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Old 09-10-2018, 08:00 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight Generator

Iím sure this has been talked about before but is anyone using the 3500 watt inverted predator generator from Harbor Freight to power up their RV/Camper? I currently have a duel fuel 9000 watt champion generator bolted to the back of our camper. The upside is duel fuel and it has enough power to power a small city lol. The down side is that it is heavy. I canít move it around by myself and to heavy for my wife to really help me move it around also (the reason why it is bolted down). But the biggest downfall it is LOUD.

So Iím looking for a quieter and lighter one. If I had the money I would by a Honda but we donít use a generator that much so I canít justify spending the money on one.

So if anybody uses one would you mind letting me know what kinda of luck you have had with it.

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I'm throwing this out to you, but I attend municipal auctions and at almost every one I find plenty of compact generators with good brand names selling for a few hundred bucks. It appears that they rotate these out of service after so many years, most have just the weekly test run hours on them.
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If you are going to camp around other people an Inverter generator is a must. A contractor generator is extremely loud and is banned in most campgrounds. They also can cause some electronic devices and appliances to malfunction. The predator gets good reviews. I do not own one but I do have a Champion 3100 inverter generator and it is quiet and works well.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:34 PM   #4
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The generators I am referring to are quiet back up gensets inside of cabinets.
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I've had the Predator 3500 for just over a year now and love it. You can pick them up for under $700 dollars, and mine has been flawless in performance.


My Bighorn fifth wheel is a real power hog. The PD 9280 converter in it pulls somewhere between 1000 and 1200va when the batteries are low. The air 15k dometic air conditioners draw between 70 and 80 amps of inrush current, and about 1800va when running in hot weather. I found a Honda 3000 watt inverter wouldn't reliably start the air when I tried a friends unit, nor would the dual champion 2000 inverters. The Predator does it without fail. I did end up bypassing my Progressive EMS system when running on generator as the contactor in it would sometimes chatter on really hot days when the AC started. They don't want you running it on an inverter anyway, so I have a second auto transfer switch after the EMS for the whole house inverter, and have a manual plug and 30 amp line to connect either the inverter or generator in the front generator bay of the 5er.


As for noise, the Predator is noticeably quieter than my champion inverters, both at ECO idle, and full power. Having compared to other generators in the campgrounds it's also noticeably quieter than the 3100 to 3500 watt champions, as well as the 2000 watt honda inverters. It's also quieter than the Honda 3000 watt Handi inverter, but not as quiet as the Honda eu3000is. Personally I wish it had a slightly larger fuel tank as having solar, I use the generator primarily for air conditioning and other high demand uses. Normally then I'm pulling around 2200 to 2400 watts, and the fuel tank lasts slightly over 5 hours. So far my impressions are that it's a little better made than my champion inverter generators, which have served me well for over 8 years now.
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Mine is quieter than my Honda 2000. I broke it in on just 30 wt oil for about an hour. I changed the oil and went with synthetic. I drilled small holes in the bottom because it seems to starve for air. You can take off the oil change door off and that works also. I would loose the door if I took it off. I like the electric start.
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Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

I'm looking into this one on Amazon because I want propane operation, and have watched all of the videos on Youtube.

Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

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Home Depot has a Ryobi 3400 with remote start and a 30 amp socket for $750 this week. I think it has a 3 year warranty, wheels and pull-cart style handle as well.
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I'm looking into this one on Amazon because I want propane operation, and have watched all of the videos on Youtube.



Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start



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How big is you ac unit? I donít have the unit youíre looking at but know a couple folks that do. I know one of them has mentioned they donít put out as much power on propane as they do on gasoline. He said he canít run his 15k air conditioner on propane at higher altitudes, but that it does good on gasoline. Something worth asking folks that have them what their first hand experience has been, if that might be an issue for you. I can say my experience with champion generators in general is positive.
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Gasoline burns hotter than propane. That's why your generator produces more power on gasoline vs. Propane.
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Iím sure this has been talked about before but is anyone using the 3500 watt inverted predator generator from Harbor Freight to power up their RV/Camper?
You're right it has been covered quite a bit but still.......

I have one and love it. I was actually able to redneck it into the spot the Onan was. There's a couple of things that aren't perfect but it's a value IMO.
( The RV connector is 180 degrees from where it should be. Fixable.
It doesn't have a small fuel pump which makes an external tank way more difficult)
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How big is you ac unit? I don’t have the unit you’re looking at but know a couple folks that do. I know one of them has mentioned they don’t put out as much power on propane as they do on gasoline. He said he can’t run his 15k air conditioner on propane at higher altitudes, but that it does good on gasoline. Something worth asking folks that have them what their first hand experience has been, if that might be an issue for you. I can say my experience with champion generators in general is positive.
My AC is 13,500. For now, the genset will only need to run the AC and 120v lights in my cargo trailer. I have read about adding a hard start capacitor. I don't think I will need that with the 13.5 AC.

Soon though, I expect to buy a Work-N-Play Toyhauler. It may have the larger AC, but will also have a power converter running when plugged in.

There are some terriffic videos on the Champion Propane Genset on Youtube
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I have the Predator. We bought it at the beginning of this season because we primarily dry camp at USFS sites. It's been flawless, and we've received many comments about how quiet it is. You can always find the lowest price/best coupon at Harbor Freight Tools Coupon Database - Free coupons, 25 percent off coupons, 20 percent off coupons, No Purchase Required coupons, toolbox coupons .We paid $649 for it and bought the two year no questions asked warranty for an additional $129.

We have a TT and the only time it's tripped on an overload was when the microwave, ice machine, AC (13,500 Dometic) were all on.
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I have the Predator. We bought it at the beginning of this season because we primarily dry camp at USFS sites. It's been flawless, and we've received many comments about how quiet it is. You can always find the lowest price/best coupon at Harbor Freight Tools Coupon Database - Free coupons, 25 percent off coupons, 20 percent off coupons, No Purchase Required coupons, toolbox coupons .We paid $649 for it and bought the two year no questions asked warranty for an additional $129.

We have a TT and the only time it's tripped on an overload was when the microwave, ice machine, AC (13,500 Dometic) were all on.
Everytime that I get one of those 20% or 25% off coupons for Harbor Freight, Predator products are always excluded.
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