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Champion 3500 Watt Generator (Weekender Package)

pullin-gs 235 139 November 30, 2012 at 06:23 AM in Brick & Mortar (B&M) (5) More Cabelas Deals
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Promoted 11-30-2012 by iconian at 01:57 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 11:26 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 09:21 PM
Nope, still $310 as of 7 pm, EST

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

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How easy it is to just hookup the furnace without doing the whole house transfer switch option?

Thanks
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.
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#32
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I'm new to generators and am wondering how much worrk is required to install one? I'm a bay area native and the power never goes out here nor does it get very cold but id like to be prepared, in case the shit hits the fan. I always thought these generators were several thousand dollars.
The ones that cost thousands of dollars are the standby generators that are permanently installed outside your house and are either hooked up to your natural gas line or a large propane tank., They are hard-wired to your electrical panel with an automatic transfer switch.
After Sandy and being out of power/heat for 12 days, I'm weighing my options between a 6000W portable generator with a manual transfer switch vs. a 8K to 10K standby generator, which will likely cost a couple of grand more.
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#33
For a portable generator you do not need a transfer switch. All you would need is this which ties right into your panel:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/w...1593512637

There are others depending on your panel, I just posted this to give you an idea what it looks like.
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$25 discount if you buy e-gift card of $225 for $250 at plastic jungle. it came instantly for me, but they warn you that if you haven't ordered from them before, it can take 24 hours to get the code. use a discover card for another 5% off.
Do you have to order through Discover web-site to get 5% off or just using it through Cabela's web-site is sufficient?
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Quote from dealorama123 View Post :
How easy it is to just hookup the furnace without doing the whole house transfer switch option?

Thanks
Like looc said, if your furnace uses a regular plug (mine does) then just run an extension cord from the generator to the furnace and you'll be good to go. My furnace is in the attic above the garage, where I've got an extra fridge so would put the generator outside the garage (with the exhaust pointing away from the garage door) and run a cord to there. I could run another cord to TV/router etc as needed.

A transfer switch would let you use the generator for house lights and outlets, but you'd have to be careful about how much current everything is drawing. This generator isn't designed to power a whole house.
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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.
It all depends on how comfortable you are with the electrical work. I've done it fairly easily, and if you are capable, you could either do it, or hire an electrician to install a
plug/socket for the furnace. I've posted a video a couple of post before yours as an example.
Just make sure you check the local codes.
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If you have a furnace that plugs into the wall, just plug that into the generator.
If not, you'll have to install a power cord with plug into the furnace. You should
use probably use an electrician.
Here is a video I found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2FDO3SVnVE
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!
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The ones that cost thousands of dollars are the standby generators that are permanently installed outside your house and are either hooked up to your natural gas line or a large propane tank., They are hard-wired to your electrical panel with an automatic transfer switch.
After Sandy and being out of power/heat for 12 days, I'm weighing my options between a 6000W portable generator with a manual transfer switch vs. a 8K to 10K standby generator, which will likely cost a couple of grand more.
We sell a Generac 8KW Generator for $1950 plus another $350 for the transfer switch. Now you are looking at another $600 for an Electrican maybe more and another $500 for a plumber to hook up the lines. Plus another $60 for the battery that needs to be installed inside of it.

10KW will run you $2300 on up..

This is the way to go but very costly..
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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.
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How easy it is to just hookup the furnace without doing the whole house transfer switch option?

Thanks
It might be pretty easy. My furnace has a light switch right next to it which I took apart and exposed the wired (hot, neutral and ground). I cut and stripped an extension cord and plug one end into generator and the stripped end connected to the correct wires.

I did my neighbor's and he had a power outlet connected to the switch so we made an extension cord with two male ends and plugged one into the generator and the other into the outlet. You can also buy a cord with two male ends.

IMPORTANT - you need to turn off the breaker for the furnace. If you don't, you could kill yourself and you can backfeed power into the rest of the house and out to the street. If you send power out to the street, you can kill a repair guy that is expecting dead wires.


I am not an electrician and you should get someone who is familiar with the type of stuff to help. Also do google searches and so on.
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Quote from looc View Post :
It all depends on how comfortable you are with the electrical work. I've done it fairly easily, and if you are capable, you could either do it, or hire an electrician to install a
plug/socket for the furnace. I've posted a video a couple of post before yours as an example.
Just make sure you check the local codes.
Yeah I don't do electrical (even though this looks easy). Our's definitely does not have a plug, it's wired directly to the panel which is about 15ft away. It would have to be disconnected from the furnace in a code-friendly way, something out of my scope for sure.
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#41
Comes with only a single 120 standard outlet. This automatically means if you want to run multiple items you will need a heavy duty extension cord with a splitter built into it or buy a separate splitter adapter.

That alone is going to run you another $50+ - $110, depending on the type and brand you buy.

Yes, you can buy cheap junk extension cords, but is it worth burning your house down? Ones not designed for long term use are going to get super hot and catch on fire or melt.

This generator is a good deal, but not for running multiple items for long periods. More for camping and short term use. Just my opinion.

I would go with the one below from Home Depot just due to the 3 extra built in outlets. Looks more compact and easier to move also. To me that is worth the extra $40.

Powerstroke Generator - Home Depot [homedepot.com]
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Quote from big_wake View Post :
It might be pretty easy. My furnace has a light switch right next to it which I took apart and exposed the wired (hot, neutral and ground). I cut and stripped an extension cord and plug one end into generator and the stripped end connected to the correct wires.

I did my neighbor's and he had a power outlet connected to the switch so we made an extension cord with two male ends and plugged one into the generator and the other into the outlet. You can also buy a cord with two male ends.

IMPORTANT - you need to turn off the breaker for the furnace. If you don't, you could kill yourself and you can backfeed power into the rest of the house and out to the street. If you send power out to the street, you can kill a repair guy that is expecting dead wires.


I am not an electrician and you should get someone who is familiar with the type of stuff to help. Also do google searches and so on.
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.
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Quote from grif32 View Post :
For a portable generator you do not need a transfer switch. All you would need is this which ties right into your panel:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/w...1593512637

There are others depending on your panel, I just posted this to give you an idea what it looks like.
That's a great an inexpensive idea, if you have space for an additional breaker for
the generator on the panel, and with a proper placement.

Here is a video on how one of those work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7DkaorEQPQ


also there are several such kits available to fit different configuration, but most people would need an electrician to do this.
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I'd be using this to get through the occasional power outage. I can't get a good look when I zoom in on the picture - how many regular old extension cords can I connect to this?

We don't have a Cabellas within 150 miles of us - are they a decent enough store?

Thanks!
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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.
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.
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