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Old 02-09-2019, 04:58 AM   #1
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Generators-best places to buy

Hi everyone,

What are some of the best places to get great deals on portable generators for RVs? So far Costco seems to have some of the best deals Iíve seen. Hondaís seem expensive everywhere, some places only carry specific brands and some have their own branded generators like etrailer(really a firman cheaper at Costco) What is everyone elseís experience?

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:51 AM   #2
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Honda (and Yamaha) has set pricing and don't allow much discounting. I have used Honda generators for years on construction sites and have found them worth the price for their durability and repair parts availability.

However if I were buying a generator for occasional use I would take a close look at the Champion generators. My FIL bought one to use at his barn, at the time the best price was from Tractor Supply. Champion has built themselves a decent reputation of a lot of bang for the buck. There are also several online sales places, like Generators Direct that quite often have good pricing.

Don't have a Costco nearby so no clue what they have.


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Old 02-09-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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When hurricane Michael came through my area, we were instantly flooded by Generac. They could be found in every store gas station or street corner. They were inexpensive at the time but seemed pretty reliable, ran my 4 for 28 days straight until power was restored.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:01 AM   #4
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Would you take a chance on a used one? Craigslist is flooded with them.
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:39 PM   #5
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@beachbourbon, I PM'ed you. If your interested in used I have one for sale.
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:12 AM   #6
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Try Harbor Freight, they have quiet generators that compete with Honda. They are about half as expensive. I my self got one on Craig's List. It is a Sears, with Briggs & Stratton engine. Less than ten hours on it and it's rated at 6500 watts. I paid nothing for it since I traded a smaller generator for it that would not run my AC.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:20 PM   #7
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I dry camp at a couple events a year. I have a pair of Honda 2000s. They are by far the quietest along with the Yamahas (which I've seen at Costco). Most other generators are obnoxiously loud.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:06 AM   #8
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Our voltage has a Onan my friends run Honda 2200 in parallel very quiet I’ve got 2 ryobi s at the house also very quiet all run well in central fla heat champion has good reviews so does the harbor freight predator witch will be my next purchase before summer comes do the breakin procedure then put full synthetic in and run eathinol free fuel run a gallon or so of fuel through it once a month or so don’t let it sit, all our best central fla
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:41 AM   #9
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Bought from Home Depot online...this way I can bring it back easily, if needed. I hate trying to return something through Amazon. There was a price drop, so I jumped on the Westinghouse I gen 4500 inverter generator. It was priced the same as the Harbor Fright Predator 3500 which I also like. However, the Westinghouse is a 4500 watt unit and runs at 52 dBs instead of the Predators 57 dBs. A quiet running generator is more important to me because I have sensitive ears and loud noises bother me. The other thing about the igen 4500 is we can run Everything simultaneously without an issue, in theory. Iíll report back after some break in and test runs.
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Like this one so far

I had this off eco mode and it was very quiet, even better on eco mode.
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