In my opinion, Champion Power Equipment makes some of the best ones out there.
In this review, I’ll be writing about a portable generator with decent power that is also RV-ready and dual-fuel (gasoline or LPG): the Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel Inverter Generator.
About this Generator: Features
All generators are the same, right?
In reality, some generators really stand out for having some unique features, like electric start, RV outlets, USB adapters…
Check out some of the basic features of this Champion generator, and then read on for some of the more standout features it offers:
For me, ease of use is an important factor in a generator.
Most generators have a recoil starter with a pull cable. This does have one of those but it also has an electric start option.
This is super convenient and easy to use.
Unfortunately, this one doesn’t come with a remote starter like the Champion 75537i generator but the electric start is really easy and reliable (and is the remote worth the price difference for you?).
Other ease-of-use features this generator has going for it are the low-oil auto-shutoff feature, and the sturdy wheels with handle for easy transport.
RV-Ready Out of the Box
A portable generator can be the RV enthusiast’s best friend but not all generators are a good fit.
This generator is fully RV-ready and perfect for the job. In addition to having a special RV outlet, it’s powerful enough to run most 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner (check my post about central AC too).
It’s also parallel-ready. When you use this optional Champion Parallel Kit to hook up this generator to another Champion generator that has at least 2800 watts, you get a 50A RV outlet.
This would let you run two 15,000 BTU RV air conditioners. Finally, this is an ideal RV generator because it is relatively easy to transport. It’s a bit heavy at nearly 100 pounds but its size, wheels, and handle make it easy to transport and tuck away.
Noise Level: How Loud is it?
For a generator this powerful, it’s pretty unusual to see operation this quiet (here is my test & comparison for the quietest generators.
At only 59 dBA, you’ll still be able to easily have conversations when it’s running.
This makes it great for activities where you’re around other people in close proximity, like tailgating and camping.
You don’t have to worry about annoying your neighbors because of your noisy generator!
The noise level will fluctuate a bit depending on the kind of load you’re running. At a higher load, it will be louder. It will be at its quietest when running a quarter-load and using Economy Mode. This smart throttle automatically adjusts the engine to boost fuel economy, extend the life of the generator, and reduce the noise.
Gas Consumption & Capacity
The 1.6 gallon fuel tank can be filled with standard unleaded gasoline.
The relatively high degree of fuel efficiency means that gas consumption will be reasonable.
On a full tank of gas, you can expect a total run time of up to 11 Hours 30 minutes at a 500W load (my estimate).
I wish that the gas tank held a bit more personally, especially for a generator of this size and output capacity.
The fuel efficiency helps but you do still have to refuel a bit more often than I’d prefer.
Because this is a dual fuel generator, you also have the option of using liquid propane gas as fuel.
A 2.3-foot hose is included that you can hook up to a 20-pound propane tank. When using propane as your fuel source, you’ll get a much longer run time.
You can expect a total run time of up to 14.5 hours on a full tank of propane.
The oil tank holds 0.6-quarts of oil and the recommended oil type is 10W-30.
Service, Manual & Warranty
One of the best things about this generator is the 3-year limited warranty with free lifetime technical support.
If you ever have any kind of problem with the generator, even after your warranty has expired, the friendly and professional experts can help you find a solution. They are known for excellent customer service.
It’s important that you follow all of the manufacturer’s recommendations for regular maintenance, as laid out in the manual.
If you fail to do so or if you try to complete repairs yourself, the warranty will become void. Luckily, the maintenance is pretty straightforward and the instructions are laid out quite clearly in the manual.
If you have a problem, it’s a good idea to first try troubleshooting as laid out in the manual.
If that doesn’t help, then you should call Champion Power Equipment’s customer service number and they will direct you as to what to do.
They will most likely connect you with a qualified repair-person near you.
Online Customer Reviews & Ratings
This is one of the best reviewed portable generators you’ll find.
As of this writing, Amazon reviewers have given it 4.4-star average with nearly 80 percent of those reviews being perfect 5-stars (click here to read buyer reviews on Amazon).
One buyer describes this Champion generator as offering the same quality of the popular Honda generators but at a much more affordable price.
Several reviewers praise the generator for being surprisingly quiet. Others call it easy to use.
A handful of buyers describe having problems with the generator overloading or not working as described but these reports are definitely an exception to the overall glowing praise.
Potential Problems & Known Issues
One thing to be aware of with this generator is that if you just leave it sitting around and hardly ever use it, the battery might wear down.
You’ll need to charge the battery every now and then if you want the generator to get you through an emergency power loss situation.
The only other known issues with this generator are the same potential issues you’ll see with any generator.
By and large, these problems can all be solved with some pretty basic maintenance. I
f you have things happen like the generator not starting or failing to power all of your devices, just go through the troubleshooting steps listed in the manual.
More often than not, something simple like cleaning the air filter or spark plug will solve the problem.
Final Words & My Opinion: Should you Buy it?
The Champion 3400 Watts Generator an especially good option if you need a good amount of power but you also want to be as quiet as possible. Doing this very review, the Champion generator really surprised me when I heard how quiet it is, especially for its size and power.
It’s also great for easy transport. It is pretty heavy at nearly 100 pounds, but it has nice wheels and a handle. The size is also pretty ideal for sliding into a truck bed, even with a truck cover on.
You get a lot of features with this generator, like the option to use either gasoline or propane. If you want a generator that is easy to use and user-friendly, you really can’t go wrong with this Champion model.
What do you think? Does the Champion 3400W Dual Fuel Inverter Generator sound like the right portable generator for you? It definitely didn’t disappoint me!