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Old 09-25-2018, 05:25 AM   #1
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Champion inverter generators

While researching for the appropriate size generator to get for our Passport I came across a bit of info I thought would save others some money.

According to Champion the 3400 Inverter generators found on Amazon are the same machines as the 3500 inverter generators sold by Cabelas and Camping world for $250-300 more. These would be the dual fuel ($967 at Amazon, $1150 and $1299 (on sale for $1199 this month) at Cabelas and Camping World respectively) and the remote start models which are priced similarly.

I bought the dual fuel model. Ill let you all know how it goes!
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Old 09-28-2018, 10:29 AM   #2
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did you buy a sound meter?
but interting to here about life of unit and if even reliable.
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Old 09-28-2018, 11:21 AM   #3
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I bought the 3500 Dual Fuel from Sams for $299. Only ran it on propane so far, but it powers the AC, both fridges, and everything else except the microwave and water heater. Very quiet on propane.
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I bought the 3500 Dual Fuel from Sams for $299. Only ran it on propane so far, but it powers the AC, both fridges, and everything else except the microwave and water heater. Very quiet on propane.
This thread has been discussing "INVERTER" generators. For the sake of clarity, would you please confirm which model Champion generator you purchased and are using so we're all thinking along the same lines?

I believe the 3500 dual fuel generator you purchased from Sam's Club is not an inverter generator, but is the Champion Model # 100401 identified in this link: https://www.samsclub.com/sams/4375w-...lp_product_1_2 Could you please confirm whether the generator you purchased is an INVERTER generator or the older "construction style".
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Old 09-28-2018, 11:51 AM   #5
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This thread has been discussing "INVERTER" generators. For the sake of clarity, would you please confirm which model Champion generator you purchased and are using so we're all thinking along the same lines?

I believe the 3500 dual fuel generator you purchased from Sam's Club is not an inverter generator, but is the Champion Model # 100401 identified in this link: https://www.samsclub.com/sams/4375w-...lp_product_1_2 Could you please confirm whether the generator you purchased is an INVERTER generator or the older "construction style".
I thought the same thing and went straight to the Sam's club website once I saw $299 price.
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I thought the same thing and went straight to the Sam's club website once I saw $299 price.
Me too !!! I saw the $299 price for a 3500 watt INVERTER generator, a dual fuel one at that and was ready to buy every one I could get my hands on. Next spring they will easily be worth $700 each. As for "construction generators" not so much....
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:33 PM   #7
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For anyone interested, Harbor Freight has their entire line of generators on sale including inverter type. Prices seem to be pretty good and they compare well as far as specs go. Probably made in the same sweatshop in China as the Champion. (I owner a dual fuel RV generator and it works fine... tad noisy).
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For anyone interested, Harbor Freight has their entire line of generators on sale including inverter type. Prices seem to be pretty good and they compare well as far as specs go. Probably made in the same sweatshop in China as the Champion. (I owner a dual fuel RV generator and it works fine... tad noisy).
I know quite a few people, from a different forum, that have used those following hurricanes and they seem to work well. Someone even tore one and a Honda down. Surprisingly the harbor freight one had a better cylinder and rocker arm. The electrical components appeared roughly the same. I gambled and bought the AI Power with the Yamaha engine. Two 2000 watts in conjunction power me just fine, 30AMP rig. They were even less at Costco than the harbor freight ones plus got an extra year of warranty by using the citi card.
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Old 09-29-2018, 08:11 AM   #9
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did you buy a sound meter?
but interting to here about life of unit and if even reliable.
No. There are some pretty comprehensive reviews of it on YouTube. Its regarded to be slightly louder at idle than a Honda and Yamaha but quieter under load.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:13 PM   #10
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This thread has been discussing "INVERTER" generators. For the sake of clarity, would you please confirm which model Champion generator you purchased and are using so we're all thinking along the same lines?

I believe the 3500 dual fuel generator you purchased from Sam's Club is not an inverter generator, but is the Champion Model # 100401 identified in this link: https://www.samsclub.com/sams/4375w-...lp_product_1_2 Could you please confirm whether the generator you purchased is an INVERTER generator or the older "construction style".
Yes, you are correct. Missed that “inverter” word entirely. Thought I had made a super great deal. My bad, but I do really like the one I have!
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