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Old 02-16-2015, 10:48 AM   #61
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Check the specs on that gen. I compared it to Northern Tools. The 2000i from NT has a plug for 30amp and the connection for running two gens together if you decide to add a second. It even comes with the cable to combine two. I ran one this weekend and just to test it, I powered a small fridge (slightly taller than a cube). I also used my 1000w microwave while the fridge was running. It worked but the gen ran faster to compensate. I bought two so when I make all this more perm. it won't be a problem.
All I think I'll be running will be an A/C unit, and some lights. Was thinking actually about running home lights on the DC circuit, but I don't think the HF model can run AC and DC circuit at the same time. Can the NT do that?
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Some hondas are actually built in the us.
But Japan is still a lot better for manufacturing than China.
You are right, hadn't thought of it that way....

Well, day off today! Let me go check on that turning signal....

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Old 02-16-2015, 02:22 PM   #62
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Allright!!!! Turn signals all working!!!!
After about 2 hours testing different bulbs, chasing wires, replacing the thermal flasher (which brand new burned out after 30 minutes!) and putting original back, finally decided to spray MORE WD40 inside the selector lever contacts....brushed all contacts nice and clean....

Before I reassembled the whole piece, I thought "let me jam something in each contact, let's see what lights up..."
Sure enough, there are 4 contacts in the assy, and each contact = one corner/turn signal! Once again, pardon my ignorance, but I thought the whole thing would have been controlled by relays lol

Soooo.....once I very carefully put the assembly back together, voilà! All turn + emergency lights work!

I have to say, after trying different things, and still no results, I was getting pretty bummed out thinking I was gonna have to get it done at a shop. Glad I stuck with it, and got it done

Now I'm pumped about the next phase: starting on the outside!

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Old 02-16-2015, 02:33 PM   #63
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I read the manual and didn't find anything that says it can't.
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:02 PM   #64
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The Honda i2000 or EU series is referenced often here because it seems to be the quietest of the quiet gensets. Correct? I haven't seen anything about the starting of the generator, though....do you guys just run small things off of an inverter, extra battery bank, then once "camping" manually start the generator from the outside....?

I was looking for an electric starter genset, and actually this http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...8594_200638594 even had a remote control!

Definitely overkill on the power output, and at 63 dB noise level, can anyone comment if that would be too loud?

Am I talking out of my behind?

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Old 02-16-2015, 07:23 PM   #65
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I seriously considered that one,looked at a 3000i but the 2000i that I got makes enough noise when it revs up to be heard inside over conversation. I expected that but at idle it still is as loud as a person's voice and having someone outside talking all night might be too much for some campgrounds. Louder would be too loud, I think.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:37 PM   #66
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Something else to consider is where you will keep it while traveling. Will you move it whenever you stop to camp? If so, weight may be a concern. Will it be mounted? If so, size could be a concern. There isn't enough space under mine to mount a quiet gen. I plan to create a cage that will hold both gens with a hinged lid. It will be behind the back bumper.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:56 PM   #67
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What about enclosing the generator compartment with something like this > http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded...96BX/100663624
and making sure the exaust is routed?

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Old 02-16-2015, 09:34 PM   #68
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I picked up a Honda i3000 and it is very quiet (compared to most gennies). I think one advantage of the 3000 is that with the extra power, it rarely needs to come off idle. Mind you, I tested mine with only the 8Kbtu A/C plugged in, but with the A/C cranked all the way up, the gen never came off idle even in the "power save" mode. No means for measuring decibels...but barely audible at 5 feet.

I do still plan on some acoustic insulation and a tall exhaust stack, but for now...pretty nice.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:45 AM   #69
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You can't beat the Honda or Yamaha. But the price is high, so I bought the Hyundai 2000i inverter generator. Not as quite as the Honda/Yamaha but close, and at half the price its really hard to beat. I got mine from ebay for $550.
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I've seen the honda 3000's on local craigslist in good shape for around 500.
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My problem is I want to (at least try) go with a new genset, but affordable.

I think my plan of action is to go with the HF quiet 2200W, and get extended warranty which should cover replacement just in case. If something happens to the 1st one, I'll have a 2nd for a fraction, cutting costs drastically.

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I've seen the honda 3000's on local craigslist in good shape for around 500.
Man , if that's the quiet suitcase inverter generator that's a steal.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:19 AM   #73
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Actually they probably weren't 3000's. But there IS this one-https://orlando.craigslist.org/tls/4880002204.html This is a suitcase style inverter generator.

I'm going with an older used onan stuffed into one of my storage bays for my power. But I'm going full time. This shorty probably won't need a full size rig for power.

Have you folks been driving your bus around at all?
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:28 AM   #74
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Not really. After the drive from where I bought it from, I crank it once a week to make sure nothing died. That's it. Wife wants to drive it, but without seats, we need a baby sitter to watch the little one while we're gone

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I still don't have a tag, but I've been driving mine around the farm and to the neighbor's property every so often.
Its good that you start it once a week. I do too.
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I still don't have a tag, but I've been driving mine around the farm and to the neighbor's property every so often.
Its good that you start it once a week. I do too.
Title, tag and reg were the first things I wanted done.
I knew otherwise it would take me foreeeever.....changing title to read "RV" instead of "BU" is another story.....

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Continuous, unnecessary cold starting a diesel engine is not a good idea.

95% of engine wear happens in the first 30 seconds to 3 min depending on outside temp.

That big diesel engine should not be started unless it has a job to do.

Starting it just to charge your starting batteries is a waste of engine health, and fuel. Not to mention how bad the exhaust fumes smell on a cold start.

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Continuous, unnecessary cold starting a diesel engine is not a good idea.

95% of engine wear happens in the first 30 seconds to 3 min depending on outside temp.

That big diesel engine should not be started unless it has a job to do.

Starting it just to charge your starting batteries is a waste of engine health, and fuel. Not to mention how bad the exhaust fumes smell on a cold start.

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I usually run it for a few minutes, but yes I see your point. I just like to hear the monster gargle

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Continuous, unnecessary cold starting a diesel engine is not a good idea.

95% of engine wear happens in the first 30 seconds to 3 min depending on outside temp.

That big diesel engine should not be started unless it has a job to do.

Starting it just to charge your starting batteries is a waste of engine health, and fuel. Not to mention how bad the exhaust fumes smell on a cold start.

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I drive mine around and let it run twenty mins before I do.
I disagree with you on this one. I think letting it sit till it needs a jump is the wrong way to go. Sitting is not good for any engine.
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Title, tag and reg were the first things I wanted done.
I knew otherwise it would take me foreeeever.....changing title to read "RV" instead of "BU" is another story.....

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I'm on acreage, no need to pay until it needs to leave the area. I don't wanna make two trips so I'm gonna be doing the rv title right off the bat.
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