I finally had time to play with my Honda EU2000i generator
trailer. The Honda EU2000i proved to be a good match for the Escape
I have the optional air conditioner and fantastic fan. I installed a 950 watt microwave
(with turntable) on top of the wardrobe. I chose a 950 watt microwave
as the weight
of the more powerful units seemed to be excessive for the associated increase in wattage.
The trailer battery
was not fully charged. I did not run the refrigerator
as I would use propane
while dry camping
, not the generator
. I left the generator
in economy mode for most of the tests.
All tests were run with all internal and external lights
on, the battery
charging, the fantastic fan set to high and the cook top exhaust fan on. To get the trailer nice and warm so the AC would cycle, I turned on the furnace
. It was mighty warm inside the trailer, the kids were confused or perhaps dazed by the heat. To keep my beer from suffering, I quickly downed it. Then the fun began.
With the furnace
blasting merrily along, turning on the AC resulted in the generator going off-line. Having the furnace
and AC on simultaneously is not a rational combination, but hey, it was fun to see which was more powerful. Heat beat cool.
With the furnace off and AC on, the generator will operate at a speed higher than economy but less than maximum. The AC can be cycled off and on with a corresponding decrease and increase in generator speed.
With the AC on, the microwave
can be used at the highest power setting. The microwave and AC were cycled off and on in every possible combination. I turned the generator economy mode off for these tests to cut down on generator speed transients.
All in all I am pleased with the Honda generator. It will power my Escape
under all normal operating conditions.