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Champion 7000W Dual Fuel Generator with 25' 30 Amp Cord $549.99 Costco B&M

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I bought this last year when it went on sale and I like it a lot. There are some a little bit cheaper but this is a really nice unit.

Advantages:
  • <5% THD so safe for electronics
    240V can power whole house (or at least my house) Most inverter gens do *not* give you 240V.
    dual fuel means fuel won't go stale and carb will stay clean
    electric start is nice when its cold and dark
    includes wheeled frame, useful generator cord, LPG hose and regulator
    it's Costco so low hassle if there are issues

Disadvantage: it's moderately loud. Don't run it inside the house.

For reference: https://www.championpowerequipmen...duct-img-1

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Disadvantage: it's moderately loud. Don't run it inside the house.
You wanna die? That's how you die.
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How hard is it to hook this up to your house, so that you can power your ac unit?
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How hard is it to hook this up to your house, so that you can power your ac unit?
Depends. If the AC unit has a power plug then just plug it in and go. Get a heavy extension cord like this: https://www.harborfreight.com/25-...62914.html Or use the one that came with it but you want the generator to be far enough away that noise and exhaust are not an issue.

If it is hard wired then you need an electrician to hook it up.
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This exact same genny just powered my 3,000 sf house for 48 hours straight. It was a life saver. Have it hooked up via an interlock kit.
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I believe they've discontinued carrying Champion products in favor of a brand called Firman. :-( as I've been waiting for the perfect time to convince wife to buy one of these.

Anyone have experience with their new brand? Looks like they have a dual fuel option....

https://www.costco.com/Firman-7500W-Running--9400W-Peak-Dual-Fuel-Generator.product.100367439.html
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This exact same genny just powered my 3,000 sf house for 48 hours straight. It was a life saver. Have it hooked up via an interlock kit.
How easy was it to hook up an interlock kit? Did you hire an electrician?
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Where did you see this on the shelf Timsy? I called my local southern california costco with this item number and they didn't have it in stock and checked other local stores and couldn't find it. I'm hoping there's a big shipment on the way, I've been waiting for this deal to come back around.
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How hard is it to hook this up to your house, so that you can power your ac unit?
a small portable AC yes.a large central AC unit, probably not. they require a lot of start up watts
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How easy was it to hook up an interlock kit? Did you hire an electrician?
i have mine hooked up with an interlock kit. there are a few steps involved.first u need enough blank breaker spaces (2). the actual interlock art is not a difficult installation. then u need to wire up the plug to feed ur panel. this is probably the most difficult part, but not a big deal if ur familiar with electrical work.

for a generator this size an interlock kit is the way to go. u can literally run almost anything connected to ur panel with it, except maybe a large central AC or an electric instant water heater (I have one and it is an issue as it draws a lot of power all at once). once u try an interlock kit and can use everything normally (built in appliances, recessed lighting, heating units, well pumps, etc) u won't ever consider running a generator any other way.
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Was waiting for this and got the last one at my local Costco. Thanks!!!
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I have this gen and holy cow is it powerful. Ran my 24000BTU 240V mini split a/c without a hiccup. I had an electrician install the plug with transfer switch to my main panel and it powers my 2 story house with no problems. Dad used it during hurricane Maria and I used it while the transfer switch was being installed. Great gen, but it is LOUD. My recommendation is to get a long-ish cable and put it a good distance from your house if possible. Also keep in mind it's like 250lbs, but the wheel kit helps move it around.

Edit: If you don't need the power, get an inverter generator from Harbor Freight. They're much quieter and use less gas. My prep for this hurricane season was to install transfer switch and get a normal and inverter generator. The inverter for nighttime use and the Champion for daytime.
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here's my experience with this generator.

Purchased 3 years ago.
Have yet to have an occasion to NEED it, thankfully.

Test I have run.
Fueled with full 20lb propane tank.
Turned off main breaker. Turned on breaker connected to generator.
Generator display says 246V 64Hz.
start to power stuff up in the house.
Ambient load is a deep freeze, two refrigerators, minor misc other stuff.
Its a New Larger house with two central air units. Turn down thermostat on both so compressors and blowers are running on both units.

Generator is keeping up like a champ, voltage might have dropped to ~240V, forget frequency.

proceed to turn on both microwaves (main kitchen and basement bar).

Generator keeps running like a champ.

Turn on as many lights as I can (LED's, so meh).

Turn on TV

Kids turn on computers (mid range builds).

Generator keeps running, voltage around 240V, all electronics seem to be working just fine.



I let that run for about 10 min. Everything seemed fine.

I'm satisfied. Never put gasoline in it yet, only run off propane. Start it up in the spring, mid summer, and in the fall. Always starts right up.

regardless of what this sounds like, I am not a paid spokesperson. Just some chump in Iowa. I'm happy with this generator. Paid the same amount (I think) 3 years ago, so not too shabby. Feel free to ask questions.
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Wow, that thing is loud at 74 decibels!
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