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Old 02-15-2013, 09:12 AM   #15
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I have the Honda 2000. Runs the entire Casita with no problem. I did add the hard start capacitor that makes the initial A/C compresor hit more manageable to the generator. We rarely use the microwave, but it will run it.

Nice thing about the 2000 is that you can get the companion 2000 and hook them together. Maybe a bit more expensive that way, but at least your money is not wasted if one is too small, and it is easier to manage 47 lbs twice than 78 to 100 lbs.

(side note: we bought the CEA 90 watt solar kit and except for the A/C and microwave, it is a great solution).
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:05 AM   #16
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One point on renting or trying someone else's Honda 2000 - altitude has an effect. It may work at sea level, however at 7000' the generator is less efficient. Of course you may not need it at the higher altitude...
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:32 AM   #17
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Jon is correct, altitude does lower hp of engines THE AFFECT of ALTITUDE on VEHICLE HORSEPOWER - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Dan, can I ask your ac unit, is it a window or rooftop style, how old is it, and the btu, amp and watt rateing if you know?

The idea of linking two 2000 watt units does have some appeal and I can easily carry a 45 lb unit in each arm lol

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:37 PM   #18
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I posted in another thread about a Champion 2000 watt generator I bought for $500. It runs the a/c and microwave (not together) in my EggCamper. One more thought is it can be linked together like some of the Hondas and has an accessory fuel tank kit to run continuously for almost 24hrs.

I searched for reviews on several web sites including different RV site. A lot of people had good luck with their Champions. There was some caution though that some of the newer ones maybe built in China.

To me $500 is doable for a generator that is as quiet as a Honda, has good reviews on dependability, and can be expanded if I need more power.

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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I would like to add my experience with the 2400i Yamaha mentioned earlier. I owned one of these units for commercial purposes. In my case, it really struggled to start the RV roof-top air conditioner. Some days it would start it up, others not. This was the case when it was new, and it got worse as it got older. If you set the temperature where the A/C would cycle on and off, forget it. It was useless. When the engine in it blew, I replaced it with a 4000 watt Subaru which starts the ac with no problem at all.

The Yamaha was a well built unit, but I did have problems getting parts for it. On one occasion, the generator sat at the shop for 6 weeks while we waited for back-ordered parts. When you are depending on something for commercial purposes and daily use, this is unacceptable. I will never buy a Yamaha again for this reason.

I would have considered buying a Honda, but at the time I made my purchase Honda did not offer a 4000 watt inverter generator. They either had a 2000 watt unit or we had to go up to the 6000 watt size. If you go too big, you just waste gas. This meant that to get Japanese quality, my remaining choices were Subaru or Yamaha. I bought Subaru. The Subaru has been great so far, and if I can get at least 10000 hours out of it I'll be happy.

If you want one of the cheaper Chinese generators, you might consider looking at Powerhouse. We have one of these as a backup generator. It seems to be a decent generator, though its definitely not as heavily built as the Subaru. We use it only when the Subaru is in for service. For home use, where the number of hours it runs annually low, it would probably be satisfactory. Ours has about 400 hours on it, and its needed nothing more then a light tune up and oil changes.

We have this unit here, and you will probably find it perfectly adequate for your use. The inverter generators are much quieter then the traditional style.
http://www.powerhouse-products.com/p...duct/ph3100ri/

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What size roof top a/c do you have in your Boler?
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What size roof top a/c do you have in your Boler?
I dont have an a/c on my boler. My understanding is that the roof isn't strong enough to support one. I may put a window unit in somewhere. We will see.

As indicated in the previous post, the generator in question was used for "commercial purposes." The generator I spoke of was powering an A/C on the roof of mobile pet grooming studio. The air conditioner in question was puchased from a RV parts retailer, and is identical to the A/C unit found on many RVs and Trailers. I depend on generator power for my daily livelyhood.

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Well Derek, what size roof unit and how many amps/watts. You might have been at the upper end of the 2400's capabilities and replaced it with 1 nearly twice as powerful.

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Exactly,
These rooftop units come in 11,000 and 13,500 btu and 15,000 btu, some with soft starts, most without.
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Yeah, your going to have a problem if the unit is underpowered for the load, at elevations, and long runs of high gauge extention cords.

Now, does running an inverter generator at a low load for hours on end do it harm?

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According to my Yamaha manual, no harm. That is what they are made for. Just change oil regularly and the plug yearly. Plus 3 year warranty.
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Exactly,
These rooftop units come in 11,000 and 13,500 btu and 15,000 btu, some with soft starts, most without.
The Coleman Polar Cub is 9200btu, plenty of cool for most of these trailers.
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Yes, that is the topic I raised Donna, but others have complained about the a/c in their rv or vans or work trucks not working off generators. As Deryk pointed out, the sizes are from small to large, or 11-15,000 BTU so without specific information, an answer can not be given as to why a generator can not not operate a rooftop a/c. I have previously posted being able to operate my Polar Cub with my 2000 watt generator.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:13 AM   #28
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i have the yamaha 3000iseb. Its awesum, and powers everything at once . I have a Bigfoot 25 RQ.
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