I bought the Champion(yellow) generator at Home Depot.com. for this summers hot dry camping trips. I paid $349 for it. For that money I got an easy start, pretty quiet, not too heavy, very handy generator. Really like the RV ready plug in! It easily powers the 13.5k BTU air conditioner and all electrical needs. Well worth the money.
The Champion is fairly quite at 80db for the 4kw unit. Home Depot buyers gave it 5 out of 5 rating.

If I were rich I'd go for the Red Honda or Blue Yamaha, but they are 1,400 buck more!
And besides as most of you know, I'm still "Mr Cheep!"

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We need less than 80db in CA as far as sound-any other recc.?

We bought one and replaced it 3 times and they either wouldn't start or leaked oil and I'm at HATING point now. Rob is fiddling with it but I don't want to even look at it!

I must admit, when he started it up and oil GUSHED like from a main vein across the garage floor- what a sight! In spurts even! I started laughing!

Well, then it's either Mr Red... honda or Ms. Blue... Yamaha. they are the best


so sorry about the thumbs down on Champion. actually, i bought a 8 year old little coleman on wheels with 3500 watts output. it's great, but it issss noisy!

Don't discount the Onan brand.

Ok Mike. Which one do you like?

I have a 4k unit 16 years old, still doing fine.  Out of season I run it every 4-5 weeks, put a load on it,   By the way its Green.

I saw one in Costco yesterday, smaller Champion model that is 1600/2000 watts, 48 lbs, and 53-61 dB. Price is $490 here in Colorado - and it's red! I may have to buy one and check it out...

Check price At Harbor Freight also  Best prices iv seen  Frank

Does anyone know how much kw is really needed to run a 13.5 Roof Unit? I have a Champion 4000 kw it is 68db at idle and with the Unit running the Air Conditioner tolerable I would say its about 72db. The Microwave really jumps up the db when I have the Air conditioning.

So far the Champion 4000kw for our 27ft motor home is I think too much kw but a good price at the Tractor Store for $299.

Anyway I guess I was tempted to try a 2000 kw Honda and run the Air or the Microwave not at the same time? The Honda 2000 kw is so Quiet! I could always pigback 2 each 2000kw but thats again too much kw and more $ maybe 2 each 1500 kw's ?


I'm not very good with electrical computations, but I do know that Honda says we need 2 generators hooked up in tandem to run 13.5 and up roof air. To bad. Love these expensive little red devils. A 3,500 and up generator will run on roof air just fine, plus other "minor" power needs. A hair dryer or Microwave is "pushing it". Sometimes works, sometimes blows gen power fuse. So maybe best to turn off air while using these other heavy use electrical applicances. 

I was hoping it was 2000kw it seems like it takes more juice to run the microwave then the roof air. Seems like 3500kw to run the roof top is high. Oh well hanks for you input.

Don't know "for sure". I'll send out an email to our members and get the "pros" experience.

Ok folks, this question comes up often. Will a 2000kw do the job? Or, what do we need??

You will want to have no less than a 2.5kw to run that 13.5k BTU a/c.   i have an old 1974 onan 4kw on my rig.  It's always nice knowing that you can run the a/c and small appliances at the same time. The 4kw has plenty of power for a/c and anything else i might want to run, it is a little noisy, waiting to to replace the muffler on it.




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