & lined up with exhaust. Height of box was about 40" & it quieted it down pretty well. I figure I'll do the same with foam insulation & join ends with duct tape so it folds flat to store.
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