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Well I’m going to Honda route

Post by pedroescobar » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:22 pm

Initially I was thinking about buying one of the champion 3400 inverters but decided to go the Honda 3000 route, with the potential of getting a second one next year so I can run 2 in parallel in eco mode. The RV I have has as 13500 BTU AC so we should be good. I’d love to get some input on maintaining generators that make the trip out to the playa. Anyone have experience with these by the way?

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Re: Well I’m going to Honda route

Post by Token » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:25 am

First thing I’d do is get the RV and new generator to 5000’ elevation and see if it all works when it’s 90 degrees outside.

Don’t know where you at so maybe not possible.

My story: My trailer will sometimes overpower two Honda 2000 generators in parallel on the Playa due to elevation and heat de-rating. Not always, but sometimes.

Things you can’t control like the house battery charging at the same time, someone leaves a light running all day etc. or atmospheric pressure and humidity in the mix.

A 13500 is a big unit and will push a 3K.

Can you get specs of the plate for locked rotor current? You may be able to add a start capacitor to help with startup.

Locked rotor current is the key.

As for maintaining:

Bring spare air filter.
Learn how to change oil - easy with the right accessories to route and capture the old oil.
Get a spare gas tank cap, modify it so an external marine gas tank can be plumbed to it. - never refuel again - so worth it.

That’s it. Rest is detailing and cleaning off the Playa dust.

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Re: Well I’m going to Honda route

Post by Molotov » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:01 am

I have the modified fuel filler caps on both of my parallel connected Honda 2000i's and have them plumbed to a marine fuel tank. I carry one spare 5 gallon gas can, but don't remember the marine tank ever running out. The trick for best performance of the remote fuel system is to fill the generator's on-board fuel tanks almost to the top. That seems to help set up the vacuum flow from the marine tank. Plus it gives you some additional run time. I use ethanol specific fuel stabilizer in all fuel purchased for the generators.

Sometimes I run one genset, sometimes both. I try to keep the operating hours balanced between the two Hondas. I have installed hour meters powered by an inductive wire wrapped around the spark plug leads to schedule maintenance intervals, since I use them year-round, but regardless of time, I always change the oil and clean the air filters after returning from the playa. I carry two spare spark plugs and a wrench, too.

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Re: Well I’m going to Honda route

Post by pedroescobar » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:15 pm

Wonder if it would be worth going with 2 of the new 2200 models in parallel and getting an extended run tank instead. Gives me an extra bump of power and should be able to run a decent amount of time at the same cost. I had planned to do a second 3000 next year but I don’t know if I need the 5500w. I’m planning on running solar ground lights around the RV so the generator is only for powering AC and interior lights, plus charging phones (our cameras for the week).

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Re: Well I’m going to Honda route

Post by Token » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:59 pm

I’ll say this on having 2 x 2k devices ...

Even a crippled gimp like me can pick one up and get it where it needs to go.

Don’t know how much year-round use you got for a generator, but having three in the sticks where I live is mighty handy.

Can configure a big bank for extended outage or do spot power wherever I need it.

The down side is maintenance x 3, but I got time plenty for that.

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Re: Well I’m going to Honda route

Post by pedroescobar » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:56 pm

Not a lot of need in the Seattle metro area. It will literally be for BM and random camping trips.

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