Before we hit the road to live full time in our fifth wheel, we did a lot of research to find the right generator. We figured we would mainly stay in parks and campgrounds with full hook ups. But then again, we thought we may want to occasionally “boondock” and get off the grid, away from the world! You know… live out in the boonies with no electricity, water or… dare I say, people?
If you don’t know us, then I should tell you we aren’t exactly the passionate boondocking kind of people. Therefore, we needed a portable generator. We knew we wanted one that wouldn’t wake the whole campground when we ran it. We knew we wanted one that could run our a/c, lights, refrigerator, microwave, tv’s… (you know, all the things in life we need). But we also wanted one that wasn’t a big honkin’ machine that was impossible to move in and out. Plus one that didn’t cost and arm & a leg either! Sound impossible? NOPE! Meet the Yamaha EF2000iS Inverter Companion Generators!
Of course, the two biggest names came to mind… Honda and Yamaha! B had used Honda generators in the past and had been very pleased. So we went online to find out if anyone had compared the two. And boy had they! We found all sorts of websites with comparisons and reviews of both generators.
Each are available with parallel technology which means two identical generators (companions) can be ran at the same time via a special cable/kit (must be purchased separately). So you get extra power when you need it without having to lug around heavier equipment. We liked that option for sure!
During our research we found that the Yamaha won out, if only slightly, in operating hours, fuel tank capacity, weight and noise. And the Yamaha had the advantage of lower price, which may have swayed our opinion! After all, we just quit our jobs!
We ended up purchasing the Yamaha EF2000is companion set along with the side winder cable kit. And a good thing we did! We had the chance to try them out on our first adventure! Read all about how we were “Living on the Edge” and how these Yamaha generators were our saving grace!
Having been on the road now for well over a year, we would highly recommend the Yamaha EF200ois Companion Set! If you’re in the market, you can find great deals with free shipping on Amazon!