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Old 06-30-2008, 04:42 PM   #1
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Just ordered this generator from Costco.

I know it's not a Honda superduperfuelsippingquite generator, but I could beat the price. $350 + tax delivered to my door. And don't forget that great Costco warranty.

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

Also looking at one of these kits for propane conversion.

http://www.propane-generators.com/a-c_kits.htm
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:31 PM   #3
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

Picked up the geni yesterday. Fired it up today. I am very impressed with how quite it is. The muffler is quite large and the opening for the exhaust is about the size of a quarter. Only ran it for about 5 minutes. Instructions say to run it at 1/2 load for a couple of hours. I will post on noise level at 1/2 and full load. $350 plus tax is a screamin' deal if it doesn't blow up.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:14 PM   #4
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Burning man is where I'm going. The main thing I want it for is to run A/C while I'm sleeping?
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

Make sure it'll run that AC before you leave!! If you have a 13.5K AC, that genny may be a bit small. I just upgraded to a Champion 3500 watt from Kragen. I plan on putting it on a hitch mount cargo rack; should be able to run it and thus the AC going down the road. Anyone know if there are any legal issues doing this?
I also plan to build an insulated sound box to install when at the Burn. Got to keep the neighbors happy. It may seem quiet, but not to the folks in tents 5 feet away!!
I'll try to post a map with my camp location before leaving. The big theme camp mapping session is happening this weekend, so our location should be finalized soon. The wife is managing the Placement team this year.
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Burning man is where I'm going. The main thing I want it for is to run A/C while I'm sleeping?
if you sleep at nite you won't need the a/c......but all the cool stuff happens at nite.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:25 AM   #7
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Make sure it'll run that AC before you leave!! If you have a 13.5K AC, that genny may be a bit small. I just upgraded to a Champion 3500 watt from Kragen. I plan on putting it on a hitch mount cargo rack; should be able to run it and thus the AC going down the road. Anyone know if there are any legal issues doing this?
I also plan to build an insulated sound box to install when at the Burn. Got to keep the neighbors happy. It may seem quiet, but not to the folks in tents 5 feet away!!
I will try the a/c before I leave. Also, I don't see any problem with your genny on the hitch as long as it's secured and doesn't look like it's about to fall off. Who would even notice. Just make sure you have the exhaust going away from the bus. If you have any open windows in the back while you are driving, you will be breathing exhaust.

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Burning man is where I'm going. The main thing I want it for is to run A/C while I'm sleeping?
if you sleep at nite you won't need the a/c......but all the cool stuff happens at nite.
I promise you, I won't be sleeping at night.
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

Make sure your insulated sound boxes still let the air circulate. Air cooled engines are usually pretty tough. You overheat them, they seize, they cool, you restart them...but that's not something I would PLAN on doing. How about just 4 sides with the top and the bottom open? That would still allow plenty of airflow while directing the sound up or down rather than out. Otherwise I would consider some sort of ducting. It has been my experience that the mechanical noise of the generator is as loud as a properly muffled small engine.
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

How loud is that geni? I clicked the first link you posted and didn't see it listed.

I see now it's 499 + tax, looks like you bought it at the right time.
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

I think it's pretty quite. I have heard some others and this is much more quite. It's not as quite as an EU, but it's mucho cheaper. The muffler is about a foot long and oval on the end, about 6x9. Like a very, very small car muffler. The exhaust opening is maybe 1". I was thinking about putting some sort of car muffler setup before it showed up, but now that it's here I won't bother. I think I might try a pipe with a 90 going straight up for 4-5 feet. For the mechanical noise, I will try a four sided box made out of 4x8 plywood with carpet stapled to the inside to absorb some noise. Top would be open.


The original link died with the $150 off deal, so I put a link to the regular price. If you are interested, keep checking costco.com. It might go on sale again. Remember, Costco's regular return policy aplies. If you have a problem with it, you can return it to the store and get a refund.


Just checked, looks like they are having a special on the inverter models.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...se=&lang=en-US


Look what else they have that I need to save up for.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...at3241&topnav=
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:45 PM   #11
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Quiet that Generator muffler:

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I was going to say it looked like a super trap, but it is a super trap. I think my muffler is pretty good. I just want to direct the exhaust up.
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Re: Just ordered this generator from Costco.

Speaking of A/C and generators, I was thinking of going with two 13,500 a/c units but saw elsewhere that one 15,000 unit cools a bus pretty good. Anyone have any experience with this? Will the Honda eu2000 power a 15,000w unit?
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Speaking of A/C and generators, I was thinking of going with two 13,500 a/c units but saw elsewhere that one 15,000 unit cools a bus pretty good. Anyone have any experience with this? Will the Honda eu2000 power a 15,000w unit?
I'm not sure of the calculations but I know that your eu2000 won't power two A/C units.
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Our 2.5KW Onan will power our 13.5K AC unit with very little to spare (it's the motor surge that eats up the power). Basically figure 3K per AC unit. For 2 AC units you can get a switcher that will cycle the ACs (front, then back , then front but never at the same time) but I would be running more than 3K (more like 4K or 5K). We can run our AC unit while traveling down the road with the generator.... the only way we can run our AC unit while under way is to run our generator. Turn off generator when you pull into to refuel. At full load we go thru about 1/2 gal per hour.
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