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Old 07-22-2009, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Honda portable inverter generators, hype or best of the best?

I'm looking at a Honda EU6500is inverter generator mainly for dry camping in my toy hauler but also for home backup because of hurricanes. I've never personally seen one of these in use, only the smaller EU2000 and EU1000 inverter generators. I know they're quiet as hell, don't use a lot of fuel and are generally known to be good units but after reading the RV.net forum I see that some people must have weekly sex with their Honda gensets. There are some limitations on the EU6500 and tricks to get the full power out of it, when I asked about it I basically got attacked for questioning the thinking/design of Honda.

Does anyone own an EU6500? Can you give me some feedback on the generator?
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A buddy of mine with a toyhauler has a Yamaha version of the same thing. It is a 4,000 I believe. It is quiet as well and he used it to power his house for nearly 2 weeks after hurricane Ike. It ran for 72 hours straight at one point. He said it was significantly cheaper than the Honda version and equally as good. I think it is 3 years old or so at this point.
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I have had my EU3000 for 6 or 7 years with zero problems or complaints.
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I have had my EU3000 for 6 or 7 years with zero problems or complaints.
What kind of load do you put on it? I was shopping for the 3000 before finding a deal on the 6500, I'm not sure if the extra weight and price is worth getting the larger unit.
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but after reading the RV.net forum I see that some people must have weekly sex with their Honda gensets. There are some limitations on the EU6500 and tricks to get the full power out of it, when I asked about it I basically got attacked for questioning the thinking/design of Honda.
rv.net has a lot of great info.

But, at the same time, there are A LOT of ignorant morons on that site.

It also seems that the more something costs, by default, the better it is.

Damn... did I just describe PBB?
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rv.net has a lot of great info.

But, at the same time, there are A LOT of ignorant morons on that site.

It also seems that the more something costs, by default, the better it is.

Damn... did I just describe PBB?
I think you did.
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I have a good friend that has the 2000. It won't run his air compressor, but it will run normal electric tools/lights/fan/etc. He's looking

He uses it all the time, just keeps good fluids in it and follows a regular maintenance schedule.

I'd be very comfortable buying any of the EU series generators.
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Almost bought one... But ended up with two Onan's for less than one Honda.
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Anyone ever used one of these on NG ? They make a tri fuel kit for them.
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I have an EX650 that has been sitting in my garage untouched for years I'll make you smoking deal on... Not sure if it runs or what not.
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So YOU are the asshole that runs his generator all night and day next to my campsite
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I have an EX650 that has been sitting in my garage untouched for years I'll make you smoking deal on... Not sure if it runs or what not.
I'm looking for the super quiet EU inverter style, I already own a loud ass power anything generator.
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So YOU are the asshole that runs his generator all night and day next to my campsite
That would be me, I'll be sure to drag the old one with me just in case you think you're going to get some sleep.
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Bought a EU3000 before KOH this year to run a heater in our cabover and make margaritas. Since then I've run a rotohammer, 7500 gph pump and it almost runs my spectrum 375 plasma cutter (it'll run it up to 1/4" thick). I didn't go for a bigger unit because as you said I wouldn't be able to pick it up or move it by myself and it would be too much for even my wife to help me with. The 3000 also was the most quiet and fuel efficient of the EU series.

Funny story, it's so quiet the guy set up next to me at KOH was complaining about some guy running his generator all night. I appologized and he was certain it was a motor home another 100yds away. I could barely hear it in my cabover, 15 feet away
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The EU series Hondas are a great generator. We used to sell them, and still would if Honda would let us. We have had excellent results with Yamaha. They are well built, reliable, and efficient. The Subaru/Robin/Onan gensets are good too, but expensive. Do not...no, wait...DO NOT buy a Kipor, no matter how good of a deal it seems to be.
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I have the eu3000 and love it. I have run it for a week straight in the desert average 16 hrs a day several times. It is amazingly quiet, reliable, powerful and quiet. I would really need a good reason to buy a bigger one. It will run a big window shaker air conditioner and a good size camp with blenders, power tools, lights and what not.
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Well I ended up bringing the EU6500is home with me for $2500 cash, the weather got nasty on the way home and the power was out when we got here. I literally took it out of the truck, fired it up and ran a bunch of lights and fans in my house for 3 hours until it came back on. On the Eco throttle mode it sounds like a box fan from 5 feet away, nothing like my old little cheap Champion 3500 $100 PBB special.

It took an hour to get it out of this woman's storage closet in her high rise apartment building, it's been in storage since hurricane Ike last year. I turned the key, the battery meter read 12.1V so I put a gallon of gas in it and turned the fuel knob on. About 5 seconds of cranking and she fired right up, it has a total of 22 hours on it and I put 2 of them on it tonight.

The only bad side I see is it's a beast, it's heavy as hell and plenty for 2 guys to lift into a pickup truck that's for sure. The handles and wheels make it easy to move around the garage though. I plan to roll it up into my toy hauler when I need it so I won't be lifting it at all.
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good buy!
I think so. I'll drag it out to KOH 2010 just so I can pack it full of JV sand and grit.
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Really good deal on that. The zombies won't stand a chance.
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A couple shots of it in the garage.

I still need to build the cheater box so I pull the full power out of it for my toy hauler.
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It's got a keyed start.

What about a remote to fire it up from inside the toy hauler.
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Why would someone buy something like that for use in ONE storm and then let it sit for years? It boggles my mind sometimes the things people buy and never use.
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It's got a keyed start.

What about a remote to fire it up from inside the toy hauler.
That's still in the box, it was never installed. When the lady bought it she bought the remote start and a transfer switch but never used them. I think the transfer switch was some promotional free item they gave with the generator, it's a 100 amp 10 circuit box.

The "key" isn't much of a key but I guess it'll stop just anyone from starting it. I wish I could take the key out while it's running so just anyone couldn't stop it but then again they could just flip the fuel knob off.
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Why would someone buy something like that for use in ONE storm and then let it sit for years? It boggles my mind sometimes the things people buy and never use.
Ike was just last year, she's a wealth manager or some BS like that and she had to keep her home office running after the storm so 2 days before the storm she ran out and bought this $4300 generator. She snuck it into her high rise high dollar building and ran it on her 24th story balcony. After 2 days of that the building manager caught her and she put it in storage, took her computers and left town. She really had no idea what they sold her and based on her website she could afford to pay whatever she wanted and not worry. They finally cracked down on her because she had this generator and 2 empty gas cans in storage and that's against building rules so she sold it.

I should get some use out of it, I've put a couple hundred hours on my cheap PBB generator since buying it last year just camping and power outages. Now that I have the Caddy of portable generators I plan to loan out only my cheap yellow one to family when they need to borrow something.
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