Honda Inverter Generator

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reese77
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Honda Inverter Generator - Sun, 08/19/12 10:27 PM
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I am looking to change generators, my large 6000watt generator sitting on the back of my truck is in the way and too loud even when in a noise suppression box. I am looking at the small Honda inverter generators. In this Youtube video, the food truck runs on 2 2000W Honda inverter generators.
 
These models do not have the large 30A 4 prong AC outlet as the other style portable generators so I am not sure how I would tie this into the breaker box. Anyone know how this is done?

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Sun, 08/19/12 10:49 PM
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Nevermind. I found out how. This kit will do the trick.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Mon, 08/20/12 10:44 PM
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Hey reese, I'm looking into the same generator combo on my truck.  I like how they have them stored on the side of the truck. Its a good idea.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 10:04 AM
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BTM676


Hey reese, I'm looking into the same generator combo on my truck.  I like how they have them stored on the side of the truck. Its a good idea.

 
Yes, same here. I have enough space under the side of the truck to fit 2 of these and I am working on fabricating the compartment to hold them now. I removed my old 200+lb 6000W generator from the rear of the truck, way too loud even with sound proof box.
 
I see some of these Hondas on Ebay for around 700 so it will be around 1400+ for 2 but the size and the low decibels is worth it, plus 5hrs run time in eco mode on 1 gallon of gas.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 3:08 PM
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i also been seaching for generators. the rv ones are around 3000.00.
and it will not fit in my box. do you think 2 honda generators are enough power that's only 4000 watts
 

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 4:51 PM

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 4:53 PM
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mabey this one will work.
http://www.steadypower.com/products.php?product=Honda-EU2000i-Parallel-Cable
-Kit-%252d-RV-Ready&gclid=CMKK6PjK-bECFUXf4AodoSoAsw
 
  www.steadypower
 
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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 5:10 PM
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marco226


i also been seaching for generators. the rv ones are around 3000.00.
and it will not fit in my box. do you think 2 honda generators are enough power that's only 4000 watts


 
For my purposes 4000 will work based on my electrical equipment. Might not be enough for a bigger truck with larger refrigerator, sandwich prep station, etc.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 6:49 PM
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reese don't waste your money, the vibrations from the generators WILL tear them apart, I'm on my 3rd generator now, and just had to have the engine welded back on the frame, b/c the rubber mounts broke. I am looking to go with a full on battery bank, I had a long convo with a battery guy and we came up with 8 (6volts ) in series with a 10k watt inverter and will give me about 37 hours of silent run time at a ticket price of about $2500 for everything, installed.  check that avenue out. Look for 255ah batteries, that will give you the run time.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 6:56 PM
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PLUS i WANNA SEE PICS OF THE TRUCK FINISHED TOO :-)

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 6:58 PM
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THE WILD DOG


reese don't waste your money, the vibrations from the generators WILL tear them apart, I'm on my 3rd generator now, and just had to have the engine welded back on the frame, b/c the rubber mounts broke. I am looking to go with a full on battery bank, I had a long convo with a battery guy and we came up with 8 (6volts ) in series with a 10k watt inverter and will give me about 37 hours of silent run time at a ticket price of about $2500 for everything, installed.  check that avenue out. Look for 255ah batteries, that will give you the run time.

 
Interesting. I thought about this awhile ago but wasn't sure how long batteries would last, recharge time, and overall battery life. I wonder why more people do not pursue this option. My main issue with my generator is noise and this option would be pure silence. keep me updated on your setup, I am going to do some research.
 
Why 6V versus 12V car battery? How would you go from the inverter to the breaker box? All the inverters I've seen have a standard 110V outlet.
 
 

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 7:02 PM
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I have a Honda, it's about 10 yrs old, never missed a beat. Regular oil changes keep them happy.
When I was doing movie work, all the trucks had honda's, they would run 12-14 hrs a day. Very little problem with them.
If you have gone through 3 generators on your new truck, your buying some cheap crap.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Tue, 08/21/12 9:51 PM
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yeah they are 900 each, 2 free replacements and my money back, so i really can't complain :-) got the 3rd one sitting in a garage still on pallet. i'm gonna sell it and the other one to fund my battery build.  def mad pics for that thing.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Fri, 08/24/12 9:58 AM
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reese don't waste your money, the vibrations from the generators WILL tear them apart, I'm on my 3rd generator now, and just had to have the engine welded back on the frame, b/c the rubber mounts broke. I am looking to go with a full on battery bank, I had a long convo with a battery guy and we came up with 8 (6volts ) in series with a 10k watt inverter and will give me about 37 hours of silent run time at a ticket price of about $2500 for everything, installed.  check that avenue out. Look for 255ah batteries, that will give you the run time.

 
You are referring to these batteries correct? Did the battery guy mention charge time and what type of charger? So would I need 8 for an 8000W inverter? I found a battery/inverter calculator online but it is not fool proof.

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Re:Honda Inverter Generator - Fri, 08/24/12 10:19 PM
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reese,
 
 I went to a battery place, The guys there do solar stuff &  build battery banks, I spent about 40 mins on the phone with these guys and they gave me the INS & OUTS and basically sold me on their service just with their knowledge. They said go with 6volts in pairs of 2  each battery with 255ah,  said to achieve 10,000 watts that I would need 3-4 sets of series ( 6 or 8 batteries )  the way to calculate the run time is to add up EACH batteries AH, so in my case that would be 255x8= 2040  then divide the 2040 #  by your amp requirment which in my case is 50 and that will give you your battery reserve time or your " run time "  which would be 40ish hours for me.  I can't remember how you calculate the charge time, but he said basically you would want something that can or will charge within an over night period like a mechanic's battery charger, it's on a dolly and they run about 400.  I would be looking at a 400 watt charger.  I am seaching now for a sine wave inverter ( about $1000 )     feel free to email me, I get them faster   elitemobilefoodservices@gmail.com