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Posted: 11/28/2014 2:43:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/28/2014 2:44:15 PM EDT by storminnorman]
Been eyeballing this unit for a while,TCS has them for 250-today not sure for how long?Just figured i'd spread the word .
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/champion-power-equipmenttrade%3B-3500w-4000w-portable-generator
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 3:08:20 PM EDT
yes Sir...Got me one because of the 240v outlet in addition to the 120v
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 3:08:54 PM EDT
yes Sir...Got me one because of the 240v outlet in addition to the 120v
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 6:07:19 PM EDT
Worth putting synthetic oil in these?
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 10:47:22 PM EDT
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After engine break-in, sure.
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 10:51:09 PM EDT
I read up a little on these when Cabelas was selling the 120V only version of this for the same price. It's highly regarded as a budget generator, but some people complained about it not regulating voltage very well and it was ill advised to hook up voltage-sensitive devices to the generator.
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 11:21:28 PM EDT
I've got the 120V version from Cabelas a few years ago. Really happy with it, wish it had the dual voltage like this one, though.
Link Posted: 11/28/2014 11:30:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/28/2014 11:31:45 PM EDT by nowgrn4]
I too snagged one today at TS for pretty much the cost of one electric bill. It Should add some inexpensive muscle to accent my Honda 2000 and EX350.

Link Posted: 11/28/2014 11:55:45 PM EDT
I know this is store pick up only, but is there any way to order online or via phone? I can't get by before next weekend.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 12:16:49 AM EDT
The lady asked if I wanted an extended warranty.I asked how many come back?She said she's worked their a while and sold a TON of them and only had one come back!She wasn't sure if the generator was had an issue or the guy who brought it back?!Had my answer .Hope it was the right choice...
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 12:37:41 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By oogabooga289:
I read up a little on these when Cabelas was selling the 120V only version of this for the same price. It's highly regarded as a budget generator, but some people complained about it not regulating voltage very well and it was ill advised to hook up voltage-sensitive devices to the generator.
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I lose power several times a year living way out in the sticks. I have a Champion Weekender generator I use and I hook it up to a refrigerator, freezer, Vizio 42" tv, Direct tv satellite dish and Viasat modem and have had zero problems.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:34:49 AM EDT
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I lose power several times a year living way out in the sticks. I have a Champion Weekender generator I use and I hook it up to a refrigerator, freezer, Vizio 42" tv, Direct tv satellite dish and Viasat modem and have had zero problems.
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Originally Posted By oogabooga289:
I read up a little on these when Cabelas was selling the 120V only version of this for the same price. It's highly regarded as a budget generator, but some people complained about it not regulating voltage very well and it was ill advised to hook up voltage-sensitive devices to the generator.



I lose power several times a year living way out in the sticks. I have a Champion Weekender generator I use and I hook it up to a refrigerator, freezer, Vizio 42" tv, Direct tv satellite dish and Viasat modem and have had zero problems.



Is your Champion "Weekender" a Inverter genny with a pure sine wave output that varies RPM depending on load? Or a contractor style like these 3500/4000 with a dirty modified sine wave designed to run simple electric motors (fans, drills, saws, compressors), resistance elements and lights?

I snagged this new one to just run my little 20gal 120 volt single element water heater or my 1hp 120volt shallow well pump at our fish camp just when needed. The Honda 2000 will run the fridge and other sensitive stuff pretty much full time in a outage.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 5:04:43 PM EDT
Oh well, one day only - in store purchase only. Not in the cards for me.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 5:49:29 PM EDT
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Is your Champion "Weekender" a Inverter genny with a pure sine wave output that varies RPM depending on load? Or a contractor style like these 3500/4000 with a dirty modified sine wave designed to run simple electric motors (fans, drills, saws, compressors), resistance elements and lights?

I snagged this new one to just run my little 20gal 120 volt single element water heater or my 1hp 120volt shallow well pump at our fish camp just when needed. The Honda 2000 will run the fridge and other sensitive stuff pretty much full time in a outage.
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Originally Posted By Mak:
Originally Posted By oogabooga289:
I read up a little on these when Cabelas was selling the 120V only version of this for the same price. It's highly regarded as a budget generator, but some people complained about it not regulating voltage very well and it was ill advised to hook up voltage-sensitive devices to the generator.



I lose power several times a year living way out in the sticks. I have a Champion Weekender generator I use and I hook it up to a refrigerator, freezer, Vizio 42" tv, Direct tv satellite dish and Viasat modem and have had zero problems.



Is your Champion "Weekender" a Inverter genny with a pure sine wave output that varies RPM depending on load? Or a contractor style like these 3500/4000 with a dirty modified sine wave designed to run simple electric motors (fans, drills, saws, compressors), resistance elements and lights?

I snagged this new one to just run my little 20gal 120 volt single element water heater or my 1hp 120volt shallow well pump at our fish camp just when needed. The Honda 2000 will run the fridge and other sensitive stuff pretty much full time in a outage.



It is this one which Champion says is suitable for running televisions, refrigerators, etc. They sell it as a generator for RV use. As for all the technical stuff you are asking, I have no idea other than I've owned one for a few years, it always runs and works and everything I use it to power has worked fine. I live on an island that always loses power so my generator gets used plenty.

It comes with a cover and wheel kit. They are usually available through Cabelas, with free shipping and I usually have a $20.00 Cabelas bucks promotion which Cabelas emails out.

$309.99 free shipping, find a $20.00 Cabelas off coupon for more off. It is not a 240 volt version.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 6:01:52 PM EDT
I missed the deal, as well.

Visited the local Horrible Freight and found a 4KW Predator Generator in the scratch and dent pile for $250. Also picked up the 2 cycle 800 watt generator for $90. They have a few generators on sale through tomorrow
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 7:41:07 PM EDT
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It is this one which Champion says is suitable for running televisions, refrigerators, etc. They sell it as a generator for RV use. As for all the technical stuff you are asking, I have no idea other than I've owned one for a few years, it always runs and works and everything I use it to power has worked fine. I live on an island that always loses power so my generator gets used plenty.

It comes with a cover and wheel kit. They are usually available through Cabelas, with free shipping and I usually have a $20.00 Cabelas bucks promotion which Cabelas emails out.

$309.99 free shipping, find a $20.00 Cabelas off coupon for more off. It is not a 240 volt version.
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Originally Posted By nowgrn4:
Originally Posted By Mak:
Originally Posted By oogabooga289:
I read up a little on these when Cabelas was selling the 120V only version of this for the same price. It's highly regarded as a budget generator, but some people complained about it not regulating voltage very well and it was ill advised to hook up voltage-sensitive devices to the generator.



I lose power several times a year living way out in the sticks. I have a Champion Weekender generator I use and I hook it up to a refrigerator, freezer, Vizio 42" tv, Direct tv satellite dish and Viasat modem and have had zero problems.



Is your Champion "Weekender" a Inverter genny with a pure sine wave output that varies RPM depending on load? Or a contractor style like these 3500/4000 with a dirty modified sine wave designed to run simple electric motors (fans, drills, saws, compressors), resistance elements and lights?

I snagged this new one to just run my little 20gal 120 volt single element water heater or my 1hp 120volt shallow well pump at our fish camp just when needed. The Honda 2000 will run the fridge and other sensitive stuff pretty much full time in a outage.



It is this one which Champion says is suitable for running televisions, refrigerators, etc. They sell it as a generator for RV use. As for all the technical stuff you are asking, I have no idea other than I've owned one for a few years, it always runs and works and everything I use it to power has worked fine. I live on an island that always loses power so my generator gets used plenty.

It comes with a cover and wheel kit. They are usually available through Cabelas, with free shipping and I usually have a $20.00 Cabelas bucks promotion which Cabelas emails out.

$309.99 free shipping, find a $20.00 Cabelas off coupon for more off. It is not a 240 volt version.




Except for the 240V feature and wheels it looks very similar to the one I snagged. The product page on both units says the same thing "Ideal for powering a fridge, furnace, lights, TV, other small appliance or a few household items".

I put oil and fuel in mine. I waited about 30 seconds after I opened the fuel tank petcock to fill the float bowl then I hit the choke lever and it started first pull.

So far so good.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 8:52:59 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By nowgrn4:



Except for the 240V feature and wheels it looks very similar to the one I snagged. The product page on both units says the same thing "Ideal for powering a fridge, furnace, lights, TV, other small appliance or a few household items".

I put oil and fuel in mine. I waited about 30 seconds after I opened the fuel tank petcock to fill the float bowl then I hit the choke lever and it started first pull.

So far so good.
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If you are worried about voltage surges, Champion just recommends using surge protectors which I have everything in my house plugged into anyway since I lose power and have on/off surges from my utility anyway. Or you can run your generator to a UPS first to prevent surges and provide back up power for electronics when the power first goes off.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 10:10:31 PM EDT
I have used one 7-8 years now for my camper. It will run my camper with air conditioner on for 9-10 hours on a tank of gas.
I only use it a week or so at a time once or twice a year. Starts every time.

It is not honda quite, but as long as you are not sitting right next to it you can carry on a conversation.
Good buy.
Link Posted: 11/29/2014 11:09:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/29/2014 11:32:11 PM EDT by Skibane]
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Originally Posted By nowgrn4:
Is your Champion "Weekender" a Inverter genny with a pure sine wave output that varies RPM depending on load? Or a contractor style like these 3500/4000 with a dirty modified sine wave designed to run simple electric motors (fans, drills, saws, compressors), resistance elements and lights?
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It would be a mistake to dismiss all non-inverter generators as being only capable of producing crappy power.

Among the various non-inverter models, there are huge variations in power quality.

Some models use a very basic "resonant" voltage regulation scheme that only employs a couple of passive components.

Others have an automatic voltage regulator ("AVR") circuit that compares the AC output voltage against a built-in voltage reference, constantly adjusting the rotor winding current to maintain constant output voltage. Some models have power quality comparable to the best inverter models.

This particular Champion model has an AVR circuit, and produces good power quality.



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