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WEN GN400i RV-Ready 4000-Watt Open Frame Inverter Generator, CARB Compliant - Back in Stock - FS $393.81

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Posted this generate back in August and it appears to be back in stock

https://wenproducts.com/products/...-generator
  • Generate clean power to safely operate sensitive electronics such as phones, tablets, televisions and computers
  • Parallel-ready panel allows you to connect any two WEN inverter generators for increased wattage output
  • 212cc 4-stroke CARB-compliant OHV engine produces 4000 surge watts and 3500 rated watts
  • Lightweight body weighs 30% less than a standard 4000-watt generator
  • Includes two 120V NEMA 5-20R receptacles, two 5V USB ports, one 120V RV-ready TT-30R receptacle, and a two-year warranty
Amazon for comparison and reviews (do not use this link to purchase the generator. Use the link at the top of the description) - https://www.amazon.com/WEN-GN400i...B07XZVLC9H

Mine came with the normal jets installed, and a set of the high altitude and very high altitude jets in individual bags.

I also picked up the magnetic oil [wenproducts.com] dipstick for mine since generators don't usually have oil filters
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Last Edited by Numus19 October 15, 2020 at 08:30 AM
Slickdeals keeps trying to change the store to Amazon in the listing for some reason. The amazon link is just for review comparison. The price is from the Wen site directly.
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Amazon or Wen? I got the shipping notice when I clicked on the amazon link, not the Wen.
Oh, I'm sorry. You're right...I was looking at the Amazon link.
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It's only RV ready in that you can plug in a standard RV 30amp cord. This generator is way too loud for RV use. It's cheap but in this case you get what you pay for.
Yeah, I was gonna say that. Seems mandatory only if you had to run your AC... somewhere remote. Otherwise, something smaller and quieter would be preferred.
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This generator is 120V so it isn't compatible with a transfer switch. It will only supply 1 out of the 2 rails in the panel.

Problem with E85 (and even 10% ethanol) without stabil is that if you let it sit at all in the carb it will gum the entire thing up. You need to make sure you drain the carb and tank after you are done with any ethanol gasoline and a carb engine.
Yep. I generally run Stabil Marine 360 even in non-oxy while stored in a can which is what I keep a few gallons of on hand. Was running e-85 as a potentially expensive experiment.

One thing to note with Wen is that most have a fuel shutoff notch on the Off/Run fuel dial. Even if not labeled there is a spot close to off that is mentioned in the manual for fuel shutoff. If you go far enough toward off that it shuts down, too far - move away just far enough that it runs smooth and wait 2-3 minutes, if it doesn't die you went too far toward on. It should run a few minutes and burn the fuel in the carb bowl then die of fuel starvation to keep things happier.
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Any details on why they don't recommend a tri-fuel conversion?

For me, I'm hoping my first inverter generator purchase is a long-term investment that I will use with my future RV, emergencies (natural gas hookup available on my property) and maybe tailgating. I realy want an enclosed unit for less noise. However, I dont know of any enclosed units that come tri-fuel from the factory, and modifying it to tri-fuel will involve cutting up the enclosure and thus making it louder. These cheaper open-frame units are enticing (as easier to adapt to tri-fuel), but I need to figure out if the increased noise is going to be worth it....
They probably don't want to deal with warrant claims. So far as I am aware the only real issue with it is the air/fuel mix. Ethanol there are all sorts of issues with material compatibility. I have had my enclosed run with the side off and it's not really much louder so I wouldn't be worried about that, it's more about the muffler system I think.

If ever going to be used for RV/Camping go quiet. These are find for a work site for the day or emergency power but not so great for recreation unless at a camp site with friends who will not complain. Even then, high quality cables to get the thing far enough away to be able to talk rather than shout.
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I've learned this the hard way... I don't use ethanol fuel in any small engine now. Just not worth the headache.
Especially if it sits idle. Weed whackers and blowers do not use enough fuel to justify skimping on e10 if a person has non-oxy available. Other than cars the generator is my only fuel based device. Everything else is Greenworks 80v mower, blower, etc. Almost annoying as I have to rotate the gas can to a car and refill with fresh occasionally.

Not that I drive anymore...
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Feel free to beat me up for not having done enough research, but is this good for a plug-in-play emergency use for a house? Is it overkill?

I don't need a whole-house generator, just something to run 1 fridge, 1 small freezer, and maybe a light or two.

If it's overkill, does anyone have any more cost effective generators that would be a better option?
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Feel free to beat me up for not having done enough research, but is this good for a plug-in-play emergency use for a house? Is it overkill?

I don't need a whole-house generator, just something to run 1 fridge, 1 small freezer, and maybe a light or two.

If it's overkill, does anyone have any more cost effective generators that would be a better option?
Overkill for your proposed uses? Yes.

This generator is good for sensitive electronics (TV, Computer, "smart" refrigerators) that normal generators can kill

https://www.amazon.com/Westinghouse-WGen3600v-Portable-Generator-Compliant/dp/B07167Y2CF/ref=sr_1_4?... [amazon.com] - Something cheaper like this would work. So it depends if you want to spend the extra 100 dollars and not have to worry about what you are plugging into the generator and if the generator will kill it.
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Ah so that transfer switch looks like it won't back feed the main panel, so should be good to go with this generator. Just make sure you dont have any double pole (240V) breakers in it. I would just get an adapter instead of trying to change out the guts in the generator (may violate the warranty).
I took the panel cover off and verified it's all hooked up to single pole breakers only. I ordered it along with the magnetic dip stick.

I will just make a TT-30P with a L5-30R on a 20' wire.

Thanks. It was on my alert list since the last outage that rolled through NJ.
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Overkill for your proposed uses? Yes.

This generator is good for sensitive electronics (TV, Computer, "smart" refrigerators) that normal generators can kill

https://www.amazon.com/Westinghouse-WGen3600v-Portable-Generator-Compliant/dp/B07167Y2CF/ref=sr_1_4?... [amazon.com] - Something cheaper like this would work. So it depends if you want to spend the extra 100 dollars and not have to worry about what you are plugging into the generator and if the generator will kill it.
Repped, thank you so much for the insight! I'm not too worried about sensitive electronics; so will look for alternatives. Appreciate this a lot.
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Especially if it sits idle. Weed whackers and blowers do not use enough fuel to justify skimping on e10 if a person has non-oxy available. Other than cars the generator is my only fuel based device. Everything else is Greenworks 80v mower, blower, etc. Almost annoying as I have to rotate the gas can to a car and refill with fresh occasionally.

Not that I drive anymore...
Amen. I probably put 50 miles on my car a month at this rate!
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bought this a couple months ago after some power shutoffs in the bay area. Had an 8 hour one last week and glad I had this. It worked well to keep my router, modem, monitors, and computer powered. I wanted to plug in my fridge but I couldnt get it pulled out of the wall space

Its not enclosed or dual fuel, but for $400, it fit in my budget for an emergency use inverter. I wanted an inverter because, based on my research:
- They are quieter, especially in eco mode
- They are lighter
- They are safer for high end electronics
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I've learned this the hard way... I don't use ethanol fuel in any small engine now. Just not worth the headache.
Or use an ethanol treatment (stabil marine) and you'll be fine. Everything around here has ethanol in it and I was advised by my JD dealer to just use stabil in all the gas I ever put in the mower, and 10 years later it and all my other small engines are just fine. Anything that's going to be stored for a long period of time, simply run the gas out of it and even more ideally, drain the tank THEN run it out.
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bought this a couple months ago after some power shutoffs in the bay area. Had an 8 hour one last week and glad I had this. It worked well to keep my router, modem, monitors, and computer powered. I wanted to plug in my fridge but I couldnt get it pulled out of the wall space

Its not enclosed or dual fuel, but for $400, it fit in my budget for an emergency use inverter. I wanted an inverter because, based on my research:
- They are quieter, especially in eco mode
- They are lighter
- They are safer for high end electronics
Also generally better on fuel usage because they can idle.

BUT, much much more $$ per kW from a capital cost perspective.
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I just need Propane, but struggling to find an affordable one with decent features. I bought a dual-fuel 2900W Firman from Costco, but it's quite large and I think it came with an almost dead battery (never started electrically). It ran a few times, but I can't get it started anymore. Returning. Instead, I'm looking into quiet-boxes and conversion kits.

I found a good deal on a conversion kit, but I'm curious if anyone has installed a Nash kit?
How long for a novice?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Propane-...4383961408
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It would be nice to be able to use it tailgating, camping, etc. But is that worth an extra 3 bills...
I was in the same dilemma. I went with a Refurb Champion 3100 off ebay for about $500. No regrets.
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