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at home depot (free ship to store or home)

800/1000 watt: $158 http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-000-Watt-Ga.../300792167

2800/3000 watt with 30A RV outlet $499 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsman-3-0.../300792171

There are obvious mistakes on the web pages, are they CARB complaint or not?  Smaller one only has one outlet.  Quoted gas usage is at 50%, not 100%.  What output are the noise ratings at?  (If at full or half load, the small one is very quiet.)

I'm sure they won't last as long as a Honda or Yamaha.
Thank you for posting this. I normally would go for a Champion but for $158 I'll give the smaller of the two a shot as a emergency back up to the solar. Now I have to get rid of the 3500/4000 remote start beast that I never got to use and can't pick up.
(12-10-2016, 01:51 PM)blars Wrote: [ -> ]at home depot (free ship to store or home)

800/1000 watt: $158 http://www.homedepot.com/p/1-000-Watt-Ga.../300792167

2800/3000 watt with 30A RV outlet $499 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sportsman-3-0.../300792171

There are obvious mistakes on the web pages, are they CARB complaint or not?  Smaller one only has one outlet.  Quoted gas usage is at 50%, not 100%.  What output are the noise ratings at?  (If at full or half load, the small one is very quiet.)

I'm sure they won't last as long as a Honda or Yamaha.

I would suggest that one consider buying such a generator from Costco.  Preferably a Champion brand as it seems that they have the best customer service of the China made units.  If all else fails, one could return the unit years later to Costco and get all their $$ back.

The below link is for an attractive option as it is both gas and propane capable. The price is $999.  There is also a very similar gas only unit for $699.

Link:

http://www.costco.com/Champion-DUAL-FUEL...84958.html
I thought about buying new, but most generators in my price range are crap and too large. Instead, I picked up a used Honda EX650 with a broken pull cord off Craigslist for $150 CRN. The way I look at it, I already have a 1000W inverter and bigass AGM's, so all I need is something to charge up the batteries when my solar doesn't cut it. Also, being an 'old school' generator, it's easy to fix with readily available parts. I'm very leery about inverter generators since I doubt that there's much in the way of band-aid repairs that can be done if the electronics packs it in. As it is, I've ended up with one of the quietest generators ever made and really good quality.. also damned cheap. ..Willy.
(12-10-2016, 06:55 PM)Willy Wrote: [ -> ]I thought about buying new, but most generators in my price range are crap and too large. Instead, I picked up a used Honda EX650 with a broken pull cord off Craigslist for $150 CRN. The way I look at it, I already have a 1000W inverter and bigass AGM's, so all I need is something to charge up the batteries when my solar doesn't cut it. Also, being an 'old school' generator, it's easy to fix with readily available parts. I'm very leery about inverter generators since I doubt that there's much in the way of band-aid repairs that can be done if the electronics packs it in. As it is, I've ended up with one of the quietest generators ever made and really good quality.. also damned cheap. ..Willy.

Great choice in a genny.  The EX650, besides being all you say, puts out pretty clean power considering it is an AVR (auto voltage regulator) generator and not an inverter style unit.  I have one.
(12-10-2016, 07:26 PM)29chico Wrote: [ -> ]Great choice in a genny.  The EX650, besides being all you say, puts out pretty clean power considering it is an AVR (auto voltage regulator) generator and not an inverter style unit.  I have one.

  Yeah, I did some studying on the net and near everyone had nuthin' but praise for it. It also, unlike the newer inverter style units,
stick pretty close to the KISS principle. Now, all I gotta do is find the service manual online. Found the owners manual, and the service manual for the EM650, but not the EX650. ..Willy.
I am running in the Sportsman 800/1000 inverter generator from Home Depot for $170 with tax. I have 3 100w bulbs on it and will try to find another socket to get another on it. I can tell you right now that it will not do 800 watts at 5000 ft but it should push at least 600. So far not a chance. I might be able to push it up slowly but the surge of starting the low setting on a oil heater has been too much so far. It was dry when shipped so I had to remove the side panel to add oil. A few pushes on the prime bulb, set the choke and it started on the second pull in below freezing weather. Restarts are just as easy.

It does have a eco mode but there isn't much difference when it is on or off. It is considerably quieter than the 3500/4000 open frame and about 100 pounds lighter. I has a fuel shut off valve, that's nice.
Thanks for the report Jim.
You are welcome, I am glad it may help.

Breaking it in is helping, it almost wants to push the 600w heater. I am certain that it would at sea level and my heaters are 135w, 200w or 400w. I would like to find a 25a converter for it, I have a 12a car charger and a 10 amp/13.6v power supply now for emergencies. I didn't have a issue with either but the trailers old battery is fully charged. I know it can't run the trailers 55a converter even at sea level, so much for the easy option.

I would have rather have gotten a Champion 2000i but this is only twice as much as I am allowed to pick up. A 2000w genny is five times too much and I feel it too. It also fits where the trailers battery use to sit on the tongue and I may just lock it down there and find a cover for it. The Champions are square and won't fit.
(12-16-2016, 08:31 PM)jimindenver Wrote: [ -> ]I would like to find a 25a converter for it 

I'll look for a PFC power supply that should be able to stay under 600 watts.

In theory, My rsp-500-15 could be dialed back via the voltage pot, and then turned up until the generator struggles.  But the RSP-500-15's provided voltage pot is not designed for repetitive voltage adjustments, and swapping out for a better voltage pot is not that easy.
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