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- March 8, 2008 at 1:42 am #11917
Wow… what an amazing variety of comments on generators on all the boards… My friend just found one I’ve never heard of "Gentron". Also comments on Champion, the Kipor, and of course, Yamaha and Honda. We plan to spend a lot of time "off the grid", so can’t depend on shore power for battery charging…. A/c can be important at times… From what we’ve read, you can’t go wrong with Honda and Yamaha, and they’re quiet. But some of the others look good too…. We’d like electric start (If you ever watched me start a pull-start lawn mower, you’d know why .) That seems to add a lot to the price. Mostly, we’d like to have quiet and not disturb the tranquility we drove so far to find….. (and, of course, neighbors if we have them!) Weight is a consideration too, and … just where will we carry it????
If you’ve given some thought to this, please chime in.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12March 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm #13239
I have a propane converted Honda 2000 i and from a weight standpoint, it is your best bet as it is under 50# and can be lifted in and out of a truck.( I hate to carry gas) The Yamaha 2400 is offered in a tri fuel(propane, nat gas and gasoline) is more powerful and heavier, I believe about 80#. My Honda ran the Casita A/C only or turn ff A/C and use everything else ie turn off A/C to pop popcorn or use hair dryer of watch TV, etc. I believe the A/C compressor in the Oliver is more efficient and therefore you may be able to run Tv also. The off brands are usually very noisy though I have read that the Kipor uses either a Honda engine or a copy and is pretty quiet. Personally, I would stay with a Honda or a Yamaha. My Honda usually starts on 2nd pull and is easy to start. Yamaha offers electric.
Hope this helps, ChuckMarch 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm #13248
The yamaha 3000 watt inverter generator has eco mode and is very quiet as well as fuel efficient. You can do pretty well what you want in the way of running things, but the electric start is a after market accessory at the time we bought our 3000. Our Yamaha dealer instaled the start kit for us but it was a bit high in cost. The 3000 Yamaha fully fueled, start kit and all weighs in at nearly 200 pounds. With the tongue of the Oliver fully extended, there is room on it for the 3000.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)March 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm #13257
Hi there mountainborn!
How does the 200# xtra tongue weight effect handling? Been thinking of putting my Honda 2000 on the tongue also. It’s converted to propane already so I’m anxious to see
your mounting. On the short tongue adj now and it handles great!
ChuckMarch 9, 2008 at 1:41 am #13261
Chuck, sadly I do not have it mounted on the tongue yet. My fabricator has drug his feet until I have called Robert at the factory looking for assistance. My fabricator is a local guy and has been dependable in the past, but this time . . . . .
Robert being the nice guy that he is, said sure, we can help. I will give my local guy a bit longer then I’ll go to the professionals to get it done right.
We have been towing with the tongue extended two extra feet out, in anticipation of mounting the generator on it. It towed just fine out to Arizona and back earlier this week.
The two extra feet really shows in this photo.
This photo was taken near dripping springs, not far from the Christmas mines, South of Globe, Az. Those are the Pinal Mountains in the background. It was pretty early in the morning as you can see by the angle of the sunlight. We had just broke camp at the Apache gold Casino campground and climbed up over the backbone of the Pinals.
The town of Christmas is gone now, the mine swallowed it up. This is the second town that I have lived in that has disappeared into a open pit copper mine. No hard feelings over that. It is just that it is not possible to re trace old childhood footsteps and friends when there is nothing left but a hole in the ground.
Our Ollie sure needs a bath after driving through a blizzard above the Mogollon Rim, then two days in the dust of the high Sonoran Dessert. None the less, ain’t that a purty’ sight !!
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)
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