This Doesn’t Bode Well . . .

This time next week hopefully we’ll be happily ensconced at Poche’s Fish N Camp in Breaux Bridge, LA, having just had dinner at Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish.

At least I that’s the way it goes. I guess we’ll see.

With the cooler weather coming in, and the days dwindling down until we leave for Florida, I’ve pretty much put any more work on the rig’s generator on hold. And it raining pretty much every day for the last month hasn’t help things either.

But I still find myself checking out some of my backup plans. If my Onan diesel proves to be impossible or uneconomical to get running again, I’m thinking about replacing it with a portal gasoline generator like this Harbor Freight Predator model for $600.

Predator 8750

Predator 8750 Generator

It’s 8750 starting amps / 7000 running amps with a 90 day warranty.

But I recently came across this Champion model.

Champion Generator

Champion 9375 Generator

It’s 9375 starting amps / 7500 running amps with a 3 year warranty. The only downside is that it costs about $200 more. But that might be offset by the much longer warranty.

I did recently find this Consumer Reports article comparing a Honda EC2000 Inverter Generator and an equivalent Predator model from Harbor Freight. Turns out that CR thought that the Predator compared very favorably to the Honda, and it costs half as much.

My new house batteries that I installed a few days ago, Got’er Done, are perking right along with no problems. I’ve noticed that my house battery voltage runs about 0.5 volt higher than the previous battery set.

Then a day or so later, I turned off my power converter for an hour or so and monitored the voltage. As expected, the voltage dropped to the normal steady-state of 12.6 volts . . and stayed there. Running several rig lights, the fridge, and the AC thermostats, the voltage never even dropped a tenth of a volt.

I guess that’s what 2280 Ah will do for you.

Tomorrow I’ll take two of the old batteries back to Lowe’s tomorrow and get my $20 core charge back. Then I’ll check with NTB to see if they will take the other two.

Also tomorrow I’m going to start working down my list of things that I want to get done before we leave next Wednesday. At least between rain storms.

Thought for the Day:

This Doesn’t Bode Well.

This Doesn't Bode Well

What does it mean when you have no fortune?


2 Responses to This Doesn’t Bode Well . . .

  1. Bill says:

    No disrespect, but why don’t you get a technician on the generator. I realize you’re competent, but your also very busy I’m a mechanical engineer, but sometimes time constraints dictate support. Just saying…

    • gregwhite says:


      Mainly because I can’t find anyone who will come here and work on it.

      The two places I’ve called that work on these said to drop off the coach and they’ll let us know when it’s ready. But they’ve got a two to four-week backlog. And No, they won’t just call us when they’re ready to work on it. They want it on the lot before they’ll put it on the schedule.

      Besides I enjoy working on stuff like this. We’ll do just fine without it on our upcoming Florida trip so I’m no in any hurry.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate the comment.


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