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Old 06-01-2016, 11:19 AM   #1
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Who has a 15K Dometic A\C and Champion 3100 Generator?

I bought the smaller 2000 Watt Champion generator figuring here in the Northeast I wouldn't need to worry about having a big enough generator to run my A/C. Well after this weekend I've changed my mind and returned the 2000 watt this morning. I want to pull the trigger on the Champion 3100, but it seems like it's right on the verge of being able to power my 15K Dometic A/C (Dometic recommends 3500). I've read reviews of people saying they do power their 15K A/C with the 3100. Anyone have a newer Dometic A/C that is powering it with a 3100??
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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I do... yes, it works, but it's just enough. Meaning, I did overload mine a few times when I was out at a BBQ cook off a few weeks ago. I ran it non-stop from around 4pm on Friday to around 10am on Sunday. Maybe had issues 3 to 4 times. I think one was with a microwave, one is I tried to add an ext to my power cord to move the generator back a bit and the others were due to me trying to run in econo mode, but it wasn't wanting to keep up. If I ran out of gas I would need to go turn off the AC when plugging in the camper or it would overload. I guess with so many thing trying to come on at once was just too much for it.

Now, the AC was on non-stop and we would use lights, watch TV, plug in phone chargers, plug in fans and etc without thinking twice. The outside kitchen fridge was on but kept the inside fridge on gas if I remember correctly. So basically is was business as normal except the microwave.

Would I return it if I could... hmmm, not sure. Probably if I could get another inverter that was this quite, small and light and had more power. I don't think there is such an animal so I'm going to stick with what I've got. Its small and light enough for me to load into the rear garage on my Rockwood by myself and it really quite compared to my old regular style generator.

The guy next to me had a 9000 Honda that looked like the AC unit on the side of my house! He said he could power anything and everything... I was like I bet, but for the price I could buy a dozen of mine, plus I don't need a trailer to haul it around on.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback beerbuggy, I guess I'll pull the trigger on the 3100. Wish these BBQ comps would give us 30 amp hook ups. lol
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also remember if at a higher altitude the power will be less from the gen.
I have 2, 2K gen that I parallel, works great.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:34 PM   #5
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also remember if at a higher altitude the power will be less from the gen.
I have 2, 2K gen that I parallel, works great.
That was my other option, buy another 2K and the parallel kit. That would have been an additional $600+, buying the 3100 was only $250 more than the 2K that I returned.
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Old 06-01-2016, 03:55 PM   #6
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Champion just came out with a 3400w inverter gen.
Take a look at that.
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That was my other option, buy another 2K and the parallel kit. That would have been an additional $600+, buying the 3100 was only $250 more than the 2K that I returned.
I would spend the extra 350 and get the parallel 2K. I have the Yamaha 2ks love them, I told my father to do the same. he bought the Champion 3100 and it kept overloading with the AC and anything else running. He ended up returning it and buying 2-2ks.

The versatility of 2ks is nice, use one to run everyday stuff and when you want the ac throw the other one down and hook it up you are good to go. Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks for the feedback beerbuggy, I guess I'll pull the trigger on the 3100. Wish these BBQ comps would give us 30 amp hook ups. lol
I got mine at Costco and it was 200.00 cheaper than anywhere else. They have there own special model number. Everything is the exact same except for two things... theirs has a bit more black and a 12v outlet to charge your phone.

Good luck.
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Ditto to what beer buggy said. I've got the same setup. Works fine until you turn on microwave.When you need microwave just turn ac to fan and return back to ac after done.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:17 PM   #10
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I had a really nice 8000/7000 generator w electric start n all that was way overkill. Problem was that the RV hookup was still a 30A plug. So In the event I ran my AC and tons of other stuff. I flipped the breaker on the generators 30A output. I don't see how I could have avoided it. No matter what, u can't run everything. The water heater, the converter to charge batteries, lights inside, stereo, microwave, AC etc all on 30a.

I recommend gas heater too.

Course my new trailer has the Onan but still I bet the same thing applies...
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