hobo Posted June 5, 2022 Share Posted June 5, 2022 Having done a lot of research, I chose the Harbor Freight Predator 3500 over either of the Hondas (2-2200 watt or their 3000 watt). The Predator 3500 can run everything without hesitation. The Predator can also be companioned with another 3500 if ever needed (at home for instance) whereby the Honda 3000 cannot be companioned. The price of the Predator is about 1/3 of the Honda and has proven to be extremely reliable and extremely quiet. OK, the cons: It is heavy (about 100 lbs so we leave it in the basket (which I modified). The Honda has a three year warranty whereby the Predator only has a one year warranty but an additional year can be purchased (fairly cheaply) which provides a new replacement unit if ever required. If you do a YouTube search you can find truckers who have used the Predators behind their cabs in very harsh conditions for many, many hours and have had really good luck with them. There are a few things that I would do with a Predator right away though. Change the oil at about 5 hours, and then again at about 10 hours. After that, change as recommended. I also replaced the dipstick plug with a magnetic one (about $10 on Amazon). Finally, get rid of the cheap chinese spark plug and replace with a high quality plug (NGK for instance). Not sure about the current Predator 3500 but mine doesn't have a fuel gauge. If I can find a kit to convert, I will. In the meantime, I'm going to fill it up and run the trailer with AC on this summer to see how long a tank of fuel actually lasts. The manual says up to 11 hours but I don't trust that. I'll report back. 1 1 2018 Elite II, Hull #414 (the very last 2018 produced). Trailer name "2 HOBOS" . 2018 F250 4X4 Crew Cab, 6.7L diesel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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