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Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator

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The Champion Power Equipment model 42436 is a gasoline-powered portable generator that is powered by a 196cc Champion single cylinder, 4-stroke OHV engine that produces 3500 running watts and 4000 starting watts. Ideal for powering a trailer or an RV. Start and run 15,000 BTU RV AC. It will easily run your essential items in a power outage – lights...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Champion Power Equipment model 42436 is a gasoline-powered portable generator that is powered by a 196cc Champion single cylinder, 4-stroke OHV engine that produces 3500 running watts and 4000 starting watts. Ideal for powering a trailer or an RV. Start and run 15,000 BTU RV AC. It will easily run your essential items in a power outage – lights, sump pump, refrigerator, modem/router, fan, TV/DVD, or one or two small power tools. It is comfortable running a small PA system and a couple of amplified instruments.

Included with the 42436 generator is a mobility kit, oil funnel and spark plug socket.

Features

  • 3500 running watts/4000 starting watts
  • RV Ready - TT-30R outlet
  • 120V AC load
  • Up to 12 hour run time at 50% load
  • 68 dBA at 23 ft.
  • Easy pull recoil start
  • Low oil shut-off sensor
  • USDA approved spark arrestor
  • Durable steel frame
  • Voltmeter
  • 49 state compliant (EPA certified)
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Champion Power Equipment3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator
 
4.8

(based on 214 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (181)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to start (85)
  • Dependable (79)
  • Good power output (68)
  • Quiet (46)

Cons

  • No wheels (54)
  • Vibrates (6)

Best Uses

  • Power outages (74)
  • Camping (51)
  • Construction sites (18)
  • Ranches (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (40), Casual do-it-yourselfer (31), Professional (17), Beginner (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Texas Proud

We got lucky and found one, took this pic and headed for my brother's place in North Houston. Stayed 5 days and came home without it... will buy another one ASAP! A...Read complete review

We got lucky and found one, took this pic and headed for my brother's place in North Houston. Stayed 5 days and came home without it... will buy another one ASAP! A real workhorse...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good generator

Unit did good. Did find it difficult to fuel with the fill opening below the end rail. Better buy a good funnel. Also do not rely on the fuel gauge for anything other...Read complete review

Unit did good. Did find it difficult to fuel with the fill opening below the end rail. Better buy a good funnel. Also do not rely on the fuel gauge for anything other hand a rough idea.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

46956 Generator

By BillH

from Middle TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

Bought this a year ago for use with my 5th wheel dry camping, Easy start. Supplies enough power for my A/C, TV, satellite, and microwave.

  • Where did you purchase the product?:
  • Online
  • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
  • Brand, ease of hook up, Noise, Performance, Portability, Price, safety, Wattage

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works 24/7 when you need it, this one is now named Harvey

By Johnny Crab

from 70 miles NE of Hurricane Harvey landfall

About Me Professional

Pros

  • Dependable
  • Easy to Start
  • Stable under loads,good on gas,gas gauge works.

Cons

  • No Wheels

Best Uses

  • Power Outages

Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

Bought used, sat for 6 months, then Harvey showed up. Checked oil(ok & clean), fueled it up, set choke, started on 3rd pull. Ran complete tank, cool down 10-15 minutes, refuel, pull twice to restart, run complete tank. Did this for 3 days straight and this little guy didn't bat an eye just did it's job. VERY RELIABLE when you NEED power. Ran window AC, fridge, freezer, LED light, chargers. small fan. Made living in 1 room much easier.

  • Where did you purchase the product?:
  • Online
  • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
  • Brand, Features, Performance, Safety, Wattage

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Generator!

By MccBob50

from Canastota, NY, United States

Verified Buyer

Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

I love because I can plug my camper right in with no adapters. It runs everything in the camper with no issues.

  • Where did you purchase the product?:
  • Online
  • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
  • Features, Noise, Portability, Price, Wattage

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By Matthew Anderson

from Independence wis

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Dependable
  • Easy to Start
  • Powerful
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Construction Sites
    • Power Outages
    • Ranches

    Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

    This product is really quiet and easy to start easy to maintain would recommend it to anyone that's looking for a good cheap generator

    • Where did you purchase the product?:
    • In-Store
    • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
    • Ease of Hookup, Features, Noise, Performance, Portability, Price, Wattage

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This generator is great for the RV.

    By Gabe the RVer

    from Mesa, AZ

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Dependable
    • Easy to Start
    • Powerful
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • No Wheels

    Best Uses

    • Camping

    Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

    Our last generator was loud, this one is tolerable.

    • Where did you purchase the product?:
    • Online
    • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
    • Ease of Hookup, Features, Noise, Portability, Power Autonomy, Price, Wattage

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    4000/3500 running

    By rich money bags

    from south gibson pa.

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Dependable
    • Easy to Start
    • i like the emergency start feature (rope cup)
    • Powerful
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • No Wheels

    Best Uses

    • Camping
    • Power Outages
    • weekend horse competitions

    Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

    we bought this generator and the matching 30 amp power cord last year to power various appliances in the living quarters of our horse trailer (air cond.,small refrigerator, microwave,fans,lights ,tv,etc. not all at once of course) this generator has always started & ran good for us . never had any issues ! this gen runs all weekend long (3days) ,all spring,summer,fall . i also like the way you can start it if the cord should break (wrapping rope around cup) although this never happened yet . i do change the oil after a weekend event at home after warming up unit first , then draining . (cheap insurance for the small amount of oil it uses . i do keep a spare sparkplug & oil with me. i like my generator very much and plan on keeping it a good many years , very pleased with purchase. thanks champion

    • Where did you purchase the product?:
    • Online
    • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
    • Brand, Customer Service, Ease of Hookup, Ease of Use, Performance, Portability, Price, price was a big factor, good reviews ., Wattage

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great power

    By MikeyC

    from NASHVILLE, TN

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Dependable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • No Wheels

    Best Uses

    • Power Outages

    Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

    This thing is dependable and puts out a lot of power when we need it. We use it during outages, and it has never failed us.

    • Where did you purchase the product?:
    • Online
    • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
    • Brand, Performance

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Saved my bacon...Literally

    By troopergb84

    from Knoxville, TN

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Dependable
    • Easy to Start
    • Powerful
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Camping
      • Power Outages

      Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

      Fired up my Champion during an ice storm power outage, and was able to run my refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, lamps, microwave, and yes, even satellite television. No, I didn't run all of these appliances at the same time, but was able to run each of these individually. I never missed a beat during the 14 hour outage!

      • Where did you purchase the product?:
      • In-Store
      • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
      • Brand, Ease of Hookup, Ease of Use, Features, Noise, Performance, Portability, Power Autonomy, Price, Safety, Wattage

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Champion 4000 watt generator

      By Binder driver

      from carrollton ohio

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Dependable
      • Easy to Start
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Camping
        • Power Outages

        Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

        unboxed this generator, added oil & nonethanol gas [my preference for small engines] started on first pull, runs smooth and quiet as advertised. use for boondock camping with my 24' camper, and for portable power on our small farm.

        • Where did you purchase the product?:
        • In-Store
        • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
        • Brand, Noise, Performance, Portability, Price, Wattage

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Texas Proud

        By Mark D

        from Carrollton Texas

        About Me Professional

        Pros

        • Dependable
        • Easy to Start
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Fuel Guzzler
        • No Wheels

        Best Uses

        • Power Outages
        • Ranches

        Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

        We got lucky and found one, took this pic and headed for my brother's place in North Houston. Stayed 5 days and came home without it... will buy another one ASAP! A real workhorse...

        • Where did you purchase the product?:
        • Online
        • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
        • Brand, Customer Service, Ease of Hookup, Ease of Use, Features, Power Autonomy, Wattage

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Low price, efficient product

        By Tom Willis

        from Victoria TX

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Dependable
        • Easy to Start
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Used during hurricane

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          Product cost was priced accordingly to other machines but prefer champion brand

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • In-Store
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Ease of Use, Performance, Portability, Price, Safety, Wattage

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would definitely buy this product again.

          By Nols

          from Greeley, CO

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Dependable
          • Powerful
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • No Wheels

          Best Uses

          • Camping
          • Construction Sites

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          I just started using this product, and I have to say, it is a solid generator. It runs very quietly and strong. Very easy to set up and get running. The portability of it is less than par, but makes for bigger muscles.

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • Online
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Ease of Hookup, Ease of Use, Noise, Performance, Price, Wattage

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Generator

          By Russ J

          from Summerville, SC.

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          After Matthew left me w/o power for 3 days, I decided it was time to get a generator.

          I wasn't familiar with Champion Generators, but all the reviews I read were positive so I gave them a try. I'm very pleased so far. This generator was in my price range and has enough power to keep the essentials going in case of emergency.

          It starts easy, run's pretty quiet and doesn't use a lot of fuel. It seems to be very well built. I haven't had to use it in a emergency situation yet, but I'm confident that it will do the job.

          PS. BUY THE WHEEL KIT ! This thing isn't a feather weight. LoL

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • Online
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Price, Wattage

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great product!

          By Lenny

          from South Carolina

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          Generator proved to be better than anticipated. It starts easily, runs great and is quieter than expected. Although it is lighter than some of the generators, decided to order the wheel kit to assist with portability.

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • In-Store
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Features, Portability, Price, Wattage

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hurricane saver

          By Dougie Refresh

          from Charleston, SC, United States

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          Bought generator 3 days before Matthew hit Charleston. We were without power for 3 days and used our new generator as our only power source Starts easily and runs with minimal fuel consumption Ran refrigerator ,coffee maker, microwave,TV, and lights with no problems Ran extension cord to neighbors house for their refrigerator and 3 other neighbors came over to charge cell phones Great but from Field and Stream also bought wheel kit and 25 ft cord

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • In-Store
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Brand, ease of hook up, Portability, Price

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good beginning

          By cev6610

          from Conn.

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          Just fueled it up and it started immediately - did a test run and it worked fine. The separate wheel kit was a different matter. Very disappointed - the instructions were wrong (had to remove existing vibration fitting to install the support leg) and the brackets on the axle were so far out of alignment I had to bend them and still used oversized bolts. The generator looks fine - the accessories not so much.

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • Online
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Brand, Price, Wattage

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Generator

          By FXLopz

          from Los Fresnos, TX, United States

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          I've had this genset for a few months now & have used it several times. I have a 30 amp RV travel trailer & it runs the 15,000 btu

          a/c just fine. It even drizzled a bit on onse of our overnight stays at a WalMart, but it kept going through the night. It's a great product for the price. I strongly recommend this genset for any rver looking to have power when not connected to shore power.

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • Online
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • Brand, Features, Price

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Does what it advertises it will do.

          By Woody

          from New Jersey

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

          I purchased this unit last year after a storm caused us to be without power for 7 days. I set my home up so this generator would power, one refrigerator, one freezer, the water pump for the house and a few lights. It was several months until I had to use the unit and it gave us the necessary power for about 18 hours. The large capacity fuel tank allowed it to run under load for at least 10 hours. That was enough to get a good nights sleep without worrying about running out of fuel. It did what I expected it to do and at a much less cost than a large residential fixed unit. I did purchase the wheels and handle kit to make it easier to move and set up.

          • Where did you purchase the product?:
          • Online
          • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
          • ease of hook up, Noise, Performance, Portability, Power Autonomy, Price, Wattage

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One Word...PERFECT!!!!

          By WIELAND6

          from Brentwood, CA

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Easy to Start

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Camping

            Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

            We finally had the chance to pull out the trailer and go camping after a 5 yr hiatus. We had the Honda EU3000 but had to sell it due to financial issues and lack of use, this Champion model did everything we needed at a fraction of the cost. For RV use, start it up, plug in your RV and you are ready to go. Not as quiet as the EU, but not loud by any means.... and smaller and lighter. This unit made our week long, dry camping adventure very enjoyable and comfortable. We have a 27' camping trailer for a family of 6.
            Thanks Champion!!!

            • Where did you purchase the product?:
            • Online
            • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
            • Brand, Ease of Hookup, Ease of Use, Features, Noise, Performance, Portability, Price, Wattage

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Soon to be a happy camper!

            By Alan

            from Kansas

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

            • Easy to Start
            • Fuel Efficient
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Camping

              Comments about Champion Power Equipment 3500/4000 Watt Portable Gas-Powered Generator Generator:

              I've spent the last week breaking this generator in, and so far I am impressed! I used the 15k BTU air conditioner and other appliances in my RV as varying loads for break in, and this generator powered all of them! This generator starts on the first or second pull each time, the idle smooths out quickly, and it is surprisingly quiet! I changed the oil to 5W30 full synthetic, topped off the gas tank, loaded the generator in the back of my truck, and I'm headed to the lake!

              • Where did you purchase the product?:
              • In-Store
              • Which of the following influenced your decision to buy this product?:
              • Brand, Ease of Hookup, Ease of Use, Features, Noise, Performance, Portability, Price, Wattage

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