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Old 09-09-2018, 09:52 PM   #1
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Generator, what's a good buy, etc. necessary.

Our trailer is a 30 amp service. Kinda tossing the ideal of getting a generator for those times when no shore-power is available. We have a Dewalt 7000 for our house but its just to big and heavy to load, and very noisy... Now this is my thought is something that can stay in the back of the truck, that can fit under the box cover when traveling which is 20 inches high, then when needed just open the tailgate and the box cover when in use. So I have seen on this site before someone running 2 honda 2000 hooked in parallel or something like that, not sure who it was. Another thing I need some insight too is there are different types of generators, some are grounded, some not, or something along that line and need to know which is it that I need. So now I'm thinking at any time the max draw is the air conditioner, plus another fan, tv, and dc power converter, you know a good load at time, sometimes just the bathroom light or next to nothing. . I'm guessing again but maybe 4000 walts so need input and suggestions. Also quiet might be a important feature and how many watts should I need, and a reliable unit that you don't need to rob a bank to have around just incase it might have to work 10 hours a year.. Since I started writing this thread I came across the Westinghouse, fair reviews, and might be able to get down to that 20 inches by smaller wheel and looking at the rubber legs underneath,, https://www.westinghouseportablepowe...specifications
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:12 PM   #2
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One other thing I should mention is I live in Canada, and I just found this brand Firman, reviews are respectable and claim quiet quiet, price is good, height-width-length-fits perfectly where I want it in the truck, and 4550 watts for $439 Canadian, delivered to the door, 30amp RV-ready, what am I not taking into consideration? I tell you some years back there use to be a brand called Champion that I use to see everywhere for very cheap and that is what scared me, until maybe a year or so ago I read some great reviews regarding that brand, so I'm thinking maybe these little gens are little gems as the reviews imply. https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.p...001036056.html
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Old 09-10-2018, 12:37 AM   #3
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I have a Champion 4000 watt peak generator I use for sewer pump backup in the house. Ive needed it twice for that purpose but have used it quite a bit when operating my electric log splitter.
Canadian Tire carries them. This one didnt come RV ready but I did buy the plug converter. They have a few different models/sizes and you see them on sale quite often.
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I use the two Honda 2000s with a parallel kit. Each one is measured as follows: Dimensions (L x W x H): 20.2″ x 11.4″ x 16.7″ -Noise Level: 59 dB(A) @ rated load 53dB(A) @ 1/4 load -Dry Weight :45.6 lb. sounds like a good buy on the one you found but what is the noise level? To use mine with a surge protector I have to have a neutral/ground plug inserted into one of the outlets. I use my generators around the house and I like them because I can lift one at a time. Also when I have them hooked together with the parallel and Im camping and just want to charge the batteries or run some outlets I can start either one and just run one; switching back and forth each day to save on gas. Ive camped for two weeks like this and never had to fill with gas. They are a little expensive at around $1000.00 for each. But as the old saying goes: you get what you pay for.
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I use the two Honda 2000s with a parallel kit. Each one is measured as follows: Dimensions (L x W x H): 20.2″ x 11.4″ x 16.7″ -Noise Level: 59 dB(A) @ rated load 53dB(A) @ 1/4 load -Dry Weight :45.6 lb. sounds like a good buy on the one you found but what is the noise level? To use mine with a surge protector I have to have a neutral/ground plug inserted into one of the outlets. I use my generators around the house and I like them because I can lift one at a time. Also when I have them hooked together with the parallel and Im camping and just want to charge the batteries or run some outlets I can start either one and just run one; switching back and forth each day to save on gas. Ive camped for two weeks like this and never had to fill with gas. They are a little expensive at around $1000.00 for each. But as the old saying goes: you get what you pay for.



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The Firman your looking at shows 68 decibels but is 117 Lbs. Heres an example of noise levels: Below we compare dBA levels to common sounds, giving you context to portable generator labels. As youll see, the lower the dBA; the quieter the noise is.

0 dBA The hearing threshold
10 dBA Normal breathing
20 dBA Watch ticking
30 dBA Quiet bedroom at night
60 dBA Moderate rainfall
70 dBA Hair dryer
75 dBA Roof Pro 12,000
80 dBA Police whistle
90 dBA Lawn mower
110 dBA Chain saw
120 dBA Snowmobile
130 dBA Jack hammer
150 dBA Fireworks
160 dBA Shotgun
180 dBA Rocket launch
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Champion all the way. I've had a couple of them over the years.

I currently have the 3500w dual fuel inverter type. I run it on propane alot. Don't have to carry gasoline if I don't want too.

Love it!

Customer service is the best in the industry.
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Canadian tire has the Champion 4000 watt one I bought for 399.00 on sale. Comes with 25 cord with 3 outlets. They also have the 4450w RV ready one too for 399.99. Reg 649.99
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I bought the open frame champion 3500-4000 to use on my vacant 12 acre lot 3 years ago. It's open frame and kind of loud but works great. I paid 285 for it from farm and fleet and it included the wheel kit. Certainly wouldn't think to use it in a campground.

I had been eyeballing the champion 3100 inverter generator for a couple years but was waiting for a sale. Good for me they must be discontinuing this model and I snagged the last one from farm and fleet for 424 bucks a month ago. Runs great although when running the ac its louder than I thought it would be when not on eco mode. I had a few questions for the vendor and emailed them. They got back to me the same day. Lots of positive reviews on the generators and tech support.

I have heard good things on the firman brand as well, almost pulled the trigger on one of those before I scored the champion 3100.
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Champion all the way. I've had a couple of them over the years.

I currently have the 3500w dual fuel inverter type. I run it on propane alot. Don't have to carry gasoline if I don't want too.

Love it!

Customer service is the best in the industry.

X2 on the Champion,

I've had the inverter 3100 for about 5 years and it's been great and no issues. I will admit I purchased knowing the regional factory repair center is 20 min from you home thought. The biggest issue with portable generators are parts availability and repair locations if it has problems.
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