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Old 06-20-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
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Champion 2800 watt generator

I am interested in buying the Champion 2800 watt generator for my Roo 23IKSS. I like this generator as it will have enough power to run my A/C and is more cost effective than 2 - 2000 watt generators. The down side is that the generator weighs about 100lbs.

For those of you who are using this generator how do get it in and out of your truck? Do you use a ramp or multiple people to get it into the bed. I have not seen this model locally that I could try to lift.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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Engine hoist is what I use.
Cheap one from harbor freight will do.

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Old 06-20-2016, 01:01 PM   #3
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not sure about weight, but FYI, i got a flyer from Cabelas this weekend and they will be on sale for thier 4th of July sale. Ad is at home.. but i think they are 25% off when the sale begins. Will check when I get home tonight
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:12 PM   #4
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You probably already figured this out, but a 2800 will give you 23 Amps, where two tethered 2,200's will give you 35 Amps. Just cannot run your AC and attempt to microwave something at the same time. How quiet are the Champion units? I don't remember if they are quiet or not. The noisy ones will get real old, real quick.

I used to have a Troy-Bilt 6200 generator, which weighed 250#! It was a struggle to get it into my truck, AND it was noisy. AND it was thirsty! I built a sound enclosure for it to use at a NASCAR event and it was still NOISY! Sold it and bought two of the Ryobi i2200 inverters which are within 1-2 db. of Hondas. You can stand right next to them and carry on a normal conversation. I carry both Ryobi i2200 units with a tether cable if I intend to camp not in a park; just can't use my second A/C. On longer road trips I carry just one unit with a 5 gallon gas can in case I have to camp in a road side park or Walmart for the night. One will run the 15KA/C unit for the night and power the TV/Satellite.
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You might have a problem trying to run a 13.5k AC with a 2800 watt genny. It may not be enough to turn the rotor at high head pressure.
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You might have a problem trying to run a 13.5k AC with a 2800 watt genny. It may not be enough to turn the rotor at high head pressure.
Only way to know if connect to shore power and put an amp meter on the leads. Per a site that sells the Dometic AC, the 15K only pulls about 12.4 to 13.2 compressor Amps. I can run my 15K A/C using a single Ryobi i2200. Can't run much else except the LED trailer lights, but that is okay in a pinch. Seems to start with no issues, even after running for a while.
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Champion 2800 would not run my Dometic 13.5.
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Dometic recommends a minimum of 2500 "running" watts just for the a/c
90 degrees and humid my 15k draws 14 amps.
Remember the converter is a constant draw of 2-8 amps

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bshort, you might want to put an amp meter on it to see if it is drawing more than factory specs. The Champion should be putting out 23 Amps at 120 volts.
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:25 PM   #10
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Just got the Champion 2800 (3100 startup) watt generator from Costco. It runs the Coleman 15k a/c just fine along with the refrigerator in my 2014 flagstaff. It will start the a/c even when in economy mode. I am happy with the noise level as it is a LOT quieter than the Generac 2000 I bought and returned to Costco last summer. All in all very happy with it so far.
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