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Old 10-05-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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New inverter generator just out on market

Will the new westinghouse WH2400i run my 8000 btu ac? I just bought a new gulf stream 198bh amerilite trailer and i was wondering if this new gene will power up the compressor on the fridgidair 8000 ac.
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Need to know what the running and max wattage of the gen is and what the specs on the A/C unit is to know for sure but if the gen is close to 2400 watts I bet it will run it fine. My 15k A/C unit only draws 15 amps when running so only 1800 watts.
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Thank you - I don't know what the specs are for the air conditioner. This gene im looking at is 2400watts max and 2100 running at 17.5 / 20 Amps. Im thinking I should be good if your ac goes. Of course im at high altitude though . This is tough trying to match a generator to my little trailer . Any advice is welcome cuz I am not yet sold on this Westinghouse as you can tell.
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Old 10-05-2015, 03:46 PM   #4
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I have a Yamaha 2400. It will run a 13,500 A/C unit if I turn it on fan for a few seconds, then A/C low for a few minutes then A/C max. That way there is not a huge jump in Amps during start up.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:40 PM   #5
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8,000 BTU is equivalent to 2344 watts (Googled it, just like everyone can). This not start up power need, it's just to run the unit if it does in fact move 8K BTU/hr. The generator you are asking about does 2400 max, 2100 running. Add in any power losses anywhere along the line, and I think your plan is not a good one. The max running wattage for the gennie should be, IMO, at least 2500 watts. You will not be able to run anything else at the same time or you risk overloading the gennie.
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Old 10-05-2015, 06:28 PM   #6
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Yes 8,000 BTU may be equal to 2344 watts, but that is meaningless for air conditioners.. It is meaningful for resistive heaters but it's meaningless for Air Conditioenrs.. So let's ignore it.

The only way to know for sure is to try it out but I'm guessing that an 8,000 BTU can be powered by a 2400i.. Possibly by a 2000i.

Conditions apply though.. For example Batteries on RV FULLY CHARGED, Turn off Electric side of fridge and water heater on first try.

Then you can bring the fridge back on line as you test to see what does and does not work.

Expect to trip the Generator's breaker or overload it once or twice before you learn.. Hopefully the breaker trips before damage happens (if not exchange under warranty).
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Shouldn't be a problem. My 13,500 BTU air conditioner runs off my Honda 2000i without issues.
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I was told that my ac is 700 watts running and the peak would be in the low 2000 to mid 2000s range. Does this seem right.
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Why not check the manual and see if it is?
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My Yamaha 2400 ran my 13500 AC with no problems. It would just burp and pop the breaker when I got a new trailer with a 15k AC. I'd be surprised if any decent 2400 inverter generator couldn't handle an 8k BTU AC
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Thats the stuff i like to hear tuffr2, dagmandit, and jondrew - experinces with their trailors. Now if i can hear from someone with a little 8k btu newer ac unit.
I tried to look at my manual and i found it has no specifics cuz it is for like 6 different models. I have searched all over the web for Fridigidair 8k btu air conditioner for trailer specs.
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Being honest, i cant afford or see paying 1k + for a gene like the very nice hondas and yamahas for my 19ft. 10k trailer.
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My Yamaha 2400 ran my 13500 AC with no problems. It would just burp and pop the breaker when I got a new trailer with a 15k AC. I'd be surprised if any decent 2400 inverter generator couldn't handle an 8k BTU AC
My Yamaha 2000 (1600 cont) runs my 8000 btu portable AC.
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I'm full-timing. The $2K for Hondas was worth it to me. Cheaper gennies are almost always louder, and sometimes very much so. If it would drive me nuts to listen to it, it will drive any of my neighbors nuts, too.

I spent the weekend a couple weeks ago with a group of folks playing amateur radio field day style. When I got there, they had a Harbor Freight 4K watt gennie running, and it was loud like a cheap lawnmower. I got out one Honda eu2000 and ran the whole camp for two full days using three gallons of gas at about half the noise level of the lawn mower, er, HF generator. And we could sleep well with the Honda running.

Yes, a good night's sleep is worth it if I need to have a gennie running to buy the Honda. The Yamaha should be just as good. The newer champion models that have been built quieter should be good, or at least OK, in this regard also, but I have no experience with them at all.
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