Champion 2000 Watt Inverter Generator Review

Review of my Champion Generator

I purchased 2 of these Champion 2000 Watt inverter generators plus the parallel cable so I would be able to run my 13500 BTU RV Air Conditioner and use one at a time if I just needed to charge up the batteries or use the microwave.  So far after a  2 years I’m quite happy with them. They are a 4 stroke engine with an inverter type power supply putting out very clean power suitable for sensitive electronic devices. The Econo mode is great! It keeps the RPM very low until more power is needed then the engine will rev up to produce enough for the load requirements.

  • Quiet – Unless they are powering a large load at full rpm they are nice and quiet in Econo mode. You can easily have a normal conversation standing right beside the generator.

  • Fuel Efficient – I usually get 8-10 hours in Econo mode when charging my RV batteries and doing light stuff like watching TV or using the computer.

  • Lightweight – They weight around and 50 lbs and have a nice solid handle. Makes them easy to move around and if you have two they stack nicely

  • Maintenance – Very straight forward. Change the oil every 6 months or year, clean the spark plug and exhaust filter.

  • Durable – They have traveled in my truck tool chest for 2 years, in moist environments, cold, heat and rough roads and never an issue. These are tough!

Because of their small size they fit nicely into the tool chest of my pickup truck. Total continuous watts is 1600 or 3200 in parallel mode. The 2000 watt rating is only for initial surges. I highly recommend the Champion 2000 watt inverter generator. They make a great cheap alternative to the more expensive Japanese brands out there, which can be twice the price per watt. Don’t be confused into thinking these are super loud like the construction type generators that Champion is famous for these are an inverter type and can run very quietly in a low rev econo mode just like a Honda or Yamaha. Many folks are still unaware that Champion now makes the inverter type generator as well, so bad mouth it calling them noisy mistakenly believing Champion only makes the cheaper loud models which are great for construction sites or at the race track.

2,000 Watt Portable Gas Inverter Generator

Price: $499.00

4.4 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)

2 used & new available from $499.00

Here is a short video of my Champions in action

Photo Gallery – Updated June 29th 2013 with photos shot during routine maintenance.

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We have used the Champion 2000 watt inverter generator now for 2 years of full-time RVing and so far they have performed well and had no breakdowns. I change the oil, clean the spark plugs and exhaust spark arrester every 6 months. I’ve recently added a post on this site detailing how I maintain the generators. This last snowbird season in the US Southwest we had a chance to do an extensive amount of boondocking and the Champion Generators were our go to energy source. They ran quietly and sipped the fuel, averaging 8-10 hours per gallon when in Econo mode and not under any heavy load.

They have proved to be very physically durable. I store them 24/7 in the trucks metal toolbox and they take the vibration and shocks well. The plastic casing is showing some signs of the abuse with some scratches and scuff marks but they still run great.

I’m pretty impressed considering the low price and more than happy with the purchase. I was at the big RV show in Quartzsite and saw the new 3100W inverter generator from Champion and it looked and sounded great. It comes with a built-in 30amp RV power outlet and 2800 watts of constant power.

Champion Power Equipment 75531i 2800 Running Watts/3100 Starting Watts Inverter Generator

Price: $777.58

4.6 out of 5 stars (216 customer reviews)

22 used & new available from $725.00

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  • MrTommy

    I bought two of the red Champions that Costco sold many years ago. I went online and bought the stacking gizmo. When we went to Salt Lake three years ago we took both gensets and the ‘gizmo’ so we could use the a/c on the new TT we were picking up (it was summer and really HOT). On the way home we parked for the night (boondocking) and fired up the pair. Ran the ac on our new 2012 Arctic Fox TT just fine. Now today (9/1/15) I got them out to check them by stacking and firing up the a/c. Within a couple milliseconds the gensets went into “overload” and shut down. Nothing else was on in the trailer. Just the a/c, and now they won’t run it. The only reason we bought two of them was to be able to stack ’em and run the a/c. My old Champion 4000 watt unit runs the a/c without even a hiccup, but I’m not wanting to haul that heavy thing around, and it’s a tad noisier, though when we boondock, no one is around anyway.

    So, I’m wondering why my stacked units no longer want to run my a/c. Any suggestions?

    • Ray

      Did you check the oil and make sure it isn’t too low? Is the spark plug OK? Have they not run at all for three years?

  • Ryan Gilbert

    To be honest that seemed loud to me. At first I thought it was quiet until I realized it was 40 feet away, behind a large boulder and during a thunderstorm. I wish it was quieter because the Hondas are just so expensive.

  • JoeJoe

    just to let you know the hour based oil change interval is 100 hours

    • Ray

      Thanks Joe, you are correct the manual states “Every 100 hours or every season” or for hot environments or heavy loads then “Every 50 hours or every season” for oil change frequency.

      • Joe

        Ray, I did not look it up for your gen, but from experiance all of the OHV engines i have delt with were first 20 hours initail break-in oil change, the 50 hour change under heavy/hot/dusty conditions and 100 hours or “X” amount of time, wichever comes first.

  • George Sears

    Champion sells these as a refurb on Ebay for $400. I bought one. Looked a little scuffed, but runs fine after a year.

    Cost of solar is now so low it can’t be beat for charging. Amazon or Home Depot sell 100w panels for about $140. That’s 5 amps of charge. If you don’t mount them, you can get full charge all day by moving them a foot or two. There are many controller options, but you can keep it pretty simple, even manually connect and disconnect, at least with good flooded batteries.

    • Ray

      Thanks for the comment George. My pair of Champions are 2 1/2 years old now and very scuffed up, they ride on my truck tool box and have a lot of miles and run hours on them now, so far no problems. I’m in Quartzsite now and eyeing the solar offerings. I could get 2 140 watt good quality panels, controller,monitoring panel, wiring and install for about 1000 dollars or so. But even with solar most folks carry a generator as back up. It’s nice to have the gen power to run something like the AC if need be,we initially went with the dual champions so we could parallel them and run the AC too cool the rig for our elderly dog, he couldn’t handle heat well. It would take a heck of a battery bank and inverter to power the AC very long, going straight solar.

      If I was spending the money now with the way we snowbird, in moderater temps most of the time and no longer have the older dog I would probably split the money investment between a 2000w generator and a small solar install, which like you say have come down in price quite a bit in the last couple years. Cheers Ray

  • Surprised when I came across this post on your site. Coincidentally, we just received our two Champions, the parallel cable, and the all-weather covers this week. We’re new to using generators for boondocking. We tried a different type (not inverter) due to price, but was way too loud at 68 dB and vibrated our entire 25′ travel trailer. The other two well-known brands just seemed too expensive, so we opted for these. I see that yours are kept in your toolbox. We don’t have that, but we do have a 500 lb. capacity rack from Harbor Freight on the TT’s back bumper. Wondering if you have a suggestion for securing them to the rack (theft deterrant)?

    • Ray

      Definitely the handles are not the place as they can be unscrewed or easily cut. You could built special brackets but may cost more then the gennys did, hehe. The best way would be some sort of lockable box to store them in so they are not visible. Out of site , out of mind. Luckily most thieves are after the red ones. 😉