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Old 07-19-2011, 11:05 PM   #15
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There was a long discussion in another thread about A/C compressor start-up surge relative to it's continuous draw. For instance, one Honda 2000 in economy mode will carry my A/C once it's running, but it takes 2 of them at full power to get it up to speed. Just something to think about.
There are hard start kits from SUPCO for about every ac unit.

I worked for me.

This let my 2K kick it over and run my 13.5K BTU unit when off eco.

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Old 07-19-2011, 11:42 PM   #16
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I have a 30 amp RV with two air conditoners and figured that a 4K generator would work fine even though I could only run one air conditioner. I am not sure why people need 7.5k or 12k generators because it seems like that is way too much power.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:55 AM   #17
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A friend told me that if you turn the fan on first, it is less of a load hitting the generator. Haven't tried it, but it makes sense.
That is what I do.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:33 PM   #18
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I have 2 Honda 2000i generators. The reason I got these besides dependability & quiet is because I can lift and move them anywhere seeing as how they only weigh 45 to 50 lbs. In the August 2011 edition of Trailer Life Magazine, they did a side by side comparison of the Honda, Yamaha & Generac 2000 Watt Gens and according to them, the Yamaha came out a little better overall than the other 2.
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That's why I bought the Yammy, beside somehow finding a super good deal online. I got a brand new one drop shipped from Yamaha in Wash for $830. Within 2 weeks it was over $200 more at the same parts supply house. They no longer sell generators.

The specs I read showed the Yammy at 2 lbs lighter and 2-3 db quieter.

When I had my 5er, it wouldn't run the microwave at full power. Other people with MHs said their Honda 2000 would. I think it was somehow a difference in the inverter/chargers as it does run the convection/microwave on my 2004 Sea Breeze MH.
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I've had my pair of Champion 2000's for about 3 months and originally I could pair the two and run my AC both in my pop up and more recently in the hybrid. Yesterday I tried to pair them up again while my SO was cleaning the hybrid. I got them both to run but as soon as I switched the fan to AC I would get an overload warning.
As far as the usual concerns about small genny's I think the Champions are quiet. They are rated at 53 db on econo and they weigh about 43 lbs and they cost about half of the Honda's. I really haven't been able to test them beside any of the more famous brands though.
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