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Old 06-07-2020, 02:00 PM   #1
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Thoughts on the Honda EU7000is

I did a search on the forum for Honda, and EU7000. Could not find a lot of information. I am considering purchasing one. On the plus side they are supposed to be super quite, inverter AC output, high quality, and longer run times at part load. On the minus side they are about 4 times the price of a comparably rated gen set. I want a portable generator to power our 240V well pump/house if there was a power outage at the house. My thoughts are that I would carry it in the pickup bed and plug it in and run it there, like say for an overnight in a Walmart parking lot. As far as running both AC units on it I know if I limit other loads I can run both AC units on campground 30 amp service so there should be enough power. Any thoughts on the Honda? Are they as quiet as advertised (somewhat important to me). Can I run it OK in the pickup bed? Thanks
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I have no experience with the 7k generator, but have moved their 3k a time or 2 & it was rather heavy, if the 7k is comparable in weight I wouldn't call it portable by any means. Fairly certain you wouldn't be moving in/out of your truck bed without a couple friends or a tractor.
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Old 06-07-2020, 04:37 PM   #3
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Specs list it at 261 Pounds Dry Weight, so not portable in my mind.
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Old 06-07-2020, 06:40 PM   #4
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Honda EU7000iAT1 7000 Watt 120/240 Volt Super Quiet Portable Electric Generator

Listed at 51.31# on Amazon.

I know it's not the EU7000is, but maybe the op was looking at it, and listed the wrong model?

https://www.amazon.com/Honda-Eu7000i...ZXA5FTSWKBZETX
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I have a Honda 6500 for backup at the house and a 3000i ES for travelling. The 6500 is about the same size as the 7000i ES and definitely not a "portable" unit. Honda's are excellent generators and quiet. I built a ramp to load my 3000 into the bed of the truck as it's too heavy to easily lift.
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I have a tractor so getting generator into/out of truck bed is no problem. I wouldn't plan on taking it out while camping.
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:37 PM   #7
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I rented one of these last time I built a house (on our farm)...we did not have services in yet....as we needed some power poles installed....and power lines brought to the property....after I got hold of the power company they told me 6 weeks for services....well I had to get the place built and could not wait 6 weeks...so I rented one of these Honda 7K units from the rental shop....they had other construction type gensets at the rental shop...but when I heard the difference in noise...I opted to pay a little more to rent the 7K inverter model...super quiet......starts and runs perfectly...actually great on fuel compared to more basic units (Honda tech)....We kept it locked up every night in a cargo trailer we had on site....we had to lift in in each night for storage...takes two strong guys...portable somewhat because its on wheels...but lifting it is a grunt.
I was so impressed with the unit I looked into purchasing one...thats as far as I got when I say the price....
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For sure its a 2 guy lift! A friend of mine got one last fall , I set it up to run his house in emergency use. We ran his cloths drier and the entire house for 3 hours to break in the motor , It didn't break a sweat with that load. quiet , very capable of starting large high amperage loads! fuel injected if I recall and the motor runs slow until its at about 5/8 of full load then the RPM start to ramp up. very nice unit should last a very long time. Yamaha also builds very good generators , a little bit less expensive. Honda is the best made generator on the market then Yamaha . Parts supplies years down the road on both are excellent . Personally I will not buy any generator other then these two brands. Generac.... NOT A CHANCE , it will leave you in darkness when you need it most.
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Now I'm a little concerned. The unit is 28" wide X 34"long X 28 1/4" tall. I think 28" back from the front of pickup box puts it in the swing of the 5th wheel. I am not sure the 5th wheel will clear it. Currently I'm not allowed to lift heavy loads so I can't put my hitch back in the truck. When I can lift I will hook up the truck with a fake box made to the dimensions and make sure I can "turn the truck/trailer through it's paces and make sure it clears
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I think it has a wheel kit on it from the factory , you may be able to remove the wheels and front legs to reduce its foot print.
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We have a honda 6500 watt
water cooled twin cylinder from 1999, it has been a real workhorse, it has powered the whole house several time for a week or more when we have had power outages. never given one problem. it is not the model your looking at but I will say Honda generators are well designed and built.
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According to the AC receptacle selection (attached) with the 120/240 switch in the 120/240V position each leg is 120V 22.9 amps. If I use the Camco 55422 PowerGrip 12" 30Amp 4 Prong Locking Male to 50Amp Standard Female Generator Adapter


https://www.amazon.com/Camco-55422-PowerGrip-Standard-Generator/dp/B005BNZFQ0/ref=sr_1_30?dchild=1&keywords=50%2BAmp%2BRV%2BRece ptacle&qid=1591882442&sr=8-30&th=1


I should have enough power to run both AC units, I think each AC unit is on it's own leg of the 50 amp plug. I know I can run both on 30 amp RV supplies, as long as I don't use other large loads, so the 7000is should handle it. I have read other testimonials that it can, I just don't know if I should use the 120V position or 120/240V position. My plan would be to use a 50 amp extension cord that I could use to also power house during a power outage. That would minimize cords and adapters that I would need to buy/store.
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We have the on-board Onan 5500 genny and have no issue running both of our ACs. Have done it numerous times to cool the unit down when dry camping overnite.
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I would make a short 10-3 SO cord with a L14-30 male twist lock end and a 14-50R strait blade receptacle in a 2 gang weather proof bell box and a 3/4" kellem grip cord strain relief . You most likely will need to go to a electrical supply house for these parts OR you could by a 25' factory made 50 amp RV cord and cut the end off and put the L14-30 on that. The type SO electrical cord is much better grade cord and flexible down to about -20*f. either way your going into your wallet for about $125 total.
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I was finally able to hook up the truck today at an angle and there is plenty of room, so we are on the way to pick up the new generator.
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I made a jumper to go from the L14-30 4 pin connector on the generator to a 50 amp RV female plug. With the camper main breaker open I measured 125V AC on each hot leg. I started both AC units and the Honda showed 3750 KVA, That's 1750 KVA less then max running 5500 KW, so there's plenty left. Voltage dropped to 123.2 on one leg and 123.5 on the other so it's sharing the load very well. Also the RPM's only went up about 100 RPM, so it's basically running just above 1/2 load meaning good fuel economy. All in all I'm pretty happy with this generator.
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We're huge fans of the Honda EU-7000. We have three of them supporting our mobile airshow support package. There's a 42' Redwood (loaded out) and utilize the EU-7000 to power it with no issues. Typically averages 10 gals of gas per 24 hours of operations (24/7). Additionally, we have a 40' mobile air traffic control tower for the second unit, again no issues (AC's, electronics, etc.). The third unit is a spare generator just in case one of the others were to go down. Quite, efficient & dependable!
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