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Old 05-21-2014, 11:27 PM   #1
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Generator to power A/C on 2013 16' Scamp

We plan on hitting a few auto racing events this summer that don't have sites with hookups. Since we have dogs that sleep in the camper during the day I want to make sure I have A/C coverage. Can someone recommend a generator that can handle the load of the A/C unit on our 16' scamp?

Will the Honda EU2000I handle it or do we need more power?
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:48 PM   #2
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All it would take is some irritated camper to shut off your generator while you are off at the races, and you will have dogs to bury.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:53 AM   #3
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To answer your question I use a Honda 2000 on my SD17 which has a 9000 btu roof A/C and it only runs at half throttle when the AC cycles on. The microwave or coffee pot takes it to full rpm. During a power outage here in the desert (90* night) we slept in it and the genny ran for 8 1/4 hrs on a full one gal tank of gas. Cheaper than the house AC mmmmm
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Old 05-22-2014, 05:02 AM   #4
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How many BTU is the A/C on the Scamp?

FWIW, left for a walk around the CG loop while our 2000 was charging the batteries. Either it stalled, which it's never done, or someone turned it off while we were gone.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:20 AM   #5
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I didn't think about the inconsiderate people who would turn of someone's generator. However this won't be a NASCAR event where we park miles away. We will be in the infield close by and making frequent checkups to let them out. Noise is a non-issue with cars racing around nearby.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:23 AM   #6
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The Honda 2000 will do the job....I went with a Yamaha ef2400 because I like the fuel shutoff to let the carb run dry, and it was the smallest unit that would run my mom's fridge just in case (Hurricane sandy was a learning experience lol)
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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I would love to see a comparison Honda vs. Yamaha. I am working around to getting another genny and those two are on my short list. I have a little 1000 watt Coleman and a 10KW (welding machine/generator combo) but nothing in between. A neighbor had the Yamaha but I did not take advantage of checking it out before he moved. I would be comfortable with the Honda but if the Yamaha has features I liked or a better price I wouldn't mind going that route. Actually, I think I am going to buy some solar stuff before I get another generator though!
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If I could power the A/C with solar...wishful thinking.

The Yamaha ef2400 is a little more expensive than the Honda. I also saw Generac has a 2000w product at a very affordable price but the reviews on Amazon were scathing.
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Yamaha has a good reputation and yes its $300 more then the Honda 2000 but I think it was a good investment. It runs my 5000btu ac unit for about 9 hours on the 1.6 gallon gas tank which is perfect for me. I let it run for about an hour to cool and dehumidify my ParkLiner and sleep about 6 hours... get up make coffee all while being air conditioned! I thought I would need to go the extended tank route but looking good the way it is.

I have a 8000btu window ac unit with the same size footprint as the 5000, I'm thinking about swapping them out and see what the run time would be.
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It's not the RUN current of your A/C that's the problem, it's the Hot Start or Locked Rotor Current that will be the limiting factor.

Most 13,500 BTU RV a/c's will stall the Honda 2000 on a restart.

And believe me, even non-NASCAR fans came to hear the engines, not your generator. It will get turned off if it's noisy or stolen if it's a Honda that's left unattended, you aren't at a Sunday Tea & Biscuits meet with Lady Marion...
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I was also going to ask about theft. Is there a good way to lock the generator to your camper? Has anyone done a permanent installation of some sort?
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A big cable or chain attached to the generator and the other end attached to a 150 lb German Shepherd might be a good idea as the plastic handles are usually easier and quicker to cut than any securing system. If someone took 60 seconds to steal one, they were amateurs.

And the question of permanently installing one of these is oft discussed, but the bottom line is that all manufacturers state that they are for external use only. But this quickly becomes the same discussion as towing over TV weight limits.
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There are about 30,000 members of this site. Out of curiosity how many have personally had a generator stolen?
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Well I found this posting. It's not a scamp, but it's not a bad idea.
Honda EU2000i Generator Install

I also read about people putting GPS trackers in their generators like the ones used for bicycles. In between all those ideas were testimonials of generators locked with chains getting stolen 30 ft away from where they were hanging out....even in busy areas like race tracks.
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