Champion 76533 Generator Review (Dual Fuel & RV Ready)

The Champion 76533 is a dual-fuel generator, capable of using both propane and gasoline, which can produce a continuous wattage of either 3800W if using gasoline or 3420W if using propane.

The surge wattage varies also with 4750W and 4275W for the fuels respectively.

It can thus run an RV or a trailer with ease – powering air conditioners, fridges, modems, televisions, and even a power tool or two.

Apart from this, due to its high wattage, especially the surge power, it can be used by those looking for a generator to run essential electrical items during a blackout.

This is no surprise since Champion Power Equipment is known for producing quality generators in this power range for RV and house audiences.

Established in 2003, the brand has been consistently producing popular generators of high caliber, now competing with major companies such as Briggs and Stratton and Honda.

Design, Dimensions & Weight

Champion 76533Like many other non-inverter generators Champion makes, the Champion 76533 also doesn’t have its parts encased in a hard plastic container but rather the components are contained within a hardy steel frame.

This enhances its durability and adds to its longevity.

This can make it a heavier bit of equipment, weighing in at 119 lbs with an empty tank. The tank itself has a capacity of 3.4 gallons or 13 liters, which means it can last for 9 hours at a 50% load when filled with gasoline.

This weight is definitely on the higher side, and this model is one of the three heaviest generators out of the ones we have reviewed.

This high weight can cause hindrances to easy transportation. If weight is a significant concern for you, you can look for lighter models in the following table:

Table: This model has a high weightChampion 76533 Weight

In terms of its dimensions, it has a length of 26.3 inches, a width of slightly over two feet at 24.3 inches, and a height of 22.9 inches.

While this is quite sizeable, a mobility kit allows you to attach two 8-inch wheels to it which make it easier to manoeuvre.

Apart from this, it is a well-labeled generator with warning signs displayed prominently on it.

The fact that the components are distributed throughout the frame is taken into account and relevant warnings are placed next to each part.

While Champion itself hasn’t uploaded an official video of this model, there are many user-uploaded versions on YouTube.

You can watch one of them here to get a better idea of what exactly you will be working with if you purchase this model:

Power Output / Generation

This model is powered by a 224cc Champion single cylinder, 4-stroke OHV engine which can produce a variable wattage depending on the fuel used.

You should keep in mind that only a 4-stroke appropriate oil should be used in this engine – Champion itself suggests SAE 10W-30 type oils.

With gasoline, this engine can produce 4750W of surge power and a continuous wattage of 3800W while with propane it delivers 4275W of surge power and 3420W of continuous power.

These are very high wattages in the 3000-4000W range of inverters and make it ideal for a number of users.

This means that with gasoline as the fuel, this model has the highest running power out of the surveyed models.

Even with propane as a fuel, this model has a higher running power than a lot of models, as can be seen here:

Table: This model has the highest running powerChampion 76533 Power

With a tank filled to its 3.4 gallon capacity with gasoline, this engine can be expected to run for 9 hours on a 50% load.

Since propane is attached through a separate cylinder, there are no such statistics for it.

Since it is a dual-fuel generator, users should keep in mind the maximum and running wattage they require while selecting the fuel. This is because both the fuels provide different wattage levels, as has been detailed above.

Fuel and Noise

The Champion 76533 is not just dual-fuel but also CARB compliant, making it a convenient and useful option for a number of users in all states, including California.

The tank has a capacity of 3.4 gallons or 14 liters for gasoline. This gasoline much is unleaded and must contain less than 10% ethanol by volume.

It must also have an octane rating greater than 85, but this is no cause for concern as most commercially available gasoline has a rating of 86 and above.

Comparatively, this tank capacity means that this model falls in the middle of the range of capacities which various models with similar output wattages have.

Yet in absolute terms, this is two liters less than the most voluminous model. If you wish to see a complete comparison, you can consult the following table:

Table: This model has a middling tank capacityChampion 76533 Fuel

The volume of propane, on the other hand, is obviously variable as it is supplied through an approved LPG cylinder into the LPG inlet of the generator via an attached OPD valve.

On a tank full of gasoline, one can expect to get 9 hours of continuous usage out of this model at 50% of the rated load.

Since the volume of propane is variable according to the cylinder used, there are no timeframes for it.

Like with many non-inverter generators, since the components aren’t encased in a single hard plastic covering, noise can become a major irritant.

This model produces a noise level of 68 dB at a distance of 23 feet – the sound level of traffic on a freeway.

This can be jarring, especially if you don’t have enough space to keep the generator sufficiently far away.

In terms of noise, this noise level makes this model one of the loudest models on the market. It is tied with other Champion models for this spot.

It is possible to easily find generators which are quieter than this model and if you wish to do so you can consult the following comparison table for further information:

Table: This model has one of the highest noise levelsChampion 76533 Noise

Display & Control Panel

Champion 76533 control panelThe display, as mentioned earlier, of the Champion 76533 is well-organized, with appropriate warning signs being placed next to the relevant components. Furthermore, because the controls are not all located on one panel, the control panel is free from clutter.

The main control panel itself is yellow, which spotlights it against the black steel frame and makes it highly visible.

The LPG hose connector is located off the main panel but is also in yellow so that it doesn’t blend into the black steel frame.

Unlike other Champion generators, the labelling of the controls is done in a large and legible font, making the controls easy to locate.

The following controls are provided on the panel:

  • Fuel Selector Switch: Used to select the fuel type to be used
  • Ignition Switch: Starts and stops the generator
  • Intelligauge: A digital gauge capable of telling the number of hours the generator has been used for along with the voltage and frequency of the output current
  • Battery Switch: Enables and disables electric start-up
  • LPG hose connector
  • Ground Terminal: Used for grounding of the generator – consult your local regulations before grounding it
  • Circuit Breakers: Protect the generator from overloading
  • 4 Receptacles: All outlets are for AC only – there is a 120V, 30 Amp twist-lock receptacle, a normal 120V, 30
  • Amp Receptacle, and a 120V, 20 Amp duplex

Startup and Shut down

The Champion 76533 has both a manual and an electric start option. Furthermore, the methods differ according to the fuel type being used.

The following procedures are divided according to the fuel type used and with the common instructions for both starting procedures given first followed by the unique steps for each.

Before any starting attempt, ensure that all loads are disconnected from the generator and that it is on a smooth, flat surface with plenty of open space.

Starting with gasoline

  • Rotate the gasoline fuel valve to ON
  • If the engine is cold, move the Choke level to 100% CHOKE position and if it is already warm, move to 75% CHOKE position
  • Press the ignition switch ON
  • Press the battery switch ON

After these steps, depending on whether you wish to do a manual start or an electric start you can follow either of the two sets of steps.

For Electric Start

Press and hold the ignition switch to the START position and wait for the engine to start.

For manual start:

Pull the starter cord slowly until you feel resistance and then pull it sharply. As the engine starts, gradually move the Choke lever to RUN position to avoid over-choking.

Starting with LPG

  • Turn the fuel knob on the LPG cylinder completely open
  • Turn the generator’s LPG fuel valve ON
  • Move the Choke lever to 75% CHOKE position
  • Flip the ignition switch ON
  • Flip the battery switch ON

After these steps, depending on whether you wish to do a manual start or an electric start you can follow either of the two sets of steps.

For Electric start

Press and hold the ignition switch to the START position and wait for the engine to start.

For Manual start

Pull the starter cord slowly until you feel resistance and then pull it sharply. As the engine starts, gradually move the Choke lever to RUN position within 2 to 5 to avoid over-choking.

Shutting down

Before stopping the engine, unplug all electrical loads from the generator and let it run without load for a few minutes so that the internal temperature can stabilize. After this, follow these steps:

  • Depending on the fuel used, turn the gasoline fuel valve to OFF position if using gasoline or turn the LPG cylinder knob to CLOSE position if using LPG/propane
  • Let the engine run for a few minutes until fuel starvation
  • Flip the ignition switch OFF
  • Flip the battery switch OFF

Additional Features

The Champion 76533 comes with a few extra features which are both mechanical and technological in nature. These are:

Mobility kit

This model comes with a mobility kit consisting of two 8-inch no-flat wheels which can be attached to the generator to increase its mobility – they can also be easily detached to decrease the size while transporting it

Intelligauge

This is an electronic gauge unique to Champion which lets users keep track of the number of hours this model has been used for, making it easy to time maintenance – this also tells users the voltage and frequency of the AC being produced

Dual-fuel system

This model can accept both propane/LPG and gasoline as fuel, making it convenient for users who prefer either fuel – furthermore, since LPG is available in a cylinder which can exceed the volume of the fuel tank, it has the possibility of lasting longer than what the fuel tank capacity

Warranty/Repairs

This model comes with a 3-year limited warranty. This means that the warranty can be used for 3 years after the date of purchase if the generator is used for private usage only but only for 270 days after purchase if it is used for commercial purposes.

This warranty lets you get free repairs or replacements of components by contacting Champion.

However, the warranty cannot be availed if the proper maintenance and usage, as given in the manual, is not followed. This makes it integral to read the manual thoroughly before use.

To avail of this warranty, you must contact Champion Power Equipment via email, letter, or phone and they will instruct you according to the problem you face.

They will also give you a reference number which you should note down since you will have to use it in all further warranty-related correspondence with them.

To register for this warranty you must fill the warranty card you receive with this model and submit it along with a receipt of purchase to your nearest local Champion Power Equipment retailer within 10 days of purchasing the generator.

The contact details of Champion are as follows:

Champion Power Equipment, Inc. Customer Service, 10006 Santa Fe Springs Rd. Santa Fe Springs CA90670

Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-877-338-0999 (available Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM PST)

Email: [email protected]

Care and Maintenance

Proper and regular care and maintenance is vital to the smooth and continued functioning of your portable generator.

Without scheduled maintenance, you will face many issues with your model. Furthermore, you will be unable to use your warranty if you do not follow the prescribed care and maintenance schedule prescribed in the manual.

The manual for the Champion 76533 prescribes the following maintenance schedule:

Within the first 5 hours: Change the oil

Every 8 hours or daily: Check the oil level, clean area around the air intake and muffler, check the LPG hose for leaks

Every 50 hours or every season: Clean air filter, change the oil if operating under heavy load or in a hot climate

Every 100 hours or every season: Change oil, clean or adjust the spark plug and spark arrester, check or adjust the valve clearance (should be done by experienced users or Champion certified retailers only), clean fuel tank and filter (should be done by experienced users or Champion certified retailers only)

Every 250 Hours: Clean combustion chamber (should be done by experienced users or Champion certified retailers only)

Every 3 Years: Replace the fuel line and LPG hose

Consumer Comments

Customers who have purchased this model have written multiple reviews of the Champion 76533. Through an analysis of these reviews, common customer complaints and comments can be collated.

Users of this model liked the following:

High wattage

Many customers have noted that the high output of this model was what led them to buy it – with a wattage which varies from 3800 to 3420 watts of continuous power and 4750 to 4275 watts of surge power, a few customers have said that they have been able to power two small trailers with this model

Value for money

Almost all reviews have commended this model for delivering high standards at an economical price, making it a worthwhile and reliable purchase

Easy to use

Some customers have also noted that this model is extremely easy to use, coming with clear instructions in the manual and having a well-labelled control panel and a neatly laid-out design

Long operation period

Many users have stated that this model exceeded their expectations in terms of the quality that it delivered and for how long it lasted – users have used it for multiple trailers, run it throughout the night on LPG, and even used in extreme weather without its quality is in any way hampered

However, they also had a few dislikes:

Loud Noise

Many reviews have criticized this model for its high noise level, which is 68 dB at a distance of 23 feet – this level can easily be disturbing to you unless the generator is kept at a sufficient distance away

Oil Leakages

A handful of users have also complained that their engines have leaked oil very often, which forced them to contact Champion for repairs

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Pros/Cons

By looking at customer reviews and by analyzing the features of this model, a few pros and cons of the Champion 76533 can be listed.

Pros

Dual-fuel Generator

This model is a dual-fuel system, capable of running on both gasoline and LPG, making it a convenient option for users who prefer either type of fuel – for gasoline, it has a tank with a capacity of 3.4 gallons which can run for 9 hours on a 50% load and for LPG it comes with its own propane pipe for easy attachment to a cylinder

Intellgauge

The intelliguage is a digital gauge installed by Champion on some of its generators – it allows you to track the number of hours the generator has been used for thus allowing you to time maintenance easily – it also tells you the voltage and frequency of the output current

Worth Every Penny

This model has consistently been commended for being a reliable and long-living generator made available at an affordable price point – this makes it a long-lasting and economical purchase

High Output Wattage

This model has a very high output wattage, ranging from 3800 to 3420 watts of continuous power and 4750 to 4275 watts of surge power, which makes it extremely useful not just to RV or trailer users but also to households looking for a generator to power basic electric appliances during blackouts

Cons

Noise

This is a major issue with this model and has been criticized almost universally by users – with a level of 68 dB at 23 feet, unless you have the space to keep it at a sufficient distance it will quickly become a nuisance – this is especially true for campers, many of whom have said that the noise of this generator ruined their camping experience

Tedious start and shut-down

Because the controls are distributed throughout the generator, rather than being concentrated on the control panel, and the fact that shutting down requires it to run for many minutes to stabilize its temperature and then run till fuel starvation, turning this model on and off can be time-consuming especially for first-time users

Variable output

Since this is not an inverter generator, there is a possibility of fluctuations in the output voltage which is not in the form of a clear sine wave – for this reason, it comes equipped with an intelligauge which tells you the voltage and frequency of the current at any given time

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FAQs

Can this model use gas from a home connection as fuel?

No, only certified LPG/propane cylinders can be connected to this model.

Can this model use propane as fuel below freezing point (32 F)?

The manual recommends using propane as a fuel only at ambient temperatures above 15 C/59F.

Does this remote have a manual/recoil start?

Yes, this model has both a manual/recoil start and an electric start.

Can a wireless start remote be purchased for this model?

No, this model only has manual and electric start procedures.

What are the dimensions of this model?

it has a length of 26.3 inches, a width of 24.3 inches, and a height of 22.9 inches

Does this generator have 240V plugs?

No, it only has 120V outlets.

Is this model CARB compliant?

Yes, it is CARB compliant and can be used in California.

Can this model handle a 15000 BTU AC?

Yes, it can power such air conditioning units.

Is this an inverter generator?

No, this is not an inverter generator.

Will this model run on natural gas?

No, it will not. It only runs on gasoline and propane.

How much does this model weight?

It weighs 119 lbs with an empty tank.

Is the propane hose included in the purchase of this model?

Yes, it comes included.

Does the model have an idling mode?

No, this model does not idle during periods of reduced load.

How long does this last on propane?

It lasts 2 hours for every gallon of propane at a 50% load.

What is the decibel rating of this model?

It produces a noise of 68 dB at a distance of 23 ft.

Pricing

While there are definitely models which are cheaper than it, the model’s price is also quite economical and makes it cheaper than a number of other high-quality options on the market.

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Our Recommendation

On the basis this model’s various features as well as customer reception, we have assigned its different aspects a variety of ratings baring in mind a comparative framework. These are as follows:

Price

This model is moderately priced when compared to a range of prices of other models, which means that while there are cheaper options available it also beats out many other models in terms of economical costing.

Noise level

This model has one of the highest decibel ratings, which means that noise is a definite con for this model. There are many models, even by Champion, which are quieter than this model.

Fuel Tank Capacity

This model has a decent fuel tank capacity, which can last for 9 hours at a half-load, which makes this quite long-lasting per use.

There are a handful of models out of those reviewed with a higher volume though.

Performance

This model’s performance has generally been commended by users, with many finding its high output and dual-fuel capabilities very useful. At the same time, however, there have been complaints of a slightly erratic output wave.

Ease of use

This model is generally easy to use, with a well-labeled control panel and it’s signature intellgauge racking up praise from customers.

Overall, this model is a mid-level priced option which delivers high power and can last for a long period of time. It is also reliable and is generally easy to use.

9.1 Total Score
Champion 76533 Generator

Overall, this model is a mid-level priced option which delivers high power and can last for a long period of time. It is also reliable and is generally easy to use.

PROS
  • Dual-fuel generator
  • Value for Money
  • High output wattage
CONS
  • Start-up & Shut down process
  • Slightly Noisey
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Recommended Accessories

Champion does not provide any recommended accessories for this model. Furthermore, since it comes with its own propane hose, there is no need to purchase that either.

The only suggestion is a generator cover to protect it from dust. Buy it here>

If required, you can also purchase power chords and extensions to go with this generator as these are not shipped along with it. Buy them here>

Summary

This model is a good investment for those looking for a dual-fuel generator. It services a variety of needs due to this dual-fuel system along with its high wattage output.

It can easily meet the needs of RV and trailer users and is a reliable back-up for household users looking for a generator to run basic electrical items during blackouts or power outages.

It is hard-wearing and reliable, with a 3-year warranty guaranteeing its longevity, and has received high ratings from users. Many users have found it to be great value for money, combining high quality with affordability.

However, its noise level, at 68 dB at 23 feet, is a shortcoming.

However, apart from this, it is generally very trustworthy and long-lasting and is a good option for a wide audience of users looking for a generator in this power range.

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