Hurricane Ike Aftermath

These pictures were taken in Bridge City, Texas after Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston, Texas. Using Google Earth, and measuring from where these pictures were taken, its estimated that 20 miles inland, there was about a 14 – 15 foot storm surge. This is not a scientific measurement, its just an estimate.

How the storm surge was estimated – my parents house is is about 4 feet above sea level and they got over 9 feet of water in their house. This picture was taken 3 days after Hurricane Ike made landfall and the flood waters had receded about 7 – 8 feet.

Hurricane Ike flooding

Hurricane Ike flooding Bridge City Texas

Now looking back from the opposite direction. Notice the road has several inches of mud over it. From where this picture was taken, the flood waters got about 5 – 6 feet deep.

Storm surge is only one aspect of a Hurricane, one of the other considerations is the wind. During Hurricane Ike this house collapsed, hopefully nobody was home. Keep in mind this is about 100 miles from where the center of the storm made land fall. Notice the debris on the roof. Not only did the wind make the house collapse, but it was also covered with water by the storm surge.  This would have meant certain death to anyone trapped inside.

Hurricane Ike damage

Hurricane Ike left a path of destruction that is going to take years, if not decades to fix.  A great number of people who flooded did not have flood insurance.

I remember seeing a young girl around 8 or 9 years old sobbing in her fathers arms.  The family returned home to find they had lost everything.  Hurricane force winds blew the walls of the house in, then flood waters washed everything that had been in the house out into the street.  The only thing the family had was the clothes on their back.

Then there are the elderly people having to start over.

★★★★★
$699.00
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Features

  • Dual Fuel: Operate your 3800-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 0.6-quarts of oil (included) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
  • Electric Start: Power up the 224cc Champion engine with the handy toggle switch, battery included
  • Intelligauge: Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals. Dimensions-26.3 x 24.8 x 22.9 inches
  • Outlets: One 120V 30A RV outlet (TT-30R), one 120V 30A locking outlet (L5-30R) and two 120V 20A household outlets (5-20R) - trust Volt Guard built-in surge protector to prevent overloads
  • Champion Support: Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts

Description

  • Dual Fuel: Operate your 3800-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 0.6-quarts of oil (included) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
  • Electric Start: Power up the 224cc Champion engine with the handy toggle switch, battery included
  • Intelligauge: Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power...

    User reviews

    Well....hurricane Irma visited us a few days ago...I ordered this Champion 4700/3800 last year...it stayed packed in the box until a day before Irma was to arrive.My son got it ready in less than 15 mins.Filled it will the oil that came with it.Filled it with gas and cranked that baby up just to test and show me what to do...easy peasy...especially with the electric start button.When the power went out. I connected 2 refrigerators, 2 freezers, a fan, 2 tvs & DVR, a heat lamp for 30 baby chicks, 2 indoor lamps, coffee maker and waffle iron..And I think it had power to spare...This generator never missed a beat and it ran constantly for 4 days until we regained power.It certainly made life easier.Great generator!!
    Your browser does not support HTML5 video.  I purchased this generator without the battery start option. I called and emailed Champion to verify the following information befor I purchased this generator. The reason why I purchased the non electronic/electric start is because if battery is dead or has been taken out (for some reason) of the generator, you cannot pull start this generator if running it on gasoline. You can pull start it on propane only. The reason is because there is a 12V (battery operated) solenoid valve in the carburetor that turns off the flow of gas to the carburetor when no battery is present or the generator button is turned off . For me, it has to run no mater what on either fuel. Making this generator dependent on a 12 volt battery is a point of failure in my mind. If the battery was dead and my wife had to go out and start if it , she cannot trouble shoot a dead battery and a 12 volt solenoid when she needs the generator to work. Batteries always fail when you need them the most. Other than this the generator is great. I researched it for some time before purchasing it.Update: This June 2018 saw a big storm come through our state . Power was knocked out. Pulled the generator out of the garage. Hooked it up to propane and we were up and running. It has been over 90 degrees here and this generator allowed us to continue our lives comfortably. We even watched out dish tv. All other houses on our block were dark. As far as I am concerned it has paid for its self already. I plan on purchasing one for each of my sons and their homes as well. Well worth the money.


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DuroMax XP4850EH Generator-4850 Watt Gas or Propane Powered-Electric Start-Camping & RV Ready, 50 State Approved Dual Fuel Portable Generator, Green

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Features

  • Fully Featured Power Panel – The power panel includes a wide selection of outlets for maximum compatibility in your applications including: (2O) 120V household GFCI outlets and (1) 120/240V 30A twist lock outlet. The panel also includes a voltmeter and 12V DC charging posts for charging external batteries

Description

  • Plenty of Power – With 4,850 starting watts and 3,850 running watts, this unit can handle heavy loads, from lights and a refrigerator to a home air conditioner and high amperage power tools
  • Dual Fuel Technology – This generator runs on gasoline or propane, giving you the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice
  • Powerful Engine – The DuroMax 210cc OHV engine is a...

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    When it worked, the generator was great. I bought this specifically because it runs on both propane and gasoline, and had intended to only use it on propane. It worked fine the first couple of times, and then the engine stopped turning over. I could hear propane moving, and could also smell it coming out, and you could see the shadow of the vapors coming out of the air filter. Having seen when I bought it that it had a 3 year warranty, my confidence was high that things would all work out. I emailed their customer service (who generally takes 2-3 days to respond) and explained the problem. They instructed me on some troubleshooting, which I did, and they concluded that it was the regulator that needed to be replaced. They emailed me and said that only the parts were under warranty, and that I would be responsible for the cost of having the part shipped to me, and asked me to call to take care of it. Not being a small engine mechanic myself, I was immediately concerned. Did they expect me to replace this myself? (yes, yes they did) I also could not believe that they expected me to pay for the shipping of the part under their warranty. Prior to calling I did some looking around online to verify that the warranty was indeed this bad. It is. But what was more disconcerting is that while looking on THEIR site, the very first review of this generator is as follows: "Got this generator last week. Propane doesn't work. Can hear a hissing sound of propane coming from down by pressure release valve or carburetor. You can also see the vapors coming out." This was my exact problem! So I call and talk with customer service guy and explain all of my concerns. He is completely scripted. The conversation from his end could be described as disingenuously over-cheery, while conspicuously disinterested and unsympathetic. I would be surprised if there were more than 10 words strung together that didn't come straight from a laminated script. When I gave him my credit card number to pay for the shipping he said, "Now unfortunately it appears that the part is on a backorder, and we won't be able to ship it until October 3rd (this was the end of August)" I say "Wait... What???" He says "Yeah, and normally we wouldn't charge you for the shipping until we sent the part, but because it's more than 30 days away, we're going to need to settle (the script's less confrontational word for "charge") today, otherwise when it goes more than 30 days without being paid for the system will cancel the order." The word "backorder" makes me leery, especially if it's more than a week or 2 because in my experience it can also be synonymous with "we don't know when it will be here, but this will give you really low expectations that will be easier to deal with if things don't go as we hope." I paid the fee, so we'll see what happens, but this was such a disappointing experience. The shipping wasn't very much, but by putting it on me for their faulty part seems ridiculous. I will never buy another Duromax product again. Unreliable and unsupportive.
    We live in a hurricane prone state.We ordered a Duramax 3850 duel fuel generator following a lengthy power outage due to Hurricane Irma in Sept 2017. Generator arrived as scheduled and started right up. It was satisfying to know that we were prepared if another hurricane came our way. The remainder of hurricane season was quiet and the generator was NOT EVER USED.After spending the winter safely in our garage (and started periodically) we attempted to start the generator in May 2018. It would not start! I called the help number in the manual and spoke to a "Technical Support Team" member. He diagnosed our issue and said the part was under warranty for 3 years. I ordered the part in June but was then told that the part was "backordered" until July 27.I called on July 26 to verify that our part was on the way but without notice was told that the part is now "back ordered" until late Sept. What good is a warranty if the parts are unavailable!The generator, which has never been used, is useless and the warranty is worthless.Furthermore, I have called Duramax repeatedly and they never call back as promised.We regret purchasing this generator!


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Champion Power Equipment 100519 6250-Watt Open Frame Inverter with Quiet Technology

★★★★★
$929.00
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Features

  • Quiet technology and extended run time: 69 dba noise level is great for your next project or home backup, with 6250 starting watts and 5000 running watts for up to 12.5 hours run time on gasoline
  • Advanced open frame inverter design: 50% quieter and 20% lighter than a traditional Champion 5000-watt generator
  • Clean power and economy mode: confidently connect your sensitive electronics and save fuel
  • Champion Support: includes 3-year limited Warranty with free lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
  • What's In The Box: Champion 6250 Watt Inverter, Flexible Oil Funnel, Wheel Kit, USB Adapter, Battery Charging Cables

Description

  • Quiet technology and extended run time: 69 dba noise level is great for your next project or home backup, with 6250 starting watts and 5000 running watts for up to 12.5 hours run time on gasoline
  • Advanced open frame inverter design: 50% quieter and 20% lighter than a traditional Champion 5000-watt generator
  • Clean power and economy mode: confidently connect your...

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    This is one of the better generators that I've owned, and I can recommend it for a number of different situations. This review also contains a few operational items that you should be aware of, a number of important tips, and some useful accessories you may want to consider.Initially, I was confused about what made this unit a "hybrid". Basically, they took a small and quiet inverter generator and mounted it in the open frame that is used in regular generators. The result is an inverter generator which looks like a normal generator, and sounds a little bit quieter than a normal generator, but has more features than you'd normally get for the money that you're spending.Where this unit shines is in its clean output that is ideal for running sophisticated electronic devices. I have a full sine-wave UPS which is very sensitive to line conditions and will drop out to battery mode at the tiniest variances. On a regular generator, the UPS would constantly be going in-and-out and draining the battery empty. When connected to the Champion 100302, it stays in line mode and maintains a full charge. This generator also has no problem running high-end PCs with a sensitive switching power supply, or a home entertainment center.The manufacturer rates the generator as being able to run for 17 hours on a full tank (2.9 gallons) at 25% load. I haven't had a chance to test this out, but this was an important consideration for me. When the power goes out, I want to have a generator that will run the entire night without refueling. So as long as the load it kept low, this generator has the endurance.Those are my own three main selling points for this generator. A good bang for the buck, a clean output that is able to run sensitive electronic devices, and an ability to run for the entire night without having to add more gasoline. There are more features which may interest you as well, so keep reading.It can also handle a large load like a 14,500 BTU air conditioner. If you are running a heavy intermittent load, you may not want to run the generator in eco-mode. Each time the compressor kicks on, the engine strains under the initial load, and if you have a wheel kit attached, the generator does a small dance along the ground. Eco-mode really only provides a benefit when your load is light. When you have a heavy load, the eco setting does not seem to make any difference.If you're shopping among the quietest inverter generators, this probably isn't the model for you. The Champion 100302 is not a "whisper" generator. Actually, it isn't as expensive as other inverter generators precisely because they didn't include the extra sound dampening components found in those really quiet models. Without the extra dampening, it still manages to be just a bit quieter than regular generators (even more so under low load when the eco-mode is enabled and lets the engine run at low RPMs).The three year manufacturer warranty? Fantastic. I wondered about how the in-warranty repair would work, and they seem to contract with well-known small engine repair shops throughout the US. My local repair center is exactly the one that I've trusted in the past for small engine repairs. I compounded the manufacturer's three year warranty that with a four year *extended protection plan* for Lawn & Garden equipment from SquareTrade (available on Amazon, product ID B00YBCL8TU). The SquareTrade warranty is supposed to begin after the manufacturer's warranty ends, however, it took some work to get them to fully honor it, because by default, they expect it to be used with purchases that come with a one-year warranty. That's the potential for seven years of warranty coverage for your generator.Be aware that with this or any other generator, you need to keep up with your maintenance. For the first five hours of break-in, the load should be kept light and varying. After that, change the oil that came with the generator, and you're good for another 100 hours. When you put the generator away between uses, you need to follow the storage guidelines in the manual, which includes adding a fuel stabilizer, and shutting off the fuel valve to let it run empty. Like any small engine (and especially if you use ethanol gas), if you neglect to do your required maintenance, it is going to gum up, and in a few years you're not going to have a working generator. Don't be that guy.Oil changes are a bit unusual. It comes with a funnel and your initial bottle of 10W-30 oil. The oil fill cap is plastic, which isn't my first choice, but at least the threads on the engine won't get mangled if the cap is screwed in wrong. The oil capacity of the engine is about 600ml. When filled to the proper level, you'll see oil on the first 1-2 threads of the fill hole in the engine. If you use the dipstick to measure the oil, they instruct you NOT to screw the dipstick into the engine. There is already a small amount of oil in the engine, so you might start out giving it 400ml of oil and fill it up in small increments from there. If you're careful to observe these quirks, adding oil is simple enough. Draining the engine is as easy as removing a drain plug with a 12mm socket and wrench (not included).The manual says that the engine is designed for a minimum octane rating of 85 and an ethanol content of less than 10% by volume. The problem is that not all fuel stabilizers work well with ethanol. If you have a choice, your best bet may be to fill it up with a station that has pure gasoline, but in a pinch, use what you can get. Between uses, you'll want to use a fuel stabilizer (which the manufacturer says to put into the tank at 2-3 times the manufacturer recommended amount) and run through the system. For long-term storage, they also recommend pulling the drain bolt on the carburetor to drain out any remaining fuel. Good advice, all around. [If you need help locating the carburetor drain bolt, one of the pictures included in this review identifies which bolt to pull with a 10mm socket.]I purchased the optional wheel kit from Champion (part number 40065). The instructions could have been better. Be aware that, when attaching the new legs at the bottom, you'll need to remove one of the existing leg pads in order to have an opening for one of the bolts. The instructions won't tell you that. The instructions for attaching the handle also weren't entirely clear. You may have to refer to a picture of the kit already mounted on a generator in order to figure it out. The two mounting bolts will be parallel to the fuel tank, in the open space between the fuel tank and the frame that you're attaching to. To their benefit, they did include a toll free number for assistance in mounting the kit.I have some questions and concerns about the automotive style battery charger cable that was included. The open voltage on the battery clamps is 19vdc in eco-mode and 25vdc in regular mode. When connected to a fully charged car battery, the battery's voltage went from 12.9vdc to 15.5vdc in a minute's time. I didn't leave it connected any longer because I was concerned that it could damage the battery. Despite the manual calling them "automotive style battery charger cables", I cannot recommend connecting the generator to automotive or marine batteries unless you wire them through a suitable charge controller.The package includes a dual-port (1A, 2.1A) USB adapter. It also plugs into what they're calling the "12V DC Automotive Receptacle". It seems like a standard USB adapter that you'd find for the cigarette lighter of any vehicle. The manual warns users not to use a device while it is plugged into the USB port. This isn't for electrical reasons, mind you, they just don't want you hanging around and breathing the generator's exhaust.If you're going to be connecting to an RV or a transfer switch, you should be aware that the special power receptacle on the generator is a TT-30R (30 amp). Champion has a kit (model 100319) for combining the capacity of two of their inverter generators together into a single feed. I haven't tried it out. But it does offer an L5-30R plug (30 amp) and a 14-50R plug (50 amp), both at 120VAC.What if you're not planning to hook your generator up to an RV or to use a transfer switch? Can you just run extension cords off of those two standard 120 volt sockets on the right hand side of the control panel? Yes. But you should know that those two sockets can only deliver up to 2400 watts of power. This generator can steadily produce 3500 watts! If you want to be able to tap into that additional power, you're going to have to use that round 30 amp connector that is just to the left of the standard wall sockets. You don't have anything that plugs into that kind of socket? That's fine, I don't either. Towards the bottom of this review, you'll find a recommendation for a $25 adapter on Amazon that will convert it into three more standard 120 volt extension cord sockets. If you're not using your generator for an RV or a transfer switch, that simple adapter will allow you to access the full wattage that your generator is rated for.Overall, I really like this generator. It has a few small quirks, but it really does a good job of filling its niche, which is a 3500 watt generator that can cleanly power sensitive electronic devices while still offering a good bang-for-the-buck value. All that, and a three year warranty.When purchasing a generator, there are a few accessories that you might want to consider. I have no connection with these items other than having used them myself:* Champion's own cover for the generator. When the generator is not in use, you'll want to keep it clean and protected. Actually, this one is a great value, and I suspect that people with other brand generators are buying this one, too. It is available at Amazon for about $15: search for B005Z186AK or "champion generator cover"* An hour meter for the engine. records the number of hours the engine has been running. This is really useful for knowing which maintenance activities should to be performed and when. I selected this one at Amazon for about $8: search for B01LXRVC1I or "hour meter"* Champion's own wheel kit for the generator. If you're going to lug the generator around, you might benefit from wheels and a handle. I purchased it at Amazon for about $35: search for B001QVQKJ2 or "champion 40065"* Replacement engine oil. Just about any generator will need the oil replaced after the first five hours of use. Can I be honest? You might be better off buying your oil locally. You only need about 600ml, so a 1 quart bottle is more than enough. They recommend 10W-30 for a temperature range of 0F to 120F (-18C to 49C). If you go with Full Synthetic, you can use 5W-30 and the operating temperature range goes down to -20F (-29C).* Fuel stabilizer. You should consider this a mandatory purchase if you want to keep the engine running for years, but it is only part of your maintenance duties. I use STA-BIL, which is available on Amazon for about $8.50: search for B00125ZMD2 or "sta bil 22208". This is also available locally.* 3 prong power adapter. If you're running cords to your generator when the power goes out, you may want to take advantage of the TT-30R connector. This is what allows you to access the full 3500 watts of continuous power (or to plug more than two extension cords into your generator). This rugged adapter gives you three more wall socket outlets (NEMA 5-20R) for only $25. Search Amazon for B01JI0BR04 or "Voltec 04-00215". If you only need one more 15 amp plug, instead consider the "Camco 55233" here on Amazon for about $7.* Grounding rod and minimum 12 AWG copper wire between it and the generator. I already had an existing grounding rod and wire, so I'm not able to recommend a specific one that I've tried. Search Amazon for "ground rod" and "copper wire ground". Make sure the AWG or gauge is 12 or less (lower numbers are thicker, which is what you want, but 10 is probably just fine). You don't need a lot, just enough to go between the generator and the rod you've driven into the ground. The hardest part will be driving the grounding rod into the soil. If you slowly soak the area with a garden hose, it'll make it easier.* Kill A Watt electricity usage monitor. If you're going to be plugging items into your generator, it is a good idea to know how much power each item draws. If you don't already have one, I can easily recommend a Kill A Watt P4400. You plug the Kill A Watt into the wall, and you plug your device into the Kill A Watt. It tells you how many watts of power it consumes (at this very moment, or averaged over time) for about $19: search Amazon for B00009MDBU or "kill a watt P4400"* Extension cords. I'm not going to recommend any specific cords, but I'd like to offer you some advice. If you're running a heavy load like a window A/C, be sure to purchase an extension cord with thick wiring, and make sure that the cord isn't any longer than it needs to be. The longer the extension cord, the less power it can carry. The smaller the wires, the less load it is capable of handling. Choose the right cords for your needs.This review has included a lot of specific information that you may not have considered, but don't let that deter you. No matter which generator you choose, you're going to have some operational responsibilities and choices to make, but it really isn't that difficult. The Champion 100302 hybrid inverter generator is designed to offer a number of popular features at a great price. If it meets your needs, it should be among your top choices. I hope that this information helps you in your purchasing decision.
    Your browser does not support HTML5 video.  As with any of my purchases, I do a lot of research before what I consider a significant investment. My primary goals were to find a generator for our travel trailer, which has 30-amp service. Some key must haves were that it must be able to power our 13.5KW air conditioner WHILE still running a reasonable amount of other items at the same time, such as the charge converter, fridge and small electronics. It must also be an inverter style generator that has an economy mode setting. A few bonus perks I wanted to look into were a wireless remote start, dual fuel, electric start and a dedicated 30-amp RV style receptacle.I probably spent a few weeks in my spare time reading reviews, watching videos and comparing prices and then matching those up with the options each unit had to offer. To get everything I wanted above, I was looking at spending around $1200. A month ago, I purchased a Champion log splitter and was happy with that brand. Champion also has generators and their model 100573 kept coming back in my top 3 generator picks. Ultimately, I landed on this model for the remote start, inverter design, dedicated 30-amp outlet and it had the power I needed to run anything in my camper with 4000 peak/starting watts. Inverter generators convert AC power over to DC and through processing, clean up the sine wave form of the power. It is then converted back to AC with a THD of less than 3% *Correction from video AC>DC>AC. This is clean power that is safe for any electronic item. Most construction generators have a THD of around 20% and I would not plug a computer or phone into that power source since it is not nearly as clean.I got the generator and had the wheel kit and handle installed in about 10 minutes. I added conventional 10W30 motor oil, non-oxygenated gasoline, turned the fuel to “on” and used the push button (not remote yet) start. It cranked over several times as the carburetor bowl filled with gas, but then started right up. I used a Kill-a-Watt meter and my multi-meter to confirm the frequency was at 60 Hz, voltage was at 120 and all the outlets were working. I then confirmed the 12-volt barrel receptacle had power, which it too did. The economy mode quiets the generator down considerably and is extremely useful when there is little demand on the unit. The generator will exit economy mode on its own and ramp us the power demand goes up.Speaking of noise, although this is an inverter generator that are always quieter than a construction generator, this is an open frame model. By not fully enclosing the generator, it is about 4-5 db louder than a closed frame model. I figure I saved several hundred dollars with the open frame and almost more important to me was having 4000 watts of peak power. Most inverter generators of this size are in the 3000-3500 peak watt range. 500 watts more is significant especially when you have multiple items with high current draw at start up, such as a microwave or air conditioner. If you have ever had to go out and reset breakers on your generator when your air is on and anotherappliance turns on, then you know what I’m talking about. More on generator noise at the end.Almost all generators of this size use a floating neutral, including this model. This common design is great for portable power. The issue some folks have is if you use a GFCI protector between you and your RV or equipment, it may not allow power to pass through because it is looking for a bonded neutral (versus a floating neutral). In your home power panel, your neutral is bonded to the ground and that is why your GFCI receptacles in the bathroom are protected. Not to worry, Champion (and all the others) tell you how you can bond the neutral on the generator, or if you search online, you can make a bonded neutral “dummy” plug like I did. If you do this, you need to then make sure your generator is grounded by using the grounding lug on the generator panel. If you’re confused, that’s OK. Ask a friend who works with generators and they can help you out. If your RV does not use a GFCI system and you are not getting any warning lights, this unit will work great out of the box. If you are using a surge style protector, it will likely still allow power to pass through and you won’t have to do anything.We took the generator and our camper boon docking in a remote area for 3 days. I can’t stress enough how awesome the remote start feature is. When using the remote start, the choke is automatic so it really is push button on and push button off. The way we used the generator was I would use the remote start to fire it up and then I would run it for about 45-60 minutes to cool down the fridge, charge up the main battery that runs our 12 volt water pump, along with any flashlights or other items and to do any cooking we needed to do. Then, I used the remote button to shut it off for a couple hours (fridge switches over to propane). I could then repeat the process as needed throughout the day and evening. I bet we started and stopped it about 8 times from morning through the night and I nearly forgot how spoiled I was by not having to go out and start the generator with the pull start and then back out to shut it off! Note: in other reviews, I saw some folks that were upset because the remote sensor on the generator shuts off after 12 hours of no use. I called Champion about this (yes, they answer the phone too) and was told the reason for this is to save the battery on the generator so it’s not constantly on and draining. This made perfect sense to me and for my uses; I would never go more than 12 hours without turning it on. As soon as you do turn it on, the 12-hour clock starts over. The battery for the electric start system also charges while the generator is running.After 5 hours of use, I changed the oil in the field with full synthetic 10W30 which was easy and the drain plug is in a convenient spot. I would estimate we used it for about 15 hours on our trip and I never had to add more gas! The gas tank is 2.9 gallons and it is supposed to run for 17 hours at 25% load. We had cool weather so I only ran the AC for about an hour and the rest of the time, I had it in eco mode. I’m happy I went with the gasoline model because after much thought, it is much harder for me and how I camp to get a propane tank refilled than a gas tank. I want to save my propane for the fridge, stove top, grill and furnace (I live in MN 🙂 Also, as a general rule, the dual fuel models lose about 10-18% of their output power when running on propane so that was another consideration for me.Although I was fine with the noise from the generator, there are always ways to make anything quieter. I took 3 sheets of plywood and cut them to form a U shape around the generator. I then cut rock wool insulation to fit, added a top section/cap, and insulated that as well. Leave plenty of room for the unit to breathe and monitor the temp inside the partial box with a remote thermometer. The exhaust should face out the open back away from the RV and I bet this thing is now as quiet as a Honda 3000, but significantly less expensive and this has more power! I love Honda, but folks it’s not fair to compare a unit that is twice as expensive.Some final thoughts: If Champion were to change anything, I would like to see the two large rubber feet having a wider stance to help stabilize the lateral movements when the generator ramps up. The choke is push button and electronic which is working fine, it just takes some getting used to versus the traditional manual pull or lever choke. The generator is easy to load in my pickup and holds enough gas to last the weekend under most conditions. The remote start feature is something I now cannot live without for RV use especially. Although the noise is slightly higher than a fully enclosed unit, this has more power and the noise is easily dampened by facing the exhaust away from the camper and using the wood boards with rock wool insulation like I mentioned earlier, although this is not necessary. The wheel kit actually works very well and the handle makes it easy to put it where you want it. Dedicated 30-amp RV receptacle was perfect for me and the included wheel kit and 12-volt battery charging cables were a nice add on at no cost. Lastly, you should always have your equipment or camper breaker turned OFF when starting up the generator. Let the generator start and settle down, then flip your breaker ON.For RV camping, the remote start is simply amazing and this has enough power to run the AC, microwave and some small items all at the same time. I hope you found this helpful and happy camping!


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Generac 76711 GP1200i 1200 Watt Portable Inverter Generator, Orange and Black

★★★★★
$379.00
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Description

  • Quiet and Neighbor Friendly fully enclosed design dramatically reduces noise levels.
  • True Power Technology provides clean, stable power ideal for sensitive electronics, tools and appliances.
  • Compact and lightweight makes transportation easy with built-in handle.
  • Economy Mode automatically adjusts engine speeds to save fuel and reduce sound emissions.
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    Your browser does not support HTML5 video.  I was skeptical about buying this brand since I have a Honda 2200 inverter as well that I really like, but I needed a 2nd one and Honda is double the price as this one.This does come with oil and a funnel for putting the oil in the motor since it is shipped dry. One thing to keep in mind that the overload light comes on for about a minute when you first start it which is normal operation. I bought this as insurance when if the power goes out since we get a lot of storms here and I live out in a rural area. DO NOT RUN ETHANOL GAS in this or any small engine!Lots of reviews on generators in general of sitting with gas and not starting weeks later. Ethanol gas gums up the carburetor if it sits too long. I run non-ethanol premium gas in all my equipment.Because of the amount power of startup on appliances, this would run one big freezer or a big frig, or a small chest freezer and a frig. Mine I run a big freezer, some led lights, router and a laptop. The 2nd Honda 2200 watt I run another small freezer and a big frig. It is actually cheaper to buy 2 of these then a 4,000 watt inverter generator. I have one that runs the upstairs and the 2nd one runs out of the walkout basement.I love how quiet it is and eco switch which runs at a lower power.
    I have to say, I never right reviews, however with this purchase I found it a must. Like most of us, when I decided to purchase a generator, I started my online research. Everything about this one looked perfect, with the exception of the low volume of reviews. Let me tell you I really love this inverter generator. It was easy to fuel up and start with 1 pull. During my test run I was able to plug in 1 running shop vac, 1 running standard refrigerator, 1 toaster oven, 1 fan, 1 lamp, & 1 laptop. This generator was able to run all items at once, but could hear it get a bit louder when I turned on the shop vac with all other items plugged in. The light indicating a heavier load came on at this time as well to indicate nearing maximum load. Even so, the noise level was extremely quiet. I like the switch which gives an option idle the unit down even further than normal when the load requirement is low. I did purchase the generator 30 amp 125 volt (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008DIZYJS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) extension cord which will convert the 30-amp locking outlet to three 15-amp household outlets. This will allow you to get the maximum output of any generator since the full load cannot come from just the 2 standard 15 amp outlets on the generator. The unit is very easy to maneuver since it is light weight and there is a handle. I love the fact that I can plug my laptop or phone into it without worrying about an influx of power coming through which will fry sensitive electronics. Hence why inverter generators are pretty awesome.Quick lesson on inverter generator technology is that it "works by producing the standard output AC current like most traditional generators, but that current is then converted to DC, and then “inverted” back to clean AC power that maintains a single phase, pure sine wave at the required voltage and frequency. The result is much “cleaner” power (“pure sine waves”) than is possible with a conventional generator, essentially the same quality of electricity that you typically get from your electric company. Why is this important? Well, more and more products today use some form of microprocessor. Not just your computer, but also your phones, TVs, game consoles, printers, DVD players, and even kitchen appliances and power tools. And all these microprocessors are very sensitive to the quality of the electricity they use. Using power that isn’t “clean” can make these devices malfunction, or even damage them."So, at the end of the day I cannot say enough good things about this generator in regards to the 2 times I have used it. A+ in my book!


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Honda 664240 EU2200i 2200 Watt Portable Inverter Generator with Co-Minder

★★★★★
$1,099.00
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Features

  • Manufacturer: ‎Honda
  • Part Number: ‎EU2200
  • Item Weight: ‎144 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: ‎20.98 x 12.24 x 19.72 inches
  • Item model number: ‎EU2200ITAN
  • Style: ‎EU2200i Inverter - 49-State
  • Voltage: ‎120 Volts
  • Wattage: ‎2200 watts
  • Item Package Quantity: ‎1
  • Batteries Required?: ‎No

Description

  • MORE POWER. SAME LEGENDARY QUALITY. - The EU2200i delivers 10% more power than the previous EU2000i - enabling you to power more of what you need, in the same lightweight, compact package. The EU2200i gives you the power to get more done.
  • CO-MINDER - Advanced Carbon Monoxide Detection System. CO-MINDER continuously monitors carbon monoxide (CO) levels. It automatically shuts...

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    Started up right away, ran my fridge/freezer on a trial run for about an hour. Mobile app works great to show you the draw, I wish it also showed the fuel level, but I love that it tracks your maintenance windows as well. Generator is much quieter than the 6000 watt non inverter generator i ran my house on for a week just recently, I'm hoping this suits the bill for my ongoing emergency and farm needs.
    Light weight, easy to disassemble for maintenance, and the added bluetooth for turning it off along with displaying the status on my phone doesn't hurt either.


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Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment WGen9500 Heavy Duty Portable Generator 9500 Rated 12500 Peak Watts, Gas Powered, Electric Start, Transfer Switch & RV Ready, CARB Compliant

★★★★★
$999.99
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Features

  • Plug-and-Play: Comes With a Remote Start Key Fob, 12V Battery Charger, Oil, an Oil Funnel, a Tool Kit, and a User’s Manual to Get You Started Right Out of the Box (Minimal Assembly Required)

Description

  • 9500 Running Watts and 12500 Peak Watts; Remote Start With Included Key Fob, Electric and Recoil Start; Up to 12 Hours of Run Time on a 6.6 Gallon Fuel Tank With Fuel Gauge
  • Features Two GFCI 120V 5–20R Standard Household Receptacle, One Transfer Switch Ready 120V L14-30R, One RV Ready 120/240V 14–50R, and Two 5V USB Ports; All Outlets Have Rubber Covers for Added...

    User reviews

    This generator checks all the boxes. I was looking for a generator big enough to run my air conditioning, well pump, fans and lights. I found it. At first it was having trouble starting my air conditioner, but I had my hvac guy install a “hard start” on my ac and it starts it without fail now. It’s a 3&1/2 ton unit. Based on the electrical load my electrician said I was running it at about 75% of its capacity. Running time on it’s 6.6 gallon tank are different on the Amazon description and the manufacturer owners manual. One says 17 hours and the other says 14 hours on a single tank. I believe you could get 14 hours on a 50% load, but running mine at 75% load I got 9 hours and 45 minutes on a single tank. So you’re looking at about 16.25 gallons to run it for 24 hours at 75% load. I’m a bit of a preper so I like to have enough fuel on hand to run my house off the grid for at least a whole week. This requires me to keep about 115 gallons of fuel on hand which I buy at the beginning of summer and after hurricane season I just use it up in our cars. Bigger 12k/15k generators will consume about 1 gallon per hour at 50% load. At 75% load this 9500/12500 generator uses about (.67) gallon per hour. Also worth mentioning, larger generators don’t offer a backup pull start. They are electric start only. Although this generator has a lot of bells and whistles, it still maintains basic generator functions such as a pull start and manual choke. Simple drain and fill oil changes without oil filters. Bigger generators have automotive style oil filters and electric only choke. You will never worry about losing power again. Also worth noting....to wire this to the house utilizing the 50 amp plug I went directly to an RV center to get it. A 50’ chord was about $225 but well worth it for a long durable chord. Big box hardware stores won’t carry the gauge wire you need to make a long chord. Hope this review helps.
    Pros: came via drop shipping as scheduled without damage. Easy to unbox and assemble. Remote start works great and is very convenient. Produces plenty of power and doesn’t bog down with high surge loads. Gas shutoff is easy to access. Included instructions were clear on how to convert the generator to a floating neutral (most homes with a transfer switch).Cons: Heavy (but not bad to move with the wheels). Loud (but tolerable compared to other open frame generators in this range)Bottom line- Affordable and powerful this is the best of its class. Consumer reports rates it well and I agree with them.


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DuroMax XP12000HX Dual Fuel Portable Generator-12000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Electric Start w/CO Alert, 50 State Approved, Blue

★★★★★
$1,499.00
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Description

  • All-new control center with a digital multimeter, push-button start, and a front-facing fuel interface allowing you to change your fuel type in seconds! The digital multimeter displays voltage, frequency, total hours run, and hours until the recommended maintenance
  • This generator runs on gasoline or propane, giving you the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice
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    As a energy backup in case of emergency
    Very strong


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WEN DF475T Dual Fuel 120V/240V Portable Generator with Electric Start Transfer Switch Ready, 4750-Watt, CARB Compliant

★★★★★
$484.74
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Description

  • Switch between gasoline (4750 surge watts, 3800 running watt) and propane (4350 surge, 3500 running) with the simple turn of the selection dial
  • Voltage easily goes from 120V to 240V, perfect for transfer switches and emergency backup
  • Electric start powers the 224cc 4-stroke OHV engine with the turn of a key
  • 4-gallon tank provides up to 11 hours of half load...

    User reviews

    I was very impressed with this generator. i have a few other 'yellow' generators and I am glad i made the switch.At first I was dumb and impatient and tried to start it right after I put the wheel kit on it and connected the battery and propane line. To my surprise it would not start.Well.. you need to put the supplied oil in it first (safety feature). Duh.. Once I put the oil in it it fired right up and ran perfect.The propane function worked great. For the first test of 3 hours we ran our camper AC, LED TV, Charged the dual batteries with no issues. The generator was about 20 feet away and we didn't hear it much while the TV was on. The generator didn't change pitch much so we knew it was not struggling to keep up with the load.The gas function is a bit louder, but most people will not notice. While on gas for a hour we were able to run the AC, Fridge, TV, Charge batteries AND run the microwave (5 minute intervals to heat water and have tea). There is a difference is wattage output with gas opposed to propane, so do your calculations correctly or the generator will bog down and might shut off.The wheel kit was easy to put on and works great. The black and dark orange looks really cool, and is more scratch resistant then my other 2 'yellow' generators.The shipping box is a pain. It weighs 100lbs and had no really good lift points without a dolly. I just broke the box open by my front door and built it there. Once built the wheel kit makes the generator very simple to move and is a solid design. I would advise getting a hand to move it, or a dolly if you are not going to build the generator where it is dropped off.Great find and so far it has been really reliable for the price. It is perfect for what I need and very easy to operate and store. We are over 20 hours running now and the generator still starts and sounds like new.
    I had serious problems with this machine. For some unknown reason, the top of the fuel tank collapsed. I can only assume that this was caused by vacuum - it looks like someone stepped on top of the fuel tank. It did not arrive in this condition but developed overnight with the machine shut down (fuel tank partially full). Very weird. Next, the machine has a tendency to hunt but that did straighten out after a few minutes of run time. Now the big one - the carburetor developed a leak. Serious enough that if I hadn't caught it, I have no doubt that a fire would have developed.I'm not all that sure that the advertised rated power is correct. Running on gasoline this machine would not run my air compressor when a lower-rated Sportsman model would.I am in the process of exchanging this generator. Hopefully, the new one won't have any of these problems. If so, it goes back for a refund. However it turns out I will report back on my experience.BTW, their tech support was zero help, I definitely got the feeling that I was an inconvenience, not a customer.


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DuroStar DS10000E Gas Powered Portable Generator-10000 Watt Electric Start-Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved, Red/Black

★★★★★
$1,000.61
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Features

  • POWERFUL DUROSTAR ENGINE: The DS10000E is Powered by a 18HP 440cc OHV Durostar Engine.
  • Fully Featured Power Panel – The power panel includes a wide selection of outlets for maximum compatibility in your applications including: (2) 120V household GFCI outlets, (1) 120V 30A twist lock outlet, (1) 240V 30A outlet, and (1) 240V 50A outlet. The panel also includes a voltmeter and 12V DC charging posts for charging external batteries

Description

  • POWERFUL DUROSTAR ENGINE: The DS10000E is Powered by a 18HP 440cc OHV Durostar Engine.
  • Powerful Engine – The DuroStar 439cc OHV engine is a workhorse that provides plenty of power to handle multiple jobs, from powering high voltage appliances to heavy duty power tools
  • Idle Control – Lowers the RPMs of the generator when not in use, saving fuel and reducing noise. Ideal...

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    Ok I've had the generator 3 years now. first let me tell you I have the most unreliable electric service of anyone I know, every time the wind blows my lights go out. Most of the time it takes at least one or two days before power is restored. I used to go get a motel room at $85 per night until the lights come back on. That all ended when I got this generator. I have used it about 15 or 20 times in the last 3 years. It always starts right up and runs my refrigerator a small ac unit in my bedroom, my tv and any lights {led} in the house. It will run anywhere between 10 to 15 hours on a tank of gas {4 gal}. All my neighbors are suffering while I'm watching tv with cool air and cold drinks.Best purchase ever 5 stars Wow! 4 years still runs great. Well it’s been 5years sents I got this generator. In that time I have had to use it many times and I just love it.
    Your browser does not support HTML5 video.  UPDATE: After sitting for a year, with original gas, the unit fired up like new. It handled refrigerator, 55" TV, Dish box, internet modem, house phone, and portable heater with ease. You just can't go wrong. BONUS: After 8 hours it only used 3/4 tank of gasoline.First off, Amazon had this generator on my door step in 2 days. Secondly, I looked @ many Amazon reviews. Then I went to Youtube and found out this generator had been around for a long time. 4 stars is great on Amazon, but this unit had 4 and a half stars. I took the packing braces off, and followed the instructions. My intent was to pull the cord real slow to give the oil some time to slosh around. My plan did not work. I pulled the string a literal hair and the unit fired up. I have never seen anything like it! I have had several new mowers and weed eaters, and NOTHING started this easily, and I mean nothing! I plugged in TV/Dish, refrigerator, portable heater, heating pad, tablet.....and everything worked like a charm. I would do a TV commercial for this company. Thank you Amazon for recommending this generator. BTW, my husband is talking in the video.


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