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Champion 3500 Watt Generator (Weekender Package)

pullin-gs 234 139 November 30, 2012 at 05:23 AM in Brick & Mortar (B&M) (5) More Cabelas Deals
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Promoted 11-30-2012 by iconian at 12:57 PM View Original Post
Cabelas has Champion 3500 Watt Generator (Weekender Package)for $310 + free shipping after applying coupon code 2WINTER. Thanks pullin-gs
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Edited November 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM by BostonGirl
Champion 3500/4000w $309 shipped.
Free ship code is 2WINTER....said it was good till Dec-12 when I used it....no longer on site though.
Here is a $20-off link good till Dec-4 (coupon-code is emaled to you) for Cabelas...so possible deal is $289 shipped if everthing lines up:

http://www.cabelas.com/custserv/r...obalBanner

Not great, but it is the best one going (I searched for weeks now).
Reviews are great on Amazon.....70+ reviews, average is 4.5 stars
Includes wheel package (normally $50).
I paid zero tax in VA.
I've been waiting for a good deal (delivered) on these for over a month.
BF had them for $297, but that deal was B&M pickup only.

http://www.cabelas.com/generators...1b2166becc
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Last Edited by markitude December 2, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Nope, still $310 as of 7 pm, EST

Showing $379 now . You are right. I was wrong. Still 310.

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#46
These are great inexpensive generators. They are designed and built with RV'r in mind that is why they have a 30 amp RV Receptacle on them. (read the description and zoom in on the generator and you will see it. Their only short coming is that they only put out 120 volts, not 120 volts and 220volts if 220volts is important to you.

You can get allot of info from the RV'er forums, (google them), they love this particular model.
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That looks SUPER easy (and cheap). I'm interested to know if there are any special codes/areas where this is not acceptable. If as easy as it looks I'm definitely getting this done next time we have our electrician out to the house. Since we don't have forced air (just a water pump that circulates the hot water through the radiators throughout the house) I bet my current draw would be a fraction of what was drawn in the video.

Thanks for the link!
With a sub 1000w generator, I was able to run a medium fridge, furnace&pumps, few lights, and my neighbor's furnace comfortably.

With 3500W generator, you should be able to run a lot more stuff. This one won't run
high voltage stuff though (some AC, kitchen stove - electric, etc)
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I'd also like to know this (hunch says not easy/legal). We lost power for 2 days during Sandy and had my FIL's huge 7000w generator. But since we couldn't power the puny 1/2hp water pump (gas radiator heat), the house was <50F for most of that time. If there was a quick way to switch off the mains just for the thermostat/furnace connection it would be very comfortable during an extended outage.
If you have any electrical knowledge, something like this is stupidly easy:
http://flhrider.com/Webfiles/pics...20plug.jpg

Your furnace is currently hardwired in some junction box. Disconnect furnace at that box and put in a receptacle. Then replace the cable going into your furnace with something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/elec...LjefJNjHYM. Then crack a beer and enjoy your success.
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Quote from 7Enigma View Post :
I'd also like to know this (hunch says not easy/legal). We lost power for 2 days during Sandy and had my FIL's huge 7000w generator. But since we couldn't power the puny 1/2hp water pump (gas radiator heat), the house was <50F for most of that time. If there was a quick way to switch off the mains just for the thermostat/furnace connection it would be very comfortable during an extended outage.
A 7k should be able to power most of a house (excluding dryer and a few other things) .. My parent's 8k power powered 2 fridges, pellet stove, tv's, lights, water pump etc.

Were you running it from the wall outlets (120) on the generator? That could be why as those plugs don't power much. You need the 240 or service plugs in the house.

And in case anyone is thinking dont try plugging in via male in to the wall outlet and back feeding the house, not only will you overload the plug but you are back feeding unused power via the ground to the line (even with the main shut off)
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Quote from ebakke View Post :
If you have any electrical knowledge, something like this is stupidly easy:
http://flhrider.com/Webfiles/pics...20plug.jpg

Your furnace is currently hardwired in some junction box. Disconnect furnace at that box and put in a receptacle. Then replace the cable going into your furnace with something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/elec...LjefJNjHYM. Then crack a beer and enjoy your success.
Def stupidly easy, but you wouldn't believe the amount of people who cannot handle anything close to that.


You also don't have to buy any two ended extension cables, special adapters, etc etc etc.

A computer cord does the job just fine for an oil burner/heater.

Just cut the end off that goes into the computer and you've got the wire you need.

http://www.cablesdirect.com/prodi...6CB_LR.jpg
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Positive what you did is not to code and you could be in for serious penalties/repercussions if it was ever discovered. There are times for DIY and times to get it done right and to code, this is not one of those DIY times IMO.
I will not argue with you there. I do have an outlet now next to the switch so I will not need to open that again in the event of a power outage, and I am contemplating installing a kit to back feed power directly into the box.
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#52
Been wanting a generator for years...finally pulled the trigger on this slickdeal.
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Quote from mutha_scratcha View Post :
My cousin is an electrician. I have a honda 2000, so entire house transfer switch is not possible.
He hooked up a 3-way transfer switch to my gas forced air furnace. It is like a light switch that has 3 positions. power company-off - generator. This keeps it from back feeding the system. The switch just has a plug hanging from it. I plug that into an extension cord.The switch was about $30 and labor was about a 12pack for labor. Love it. It's wrong, but I can't wait for the power to go out in the winter.
The switch that he installed is a "double pole double throw" switch and you will most likely have to get it from an electrical supply place. There is specific knowledge needed to install it because you have to use jumpers to make it work for this application. They are about $50 where I live and I have used them before.
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#54
Ditto on the extension cord for whoever posted it.
Invest in AT LEAST 14-guage grounded cords. If longer than 50 feet, go 12 gauge if you can afford it.
This is one area that you dont want to skimp.
I paid $70 for a 100-feet 14 guage cord at Home Depot.
I cut it in half and re-terminated them, giving me two 50 foot cords.
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Quote from mutha_scratcha View Post :
The weekender package should throw in 4 sets of earplugs for your family.bouncebounce

good price though, might look into muffling it more than stock.

http://www.alpharubicon.com/alten...tquiet.htm

rep'd for the link to quieting a generator... I'm running out to buy some parts now!
Thx
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#56
Ummm what engine does this have in it? I'd prefer something that you could get parts for easily if it were me.

edit: has a 196 cc Genuine Champion OHV Engine (6.5 hp).

Hmm, I guess it at least has a solid review base, I wonder how they compare to the harbor frieght units.
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Ditto on the extension cord for whoever posted it.
Invest in AT LEAST 14-guage grounded cords. If longer than 50 feet, go 12 gauge if you can afford it.

YES. it is better to just go with 12, considering it will likely be split.

we have been looking into getting a generator, and when it comes to best bang for the buck, this one seems to be it:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/..._200360138


220, diesel, and at least 5k watt is a must
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#58
Has any one considered Duromax generator . How is the review of this brand. I saw its out of stock every where even at Amazon.
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Quote from pullin-gs View Post :
Ditto on the extension cord for whoever posted it.
Invest in AT LEAST 14-guage grounded cords. If longer than 50 feet, go 12 gauge if you can afford it.
This is one area that you dont want to skimp.
I paid $70 for a 100-feet 14 guage cord at Home Depot.
I cut it in half and re-terminated them, giving me two 50 foot cords.

"Receptacles include a 30-amp, 120-volt twist-lock; one 30-amp, 120-volt RV receptacle; and a 20-amp, 120-volt." You will need 10 gauge cords for the 30-amp receptacles. If you try to draw 30-amps through a 12 gauge cord you will melt it and possibly start a fire.

A 14 guage cord is only good for a max of 15 amps. EEK!
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#60
does anyone know what the champion model # is?
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