Harriet once whispered in the wind:
I understand that Panda had some serious customer service problems a few years ago. They might have that all fixed by now, but I would check it out.
There was a guy who posted all over the net about how bad his Panda was.
We put ours in last year, it was one of the first of the new series of totally fresh water
cooled 4.2 Kw units. Picked because it was highest output for size [very small], full fresh water cooled and really quiet.
It overheated this summer during a 3 week cruise
after a total 40 hours on the unit. Called Fisher
Panda, they identified the problem over the phone
, shipped a replacement fresh water circulation pump overnight and arranged to have a dealer put the new pump on and flush the coolant
system at my convenience.
By my standards that's good customer service
Turns out the were a limited number of engine
castings done that were not properly flushed from the factory and some 'gunk' left over from manufacturing was causing premature failure on these pumps.
Not saying Panda is the right choice for you, but I would not rule
them out for any reason. If you have the room I always prefer low RPM diesel
generators such a Northern Lights
, Onan etc. [they have longer lifespans] but they are larger and heavier, which I did not have room for.