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Old 01-02-2019, 08:20 AM   #51 (permalink)
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It is loud as #$%&-+
Might be ok for home use, should be banned in campsites

Aint no honda\yamaha but for occasional use... but' for the $$$ it's ok I guess.
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Old 01-02-2019, 09:32 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Do you ground your generator? I was going through the manual and it states it needs grounded via a rod at least 24". I have been to camp over the years and never seen anyone ground their generator. The take it out, fire it up, and connect shit. I will probably do so anyways but curious about this.
Nope. Just ran an extension cord in thru a window and plug the pellet stove in.
If it was a more permanent setup I probably would.
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:55 AM   #53 (permalink)
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I have the 3500 predator inverter generator (HF 63584). It is really quiet, and will run our travel trailer air conditioner. It will run about 7 hours on 2.5 gallons of gas, with the A/C cycling about 30% on and 70% off, to maintain temperature.
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Any problems running the AC off the generator on the hottest days in Texas? I'm about to buy one of the 3500 "quiet" generators that weights 100 pounds for my trailer AC since it's a less expensive option than two 2,000-2300 watt inverter generators with a parallel kit. I've heard a few in campsites and I'd put them on the same "noise level" as other inverter generators.
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Any problems running the AC off the generator on the hottest days in Texas? I'm about to buy one of the 3500 "quiet" generators that weights 100 pounds for my trailer AC since it's a less expensive option than two 2,000-2300 watt inverter generators with a parallel kit. I've heard a few in campsites and I'd put them on the same "noise level" as other inverter generators.
I was up in Silverton, CO and my buddy had a rented Predator 3500 quiet generator and it ran the AC just fine and stayed quiet. It wasn't super hot outside but we were at 9700 feet and the air is quite thin there. I was impressed.
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I copied this design for the generator we take to the track that is an old coleman from the 1970's that we nicknamed the earbleed 4000. It made a huge difference. Plus the fumes are not in your face since the generator is mounted on the nose of the trailer. I never did a decibel test but I would say it's half as loud.


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Any problems running the AC off the generator on the hottest days in Texas? I'm about to buy one of the 3500 "quiet" generators that weights 100 pounds for my trailer AC since it's a less expensive option than two 2,000-2300 watt inverter generators with a parallel kit. I've heard a few in campsites and I'd put them on the same "noise level" as other inverter generators.
I have had most all of the inverters at one point in time. Honda EU2000, EU3000, Yamaha 2k unit (still have it), and the Predator 3500. I have about 500 hours on my 3500 and I love it. Around the 400 hour mark, it died on me out of nowhere. I remember reading somewhere about the exhaust getting plugged up from carbon, I took the end piece off (two 8mm bolts, takes all of 2 seconds). Took out the little spark arrestor screen thing, and yep, it was plugged up solid. Cleaned it out with brake cleaner and running like new again. Super awesome to be able to see the draw load on it at any given time. One of the roller wheels will rattle (the one that locks) if it's not wedged in the ground properly (extremely common) because it's on uneven blacktop or something. you have to lock the wheel, then drag the genny a few inches to prevent the wheel lock from rattling.

Other than that, it's been an awesome buy.
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I have had most all of the inverters at one point in time. Honda EU2000, EU3000, Yamaha 2k unit (still have it), and the Predator 3500. I have about 500 hours on my 3500 and I love it. Around the 400 hour mark, it died on me out of nowhere. I remember reading somewhere about the exhaust getting plugged up from carbon, I took the end piece off (two 8mm bolts, takes all of 2 seconds). Took out the little spark arrestor screen thing, and yep, it was plugged up solid. Cleaned it out with brake cleaner and running like new again. Super awesome to be able to see the draw load on it at any given time. One of the roller wheels will rattle (the one that locks) if it's not wedged in the ground properly (extremely common) because it's on uneven blacktop or something. you have to lock the wheel, then drag the genny a few inches to prevent the wheel lock from rattling.

Other than that, it's been an awesome buy.
The metal collar that locks the wheel rattles on mine unless you lock the wheel, then its quiet.

I love my 3500 for the price. Its quiet and it sips gas. So far we've only used it 4 times or so to power our slide in camper and 4 bank boat battery charger, but it will run all night without fail. No A/C on the camper...yet. Will be a good test then as well.

When you get them run them for an hour and then change the oil. Lots of metal particles will be in it. Should be good to go after that to do changes at normal intervals.
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A few friends have the Predator 3500, it's not that loud to be around.
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Harbor Freight Generators:

No, they won't run your RV/Camper AC without tripping a circuit. Especially if you run a 50amp plug. If you get a smaller unit from HF the volts on the breaker are less than on a Honda. You can make a HF generator work if you do some rewiring and swap out a circuit breaker...but what's the point. You bought it to not work on it.

It will run your RV microwave, at less power than normal.

I bought a HF generator because my Honda 5000 would not start last year... I had it plugged into my Work & Play trailer. I took back the HF because it kept tripping the circuit breaker on it and then got to the point it would just start and run but no power output at all.

It will be loud. If you are using it camping, you better like your neighbors because you will piss them off. For the love of god don't take it to KOH, or if you do, go camp at moon rocks, not Means.

Harbor Freight Coupons:
Those with Android phones do a google search for Harbor Freight Coupon App. They are not in the App store because HF complained. The apps have the coupons loaded from across the country, and my not be offered from your HF, but are still valid. One of them even lets you scan a barcode to find a coupon for the product.
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No, they won't run your RV/Camper AC without tripping a circuit. Especially if you run a 50amp plug. If you get a smaller unit from HF the volts on the breaker are less than on a Honda. You can make a HF generator work if you do some rewiring and swap out a circuit breaker...but what's the point. You bought it to not work on it.

It will run your RV microwave, at less power than normal.

I bought a HF generator because my Honda 5000 would not start last year... I had it plugged into my Work & Play trailer. I took back the HF because it kept tripping the circuit breaker on it and then got to the point it would just start and run but no power output at all.

It will be loud. If you are using it camping, you better like your neighbors because you will piss them off. For the love of god don't take it to KOH, or if you do, go camp at moon rocks, not Means.
which model did you get??

i picked up a predator 3500 a couple months ago and it was plenty quiet

i wouldnt feel bad using it at an RV park let alone at KOH

i only have a small toyhauler but no breaker problems with this model

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So last year my dad made what i thought was a stupid internet purchase. He bought a used light plant with a little Kubota diesel in it. Turns that this is a awesome little genset. Take the damn lights off of it and just use it as a tow behind generator.

I have been using it to dewater a pit of mine to run 2 2Ē submersible pumps. Itís funny because one Monday I go down there and go oh shit I forgot the genset was still running. It ran from thursday afternoon to Monday morning on about 30 gallons of fuel. I love it super quiet fuel efficient, has a marathon generator on it.

From now on this is gonna be my route for small 120/240 single phase gensets. Iím done withs stupid gas small engine stuff.
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I was up in Silverton, CO and my buddy had a rented Predator 3500 quiet generator and it ran the AC just fine and stayed quiet. It wasn't super hot outside but we were at 9700 feet and the air is quite thin there. I was impressed.
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No, they won't run your RV/Camper AC without tripping a circuit. Especially if you run a 50amp plug. If you get a smaller unit from HF the volts on the breaker are less than on a Honda.

It will be loud. If you are using it camping, you better like your neighbors because you will piss them off. For the love of god don't take it to KOH, or if you do, go camp at moon rocks, not Means.


I think you're thinking of the non inverter generators that were super loud.
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which model did you get??

i picked up a predator 3500 a couple months ago and it was plenty quiet

i wouldnt feel bad using it at an RV park let alone at KOH

i only have a small toyhauler but no breaker problems with this model

I got the 6500 because I knew I needed max watts for the AC unit to work. It didn't.

The Predator 3500 is a quite generator, but still louder than a Honda. Just check the volts on the breaker. It may have the 13.3v breaker which means most of your RV stuff will pop the breaker (microwave depending on what it is, and the AC unit).

I have a friend that uses the 4375 when dry camping. Its loud. We have to build a wall around it if it runs at night to deflect the noise. He also had to rewire a few things to make it work, but he had to rewire. I don't see the point of buying something brand new you expect to work and having to rewire it to make it work when the Honda was just a few bucks more and it does work out of the box.
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I got the 6500 because I knew I needed max watts for the AC unit to work. It didn't.

The Predator 3500 is a quite generator, but still louder than a Honda. Just check the volts on the breaker. It may have the 13.3v breaker which means most of your RV stuff will pop the breaker (microwave depending on what it is, and the AC unit).

I have a friend that uses the 4375 when dry camping. Its loud. We have to build a wall around it if it runs at night to deflect the noise. He also had to rewire a few things to make it work, but he had to rewire. I don't see the point of buying something brand new you expect to work and having to rewire it to make it work when the Honda was just a few bucks more and it does work out of the box.
huh...

its got a 30 amp hookup (which is plenty for my little toyhauler) and its more than half the price of the honda
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Any problems running the AC off the generator on the hottest days in Texas? I'm about to buy one of the 3500 "quiet" generators that weights 100 pounds for my trailer AC since it's a less expensive option than two 2,000-2300 watt inverter generators with a parallel kit. I've heard a few in campsites and I'd put them on the same "noise level" as other inverter generators.
No problems. Ran it for a few days at N. Padre Island Natl. Seashore last year, and it was pretty hot. A/C ran most of the time, if we weren't outside, as we do not like to open the windows when parked on the sand.
As for the weight, it is heavy, but my wife and I can get it in the back of a 3/4 ton 4wd truck. We are both almost 60, so the 2 x 2kW is starting to look attractive.
As for quiet, I don't think it is any louder than the Honda, or not enough to notice. I have walked to other RVs, to hear their Honda (and they to ours) and noise is not different enough to choose which is quieter.
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A hotshot driver made a delivery at work he had a HF 3500 inverter for his sleeper ac, it asked him about it, he's really happy, fuel efficient, he fired it up, I considered it pretty quiet
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