Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished
Factory certified refurbished

About this item

LIGHTWEIGHT AND CONVENIENT: Generic gas generators are heavy, nosiy, bulky machines. Even worse, storage becomes a logistical nightmare, taking up significant space in your shed, basement, or garage. Our CarGenerator 1000 Watt Inverter Generator is only 11 pounds, so anyone can lift it. With a sleek modern design, making it convenient for storage in your trunk or under your seat ready to go.

RELIABLE FOR EMERGENCIES: In an emergency situation, you need fast, reliable power. With generic generators, you have to worry about low oil, old gas, spark plugs, and multiple other issues. Have peace of mind when you use CarGenerator's 1000 Watt Inverter Generators as power backup. All you need is a vehicle that starts and you have consistent power.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUPERIOR: Gas generators are loud and lack an emissions filtration system. This means hours of harmful emissions and noise pollution released into the environment. Not to worry, our Pure- sine Wave Inverter Generator connects to your vehicle which has multiple emission controls. With electric cars and hybrid cars, the emissions will be even less or zero.

EASY TO USE: CarGenerator's 1000 Watt Inverter Generator is packed in a rubber backing waterproof case. Simply attach the strap to your car's grill, secure the Inverter in place, and connect the wires to your car jumpstart points. Now you have your own power station, perfect for car camping, road trips, and fun outdoor activities.

ABOUT CARGENERATOR: We are a passionate group of avid RVers who aim to solve real-world problems. Our customer-centric mission is rooted in being of service to others and providing convenient, reliable solutions to everyday people.

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Regular price $899.00
  • CHOOSE THIS OUR MOST POPULAR MODEL, WORKS GREAT WITH ALL VEHICLES. 
  • -Provides 1000 watts continuous, 2000 watts surge standard household AC power
  • -Our Flagship model, weekend special has everything you need to get started.
  • -Our “trade up” program lets you upgrade to a larger model anytime within two years, pay just the cost difference
  • -Fast shipping to USA and Canada.  Designed and made in Canada.
  • -100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you don't like this product, you can return it within two months, 60 days for a full refund.
  • $180 Weekend Special Automatically Added.

    • 3-year ext warranty ($45 value)
    • AC power meter ($35 value)
    • Furnace plug kit for home or cottage ($65 value)
    • Free shipping ($35 value)
    Questions? Call 1-800-750-4660

    "A great backup system especially in the event of a storm. I sold my gas generator after 15 years of maintenance and storage . No regrets. I must speak about the owner of the company as Johnathon answered all questions relating to furnace installation which turned out to be basic. Highly recommend this product as it will be to late when you are in the dark and cold."

    How much backup power do you need? CarGenerator has multiple models ranging from a 1000-watt continuous/2000-watt surge to a 3000-watt continuous/6000-watt surge unit. The most popular model is the 1000-watt Allweather Inverter Generator model, because 1000-watts is in the range that most vehicles can produce and is enough to power the essentials of your home during a power outage. What are the effects on your car? The best part about CarGenerator's 1000-watt Inverter Generator is that it utilizes the power your car is already engineered to produce, without harm to your vehicle. Modern vehicles are designed to easily run for extended periods of time including idle time and millions do so every day.
    CarGenerator has no additional effect on the operation of your car. While in use, your vehicle runs normally, allowing the alternator to charge continuously. Is it environmentally friendly to run your car? In the case of an emergency power outage the option of running a car engine with today’s technology and emissions controls, like catalytic converters, as opposed to an unregulated generator, will always be environmentally superior than traditional Gas Generators. On top of the poor fuel efficiency, is the noise level of generators. Many campgrounds have scheduled run times, noise restrictions, and in some cases banned.
    Hassle Free
    Lightweight & Convenient
    Longer Runtime
    Environmentally Superior

    Up to 80 hours. Power up your
    devices anywhere

    Add CarGenerator™ to your vehicle, and you have the world’s most reliable, longest running, ultralight, no maintenance backup power solution. You get 50-70 hours of runtime from your car gas tank, versus refilling a small gas generator tank every 4-6 hours.

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    ULTRA Portable

    Starting at just 9 pounds, this tiny device hooks up in a minute, and powers your home for days. Planning to go off-grid? Bring this with you to charge small devices like laptops, phones, small appliances and more!

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    EXTREME Durability

    CarGenerator is equiped with a custom engineered rainproof ice/snow/weatherproof and highly ventilated housing. No maintenance ever, zero hassle and no messy dangerous gas cans to wrangle.

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    Airstream Edition
    • Capacity:576Wh
    • Life Cycles: 500+ Cycle
    • Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
    • AC Input: 500W Max
    • Solar Input: 200W

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    1500/3000 watt CarGenerator
    • Capacity:576Wh
    • Life Cycles: 500+ Cycle
    • Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
    • AC Input: 500W Max
    • Solar Input: 200W

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    Home Integration Kit
    • Capacity:576Wh
    • Life Cycles: 500+ Cycle
    • Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
    • AC Input: 500W Max
    • Solar Input: 200W

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do I need to leave my car engine running?
      Unless you own a wind farm or a giant solar array, when the power goes out, there are only two ways of generating backup power; 1) Producing power from backup batteries, which will only last a few hours at best, or 2) producing power from an internal combustion engine. Like a traditional gas generator, with CarGenerator, a gas motor provides the power, turning fuel into electricity. Where CarGenerator is different is that it has a much larger gas tank, so 50-70 hours of runtime is possible instead of 5-8, and it’s only 16 pounds, because you are using your car’s engine instead of one that’s permanently coupled to a generator. Thanks to the superior emissions control systems of modern vehicle, CarGenerator is actually more environmentally-friendly as well.
    2. Will I run out of gas?
      A typical vehicle can provide power for 50+ hours up to 80+ hours on a tank. Compare this to a typical portable gas generator that needs attention every 4-5 hours because of its tiny little gas tank. Prove this to yourself, get an OBD vehicle scanner connect it to your vehicle and watch the “fuel rate” number and you will see with your own vehicle how minimal fuel is consumed at idle.
    3. Will it drain my battery?
      Nope. Not even one tiny bit… Once your motor is running, your battery isn’t even necessary in the equation (true fact, ask your mechanic). Power for the car’s electrical system (or your house or RV) actually comes from the alternator. Batteries are there just to start the car and get the motor running, so your battery won’t even notice CarGenerator being attached.
    4. ISN’T IT BAD TO IDLE A CAR FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME?
      Nope, not unless you were planning on hooking up CarGenerator to a ’59 Studebaker. Modern cars are designed to handle all kinds of operating conditions, and at idle, the car’s computer makes sure its engine is adequately cooled and lubricated. Police vehicles and ambulances are typically idled all the time, and usually enter their second service lives at 100,000+ miles. If you need CarGenerator more than a handful of times per year, you’d likely be better off with a natural-gas-powered, hard-wired permanent generator at a cost of $11,000+ dollars. For everyone else, rest assured that your car is operating well within its design limits.
    5. WILL SOMEONE STEAL MY CAR?
      Nope. Not a chance…. Once you start your engine, just lock your doors with a spare key (see our instruction manual), and depending on your location you can put a steering wheel lock on for additional protection (about $12 at Wal-Mart) which makes it almost impossible to steal the vehicle. If you’re still worried, or you live in a neighborhood with a lot of chalk outlines on the sidewalk, CarGenerator can supply you with a wheel boot, to make theft impossible without a trailer or an angle grinder. If a thief brings a trailer to steal your car, it won’t matter if the key is in it or not. If they bring an angle grinder, you will definitely hear them, and should probably call the police. In any event you would know immediately because your power would go out! Six years in market with thousands of customers coast to coast, not one theft or problem.
    6. Why not just buy a regular gas generator?

      Three words: Reliable. Ultralight. Run-time.

      RELIABLE – the #1 problem with traditional generators? F.T.S. – fail to start. When you need it most they don’t start up because of old gas or no maintenance. If your car starts, you have power.

      ULTRALIGHT – CarGenerator is just 16 pounds, versus typical generators that are 60 – 160 pound beasts.

      RUN-TIME – CarGenerator has a run-time of 50-80+ hours, where typical generators need to be refilled every 4-5 hours.

    7. What about the environment?
      Its actually more environmentally friendly because typical vehicles already have thousands of dollars worth of emissions controls systems in place; computers, oxygen sensors, and catalytic converters. In some cities, a ULEV (like a Toyota Prius) actually puts out less pollution than there is in the ambient air! Gross, right? A standard generator is basically a glorified lawn mower, with no emissions equipment at all!
    8. Why not just get a cheap inverter then?
      Totally an option. If you want to jerry-rig an inverter in a waterproof container, you certainly could, but if you want to plug in any sensitive electronics (like your furnace, laptop, or medical device) you’ll need pure-sine wave power to avoid damage and ensure good performance. A 1000 watt, pure sine wave inverter can be purchased from Walmart for about $400. Then you need a set of heat-proof booster cables for prolonged use under the hood (about $100), and finally, you need a weather-proof housing that also allows for ventilation. If you’re an industrious, DIY-er who loves saving money above all else, you could definitely build your own CarGenerator; you’ll save about $150, providing your time isn’t worth anything. For the rest of us, who value our time and want an easy, proven solution, CarGenerator is simply the best possible option for worry-free, temporary power.
    9. Is up to 1000 watts enough?

      1000 watts is not a lot, however consider the following:

      - To run your your gas or oil furnace and heat your entire house, only requires between 200-300 watts on average.

      - To run a fridge only requires 200-300 watts typically

      - The number one identified problem with gas generator is….? F.T.S. = Fail to start. CarGenerator is always ready.

      - Keeping a good supply of gas cans stored, and keeping them all fresh every few months, is a nuisance and a fire safety hazard.

      - If you need lots of backup power for all your house appliances and big draw items like a hot tub, wine cellar, Air Conditioning, or if you often need backup power, then you’re better off with a traditional gas generator.

      - If your need for backup power is occasional and modest, then a CarGenerator is a better choice.

    Specs

    Net Weight *11 lbs (5kg) Dimensions *5 x 11 x 20 inches (13.97 x 29.21 x 52.07 cm)
    Storage Temperature -22-104°F +/- 5°F (-30-40°C +/- 3°C) Operating Temperature -4-104°F +/- 5°F (-20-40°C +/- 3°C)
    Color Black Warranty 24 months , extendible to 36 and 60 month term
    Power Output type Pure Sine wave clean AC power < 3% total harmonic distortion Power conversion efficiency 90% conversion efficiency nominal
    AC Power Output Capacity 1000 watts running, 2000 surge startup Environmental Specs Fully Rainproof, Weatherproof, full use capable in winter snow and ice conditions
    DC Input power 12 volts nominal, operating range 13.3-14.8 volts, 74 amperes at 13.5v DC. Management and Overload Protection Systems Overload Protection, Over Temperature Protection, AC output Short Circuit Protection, Low Voltage Protection, High Voltage Protection
    Display Monitors Waterproof DC front mounted voltmeter shows vehicle 12v status. LCD diagnostic status display screen Power Output 120Vac 60Hz , 8.33 amps (1000 watts / 120 volts)
    USB-A Output 5V DC,2.4A,12W Max, per port

    Reviews

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    Peter Brubaker
    Well made

    I haven’t had a chance to try it, but it looks well made and the instructions are very straight forward. Delivery was fast and it was well packaged.

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    MC Sullenberger
    Very Satisfied after coming with delay

    Very well constructed device, and tested out well. Should fit the bill for temporary backup power. Order was delayed 7 days, since it was out of stock.

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    MARIA KRABBE

    We have just unpacked it, have not needed to use it.

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    William Baio
    inital impression

    Unit arrived today. Looked like a brand new unit. Did a preliminary test and used the supplied watt meter. Tried a 5 hp shop vac. The unit powered the vac. Did not leave it plugged in for more than 15 seconds as the power draw was over 1 kw. Voltage drop went down to 13.1 V DC under this load. Static voltage with no load was 13.8 - 13.7 V DC. Plugged in a fluorescent trouble light with two separately switched bulbs. Under this load, the drop in the DC side was 13.7 V DC. Power consumption from 1 to two bulbs went from 9 to 25 watts. Vehicle is a 2020 Chevy Silverado 3 liter Diesel.

    For it's intended purpose I'd say it's a pretty snazzy unit. I would suggest a glorified cup or eye hook to hold the S hook on the end of the strap instead of that thin screw. The S hook is not as secure as I would like it to be. I believe this is important because the strap is for all intents and purposes the lid that holds the jumper cables in place when they are stowed.

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    Lynn Hupp
    Great Product!

    What a nice change from a smelly, heavy, expensive gas generator! As a fulltime RVer, this is a great product to keep my RV battery charged when boondocking...or during extended power outages, which is why I purchased it.

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    William McKee
    Backup for Rv

    While researching generators as backup for my travel trailer a found the Cargenerator. No need to carry gas cans, monthly exercise and very lightweight. I purchased the 1500/3000w unit to be able to run microwave, toaster and coffeemaker while boonbocking. Tried the unit when it first arrived and it preformed beyond my expectations. Very easy to install and setup. I can also use the Cargenerator as a backup to my house during power failures.

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    James Otis
    This Thing is Awesome!

    I had some difficulty at first because the inverter on my RV had a wrong setting. I called CarGenerator Support. They were very friendly and helpful. They helped me diagnose the problem and told me how fix it. Since then, the CarGenerator has performed perfectly at charging my two 100ah lithium batteries and since my car is almost silent when idling, I don’t bother or upset anyone while charging!

    I’m very glad I bought this generator.

    New 1500W Airstream Edition

    Works as advertised. Great addition to my boondocking arsenal of 550W solar, 300AH Lithium Batteries, 3000W Victron Inverter,
    Champion 2000W generator, etc. Tested it out yesterday and will charge my batteries and powers my inverter which in turn powers my hole 25’ AS Globetrotter. Only will plan to use it if it rains/cloudy for several days and my solar is running behind in keeping my batteries charged. I highly recommend a CarGenerator and Jonathan was very helpful.

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    Kevin Woisard
    Ideal solution for Generator bans

    I decided to look into CarGenerator since our need was to recharge my lithium batteries and occasionally run a microwave when boon docking. Our generator worked well but was loud, weighed 100 lbs, and took a lot space in the truck bed. We purchased the 1000/1500 watt model which turned out to be slightly underpowered for our Progressive Dynamics Converter. Fortunately, our Chevy 2500HD’s alternator could support 1550/3000 watt model which worked perfectly. Jonathan, the owner of CarGenerator, was extremely helpful in answering my questions. He called to confirm the installation went well and identified that I needed to activate fast idle on the truck to increase to alternator output. Unbelievable service for a great product.

    Great Service

    Jonathan was great getting my special ordered 1500W Airstream Special Edition CarGenerator unit shipped to me on time for my trip. It is a new model they will be introducing soon as their current AS model is only offered in 1000W series.

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    Steve Kuns
    QUALITY

    I received the CarGenerator in good time and as I opened the shipping box I was immediately impressed with the quality of this product. I am hoping for many years of peace of mind and electrical service for my cabin in the woods.

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    Robert Nolte

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    Donald Kragness

    Have not opened it. Christmas present

    This generator is AMAZING!!!

    Call me one happy old lady!!! This Cargenerator is amazing. I am doing a test run as I type this. The refrigerator is humming, my iPad is charging, a lamp is blazing, the tv is on and I haven’t even come close to using all the power available.

    The first time I tried it was quite a challenge. The fault was with with my car though, not the generator. Now that I have figured out car hookup, it took 10 minutes to get it up and running. It took longer to get the extension cords run inside the house than the generator.

    I am a 90 lb. old lady with a bad back. If I can do it, anyone can. I hope I don’t need to use it but have piece of mind just in case. Sort of like insurance, you don’t want to use it but are so very happy to have it if you do!

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    James Clarke
    Boondocking necessity

    We have a 20 year old 34 ft Airstream Travel trailer. Recently we went to Horseneck Beach State Park, MA. and camped for 2 weeks right on the edge of Buzzard's Bay. We have been going there for nany years. There are no service hookup on the water sites, This year they have banned generators. The Car Generator was a site saver. "No fuss, No muss", We charged our batteries in 2 hours and they lasted 4 days with enough power to bring in the slide-out and adjust the Hensley hitch for hook-up. It weighs 16 pounds and stores easily. The most important factor about this product is the support. We had a question and called on a Sunday and got the owner personally who walked us through our concern. I have alway been able to communicate directly with him every time I have called. The Horsenck Beack ruling on generators, I believe is a harbinger of things to come. It's a great investment for all RVers.

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    TAI TIEN LO
    Keep my sump pump running.

    My basement was flooded during a hurricane because there was no electricity to keep my sump pump running.. To prevent a future disaster like this, I bought a 1500/3000 watt all weather Cargenerator.for emergency power. Although I haven‘t encountered a prolonged power outage, yet, I have tested Cargnerator on my 2014 Honda Accord V6. The result is that my Liberty sewer sump pump was able to keep running. So I have concluded that Cargenerator can work in my situation. My decision to purchase Cargenerator would not be possible without Jonathan’s answering my many questions. Jonathan is such a patient businessman in that he explained in detail some very basic knowledge of how a car alternator works. (By V. Lo, Brooklyn, NY)

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    L Covington
    CarGenerator backup to my RV solar setup

    Got the Car Generator for an emergency supplement to our Lew Farber installed solar panels and lithium batteries. Due to time and logistical issues I was only able to test the generator on items at my home and not directly on my Airstream. About 3 weeks into our 3 month travels I needed to top off my batteries. Hooked up the generator, it started, then shut off. After several attempts I left a message with airstream life (air gear) for assistance. Somewhat under 2 hours latter Jonathan Schloo, the inventor of the generator called me. Airstream life had got my message and forwarded my problem to Jonathan. He had some questions clarifying my setup and within a short time identified the source of my problems to my Victron solar control panel which was set at the normal 30 amp setting. This setting was asking for too much amperage and the generator automatically shut down. Turning the setting on the Victron to its minimum - 8 amps - allowed the generator to do what it do! Only had to use the generator a couple of times but it served my purpose of avoiding a gas powered device and quickly recharged my batteries during some long rainy cloudy stretches.
    Kudos to Jonathan Schloo, Airstream Life, (and yes, Lew Farber and his son, solar panel gurus) for a fine product and that all important service backing they provided.
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    Bruce Levins
    What a Game Changer

    Used for first time while overnight camping in Walmart. Was great to face the microwave, and Nespresso machine functional

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    Giuseppe Lagiorgia
    1000 watt generater

    every body should have one thank you Johnathan .

    Used after hurricane Ian

    I received my cargenerator one day before Ian hit Florida. My friend lost power and had no generator, so we unboxed Cargenerator and had it up and running in 5 minutes. It worked flawlessly, providing power to his refrigerator, fans and other appliances. I own a Honda 6500 generator and a smaller generator as well. I think I will sell them and get another cargenerator for my other car. I will have about 3000 watts of power instead of 6500 but I don't need 6500. Cargenerator can be set up easily. I will have no generator noise and fumes. Nor will I have all the hassle of setting it up and providing fuel. Instead I can just drive to the gas station and fill my car. Done. This is a very nicely engineered product that deals with all the devilish details of the environment that it has to work in. I thought about building my own, but I am very happy that I did not. I would not have made anything as easy and quick to use, and I would have saved little. I could not be happier with this product and highly recommend it. I would suggest calling the owner Jonathon to discuss your situation. He was very helpful to me.

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    David Conklin
    Much better than alternatives!

    I have owned this unit for about a month and have used it both to maintain my home during a power outage and on a camping trip to charge computers, phones, etc. and to run lights. My kids bought a Jackery 1000 watt unit to keep their refrigerator going during power outages. It only lasted about a day and then they had to drive to friends homes to recharge it. Ii is much better than a gas generator for the reasons presented by the sell. During the blackout, I was able to power the refrigerator, furnace, tankless hot water heater (gas, but with electric controls), a TV, router, two laptops and charge a phone. This was stretching the capacity of this unit so I avoided running the furnace and the frig at the same time. I used both a 2004 and a 2005 Honda to power the unit. Both provided >14.1 amps. It should be noted that my appliances are fairly new and do not draw a lot of power. Older appliances will draw more, in some cases, a lot more. As an example, while testing the unit, we connected a fairly new box fan which drew about 40 watts. We then connected a second, older box fan which drew about 140 watts. I highly recommend this unit. The kids with the Jackery are going to buy one too.

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    Ronald Schoenberger
    Emergency power to refrigerate medications

    I bought the cargenerator to run my refrigerator, during a power failure, to preserve my medications. With some medications (insulin), their expiration clock starts when they reach room temperature. So even if power should later be restored in a day or two, if the medications had already reached room temperature, you may be directed to toss them before you wish. (Also, your drug insurance company may not be very accommodating.)

    I have had the cargenerator for almost two years and fortunately have not had to use it yet -- I have tested it thoroughly. The cargenerator just hangs on my garage wall ready to use. If I had chosen a traditional gas generator instead of the cargenerator, I would periodically have had to run it, test it, change its oil, and store the generator and its gas in my garage. The cargenerator is much easier -- just connect it to my car when needed.

    I can use the cargenerator to power more than just my refrigerator. I am also very pleased with the company's support.

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    George Zammit
    George’s Review

    Excited to use it. Haven’t yet but will be testing it out next week when we’re camping. I’ll let you know what we think.

    Electric Power Available For Key Home Functions in Emergency - CarGenerator

    The CarGenerator was tested and performed as advertised. Indeed, you are selling a most impressive product, one we wished was available when we had a travel trailer. Today we are more interested in a backup electric power supply for key home functions in an emergency. CarGenerator meets our requirement. It is comforting to have it available.
    However, most impressive has been your followup to ensure customer satisfaction with your product. Bravo and thanks again.
    We certainly have recommended CarGenerator to family and friends and will continue to do so.

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    Rick Fraracci
    Outstanding service.

    A great backup system especially in the event of a storm. I sold my gas generator after 15 years of maintenance and storage . No regrets.
    I must speak about the owner of the company as Johnathon answered all questions relating to furnace installation which turned out to be basic.
    Highly recommend this product as it will be to late when you are in the dark and cold.

    Thanks

    Rick F

    I sold my gas generator