I think I’ve finally saved up enough to consider getting a generator for my 17SD. I was torn between a pair of Honda EU2000s or the Yamaha EF2400iSHC. Then I noticed that Honda has a new model called the EG2800i
It’s pretty much the same power, weight and noise level as the Yamaha EF2800i, but costs about $400 less than the Yamaha. So for the same price as a single EU2000, I could get something better suited to running an Air Conditioner. It would appear to be the best buy for my limited budget. Except for the increased noise…
Both the Honda and Yamaha 2800’s are open frame inverter models that are about 10 decibels louder than the EU2000. As near as I can tell, roughly twice as loud as the quietest Honda or Yamaha models, but still only half as loud as a typical "contractor" gennie. It has an "Eco" mode to quiet it down, but even with 2500 running watts I expect it would be well above idle when running the AC (assuming that it will cycle the AC in "Eco" mode).
So, I had an idea. I could take two pieces of plywood (maybe 3 feet long?) and fasten them together along the top edge with a hinge. I could then unfold them into an "A-frame" shape, kind of like a wooden Pup Tent, and place that over the gennie. Maybe even fasten some old carpet to the inside for extra sound deadening. It seems like that should cut the noise to the sides pretty well, while still being open enough for good airflow (if it got too hot in the Summer, I could add a cheap box fan to the front to blow air through it).
Of course, at it’s best, this would only cut the noise on two sides. The output end would still be just as loud. Best I could do would be to position it to direct that noise in the least offensive direction.
Does this sound (no pun intended) like a workable idea? Or should I just start with one EU2000? I could always max out the credit card and get a second EU2000 later if I found I needed more power. Or split the difference and get a Yamaha EF2400. It seems like a single EU2000 is just too close to being maxed out running the AC.