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Old 02-07-2023, 04:05 PM   #1
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Honda EU3200i

So has anyone ponied up the money for one of these deluxe portable generators ?

Impressions ? Is it worth the premium price ?
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Old 02-07-2023, 11:16 PM   #2
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I know you looking at a Honda generator but a friend of mine just got one of these MXR3500 3500 Watt Portable Travel Inverter Generator Lightweight Super Quiet from Walmart and I was impressed. I thought I'd share this information with you. It was quiet and started and ran his heat/pump air conditioner just fine. It started every time with just one pull. I've got a 2400Esi Yamaha that makes more noise than this 3500 watt model. I like the price too - under $600.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/MXR3500-3...iet/1245396388
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We have two Honda EU2000i units that we have had for about 12 years now. They are great units. quiet and reliable. Are Hondas worth the money? In my opinion, yes, you get what you pay for. I can get parts and service (which we have not needed) all over the USA. With the cheaper Chinese units, all I can add is good luck on parts and service. They seem to be a throw-away unit.

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I used to own a very beaten up EU2200i, but still starts everytime I need. The previous owner used for demolation, and didn't even do oil change for many hundred hours. I bought it for 600$, cleaned it up, did regular maintance, used a year, sold for 650$.
Market always have the accurate reflectiom, they hold their value for a reason. Everyone I talk to all say Honda makes the best generator.
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The EU3200i does not have a 30A RV receptacle?
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The EU3200i does not have a 30A RV receptacle?
Of course it does. A 30amp locking plug plus a 20amp duplex.
It is detailed on the Honda site.
It is just not your typical RV receptacle. Just use an adapter like everyone else.
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Of course it does. A 30amp locking plug plus a 20amp duplex.
It is detailed on the Honda site.
It is just not your typical RV receptacle. Just use an adapter like everyone else.
My 30A RV cords are not the NEMA L5-30P locking plugs. They are TT-30. Not interchangeable. An adapter such as this will be required:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/WEN-Twistlo...?user=shopping

Certainly not a show stopper but I prefer to use as few adapters as possible since they are an additional resistance point in the line and one more thing to keep track of.
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My 30A RV cords are not the NEMA L5-30P locking plugs. They are TT-30. Not interchangeable. An adapter such as this will be required:



https://www.lowes.com/pd/WEN-Twistlo...?user=shopping



Certainly not a show stopper but I prefer to use as few adapters as possible since they are an additional resistance point in the line and one more thing to keep track of.
Exactly. I thought that was what I said.
Some generators have the typical RV 30amp plug, but most have the locking type.
Guess this Honda generator is not for you as you are adverse to adapters....
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I like the looks and specs of the generator Dford linked to in post #2. Decibel rating is listed wrong initially but corrected to 58 in the specs. Has an actual "RV" plug. Wish it had more fuel capacity but if the size will allow it to fit in one of my cargo areas I'd live with the tradeoff.

Not in their specs for some reason but I inquired and they said this one is 19 inches by 11.5 by 17.5. Now to see if it will fit somewhere.
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...Is it worth the premium price ?
No!

All portable generators are cheap junk, some are just cost more. It is all marketing.

Making electricity requires Detroit muscle , HP that is, and that is too heavy to be portable.

That is ok because it is for recreation.

My $88 HF 800 watt model will produce 1000 watts max continuous (measured by me). The model with another name was rated at $1200 watts and cost twice as much. False advertising.

It charges batteries just as good as a Honda.

Also have a 2200 watt (continuous) inverter generator that I got for $350. It will run 1 a/c with everything else turned off.

It is all I can do to lift it to put away. Portable depends on the person.

Also have a propane Onan installed in the MH that runs everything at the same time.

My TOAD is a Honda. Honda makes good cars. Honda sells expensive portable generators.
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I have had the HF Predator 3500 for 2.5 years. About a hundred hours. Battery died after 6 months but starts first pull everytime.
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No!



All portable generators are cheap junk, some are just cost more. It is all marketing.



Making electricity requires Detroit muscle , HP that is, and that is too heavy to be portable.



That is ok because it is for recreation.



My $88 HF 800 watt model will produce 1000 watts max continuous (measured by me). The model with another name was rated at $1200 watts and cost twice as much. False advertising.



It charges batteries just as good as a Honda.



Also have a 2200 watt (continuous) inverter generator that I got for $350. It will run 1 a/c with everything else turned off.



It is all I can do to lift it to put away. Portable depends on the person.



Also have a propane Onan installed in the MH that runs everything at the same time.



My TOAD is a Honda. Honda makes good cars. Honda sells expensive portable generators.
You sound like some of my RV buddies. They all tell me how their cheaper inverter generators are just as good as my more expensive Hondas. I just smile.
My 2 Honda EU2000is are 15 years old with thousands of hours. I use them a lot while boondocking in the Gila National Forest.
All my friends who buy generators that may cost half as much get to replace them about every other season. You get what you pay for.
I'm thinking I am way ahead of the game financially
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You sound like some of my RV buddies. They all tell me how their cheaper inverter generators are just as good as my more expensive Hondas. I just smile.
My 2 Honda EU2000is are 15 years old with thousands of hours. I use them a lot while boondocking in the Gila National Forest.
All my friends who buy generators that may cost half as much get to replace them about every other season. You get what you pay for.
I'm thinking I am way ahead of the game financially
Agree, Honda and Yamaha portable generators are life long purchases.
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Exactly. I thought that was what I said.
Some generators have the typical RV 30amp plug, but most have the locking type.
Guess this Honda generator is not for you as you are adverse to adapters....
Correct, Honda and the other generators use the twist lock type plug. The 3-blade (30 amp) and the 4-blade (50 amp) is what the marine/boating industry uses. When I purchased an RV, I had to purchase all new adapters. Also, I miss the days where I could use a 2-30 amp pigtail to power my 50 amp boat. Most marine power pedestals Iíve come across has at least 2 30 amp power sources in Order to pigtail into 50 amps of power.
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