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05-25-2018 07:29 AM  84 days agoPost 21
DennisH

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I purchased a Honda 2000 about 15 years ago. I powered my 30ft travel trailer for years with this generator.

I could start the Microwave, wait 15 seconds, then turn the AC on Low, let it run 15 minutes, then I turned the AC wide open.

The HONDA 2000 did the job. On cooler nights, I would fill up the generator around 8 to 9pm. 3 gallons of fuel would last until 10am the next morning.

I can't say enough good about this generator/inverter. Plus you have the option to purchase a 2nd one and wire them together to have a 4000 watt generator. I never had to. In the cooler months, only running the heater and Microwave, I could supply power to 2 travel trailers with ease.

NOTE: Don't run the generator in the "low speed" mode. It will build up carbon on the piston. Always add a carbon cleaner to the fuel several times a years.

I have let this generator sit (after running out the fuel from the carburetor) for 6 months plus. I turn on the fuel and choke, many times it starts on the first pull, but has always cranked up by the 3rd pull. I wish it had a bigger tank, I could set it up with a buddy supply tank with no problem, but on those cold mornings, it was tough going outside to refuel the generator.

My Honda 2000 has been operating flawlessly. Yamaha is a good generator, several friends have them.

Take Care, Dennis

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05-25-2018 07:48 AM  84 days agoPost 22
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I own 2 honda generators, but as I suggested for just field charging deep cycle batteries work great and are noise free. obviously it makes sense to run generators for larger applications. the EU3000i is by far the best investment I have ever made, comes in handy for 100s of things not to mention RC.

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05-25-2018 08:13 AM  84 days agoPost 23
DennisH

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05-25-2018 11:19 AM  84 days agoPost 24
Ace Dude

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I got the generator just for field charging. While deep cycle batteries can and do work, the generator was a much better option for my application.

  

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05-25-2018 05:20 PM  84 days agoPost 25
RyanW

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We had both at IRCHA a few years ago. The Yamaha generators would constantly go into overload protection when the Honda would keep going. The Honda was also more pleasant to listen to.

If you constantly try to compare to the benchmark, why not buy the benchmark?

-Ryan
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05-25-2018 05:48 PM  84 days agoPost 26
wjvail

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If you constantly try to compare to the benchmark, why not buy the benchmark?
I completely understand your question. I bought a Honda. But there is an answer - price. There are some very adequate, very similar, generators available for 1/2 the price. There may not be anything as good as a Honda EU2000I (now 2200), but there also isn't anything as expensive.

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05-25-2018 06:10 PM  84 days agoPost 27
Ace Dude

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wjvail
I completely understand your question. I bought a Honda. But there is an answer - price. There are some very adequate, very similar, generators available for 1/2 the price. There may not be anything as good as a Honda EU2000I (now 2200), but there also isn't anything as expensive.
I look at total cost of ownership (TCO) rather than just initial purchase price when making purchases. While there are certainly less expensive options, what happens when something breaks, requires servicing, or you need a replacement part? None of the major big box stores that I'm aware of have on-site service facilities whereas I have several Honda Power Equipment dealers within an hour drive from home. IMHO it's also important to consider resale vale. The Hondas are well known for having excellent resale value. In the end that's why I choose the Honda and it's been worth every penny I spent on it.

  

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05-25-2018 10:05 PM  84 days agoPost 28
HawkNoob

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While there are certainly less expensive options, what happens when something breaks, requires servicing, or you need a replacement part? None of the major big box stores that I'm aware of have on-site service facilities whereas I have several Honda Power Equipment dealers within an hour drive from home.
Hence the reason I decided to go with the Honda. Unlikely not to be able to find a service center within reasonable driving distance. Every once in a while it will need the valves checked for clearance which I may or may not do myself but it is good to know I can always drop it off for full service and the 3 year warranty is of course a great peace of mind.

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05-25-2018 10:23 PM  84 days agoPost 29
Jeff polisena

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I have Honda 1000 and charge everything from car (lead acid) batteries to Lipo 7s using 2 Ichargers at same time with a good load and always have been satisfied with operation . Im not one to over maintenance so all I've done was change oil . My 1000 is about 6 years old and runs perfect. For this reason Im a Honda fan .Cost more up front but save over time .

The 2000 is bigger but if just using for hobby the 1000 is a good option for size and space reasons.

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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05-25-2018 10:33 PM  84 days agoPost 30
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I've seriously considered adding an eu1000i specifically for the size and weight reasons. I love my eu2000i, but it's heavy.

  

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05-25-2018 10:47 PM  84 days agoPost 31
Jeff polisena

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If you have a 2000 you can parallel 1000 if needed and 1000 is close to 1/2 the weight of 2000.Ive seen DIY videos of 4 2000's parallel and also 2 2000's and 1 1000 parallel .

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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05-25-2018 11:08 PM  84 days agoPost 32
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I've seriously considered adding an eu1000i specifically for the size and weight reasons. I love my eu2000i, but it's heavy.
I've also thought about EU1000i before ordering the EU2200i. Decided to go with the bigger model for a few reasons. 1. The price is not half for the 1000. 2. The 2200w of power may come in handy for other purposes than just field charging. I was without power for 4 days this past winter.... That sucked! Could have really used the 2200 then!

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05-25-2018 11:21 PM  84 days agoPost 33
Jeff polisena

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Two 2000’s on propane , perfect setup . I run one with light load ( fridge / lights )and add second when needed for heavy load ( hot water ,small A/C)

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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05-26-2018 12:14 AM  83 days agoPost 34
Heli_Splatter

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My 1000 is about 6 years old and runs perfect. For this reason Im a Honda fan. It Costs more up front but saves over time.
I got a Ryobi about 7 years ago. Paid $400 for 1800watt generator. Cost less up front and no maintenance issues. I have the money to buy another if it goes bad. Money ahead.

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05-26-2018 01:27 AM  83 days agoPost 35
DennisH

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If you have a 2000 you can parallel 1000 if needed and 1000 is close to 1/2 the weight of 2000.Ive seen DIY videos of 4 2000's parallel and also 2 2000's and 1 1000 parallel .
Are you stating taking the 2000 & the 1000 generators and hooking them up parallel so you can produce a 3000 watt generator?

You have seen 4 2000w generators hooked up parallel which should equal an 8000w generator?
and also 2 2000's and 1 1000 parallel
Which equals 5000w's.

Your answer is clear, but I am verifying your statements.

Carry around 2 or 3 1000w generators is much easier vs. just one 3000w.

I have hooked up 2 2000 parallel when I needed that much power. Many times I only used 1 if that's all I needed.

But I "have never" seen a 2000w & a 1000w wired in a parallel to produce 3000w's.

Again, just verifying. I made a small pad with air tires to push my generators around.

A friend of mine had the same 2000w Honda generators. When we camped together, we hooked them up (parallel) so we both had plenty of power when our AC's or Microwaves were in use. Mostly this time was between 5pm to 10pm, and sometimes in the mornings.

When these 2 generators were put together, "nothing" even strained. I don't care if the AC and Microwave kicked in at the same time, it barely strained the two Honda's.

I was told by a Honda rep these generators were very underrated. They didn't want any issues, legally, but he stated they were well capable of producing more than 2000w's per generator. The rep also told me the Honda's also had a "reserve" stored for sudden boosts, I believe he stated they had capacitors or something likewise.

A friend had an off brand 5000w construction generator, and if a light was turned on, the generator strained a little.

JMO, D

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05-26-2018 01:37 AM  83 days agoPost 36
DennisH

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I always use STA-BIL Marine 360 in mine and have never had any kind of gas related issue. I use the magnetic dip stick, Tiny-Tac, and Tac-Brac available on eBay.
A "great" product to use. The biggest thing you have to watch for on a Honda generator is carbon build up on the valves and piston. If you run it mostly on low, sure you are saving on fuel. But your also building up carbon.

Take the above product, add to your fuel, plug something up that "strains" the generator, and run it on high for an hour every now and then. You will be glad you did.

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05-26-2018 01:37 AM  83 days agoPost 37
Ace Dude

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I've also thought about EU1000i before ordering the EU2200i. Decided to go with the bigger model for a few reasons. 1. The price is not half for the 1000. 2. The 2200w of power may come in handy for other purposes than just field charging. I was without power for 4 days this past winter.... That sucked! Could have really used the 2200 then!
The 1000 is all about convenience, regardless of price.

When Superstorm Sandy hit my eu2000i powered my entire house for 8 days straight. Obviously not everything at once, but we had heat, lights, hot water, TV/Internet, fridge, and sump pump, and we even did a load of laundry just to try it out. Some manual intervention and extension cords, but it worked great!

  

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05-26-2018 01:46 AM  83 days agoPost 38
Ace Dude

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DennisH
Carry around 2 or 3 1000w generators is much easier vs. just one 3000w.
It's all about the application. If I had a trailer I'd rather have an eu3000i on wheels than 2 or 3 smaller units. 1 unit is less maintenance and no parallel cables than 2 or 3 units.

  

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05-26-2018 02:57 PM  83 days agoPost 39
Jeff polisena

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Watch at YouTube

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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05-26-2018 02:58 PM  83 days agoPost 40
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Watch at YouTube

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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