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Old 09-17-2014, 03:54 PM   #41
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If you are living aboard consider long and hard before you buy a critical item such as a generator without regard to reputation. If the generator goes out, even if Costco replaces it quickly, the marina fees can be expensive as opposed to anchoring. Once was in New York City and my inverter went out. To repair over several days was going to cost in marina fees near the price of a new inverter. Bought a new inverter and have sailed with two inverters since then.
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Old 09-17-2014, 04:00 PM   #42
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That would seem to say that you could buy a generator, run it until it's worn out and then exchange it for a new one. I suspect that's not the case.
With all due respect, your suspicion is wrong.
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:59 PM   #43
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I have a COSTCO portable generator very similar to Honda it is powered by a Yamaha. Very quite
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:31 PM   #44
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I have a COSTCO portable generator very similar to Honda it is powered by a Yamaha. Very quite
That's great to know jimbob! I did not know that it had a Yamaha engine. Thanks for informing us and giving us your real world experience. I doubt that you'll be needing to 'catch a taxi' to Costco anytime soon.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:36 PM   #45
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:03 PM   #46
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When you buy a Honda, you only cry once.

True. There's a reason why all others are compared to them.
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Old 09-17-2014, 08:58 PM   #47
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Tony, I bought from Wise Sales in Schaumburg, IL. Good experience with free shipping. They're offering the same pricing and the companion model with the 30A plug for $100 more. They also carry useful accessories like a fabric cover, oil refill spout and hourmeter.



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2thumbs up to Wise Sales. Bought an eu2000i 2yrs ago for $899. Great support.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:28 PM   #48
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Tony, I bought from Wise Sales in Schaumburg, IL. Good experience with free shipping. They're offering the same pricing and the companion model with the 30A plug for $100 more. They also carry useful accessories like a fabric cover, oil refill spout and hourmeter.

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Thanks for the tip. I just ordered the EU2000i from them this afternoon. It was $999 with free oil spout and free shipping. I also ordered a spare gas cap so I can make my own extended tank from my dinghy gas tank and also ordered the fabric cover.

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Old 09-25-2014, 06:17 PM   #49
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Just my $0.02.... I have a couple of both the Honda and the Yamaha 2kw inverters, I usually prefer Honda's, but the Yamaha's are my favourite for infrequent use, as they have a separate fuel valve, and thats a huge advantage to run them dry. Also, don't forget that E85 is NOT your friend in small engines....
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I converted my Honda EU2000 to run on propane, natural gas, or gasoline. Since my outboard is propane (Lehr), we cook with propane, and the backup generator is propane, we avoid carrying unleaded gasoline. It kind of messes up the clean lines of the generator (the regulator is hanging outside the case, but it starts easy and runs fine and the oil looks like new. It runs my 100 amp charger just fine with enough left over for a few lights and the microwave.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:55 AM   #51
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Also, don't forget that E85 is NOT your friend in small engines....

If the noisemaker does not get much use the gasoline will die in about a month.

If close to home a visit to the local small airport can supply fuel with NO ethanol.

Also common in some areas like the FL Gulf shore in shore gas stations ,

BUT it is about 10% more expensive , very worth it.
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:38 AM   #52
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No, you do not have to evacuate air from the onboard tank to get the aux tank to function.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:36 PM   #53
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There's a little trick to run the Honda carb dry without having to install a fuel petcock. The eu2000i OFF switch cuts electricity to the spark plug and also shuts off fuel to the carb. The electrical cutoff stops the engine right now. If it's disconnected at the small white plug inside the cover, it takes about a minute or so for the engine to starve of fuel after turning the switch off.

When my cruising season slows at the end of fall, I use this method to empty the carb. It will take several pulls to restart.
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I converted my Honda EU2000 to run on propane, natural gas, or gasoline. Since my outboard is propane (Lehr), we cook with propane, and the backup generator is propane, we avoid carrying unleaded gasoline. It kind of messes up the clean lines of the generator (the regulator is hanging outside the case, but it starts easy and runs fine and the oil looks like new. It runs my 100 amp charger just fine with enough left over for a few lights and the microwave.
sounds like a great idea, do you have a link or instructions on how to accomplish this
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Here's the link for the propane conversion:

https://www.propanecarbs.com/
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Old 09-26-2014, 08:51 PM   #56
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THANKS MR. BRADY; I'M GOING TO ORDER ONE SOUNDS LIKE THE WAY TO GO JIM
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:53 AM   #57
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I have had a Honda 2000 on my SEA RAY FOR 3 years now. I purchased one for my 34 ft Mainship it runs the a/c, battery charger, and the refrigerator, just couldn't see why would I spend 6k for a diesel genset.
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If you have a Mainship with the extended fly bridge. That is where I put mine in a 150 quart igloo cooler Walmart $87.90 shipped to the Marina, a few modification on the ends for vent, and it looks great on the fly bridge.
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Old 09-27-2014, 07:04 AM   #59
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Since the propane leaves with out creating varnish ,propane is the fuel of choice for folks that dont really need a noisemaker.

A year of no use will usually start right up, no hassle ,20 year old fuel? no problem.
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The other thing to consider when purchasing a gen set - fuel burn. Usually what I have found is that these Hondas pay for themselves in fuel savings. The knock offs usually burn more per hour under full load. Lets say it's only .25 gallons in eight hours but then x that by a life expectancy of more than 2000 well taken care of hours. 2000/8x.25x3.75=234.00. This is just speculation of differences here, etc but it goes to show that the least expensive even if it's has the same life span isn't the best choice. Pay now or pay later.
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