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Old 06-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #1
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AC trips generator. However...

I tried everything to get my 2,000 watt generator to run my AC unit. Tried turning fan on first, then AC. Tried "sneaking up" on it with thermostat. Even tried surprising it!

AC unit kept overloading generator, I was confident it would work based on ratings, but couldn't get it to work IRL.

Then I decided to pull surge protector off RV plug and viola! It works now!

Just throwing it out there for others to try.
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what size a/c unit, and what brand generator?
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"Hey everybody, if you can't get your air conditioning to work on the gennie, just remove the THING THAT PROTECTS THE SENSITIVE ELECTRONICS IN THE RV. Problem solved! (and possibly replaced with a new one!)"

I could see how the surge protector could create a problem, but you could also have other problems based on the size of the AC unit and the size of the gennie your running it with. What is the voltage drop when your AC kicks on when using the gennie?
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"Hey everybody, if you can't get your air conditioning to work on the gennie, just remove the THING THAT PROTECTS THE SENSITIVE ELECTRONICS IN THE RV. Problem solved! (and possibly replaced with a new one!)"

I could see how the surge protector could create a problem, but you could also have other problems based on the size of the AC unit and the size of the gennie your running it with. What is the voltage drop when your AC kicks on when using the gennie?
You could also get a voltage regulator. I highly recomend this as it brings back the voltage after a drop. Sometimes almost to before the draw.

I never have to worry now if the voltage at a site drops, the regulator fixes the issue, especially when AC is concerned.
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Good thinking. The grunt time of the gen is more than the surge protector likes to see. Those “protectors” are designed for response speed.
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From what I have read a 2000w genny is not big enough to run an air conditioner. I have an older(10 yrs) 2800i Yamaha that would run my old 13500 ac ,but it didn't like it . I would do the fan first then the compressor and it would work at full throttle. I haven't tried it on my new trailer but I realy haven't had time to do a good shakedown trip with it.
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You have the surge suppressor on the generator? Never thought to do that. Take a look at the breaker in your RV; and if it is 15 amp it should work okay if you put in a "Hard Start Capacitor", you can find them in an A/C store, it will be a split capacitor and will have three connections on it. One side is for starting the other for continuous run. I think they are around $30.00. They are not hard change but if you are uncomfortable ask someone for help. Good luck
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