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Cabela's has Champion 3500-Watt Weekender Next Gen Generator w/ Wheel Kit (IK-526304) on sale for $279.97. Shipping is free or you may select store pickup where available. Thanks Guiltyr1


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  • The Champion 3500-Watt Weekender Next Gen Generator w/ Wheel Kit (IK-526304) features 3,500 running watts and up to 4,375 peak watts, 30-amp RV-ready receptacle, 224cc Champion OHV Engine and runs nine hours on a 3.4-gal. tank of gas at 50% load. 149 reviews give it a 4.8 out of 5 star overall rating.
  • The Champion's 3,500-Watt Black-Out Generator (IK-526227) features up to 4,375 peak watts, 30 AMP RV ready receptacle, runs 10 hours on a 4-gal. fuel tank, 224cc four-stroke, air-cooled engine, recoil start and low-oil shut-off. 185 reviews give it a 4.8 out of 5 star overall rating. -Corwin

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Cabela's now has two 3500-Watt generators on sale for $279.97 w/ free shipping


Champion 3500-Watt Weekender Next Gen Generator with Wheel Kit ($279.97 Free shipping):
  • 3,500 running watts and up to 4,375 peak watts
  • 30-amp RV-ready receptacle
  • 224cc Champion OHV Engine
  • Runs nine hours on a 3.4-gal. tank of gas at 50% load
  • EPA-approved
https://www.cabelas.com/catalog/p...prd2339044

And Champion Blackout Generator ($279.97 Free shipping):
  • Up to 4,375 peak watts
  • 30 AMP RV Ready Receptacle
  • Runs 10 hours on a 4-gal. fuel tank
  • 224cc four-stroke, air-cooled engine
  • Recoil start and low-oil shut-off
https://www.cabelas.com/product/C...s?slotId=0 OOS
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Your RV probably has a 13.5k btu unit, drawing 15 amps with the blower. Thats only 1800 watts on paper, but thats the minimum. Restart loads can go up to 3500 (hence the 3500#).

Window AC's typically are 5000-6000 btu's which cover a 12x12 room. Some would disagree as it has to work quite hard to keep up with that number! (especially if its an extremely hot room). 13.5k as a home AC unit would be trying to cool about 450 -500 sq feet, roughly 20x25. The power requirements are pretty linear, the small ACs will draw between 5-7 amps and thus can be run with a 1000w generator.

If there is absolutely no need for 240, this is a pretty decent price, with a twist lock l5 connector. The reason I like like 240v capable ones in this wattage range is flexibility, your not trying to draw all 30 amps into one line. You can get split tree L14, which can do both 120 and 240, and has multiple outlets along the 240 chain. It has two hots a neutral and a ground. I can run a single heavy duty 240 extention to the house and the split off the tree from there.

Dont forget to get an adequate extention cord, with the twist lock. I dont think you can use all the power out of the one outlet anyways (its 30amps from the twist lock, so you have to use the other outlet to get to the "surge" load rating). In other words, if you load up the 3000 or so watts on the L5, when the compressor for that fridge kicks on and kicks it to 3500, the overload breaker will blow, but you wouldnt have exceeded the capability of the generator. This is quite common place and you usually won't find it except in the fine print as they often time the generator heads can have two outputs.

Hope this helps!
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Fridge: Yes. AC, maybe. (depends on how big, how many, with or without the fridge on). Fans, for sure, but see total load. Lamps, yes. But LED and CFL bulbs may or may not be blinky with a non sine wave output.
The price isnt bad, but its also not 240v capable. So while the watts are up there, it depends on your needs.
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Be sure to use ethanol free gas in these. Ethanol is notorious for clogging the carbs, especially on generators which often are left idle and unused for extended periods of time.
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The regular version is on sale too.
https://www.cabelas.com/catalog/p...prd2393623

Edit: Never mind, didn't read the whole description before posting.
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Been looking into picking up a generator since hurricane season is right around the corner here in Florida. But I'm not too well familiar with generators and/or their capabilities in terms of what wattage and such. Is this generator good for if the power goes out? Will it power the essentials such as the fridge, AC, fan, and maybe a couple of lamps?
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Been looking into picking up a generator since hurricane season is right around the corner here in Florida. But I'm not too well familiar with generators and/or their capabilities in terms of what wattage and such. Is this generator good for if the power goes out? Will it power the essentials such as the fridge, AC, fan, and maybe a couple of lamps?
My RV needs 3500 to run the AC, mini fridge, and lights. I would assume full size fridge and whole home AC would need a lot more power.
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Been looking into picking up a generator since hurricane season is right around the corner here in Florida. But I'm not too well familiar with generators and/or their capabilities in terms of what wattage and such. Is this generator good for if the power goes out? Will it power the essentials such as the fridge, AC, fan, and maybe a couple of lamps?
Fridge: Yes. AC, maybe. (depends on how big, how many, with or without the fridge on). Fans, for sure, but see total load. Lamps, yes. But LED and CFL bulbs may or may not be blinky with a non sine wave output.
The price isnt bad, but its also not 240v capable. So while the watts are up there, it depends on your needs.
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My RV needs 3500 to run the AC, mini fridge, and lights. I would assume full size fridge and whole home AC would need a lot more power.
Your RV probably has a 13.5k btu unit, drawing 15 amps with the blower. Thats only 1800 watts on paper, but thats the minimum. Restart loads can go up to 3500 (hence the 3500#).

Window AC's typically are 5000-6000 btu's which cover a 12x12 room. Some would disagree as it has to work quite hard to keep up with that number! (especially if its an extremely hot room). 13.5k as a home AC unit would be trying to cool about 450 -500 sq feet, roughly 20x25. The power requirements are pretty linear, the small ACs will draw between 5-7 amps and thus can be run with a 1000w generator.

If there is absolutely no need for 240, this is a pretty decent price, with a twist lock l5 connector. The reason I like like 240v capable ones in this wattage range is flexibility, your not trying to draw all 30 amps into one line. You can get split tree L14, which can do both 120 and 240, and has multiple outlets along the 240 chain. It has two hots a neutral and a ground. I can run a single heavy duty 240 extention to the house and the split off the tree from there.

Dont forget to get an adequate extention cord, with the twist lock. I dont think you can use all the power out of the one outlet anyways (its 30amps from the twist lock, so you have to use the other outlet to get to the "surge" load rating). In other words, if you load up the 3000 or so watts on the L5, when the compressor for that fridge kicks on and kicks it to 3500, the overload breaker will blow, but you wouldnt have exceeded the capability of the generator. This is quite common place and you usually won't find it except in the fine print as they often time the generator heads can have two outputs.

Hope this helps!
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I will also say, keep an eye on woot. They have generators pop up from time to time. , sometimes refurbed for 150 or so. I've purchased two coleman PM0123250 before, they have been great, and I wish I got in on that deal. I paid full price, which was more than double.
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Champion is pretty good. But for long multiple day (Hurricane) power outage you need a gas station to keep this running. It will cost more but two 2000 watt Champions in parallel will provide more power, and 2.2 gallons combined for eleven hours ( granted @ 25% capacity but in parallel more than this 3500 unit) And you have more flexibility to run just one unit if that suffices and redundancy if one goes down to keep the essentials going.
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The regular version is on sale too.
https://www.cabelas.com/catalog/p...prd2393623

Edit: Never mind, didn't read the whole description before posting.
Which is better?
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Funny how this is popping up while im currently sitting here in a blackout. 🤔🤔
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Been looking into picking up a generator since hurricane season is right around the corner here in Florida. But I'm not too well familiar with generators and/or their capabilities in terms of what wattage and such. Is this generator good for if the power goes out? Will it power the essentials such as the fridge, AC, fan, and maybe a couple of lamps?
Window AC maybe, but forget a central unit. I have a 10,000 Peak watt gen feeding my panel via a switch and I wouldn't attempt connecting my 2.5ton AC. That being said, I can run 90% of my house.
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Be sure to use ethanol free gas in these. Ethanol is notorious for clogging the carbs, especially on generators which often are left idle and unused for extended periods of time.
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Can someone who is more familiar or better experienced with generators help me understand why this is a better deal than the 3550W model that is $279.99 regularly?

https://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=3169917&categoryId=0&parentCategoryId=0&subCat... [cabelas.com]
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Be sure to use ethanol free gas in these. Ethanol is notorious for clogging the carbs, especially on generators which often are left idle and unused for extended periods of time.
Yes, in this and any small engine that does not get used daily and sits dormant often; i.e. mower, weed eater, chainsaw, etc
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