I bought my generator for the express purpose of running heaters and lights on a Colorado elk hunt. On the first night, the generator quit running at 11pm after about 5 hours of running. Tried it again the second night and it ran for 1 hour, then quit. The next morning the generator would not start. We quit trying to use the generator for the remaining 4 nights. I might add that we were tent camping in the snow with night time temps of 15 degrees to 7 degrees. In addition, we had a barrel of water which I took heat lamps to keep the water thawed. The last night we had to melt snow inside the tent to get enough water for our horses. At 10pm we finally had enough.
Needless to say our nights were quite uncomfortable and had it not been for some "old backups" such as Colman lantern and stove, as well as a small cooking unit run off a 1lb bottle of propane, we would have been in serious trouble. We did have a titanium packers stove which required feeding the fire every 1 to 2 hours.
After getting home in Texas, I started and ran the generator with attached heater for 18 hours without interruption. I do not know what the problem was in Colorado where I needed it most. I am extremely hesitant to take it again under high altitude and cold conditions as it may leave me scrambling for fire wood and my Coleman backup units again. Quite disappointing for a brand new unit that I had extremely high hopes for. The altitude we were at was 8000 to 9000 feet.
Until I find out what went wrong, I can not recommend a Honda generator. I bought based on the supreme reputation of the generator, but how can I have any confidence in the unit on another mountain trip? Any help would be appreciated.