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memilanuk

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Posted: 11/04/21 03:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bird Freak wrote:

Friend of mine bought a Harbor Freight generator with replacement warranty. never had a problem but every couple of years he takes it back and say's it dies after running a couple of hours. They give him a new one. repeat process!


I don't think I'd be claiming someone like that as a 'friend'. Just sayin'...

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On the other hand, there’s probably a lot of failing Harbor Freight generators for them to give him a new one so easy.


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Posted: 11/04/21 06:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A friend of mine has a 2400 watt Champion with remote start. The generator has been really good and I would love the remote start over going out to pull start my Hondas.

My biggest concern with the Champion (and many other brands) is parts and labor availability. if I have trouble with my Hondas (and I have had very little), I can always find a Honda dealer close by. To me, the dollars I could save are not worth one ruined trip.


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curt12914 wrote:

A friend of mine has a 2400 watt Champion with remote start. The generator has been really good and I would love the remote start over going out to pull start my Hondas.

My biggest concern with the Champion (and many other brands) is parts and labor availability. if I have trouble with my Hondas (and I have had very little), I can always find a Honda dealer close by. To me, the dollars I could save are not worth one ruined trip.


Good Point.
One ruined trip due to a faulty genset will wipe out all your savings real quit.
Even worse is a ruined/cancelled trip because you could not obtain parts or service in a timely manner.


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You guys got me curious about my Briggs and Stratton for parts availability. Generically speaking there looks to be a good bit. I need to get my hands on the manual for my particular model to see if what they do carry actually fits my model. Got mine back in 2016. The gas gauge immediately fogged over once I splashed a little gas on it, the display flashes but still functions, and the wheels are pathetically cheap. Aside from that it's faithfully chugged along, I'm nearing 1000 hours on it. I think I want a name brand 4000kw unit to replace it when the time comes. Got a camper and a trailer to feed now that the trailer is wired.


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Few things I detest more when camping out in the sticks than the sound of a generator drawling away for hours at a time. Can't hear the sasquatch sneaking up on me.


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Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli wrote:

Few things I detest more when camping out in the sticks than the sound of a generator drawling away for hours at a time. Can't hear the sasquatch sneaking up on me.


It sucks when it not your generator. [emoticon]


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I can sit on my Honda EU3000 having it under lower load and I can make conversation in normal voice.
Seem the 1000W Sportsman is louder, but that might be due that is always running on loads above 50%.
Most of the time I can hear camping noises from spots hundred ft away louder, than my generators.
Do you snore?

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Posted: 11/05/21 01:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

curt12914 wrote:

A friend of mine has a 2400 watt Champion with remote start. The generator has been really good and I would love the remote start over going out to pull start my Hondas.

My biggest concern with the Champion (and many other brands) is parts and labor availability. if I have trouble with my Hondas (and I have had very little), I can always find a Honda dealer close by. To me, the dollars I could save are not worth one ruined trip.
Just call 1 877-338-0999 for Champion parts and local service. They sent me a pull cord assembly free of charge.


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specta wrote:

Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli wrote:

Few things I detest more when camping out in the sticks than the sound of a generator drawling away for hours at a time. Can't hear the sasquatch sneaking up on me.


It sucks when it not your generator. [emoticon]


I have my solar setup which does the trick most of the year. The closest I come to a generator is idling the truck for a while. Not efficient I know but it works well enough for the short periods of time I do it. Far quieter too.

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