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Old 06-28-2011, 09:26 PM   #61
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So how does one know which wire to pull off to wire this gizmo into the system?
No wires to pull off. Just plugs into the existing Run capacitor. The run capacitor already he's the conectors for it. These units were designed for it to be added. My Dometic even had a empty bracket ready for it to mount in.
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:30 PM   #62
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http://www.modmyrv.com/2009/05/27/rv...tart-capacitor

Follow this link. Good pictures and details for the whole mod.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:44 PM   #63
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The generator has started the ac but only with a full battery.


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Now that sounds even STRANGER! To the best of my knowledge, the entire air conditioning system as 120v AC, and should have nothing to do with the DC (battery) system.
Fire Instructor, that caught my eye also, and was ready to post before I thought about it some. Maybe this is the case: With a charged battery, when you plug up the generator the converter is not going to try to charge the battery. With a low battery, the converter is going to use some amps to charge the battery, so not enough amps are left from the genny to start the AC.

Just wondering.
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The generator has started the ac but only with a full battery.

Fire Instructor, that caught my eye also, and was ready to post before I thought about it some. Maybe this is the case: With a charged battery, when you plug up the generator the converter is not going to try to charge the battery. With a low battery, the converter is going to use some amps to charge the battery, so not enough amps are left from the genny to start the AC.

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That is my assumption as well. Testing at home before the trip went well but after running on the battery for 2 days, when I turned the generator on the ac would not go on even with the can on first.
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Aahh... That makes sense! Good catch! So, Oilmaggott, try to turn off the batter charger side of the inverter (on mine it's a breaker switch - the second from the bottom). Then see if the gen will start the MW or AC. Your problem may be a combination of a high wattage MW and a low battery.
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I bought the Honda 6500 and can run three campers on it with no problem. (I needed the 220 power to run my well when power is out.) We only have plug in power about 1 in 20 trips.
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The Yamaha and Honda generators talked about on this thread all sound great. especially the sound levels. unfortunately, they are way out of my price range and sound is not much of a concern for me. Has anyone had any luck with the Champion 46515 or similar model? It's running wattage is 3,500 and it has a 30TT recepticle.
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The Yamaha and Honda generators talked about on this thread all sound great. especially the sound levels. unfortunately, they are way out of my price range and sound is not much of a concern for me. Has anyone had any luck with the Champion 46515 or similar model? It's running wattage is 3,500 and it has a 30TT recepticle.
The sound levels may not be important to you, but what about your fellow campers ?? And after running that Champion for an hour or 2, I betcha the sound level becomes a lot more of a concern for you also.
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The sound levels may not be important to you, but what about your fellow campers ?? And after running that Champion for an hour or 2, I betcha the sound level becomes a lot more of a concern for you also.
When we were in Michigan last month for the NASCAR race, we were surrounded by 4 gens. One loud unit was 2 sites away, not sure what make or size it was. The unit behind us looked similiar to a Husqvarna chain saw. Not as quiet as my Honda, but not horrible either. Next to us were 2 noisy gens, one a 5500W Troy Bilt. It was as loud as 1 of their roto tillers . When it was running you couldn't hear mine. Fortunately the weather was OK & the AC wasn't req'd, nobody was running their generators after supper.

If you're not going to be near other campers (hunting or boondocking), go nuts w/ the noisy genny. However be warned that your neighbours won't be happy when you fire up 1 that sounds like a Briggs & Stratton lawn mower.
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The Yamaha and Honda generators talked about on this thread all sound great. especially the sound levels. unfortunately, they are way out of my price range and sound is not much of a concern for me. Has anyone had any luck with the Champion 46515 or similar model? It's running wattage is 3,500 and it has a 30TT recepticle.
For those with price as a major concern, check out the Boliy 3600SIE. It's an electric start, 3000W inverter model and is considerably lighter in wieght than most other brands. Price less than 1K and pull start model is cheaper.

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