February 13th, 2010
Supports 30A service to trailer
This generator does support 30A service for RV use. I did a lot of research before purchasing this one. Some competing brands imply that they are suitable for RV use, but actually are limited by 13A fuses, so that you can't draw more than that through a single plug. With the use of an L14-30 - TT30R pigtail adapter (e.g., [...] has one specifically for this brand), you can draw all output through the 120/240 L14 plug on the panel. In tests, I have put close to full rated 30A load with my RV through the single L14 plug using the adapter, with no problem. The generator handled the load easily. Its compact size (17x17x24 w/o wheel kit) and weight (120 lbs) means that it fits in the bed of my truck in front of my 5th wheel hitch for travel - and that I can put it there w/o help or popping a disc in my back! The oil fill plug is located on the front of the engine, giving me easy access. The oversized muffler eliminates most exhaust noise such that the engine operating noise is louder than the exhaust. Per the distributor, the cylinder has a cast iron sleeve, so it should last. Exactly what I was looking for.
You can find it a few bucks cheaper elsewhere, but I went with Amazon because of Amazon's reputation. Also, look at other sellers' return policies, as some only offer store credit on returns, and in addition charge you a restocking fee as well as for the free shipping, and return shipping, for returned or damaged items.
February 5th, 2010
Good Generator : Electric Start a Plusb
I got this at my husband's request. He wanted this (for his Christmas present) as an emergency generator, especially in case of Earthquakes for our Northern California home. So far, so good!! It is a little less portable than we would have liked, (quite heavy) but is adequate. The electric start is really a plus. My husband set it up to try outside, after following directions for putting in oil, and then gasoline, and attaching it to a temporary ground wire outside. It worked fine when attached to a motor on a 120 volt extension cord. He brought it back into the garage where it will live, and has attached it to another metal ground (part of the metal piping for the electric furnace) as a more permanent ground. He had emptied the gasoline out. The plan now is just to leave it, and to be able to just add gasoline when needed, and use the key to start it. He left the key in place. This should work very well for our needs, which is very rare actual use, but hopefully enough to keep emergency things going for a few days in case of severe earthquake: we would be able to stay in the house rather than heading out on the road, or not haveing any power. (We also got the cover which is a good idea for keeping dust off if using rarely). It seems to work flawlessly!!
CA Koi Friend JoAnn
January 18th, 2010
First emergency use last night
Last night during the heavy California rains, the electric went out. I grab the flashlight, pull off the cover that was included, put on the choke and on-switch and after two pulls, she was purring! Two pulls? Yes, because I'd been neglecting this kitten since June, when I last started her. Plugged in the fridge, two lights and the fish filter system. This thing rocks! Plus it was pleasing to know I was the only one with electric for miles on my busy road! NO REGRETS!!!
Jerome J. Manne follow the law
November 15th, 2009
I was looking for a generator for emergencies and for camping. The DuroMax is that unit. I read the other reviews and followed their recommendations. When it was delivered, only 6 days after I placed the order, I examined the box, it was in good shape, as was the generator. The only problem I had was the yellow plastic oil dip stick had fallen out and the threads were a little missed up. I called the number on the instructions to request a new oil dip stick. Their reprehensive helped me and I had a new dip stick within 72 hours.
I then followed the easy to understand directions and the unit started the first time. The electric starter is great, no more pulling on the rope, which made my wife very happy, when she needs to start the unit. The weight is not bad. No problem lifting it into the back of my pickup truck. I just leave it there while camping.
The unit is large enough to operate the air conditioner on my camping trailer and micro wave at the same time.
Sid R. Parsley Peacemaker
Huntington Beach, CA
September 14th, 2009
Well worth it
I bought this to power our camper while we were at the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. They have NO hookups.I borrowed a 1500 watt last year, & it would not handle the A/C on our camper.This worked GREAT. Mine arrived in perfect shape. It was well packed, with plenty of thick foam packing. It had 2 packing braces that had to be removed.Most reviews complain about being a pain putting oil in it. I simply tipped on its side & used a small funnel.After adding oil, I filled with gas, put choke on, turned the key, & it fired right up. Runs like a champ.The electric start is great. A little heavy, takes 2 people to lift it into the truck. Not as quiet as a Honda. But at half the price,it is easy to compromise.There was a 3000i Honda at the festival that hardly made any noise, but I'm sure it was over 2000 dollars. Fairly quiet. For the price & the fetchers it cant't be beat, especially when their is no tax & no shipping. Can't say anything bad, for the price.
July 23rd, 2009
For the price, U can not get a better deal
Ship time was GREAT !! I ran my window unit AC, Medium size and a heater. No problem in a test.
Took about a 3000 watt. load no problem.
Very quiet for price. Pull started very easy.
Electric start worked well.
The one problem I am working on is the charging time it takes for it
to charge the Batt. I seem to have a very slow trickle charge.
Charged great with Batt. charger and 12vdc jumper but slow to charge
I check wireing and voltage was about 14.3 vdc to batt. I can live with it. Overall it works great !! Will add if I have any problems.
Great backup for the price. Enjoy....
V. Vedova Vinnie V.
July 21st, 2009
Great Product for the Price
I recently purchased a used RV for my family to go on vacation. The RV has an AC unit. I looked around online for a unit with the power to supply 30 Amps, something that wouldn't be too heavy or large to transport, and for a price I could afford. I found all three in this unit. It has sufficient power to run my AC unit, it is light enough for my wife and I to load it in the trailer, and I couldn't believe it had electric start all for less than $500.00. I took it out in mid June and used it 4 hours a day for 5 days. I mainly ran a battery charger to keep the trailer batteries charged (didn't have to run the AC much), and I only used one tank of gas. So while my experience only includes 20 hours run time (hopefully it will last for years) I am completely and totally satisfied with this purchase.
May 14th, 2009
Ordered during an emergency power outage, had delivered in 2 days. My father is unable to pull a crank so it was important to find a generator with electric start. For the PRICE, you cannot beat it. period. You can find a nicer generator with electric start, but for an extremely quiet, electric start you are looking at close to 1000.00 if not more. This is surprisingly quiet, and I am tickled it was so cheap. I am even happier with the service I got from generator factory outlet. I got it in a little over 24 hours. AWESOME experience. Of course the power came back on the day we got it. LOL
February 17th, 2009
excellent unit for the money!
just a decent product for the money, I know weveryone wants to buy american, but all the USA units were double the price, come on! USA makers need to challenege themselves to make one like this at this price ($500).
David M. Paglieroni subyfxr
February 6th, 2009
Good performance, excellent value
We live in Southern Louisiana, smack-dab in the middle of hurricane alley, and decided to purchase a backup generator to deal with power outages in the event of an emergency. I wanted sufficient power capacity to run our refrigerator, a small portable AC, a few lights, a small TV, charge our cell-phones, and occasionally charge laptop batteries. We figured that around 3000 continuous watts and 4000 surge watts would be sufficient for our needs.
There are several generators sold by the hardware chains (Lowe's, Home Depot) that fit this description, but they're priced around $600 - $700. After some research on the internet, we decided that the DuroMax XP4400 would match our needs, and suit our budget. Just before purchasing it, on an impulse I decided to get the model with the battery powered electric starter, instead of the one that has a rip-cord.
The generator was shipped Fedex Ground and took about a week to arrive. The external cardboard box showed signs of rough handling during transportation, but the generator was well packed in foam, and not damaged during shipping. The whole box weighs about 130 lbs, and it helped me considerably that the Fedex driver wheeled it right into our garage. Unpacking took about 20 minutes. There are a couple of shipping braces that support the engine during shipment that take a little while to remove.
The first thing I did was to flip the generator upside-down on a mat to install the wheel-kit. There are tools provided with the generator to get the wheels and handles on. As shipped, the tires were sufficiently inflated to bear the weight of the generator.
After flipping the generator right way up again, I filled it with SAE30 oil. We live in a relatively warm climate, so I chose 10W30. If you use generator oil, make sure you chose oil made for a four-stroke engine. The oil-fill tube is awkwardly placed - I have a funnel with a tube at the end out it, and found that I had to use it to avoid spilling oil. It takes about 20 oz of oil. To condition the engine, I would suggest changing the oil after 6 hours of run-time, then twice after 8 hours, and every 20 - 30 hours beyond that.
After filling it with gas (there is a mesh fuel-filter underneath the gas cap, I turned the fuel valve on, and started the generator. The engine turned right away, but wouldn't start. This turned out to be an error on my part - it dark, and what I thought was the fully-off position for the choke was instead the fully-on position. After moving the choke to the correct position(fully-off), the engine started up. It is pretty smoky and sputters until the choke is opened. After that it runs very smoothly,with no visible smoke in the exhaust. I don't know what the noise level is, but it is sufficiently low that it doesn't bother me when the generator is running outside the house, and I am on the inside.
The control panel has two 120V outlets (20 Amp), and one 30 Amp outlet that is switchable between 120V and 240V. There is also a 12V outlet to charge a car battery. There is a circuit breaker and a voltmeter. During my initial tests, between 60 watts and 2400 watts of load the voltage stayed at 115 volts, and didn't drop. I haven't tested higher loads yet.
So far, we are quite satisfied. The DuroMax XP4400E is built well, works well, and is less polluting that more expensive Honda, Subaru, and Yamaha powered units sold at the hardware chains.
And a little tip - for any small engine that is run infrequently. Make sure you mix the fuel with some anti-oxidant such as Stabil before putting it in the tank. Gas mixed with anti-oxidant should last for about one year.
Six month update (August 2009) - the generator still works like a champ. Some of the bolts worked themselves loose through the vibrations, so I've tightened them. No other major problems.
Eighteen month update (September 2010) - no problems yet. But I finally got around to installing a transfer switch to connect the generator to the main breaker panel in our house. I recommend this highly - it is far better than running cords all over the place, or back-feeding the main panel, which is illegal and very dangerous for linesman working on the utility company's lines. Reliance Controls makes a pre-wired six-circuit transfer switch (31406/30406) that is perfect for this generator and is available from Generator Factory Outlet. Took me about 3 hours to install, 2 of which were spent flush-mounting it in the drywall.
New Orleans, LA United States