AC Soft Start install - Fiberglass RV



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Old 07-12-2019, 08:38 PM   #1
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AC Soft Start install

I have a 2019 Casita. Is a AC Soft Start east to install? I don't want to screw something up. When I hook up my 3400 Champion Generator, I get a overload if the Fridge is on AC when the AC comes on. I have to put the Fridge on Propane.
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Fairly easy install if you can crimp wires, remove and replace screws, work from a ladder and not color blind. There are good You Tube videos on the installation. The instructions are good once you figure out your A/C model number. There are instructions with the kit but specific A/C model instructions can be found on their website. If you have issues you can give them a call during business hours.
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What "Soft Start" unit are you looking at?

And Am I correct that references to soft start and hard start are really the same thing?
If I knew more I might decide I'm confused.

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I have a 2019 Casita. Is a AC Soft Start east to install? I don't want to screw something up. When I hook up my 3400 Champion Generator, I get a overload if the Fridge is on AC when the AC comes on. I have to put the Fridge on Propane.
Really?
Fridge only pulls 160W.
A/C should run on a Honda 2000.
Something sounds fishy here....
Is your converter trying real hard to charge a flat battery?

If you are using a generator- the fridge should already be on propane.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:11 PM   #6
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The BIG question is, what size is the A/C?? I have a 9K BTU Coleman w/heatstrip in my Scamp. I can run the Coleman heat strip (13-14A), the 1.9 fridge (small), and my "Hottrod" in the water heater with my Champion 3500 with NO problems and not even a BURP! That generator is rated for 30A and should not have a problem overloading with the Champion.

I fully agree with someone else- sounds like there may be other issues.
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I've never had a Honda but over the years I've read on the forums of lots of difficulties with the Honda handling the starting current of ACs.
My Ryobi is 1800W running, 2200W surge. The Honda is 200W lower on both.

A piece of data: according to Little House Customs, all Coleman ACs have come with hard start capacitors since 2008.

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Thanks everyone for your help. I think maybe the generator may have a problem.
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