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Old 11-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Another Generator Question

We just purchased a 2013 Surveyor SP220, and now I'm trying to decide on a generator.

I know the Yamaha 3000iSE will power everything including the 13.5 BTU air conditioner, and I like it over the Honda 3000 because of the optional wireless remote. But 2 things concern me. Dang! 150 pounds is a lot of weight and it's pretty expensive. I'm also looking at the Yamaha EF2400iSHC. Honda doesn't have an inverter with that rating and it is advertised as being able to start most 13.5 BTU air conditioners.

My question is will the EF2400iSHC power anything else if the air conditioner is running? Or will I have to power down the AC whenever I want to turn on the tv, stereo etc?

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Old 11-28-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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I have used a 2400is for several years and it has run my 13500 ac on my previous trailer but it failed to restart the compressor on one hot day after running for several hours. No matter what I tried, it would not start the compressor and would overload. I had a sleepless hot night and went to the local Farm and Fleet the next day to buy a Champion 3500-4000 for less than $300. The Champion is quieter than most open frame generators but not nearly as nice as the Yamaha because it is not an inverter style and must run at the same RPM no matter what the output required.

The newer model of the Yamaha 2400IHSC is supposed to be a higher output surge which is better for getting the ac compressor started and if noise is a consideration because of camping in a public area, then it may be a valid consideration. My camping is on my private hunting ground with no neighbors for at least 1/2 mile and noise decibels are not as much of a concern.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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I have the EF2400iSHC and it is able to run my 13.5 AC and other appliances at the same time. Running the AC is not as much of a concern as starting it. You may have to turn off some things when the AC compressor kicks on, but once it is on you're back to normal.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #4
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I did I mod for generators that are on the edge of starting compresser and fan .

I put a delay module on the a/c unit which allows the compresser to start up and get running before the blower fan kicks on.
It works well and several other members have done it as well .
I'll find the link and post it.

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