Originally Posted by Bruce H
I checked the specs on the Honeywell MF08CESWW and it shows power consumption of 700 watts @ 6.3 amps. If that is accurate the small 28 lb Honda 1000 with an output of 900 watts at 8.3 amps would run it but it would be a near full load for it. The light weight
would sure be nice but the run time at full load would be limited to about four hours on its .6 gallon gas tank. Also the use of other power while running the air conditioner would be limited due to the near maximum power consumption.
For $200 more (retail) There is the 46 lb Honda 2000 with an output of 1600 watts @ 13.3 amps. While it is not enough to start a conventional 13,500 RV air conditioner it should easily handle the Honeywell which would be consuming much less percentage of the generator's capacity. So it should have a run time of six to eight hours on its .9 gallon gas tank.
I have owned a Yamaha 2400 and a Yamaha 2800. They are both nice generators and I will recommend either for someone needing to power a trailer with a 13,500 air conditioner but they are a little heavier and more expensive. They weigh around 60 to 70 lbs.
I have never owned a Honda but in this circumstance I would go with the 2000. Any other generator will be too heavy or too noisy or both.
As others have mentioned you need a sturdy cable or chain to secure a generator so that an opportunistic thief cannot quickly grab it. That will deter 95% of them.
A couple more considerations:
You must run a generator outside. But in the event of rain you can't run it. In fact you must cover it or get it inside so it does not get soaked.
Modern day gasoline all contains ethanol which makes a white soapy looking residue that stops up small engine carburetors very quickly. The service departments of Yamaha (and I am sure Honda) charge $90 or more to remove a carburetor and clean it. And that will be every year if you don't use a fuel additive such as Sea Foam etc. Also to shut the generator off you turn off the fuel valve and let it run out of gas so the carburetor is empty.
Bruce! Thank you! I love this detail, it really helps me understand how to make the correct purchases. I'd done the math roughly based on my research and had arrived at similar numbers with the Yamaha. Thank you for working all this out, it makes great sense and I so appreciate seeing the comparisons.
It's nice to hear Yamaha offers a good generator but the Hondo will outperform it and is quieter for my application. It is the clear choice. When I searched the Honda's, I was surprised to see how much more affordable they are now than the last time I checked on them.
I like the small air conditioner for the campers and my Arizona boat, and I am going to invest in the Honda 2000. The fact I can use this for my sailboat and campers for heating and cooling and also for my electronics/work, it makes a lot of sense.
I am hoping LB gets out here for his/le Puck's shakedown cruise I'm planning! His work has become very busy due to computer issues, I remain hopeful! I guess I can always park at the marina and try everything out. But, le Puck is going to be awesome when I'm done with her today!!!
So, off to Amazon to order AC and a Generator!!! I guess I'll have to construct a tarp in case there's rain, good to know. We should be so fortunate! Arizona has been hot, hot, hot!
You are all so amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Loverboy should be a Happy Camper with Dutch Oven cooking, The Grand Canyon, and now AC! Who wouldn't be happy with this? It's just Bliss!
Anything I am missing? Do I need anything else? Oh, Boy, this is exciting!