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Lainiest

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Portable Generator
« on: May 07, 2017, 01:04:36 PM »
I am looking to get a portable generator for dry camping.  The Yamaha EF3000i  looks like the one.  But it weighs 157 pounds.  Where are you storing your generators?  How are you getting it from your storage place in your truck bed or TT to the ground and back up into storage?

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 01:41:28 PM »
Why do you think you need a 3KW generator?  Do you intend to run an AC unit all day?
The EF2800I only weighs 68 pounds.
But if your really concerned about weight and you need to run the AC all day, buy a pair of 2KW and a parallel cable.

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 02:04:30 PM »
I am looking to get a portable generator for dry camping.  The Yamaha EF3000i  looks like the one.  But it weighs 157 pounds.  Where are you storing your generators?  How are you getting it from your storage place in your truck bed or TT to the ground and back up into storage?

Why not leave it in the truck. Just keep it away from the walls of the bed so you get good cooling.
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2017, 06:51:44 PM »
157 Pounds. for me.. I'd store it anywhere I wished. Truck bed or storage (Vented) compartment..  That's well within my "Load Limit"

Sadly that might not be true of others

(At QZ a few years ago I picked up a 3-wheel mobility scooter and set it on the table.. 250 pounds)  I was nice. Set it back on the floor/ground.
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 08:49:33 AM »
Sounds like you have a big rig with lots of electrical stuff you "need" while dry camping.  We have a Honda 2000i and with solar it is really to big and heavy for our needs (recharging house batteries and one small space heater).  Now I wish we had the Honda 1000.  Lighter to move around (we put the generator out in the woods about 100 feet away from us to reduce the unwanted noise) would also be easier to store.  Recommend you think hard about your needs and wants. 
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2017, 11:35:50 AM »
We use a Honda 2000 for 95% of our charging needs. We have a second Honda 2000 to run along with the first if we need air conditioning. The two Hondas together weight much less than the 3000 the OP mentions. They are very easy to move around or to connect together. I just can't imagine moving 157 pounds around. That is way past single person carry, and leaving it in your pickup all the time might not be the best use of space.
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2017, 10:42:03 AM »
We love our Champion Inverter 75537i. Pure sine wave inverter, quiet, eco mode adjusts RPMs based on load, gas on/off switch, lightweight at sub-100 pounds, already wired with a standard 30 amp RV outlet, and best of all it has a remote control. 3100 watts starting, 2800 running. We stop and start it from INSIDE our trailer as needed. Works like a charm! Check out the other reviews on the amazon page below. Note: I don't have anything to do with Champion other than being a happy customer.

https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Power-Equipment-75537i-Generator/dp/B00JZQUSAC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494430781&sr=8-1&keywords=75537i

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2017, 09:06:51 PM »
I am by no means a big fan of cheap generators. I have hondas for my contracting business. BUT. I saw a link for these linkable, stackable champion generators.  2000 watts, inverter style and only 50lbs each. For less than a grand you get two of them. They are getting good reviews. Honda will have to step up with something similar, as the idea is a good one. https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Power-Equipment-73536i-Stackable/dp/B0041K09D8/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1494468133&sr=1-1&keywords=stackable+generator

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2017, 09:51:21 PM »
I looked at Yamaha and Honda and first looked at the 3000 watt, but both were in that 157 pound range.  Decided to go with two Honda 2000s. the dollar figure was about the same no matter which way and I can hook the two Hondas together and get an extra 1000 watts. That plus the Hondas weight 47 pounds each so they are easy to move.
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2017, 01:25:02 AM »
157 Pounds. for me.. I'd store it anywhere I wished. Truck bed or storage (Vented) compartment..  That's well within my "Load Limit"

Sadly that might not be true of others

(At QZ a few years ago I picked up a 3-wheel mobility scooter and set it on the table.. 250 pounds)  I was nice. Set it back on the floor/ground.

Good to have you on my side :)
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2017, 07:12:55 AM »
I used to do crap like that...until I got a double hernia helping to load my boss's player piano.  Now I leave that heavy stuff to the youngsters.
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Rvtex

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2017, 09:32:20 AM »
X2 on the two 2000watt with parallel. I just bought 2 champions and parallel cord. They weigh 47# ea. One is almost always enough and if I need more I run parallel. Both fit in my front basement perfect. The champions were waaay cheaper than the red or blue. I got both and the parallel cord for under a thousand shipped to my front door in 2 days...love amazon!!
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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2017, 09:33:45 AM »
I am by no means a big fan of cheap generators. I have hondas for my contracting business. BUT. I saw a link for these linkable, stackable champion generators.  2000 watts, inverter style and only 50lbs each. For less than a grand you get two of them. They are getting good reviews. Honda will have to step up with something similar, as the idea is a good one. https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Power-Equipment-73536i-Stackable/dp/B0041K09D8/ref=sr_1_1?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1494468133&sr=1-1&keywords=stackable+generator


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daveevans

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2017, 11:53:23 PM »
Hey Lainiest,
There are a few options when it comes to portability. If you are looking for something around the 3000W mark I would recommend checking out the Briggs and Stratton 30545. It only weighs 89lbs and has dual handles which allow you to share the load when lifting is necessary. Also has telescoping handles and built in wheels which allow you to roll it behind you. Here's an in depth review I found;

https://www.quietpowergenerators.com/2017/03/10/briggs-stratton-30545-p3000-powersmart-series/

Alternatively you could also parallel two smaller units together. In fact for the price of the Yamaha you could almost certainly buy two smaller/cheaper units and run them together. This allows you to move the units individually and also cuts down on noise emission.
This page has a section dedicated to running two inverter generators in parallel;

https://www.quietpowergenerators.com/generators-vs-inverters/

Hope this helps and remember lift with your legs! :)
Dave


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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 12:48:53 AM »
Hey Lainiest,
There are a few options when it comes to portability. If you are looking for something around the 3000W mark I would recommend checking out the Briggs and Stratton 30545. It only weighs 89lbs and has dual handles which allow you to share the load when lifting is necessary. Also has telescoping handles and built in wheels which allow you to roll it behind you. Here's an in depth review I found;

https://www.quietpowergenerators.com/2017/03/10/briggs-stratton-30545-p3000-powersmart-series/

Looked like a great deal to me until I noticed they don't ship to California. Non carb compliant  :(

Butch
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SkateBoard

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Re: Portable Generator
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2017, 04:34:59 AM »
I have the Champion 3400/3100 generator. Remote start and idles down when power not in big demand. Half the price of a Honda and does more

 

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