Originally Posted by redbarron55
A hard start kit might help with starting the A/C.
These include a larger starting capacitor and the relay and timer to control the thing.
I already have installed the official Dometic hard start kit. It was an option on my unit and it just had the relay and no cap. The kit had the relay/timer and cap as you described. But mine is a 1999 and since then they have become standard on most RV AC's.
Dometic has a "Smartstart Soft Starter" electronic box for the marine market but they deemed it too expensive ($425) for the RV market.
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A 2000 surge watts generator is marginal at best.
But with temperatures in the mid 90's my Honda 2000i struggled starting the compressor and was running pretty much flat out, used a lot of gas and was noisy.
At 10 degrees cooler there's no problem.
I found a Boliy 3600SiE, 3000/3200 watts, cheap on Craig's list needing lots of TLC. Now that it's in decent shape it does the job much quieter and will be going along next year.
Take the best features from both the Honda 3000i and 3000si, and my Boily surpasses Honda in every category but one, support.....
It's lighter, quieter, has more wattage, electrically 20% more efficient saving gas and electric start too.
Just little to no support. I read on an Air Stream forum that many have had them for 6 years or longer with no problems at all.
It looks like a Yamaha and has German designed and made electronics.
Would I pay $1000 for a new one, I don't know but at $75 I jumped.