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Old 01-02-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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My wife and I are contemplating the purchase of a QUIET running generator for those times we go to NASCAR races. I'd really like to purchase a Honda 2000i but the price tag is too big for us. It's hard to justify that pricetage for 2 or 3 races a year. We want the generator so we can use the coffee maker, television, etc. We sure could use your suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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Small Generator

We have a small generator, 1000 watts that is small and relatively quiet. It provides 115 VAC and 12 Vdc. It's two cycle and about 1 foot on a side, weighs 40 lbs.

If you go the the website shown below, copy it into your browser and hit go, you will see a number of reviews from happy customers.

I have also seen it at some Walmarts, at some Shucks and Pep Boys. We paid $129.


http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...3480_200313480

Inexpensive for sure.

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Old 01-03-2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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WE HAVE HONDA 2000

DID PAID ALOT OF $$ FOR IT. (WIFE WANT IT I DID NOT)

USE IT FOR THE WEEK WE HAD NO POWER FROM THE ICE STORM IN NH A FEW WEEKS AGO.

THE BEST CAMPING MONEY I EVER SPENT!!!!
(I WAS WRONG THAT ELSE IS NEW)

YOU MAY FIND A USE HONDA ON E-BAY.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:43 AM   #4
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I've been told that the Yamaha equivalent to the Honda EU-2000i is just as quiet and costs less.

We have the Honda 2000 and from our experience:

1. Once you have it, you tend to discover addtional uses for it.

2. Once you have it, you wonder how you ever got along without it.

One other note.... Even a 2000 watt generator has limitations when used to power a TT. You really can't run the microwave and toaster at the same time. Same for hair dryer, electric hot water element, some coffee pots, and any other appliance that uses roughly 1000w or more. I bought a small air compressor, but it needs just bit too much startup current to be driven by the 2000.

If I had it to do over, I would have bought the 3000 which will run the AC in the trailer and let us use two appliances at the same time.

Ditto on eBay, and also check Craig's List in your area. www.craigslist.org
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:57 PM   #5
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YOU CAM PUT 2 HONDA 2000 TOGEATHER AND GET 4000 FOR LESS $$$
THAN A 3000

AND STILL BE NICE SMALL AND LIGHT FOR CAMPING.

MY NEXT CAMPING TOY IS A 2000
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We also have a Honda 2000i generator. We used it a few times camping in the popup and have used it once at home during a power outage.

It will start and run a dorm fridge. It will provide lights and air flow (fans). It can run several crock pots. It will run my bread maker or my Showtime rotisserie. It will run a battery charger, too.

It would run the AC unit, but it does not have enough power to START it.

Retired, this size generator will run a television and DVD. It will run a coffee maker, too, but not all at the same time. (depending upon the size of these devices)

The Yamaha generator would be good, too. They are both inverter-type generators, which provide pure sine wave power to the devices connected. This type of power is desirable for electronics like computers.

If you do not want or need the inverter-type generator or the VERY quiet generator, you can buy smaller generators from places like:

Northern Tool
Amazon.com
Overstock.com
Home Depot
Sears

... for far less than the $700-900 tag they have on the 1000/2000 watt inverter-types. I've seen the regular generators in the 1000 watt size for $140-150 and the 2000 watt size for $200-250.
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