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Old 05-09-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Generac and champion have reasonably priced propane generators. Both have "<25%" harmonic distortion. Generac says that many electronics require better than 5% and you need a better one for a plasma tv. Champion says theirs is just fine.
Who's lying?

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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I don't think that the difference between 25% and 5% will matter
a great deal to any decent electronics.
Most electronics use switch mode supplies,
so any noise or crap wont get thru the supply any way.
I think it's just some know nothing salesman
using technical spec's to generate sales.

Try it and see !

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Old 05-10-2013, 07:54 AM   #3
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I have a 3KW Champion. Runs the flat screen in my RV (and everything else) just fine. We are prone to getting snowed in and losing power in the winter, sometimes for two or three straight days. Since the RV sits next to the house, I just hook up the genny and we "camp" for a while.
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I have a 3KW Champion. Runs the flat screen in my RV (and everything else) just fine. We are prone to getting snowed in and losing power in the winter, sometimes for two or three straight days. Since the RV sits next to the house, I just hook up the genny and we "camp" for a while.
Is it an inverter or a cheapy?
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It's not an inverter. I paid something like $350 for it at Lowe's. Bought it mainly because it has a 30A RV receptacle.
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Back around 1987 I bought 21 acres of land and couldn't get power there untill a sand filter septic was installed and operational, so I parked in my RV there for 3 years using a 1500 watt Coleman/Powermate generator with a quality Kawasaki engine and electronic ignition. It ran my microwave, TV, battery charging sytem, lights etc just fine, and it got 6 or more hours of run time to a gallon of gas running pretty hard. I ran it 7 days a week, probably 12 hours a day for over 3 years, never had a problem with it!

But now you can't buy that set with a Kawasaki engine, they went cheap with a disposable Tecumseh or Briggs lawnmower engine and they don't get the gas economy I did with mine.

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Back around 1987 I bought 21 acres of land and couldn't get power there untill a sand filter septic was installed and operational, so I parked in my RV there for 3 years using a 1500 watt Coleman/Powermate generator with a quality Kawasaki engine and electronic ignition. It ran my microwave, TV, battery charging sytem, lights etc just fine, and it got 6 or more hours of run time to a gallon of gas running pretty hard. I ran it 7 days a week, probably 12 hours a day for over 3 years, never had a problem with it!

But now you can't buy that set with a Kowasaki engine, they went cheap with a disposable Tecumseh or Briggs lawnmower engine and they don't get the gas economy I did with mine.
Yes because twenty years ago people cared about quality
and were willing to pay for it.
But not now !
most people want cheap !
So dealers stock what most want.
Thats cheap !
And you get what you pay for,
You pay less,
You get less !
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Yes because twenty years ago people cared about quality
and were willing to pay for it.
But not now !
most people want cheap !
So dealers stock what most want.
Thats cheap !
And you get what you pay for,
You pay less,
You get less !

Dang, you hit the nail right on the head there, and everything comes now from CHINA cause people want CHEAP, and they GET cheap!
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Back around 1987 I bought 21 acres of land and couldn't get power there untill a sand filter septic was installed and operational, so I parked in my RV there for 3 years using a 1500 watt Coleman/Powermate generator with a quality Kawasaki engine and electronic ignition. It ran my microwave, TV, battery charging sytem, lights etc just fine, and it got 6 or more hours of run time to a gallon of gas running pretty hard. I ran it 7 days a week, probably 12 hours a day for over 3 years, never had a problem with it!

But now you can't buy that set with a Kawasaki engine, they went cheap with a disposable Tecumseh or Briggs lawnmower engine and they don't get the gas economy I did with mine.
That's impressive!
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We also lived in our RV for almost three years while building our house by ourselves. Just wanted some insurance against being out of power and snowed in while in an RV - temps here are sometimes zero degrees in the morning and on many days don't reach 32 degrees. As luck would have it, the whole time we never lost power for more than a few seconds. Since moving into the house, we've lost it several times for a day or more.
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FYI ... XP and XG are portable series generators

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The total harmonic distortion for the XG Series units will be above 5%; if you are looking for a unit with a cleaner power output, we would recommend considering our XP Series units.
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I would go with a Generac 20,000 anything above this the price really jumps up. It should be able to run the whole house during outage. Or you could go smaller with a little subpanel.

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