Generators - price versus quality - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen Technical | Towing, Maintenance and Repairs > Electrical, Batteries, Charging and Electronics
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-09-2019, 09:25 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Corvallis
Posts: 73
Oregon
Generators - price versus quality

So, as somewhat of an extension to my lithium iron battery thread, what generators are liked here? I have pretty much been leaning towards the Honda 2200 for a little less than $1000. However, seeing a lot of discussion about Champion units for around half as much.

My question/concern is this; is the main advantage of the Champion primarily upfront cost? Or, is there more to it than that? I tend not to get overly concerned about cost IF the higher price actually gets me something. Will buying the more expensive Honda get me a generator that will last me as long as I will ever need it. And will going cheaper buy me something that may have to be replaced in ten years?

Would appreciate any thoughts you may have on price versus dependability and longevity.
__________________

Researchhound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 09:43 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
ATCguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Somewhere on the road...
Posts: 1,295
Wyoming
Can’t answer your question directly... but just thought I’d add another consideration to your thought process: Noise level.

Those Honda units are pretty doggone quiet... much quieter (and thus, more campground friendly) than many other brands I’ve been forced to put up with from neighboring campers..
__________________

__________________
Tom
2013 VOLTAGE 3200 (EPIC I & II)
2014 Ford F-450 PLATINUM
2017 BMW R1200GS Rallye
ATCguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 09:59 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Corvallis
Posts: 73
Oregon
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATCguy View Post
Canít answer your question directly... but just thought Iíd add another consideration to your thought process: Noise level.

Those Honda units are pretty doggone quiet... much quieter (and thus, more campground friendly) than many other brands Iíve been forced to put up with from neighboring campers..
Thanks, very valid point.

We were camping next to a couple last year and he had just purchased a Honda, at one point he came over to our site to be sure the noise wasnít being an issue for us. And honestly, until he mentioned it was running, I never would have been aware that it was.

So, quietness would be a big component for me. Been reading good things about the noise level of the Campion, especially when in eco mode. But thoughts on the noise levels of both, as well as other viable brands, would be most welcome.

And I donít want to come across as being willing to throw money around, Iím not. Itís just that
I am at a point where I am able to spend what I need to in order to get what I have determined to be the best fit for my needs. And buying top quality once, versus having to replace a cheaper brand more often, appeals to me. But, if the cheaper one is every bit as good as the more expensive unit, well thatís just fine by me.
Researchhound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 10:18 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
wildwest450's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Sparta
Posts: 1,700
Tennessee
It came down to Honda or Champion for me... I can't comment on quality just yet, but my new champions are as quiet as the Hondas (based on a friend who just bought the Hondas) and over 50% less. I did do a ton of research, and I hardly read a bad thing about Champion, and read a lot of great things about their customer service.

Mine are going to get used 1-2 times a year for 3-4 days, I couldn't justify spending 2k for Hondas.
__________________
2014 Aerolite 213 RBSL
2016 Chevrolet Colorado
wildwest450 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2019, 12:07 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Northern
Posts: 160
Indiana
I got a Westinghouse iGen 2500 and have been happy with it so far. I was able to get it on clearance for a greatly discounted price. Quite and runs everything I need including my AC with a MicroAir Easy Start on it.

https://www.westinghouseoutdoorpower...ucts/igen2500/

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1253.jpg
Views:	32
Size:	30.6 KB
ID:	5400
Jayro88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2019, 12:51 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Beachbourbon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 126
California
Westinghouse x2

I got the Westinghouse igen 4500 and it is very quiet at 52 dB. Although I havenít had it side by side with a Honda, I cannot hear a difference. Plus, I would have to spend 3x as much for the Honda and still not get the same power or features. I love Honda, I just couldnít justify it. If I had to use the generator to may a living (food truck), then maybe, but Iím more than happy with my Westinghouse.
__________________
TV - 2002 GMC Yukon XL 2500, 8.1 liter (496ci), 4L85e & positraction with 3.73 gears
TT - 2013 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 3130 QBS
Drinks of choice: woodford reserve, knob creek & any great bourbon-just about any of San Diegoís craft beer and Pabst Blue Ribbon
Beachbourbon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2019, 12:54 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Northern
Posts: 160
Indiana
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beachbourbon View Post
I got the Westinghouse igen 4500 and it is very quiet at 52 dB. Although I havenít had it side by side with a Honda, I cannot hear a difference. Plus, I would have to spend 3x as much for the Honda and still not get the same power or features. I love Honda, I just couldnít justify it. If I had to use the generator to may a living (food truck), then maybe, but Iím more than happy with my Westinghouse.


I have heard good things about the iGen 4500. I looked at it too, but decided the iGen 2500 and a MicroAir better suited my needs. Lighter weight etc. If I need more power in the future I can buy a second iGen 2500 and hook them together.
Jayro88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2019, 12:55 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Firstime RVer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: allentown
Posts: 207
New Jersey
I ended up with two Champion 2000W units with a parallel kit, not only due to the lower cost, but lifting two 45 lb units into my pickup bed was a lot easier for me. While I'm sure the Hondas will last a long time, I could buy another pair of champions, when the originals wore out, and not spent any more money than if I had bought the Hondas, and had newer technology available. I also like the idea that it would be unlikely that both gen sets would fail at the same time, so that I could expect one set to get me enough power to charge batteries until I could get the other one serviced.
A have also found the champions to be as quiet as the other inverters available in the market.

just my two cents..
__________________
Pat & Barb
2015 4.3L Chevy Silverado 1500
2016 Aspen Trail 1900RB
Allentown, NJ
Firstime RVer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2019, 04:05 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Beachbourbon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: San Diego
Posts: 126
California
I found this helpful

https://generatorgrid.com/rv/
__________________
TV - 2002 GMC Yukon XL 2500, 8.1 liter (496ci), 4L85e & positraction with 3.73 gears
TT - 2013 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 3130 QBS
Drinks of choice: woodford reserve, knob creek & any great bourbon-just about any of San Diegoís craft beer and Pabst Blue Ribbon
Beachbourbon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2019, 02:14 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Capron
Posts: 267
Illinois
Honda sells it's name, and that is why they are pricey. Honda has always been known to have good reliable products, but you have to pay the price for it.



Champion OTOH is a fairly new brand, Est. 2003, the only other Champion brand I know of are the spark plugs and motorhomes of the 70's (we actually had one).



A lot of the thought process to spend the money depends on the use case. Will you be using them a lot? Will they be there, just in case? If one plans to use them daily when camping for hours on end, and frequently camp throughout the year, then the wise choice is the Honda, mainly for the known reliability. If they are to be used intermittently a few times a year, then the wise choice are the known decent less expensive brands.



I have a Champion since I fall into the latter category, and when in full on power mode with it sitting right next to the camper, I have to go to the part of the camper inside closest to it and put my ear to the wall to hear it. This is with the AC on full blast, the Refer on AC, not gas, and the microwave going to pull full current from it. It is really quiet for it's size.


OTOH, I also have an 8500 watt generator to power my house and it can be heard 600' away!
__________________

acdii is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Dutchmen RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT. The time now is 06:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.