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Old 10-20-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with this brand of inverter generator?

Home Depot has the 3500 watt inverter on sale for $699 till the middle of next month.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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Country of origin is China and it may or may not be a good generator, and unfortunately there is no way to know. A good bit depends on what you intend to do with it and how much it will be run. There are all sorts of horror stories about needing repairs and not being able to find parts. I have a 5000W I use with the bricks and sticks for back up, It had a capacitor fail very early on but a local repair man was able to fix it by using a non standard capacitor and locating it outside the generator.
We hear the horror stories but how many of these run just fine that we do not hear of?
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First I have heard of this brand.
I own a Champion inverter generator...3100 watt.
After talking to dozens of owners and reading reviews decided that this brand had no owner complaints and found one at Cabelas on sale for $749.
It is RV ready with both a 30 AMP plug and the charging cables for your battery.
Has built in wheels and a folding handle.
Happy Camper!
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Sportsman = loud, really loud.

Park it away from the rig, and preferably next to the squatter encroaching too close to you.
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First I have heard of this brand.
I own a Champion inverter generator...3100 watt.
After talking to dozens of owners and reading reviews decided that this brand had no owner complaints and found one at Cabelas on sale for $749.
It is RV ready with both a 30 AMP plug and the charging cables for your battery.
Has built in wheels and a folding handle.
Happy Camper!
have been looking at this unit. Loud, quiet?
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The Champion's dba rating (amount of noise it makes) is comparable to Honda and Yamaha....watt vs. volume.
All inverter generators are much quieter than standard "open-flame" contractor type generators that are very loud.
It takes about 2800-3100 watts to run your RV travel trailer with A/C.
Even with a 3100 watt unit you will not be able to power both your microwave and A/C at the same time. Just turn off A/C for the few minutes you use your microwave. Note: when you first start your A/c it draws 1500 watts or more as what is termed "start-up surge".... This higher draw is only for a few moments until it gets up and running then the wattage draw drops down to a lower level.
If you over load your generator it will shut itself off automatically. If that happens first turn off the high wattage appliances and restart your generator.

I did a lot of cost vs. benefits vs. reliability research and Champion seemed the way to go. Good long warranty and a toll free number to call if you run into a problem.
Owner's reviews were favorable. Saved a lot vs the Honda and Yamaha brands.
Champion had more features like the battery cables included for charging, built in wheels with fold down handle, 30 AMP RV ready plug plus two additional 20 AMP grounded outlets and long run time. Easy to understand owners instruction material included including a "Quick Start Guide"...Note: engine oil is not included. Read instructions and buy type they require at your local Walmart or auto store.
Watch Cabelas for sales on this item to save even more.

Happy Camping.
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Boomster,

I found that the Campion 3100 site lists it`s noise level at 68db at full output.
The Honda EU3000I lists it at 58 db at full output.

I found this info on their web sites.

10 db is a big difference. If there is different info, please share it. It will help in my choice.

Still shopping
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Stop shopping and buy a Honda or Yamaha. They are the right choice if you don't want to be the annoying guy making all the noise. You don't really need a microwave, we survived for quite a while before they were invented so I wouldn't consider that a must have while camping. It is a nice to have while hooked up though.
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Boy are you living in the past. We live by the microwave. Wife pre cooks so much food or makings then while boondocking just add whatever for the meal. As to the OP buy as quiet as you can afford, I won't try to spend $$ you may not have or want to spend.

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I appreciate that. I think that I have pretty much settled on the Champion 3100.
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Boomster,

I found that the Campion 3100 site lists it`s noise level at 68db at full output.
The Honda EU3000I lists it at 58 db at full output.

I found this info on their web sites.

10 db is a big difference. If there is different info, please share it. It will help in my choice.

Still shopping

When a sound is 10 dB greater than another sound, it's perceived as TWICE as loud !

.....something to be aware of.
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I am seeing 58db when I check the Champion 3100 specs. Plus I have seen folks post that the noise is similar to Honda/Yamaha.
If I were getting it free, I would go Yamaha or Honda. If I am paying for it, Champion.
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I am seeing 58db when I check the Champion 3100 specs. Plus I have seen folks post that the noise is similar to Honda/Yamaha.
If I were getting it free, I would go Yamaha or Honda. If I am paying for it, Champion.

Go directly to the factory website

http://www.championpowerequipment.co...enerator-carb/


It lists it as 68 dB At 23 feet!

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3100W Inverter Generator (CARB) - Champion Power Equipment


It lists it as 68 dB At 23 feet!

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Well, you ain't lying, but it may be a typo as all the sales sites and users are saying 58db.
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