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Old 11-23-2016, 12:32 PM   #1
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Genset Requirements

I think I know the answer but I'm looking for confirmation. I have a Honda 3000i Handi genset that handled one 13,500 AC and a couple of other devices at the same time in a 30a service FW.

Now have 50a service in the new FW and want to run one 15,000 AC, and a Samsung residential fridge. The 3000i won't carry the load even though the AC will start. I'm thinking of getting two Honda 2000s and running them in parallel. The fridge should be okay overnight on the batteries when the gensets are off.

Anyone else doing that or have an opinion to share? Thank you.
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Old 11-23-2016, 06:31 PM   #2
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The two Hondas might do the work. I would test the fridge by putting some gallon or half gallon jugs of water in it, getting the fridge down to the temp you want, then turn it off for twelve hours to see how warm it gets.

The two Hondas provide 3600 watts of constant power, so if exactly thirty amps max of power will run the things you want to run, than go for it.

What I prefer about the two gennies being able to run together is that if I just need one, then I only run one. Saves wear and tear, maintenance, and fuel. Quieter, too.

Since you have a fifth wheel, don't overlook a 4K watt or larger inverter gennie in the bed of the pickup. Is this the best solution? Can't be sure until you look into it.
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The two Hondas might do the work. I would test the fridge by putting some gallon or half gallon jugs of water in it, getting the fridge down to the temp you want, then turn it off for twelve hours to see how warm it gets.

The two Hondas provide 3600 watts of constant power, so if exactly thirty amps max of power will run the things you want to run, than go for it.

What I prefer about the two gennies being able to run together is that if I just need one, then I only run one. Saves wear and tear, maintenance, and fuel. Quieter, too.

Since you have a fifth wheel, don't overlook a 4K watt or larger inverter gennie in the bed of the pickup. Is this the best solution? Can't be sure until you look into it.
Honda eu2000i generators are 1600 watt units. Thus surge up to 1800 or 2000 but are not designed to run there.

Mine is stamped, right on it, 13.3 amps max.

Even the eu3000i is a 2800 watt generator.

Be sure to check the specs of the unit you are thinking of buying.
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Check to see if your battery charger is set for full or reduced power input. When using portable generator I usually need to set my battery charger to 5a or 10a setting, else I'll occasionally drop the breaker on the portable Genny.
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