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Old 12-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #15
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I think a 2000 will run a 5K 'window' type AC.

JIm, was the slide actually made with a flaw that would cause the slide motors to continue burning out? I wonder, because just having a motor burn out one time would seem to suggest nothing more than a bum motor.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #16
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That is a lot of trying out different trailers to find one that suits you, Jim. I have only had three in just over 20 years, and I am by far most pleased with my Escape 19 too.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #17
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a new (#2) 2009 RoadRunner. It was a 16’ trailer SOB, with a bath, air conditioning, double bed and a bunk overhead, front dinette. We drove out there in July, 2008 and made the switch. We used that unit until a trip to Adirondacks in Fall, 2008 when it became obvious that I did not have the proper w/d set up or there was something wrong with the suspension. The white knuckle trip got me thinking about aerodynamics. Towing a wooden upright box at 60 mph and being all over the road was not pleasant.
That was exactly the trailer that Robert and I looked at when we first decided to move up from tenting to trailering. We decided we were putting the cart before the horse and did not buy it though... just an interesting coincidence.

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:16 AM   #18
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Really Steve, I thought I read here somewhere that they will and was suggested getting a hard start capacitor to help when the ac first turns on.... hmmm

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There are plenty of folks on the CasitaForum running A/C with the Honda 2000i. So, I know it can be done. I suppose it really depends on the model/brand of A/C. Before jumping in and purchasing either... it would be well worth further investigation.

Jim, THANKS for sharing your story. To me it just reinforces the decisions folks make on this forum to purchase all molded. While it's not perfect for all, it's perfect for me!
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:27 AM   #19
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Your right Donna, and I found some older posts where people here are doing it too. Find out what model ac unit and if its the same one with the same generator it should work.

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Old 12-09-2012, 06:39 AM   #20
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Really Steve, I thought I read here somewhere that they will and was suggested getting a hard start capacitor to help when the ac first turns on.... hmmm

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Oh sure, you can force a Honda 2000 to run it. I even tried it for a second or two. However "roof" A/C is listed over the capacity of the Honda 2000. To work even for a trial I had to run the 2000 at top RPM's. Not only did it negate the quiet aspect of the Honda but was also not a very desirable way of treating a $1000 piece of equipment.

As others have mentioned it might work on a small 5k house A/C I've never tried it so not sure how high it would rev.
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Doing a little further reading it depends on the size of the rooftop ac unit.

Honda generators wattage chart guide

A 7000 btu unit would work fine, a 10,000 btu unit would be pushing it to its max...

but yamaha makes a 2400 watt unit...
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Jim, is it true the people of Elkhart are erecting a statue to honor your efforts in keeping the place alive? Good story, thanks for sharing. Raz
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Doing a little further reading it depends on the size of the rooftop ac unit.

Honda generators wattage chart guide

A 7000 btu unit would work fine, a 10,000 btu unit would be pushing it to its max...

but yamaha makes a 2400 watt unit...
Yes but look at the weight of the Yamaha. Might as well go for the Honda 3000 which is a fantastic generator and has electric start. Honda does make a smaller/lighter 3000 now but I don't have any "experience" with that one.

This is all just my opinion but the best way to use a Honda generator for an extended period of time is on the "ECO" setting for peak efficiency.
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Jim, is it true the people of Elkhart are erecting a statue to honor your efforts in keeping the place alive? Good story, thanks for sharing. Raz
I agree, what a journey at least you found your way home, or in your case found your home.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:59 AM   #25
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JIm, was the slide actually made with a flaw that would cause the slide motors to continue burning out? I wonder, because just having a motor burn out one time would seem to suggest nothing more than a bum motor.[/QUOTE]

There is no manual back up for the dual motor electric slide, you have to unlock the motor in order to manually push in or out. Mine stopped working at my house and it was retracted. The only access to the motor while retracted was to tear off the exterior trim to gain access(design flaw, all they needed was an access panel) once unlocked you would have to wedge 2x4 inside to keep it from opening while towing, I'm not towing anything held together by a wedged 2x4. Both of my motors were replaced. Then the slide never retracted 100%, there was always a 2" gap at one end, no way of adjusting it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:54 AM   #26
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I've always been of the opinion that slides are a bad idea... Exactly because of problems like those experienced by cpaharley. I think a slide could be designed well (mostly problem free, and fail-safe when a problem does happen) but I have yet to hear of any "good" ones. I guess it's a difficult design challenge because of competing requirements (weight vs. strength).

It's too bad, because extra space in a trailer is never a bad thing. I'm not a claustrophile -- I like my elbow room.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #27
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I have friends that were stranded in Montana for a full week, when one of the slides on their monster 5th wheel wouldn't retract. Between the repair bill to have someone drive 80 miles one way (had to make two round trips), the wife's plane fair back to Oregon so she could go back to work, the extra week of camping fees, etc. made me very glad I own a simple little all molded trailer!
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:04 PM   #28
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Great story :-) I really enjoyed reading about the seven in four! I am with Donna. I love my little 13 footer and can't imagine switching - that said, I always go to the "for sale" section first on my fiberglass RV visits. (Don't tell Bennie the Burro - he gets so jealous!)
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