Originally Posted By LCDR_Data:
I'm sure this topic has been covered here before, but I searched and came up empty. I even went through all 22 pages of the subforum looking for the word "generator".
Hurricane season is here. I have about $400-450 to spend on a generator to power some basic necessities and pump water from our well. We have a natural gas furnace, water heater, and dryer. All other appliances are electric. I should emphasize I don't expect to power the whole house with it, just the bare minimum.
Right now I'm looking at some Chinese brands on Amazon. There's not a lot of information on the web about these generators. I get the impression that Arf is not fond of Chinese stuff, but my situation is what it is and I'm not likely to have the budget for a nice Honda this season. I think I know what I should
be getting but I can't afford it.
So assuming I get one of these Shanghai Specials, how much heartache am I going to endure down the road? What are some of the major sticking points? Has anyone used one recently, like maybe for Sandy?
Not a lot of info you say???
Here's 986 pages of info on Chinese generators- namely the Champion.
RV.net Mega Generator Thread
While the chinese models may all appear the same or similar on the surface, what you are paying for is the customer service after the fact. Many brands come and go or disappear after purchase.
Champion is known for low cost, but excellent English speaking customer service, which is based here in the US. They sell their spare parts direct to you and have a solid reputation for helping out customers.
Check Cabela's and Tractor Supply for various deals. Cabela's just put the Champion back on sale with remote electric start and the wheel kit for $429.
I bought one of the 3500 generators and am now saving the spare pennies for a transfer switch to get it hard-wired into the house.