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Old 05-05-2020, 12:07 PM   #1
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AC Soft Start

Has anyone installed the Soft Start for RV Air conditioners in their Alpines. https://www.softstartusa.com/
The product allows 2 AC units to run on 30 Amp when only 30 Amp service is available.
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Old 05-05-2020, 02:44 PM   #2
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Looks very much like this one. https://www.microair.net/products/ea...nt=30176048267 Do a search, many have used them and like them. Just remember, it only lowers the starting amps, running amps from both units will still be close to 30 amps.
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Have you tried running both as is on a 30A plug??

I was just in Prescott, AZ 2 days ago and was able to run both units on the 30A service there as it was the only service available and thought I'd give it a shot as it was a little warm in the coach when we got there.

Both came on and ran for over an hour until we were cooled off enough to turn one-off. I have a Progressive Industries EMS system installed and the power was very good and I wasn't worried as the system would protect the AC units if the power got too low......and it didn't. I've done this multiple times and I do NOT have the soft start units installed on my AC units.

PS...I also have a residential refer and it is very low draw electricity wise so if you have a propane fridge you may be able to run both if you run refer on propane.
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We have a residential refrigerator and I have never been able to run 2 Air Conditioners from 30A power.
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Its the same thing as a SPP6 on amazon for 15.00 Just gives the compressor a quick surge of power at the very start. That way the amp draw stays low
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We have a residential refrigerator and I have never been able to run 2 Air Conditioners from 30A power.
One thing that can get overlooked is how much power the electric heating element on the water heater pulls. It's over ten amps. In case I need to use 30 amp service I put a piece of masking tape on the 30-to-50 dogbone adapter that has WATER HEATER written on it.

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Nothing like a hard start capacitor, electronics actually ramp up the compressor speed slowly so there is no starting surge.
Have tried a hard start capacitor and it bogged 2000 watt generator and tripped the breaker. With the easy start, no problems. There is actually a learning algorithm that teaches it how to regulate the ramp up using the least power.
https://www.microair.net/products/ea...nt=30176048267
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We have a residential refrigerator and I have never been able to run 2 Air Conditioners from 30A power.
Interesting......our 2001 has 13.5K units, is that the same as 2007??

We definitely can't run the electric heater with both running
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We definitely can't run the electric heater with both running
Whatís the point in even trying to?
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Whatís the point in even trying to?
Exactly
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