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Kyle Ewing

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Generac 7117 GP2200I Generator Opinion wanted
« on: November 26, 2021, 08:30:15 AM »

Anyone have experience with a Generac 7117 GP2200i generator?  Amazon has one for $359 (black Friday sale ends today).  Specs seem similar to a Honda 2200 for 30% of the price and the Generac seems to be a better brand than some of the other inexpensive generators.  Differences I see:
* 1700 max watts vs 1800 for Honda
* Engine size (80cc vs. 121cc) which will result in more noise and possibly shorter life
* Noise, Generac doesn't publish DBs but will be louder
* Larger fuel tank for longer run time before fueling

My intended use:  Extend time at anchor without running the engine to charge batteries.  Reality is I'll use it only a few time a season.  I'll also look into a soft start device to run my AC (Webasto FCF 16000, 11 amps at 115v).





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Jim Hardesty

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Re: Generac 7117 GP2200I Generator Opinion wanted
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2021, 09:37:53 AM »

Kyle,
I've no experience with the Generac.  Some questions you may ask yourself.  Is it made by Generac or just relabeled off brand?  What's the warranty?  I like my Honda 2000, would buy again.  Some thoughts, will it fit where you want?  If it's in the cockpit locker, does it have a vent-no-vent fill cap and a fuel shut-off.  FWIW Honda runs the AC and battery charger together just fine.  I use my generator much more than I thought I would when I bought it and use it more all the time.
Jim
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Re: Generac 7117 GP2200I Generator Opinion wanted
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2021, 12:22:13 PM »

A couple years ago, a friend bought a Generac from Costco.  Don't know the model number.  He returned it because it ended up malfunctioning soon after he tried it. 
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Kyle Ewing

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Re: Generac 7117 GP2200I Generator Opinion wanted
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2021, 08:14:00 AM »

Thanks for advice, especially on vent.  I decided to pass until I think through more how I'll use it.
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