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Old 07-10-2016, 06:16 PM   #1
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Generac iQ2000 inverter/generator and R-Pod 178

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I did a bunch of research on portable generators and decided on a new Generac iQ2000 Inverter. It is quieter than a Honda EU2000 and had really good reviews. So, I went on a trip and tried to use this for the first time on my 2015 R-Pod 178. The generator fired right up and gave me the green ready light. As soon as I plug in the camper, it switches to red and will not power anything in the R-Pod. The only things turned on in the camper are the clock on the microwave which instantly comes on with electric and the clock on the Radio/DVD player. I cant turn these off. Everything else was off and/or unplugged.

I tested my dads old 1978 camper with the iQ2000 and it worked just fine. Not enough to power the AC, but lights and outlets worked fine.

What am I doing wrong? Shouldn't this unit be adequate for this small little camper? Thoughts or suggestions?

I went ahead and returned the iQ2000 today. Suggestions from any other R-Pod owners for a good size inverter/generator unit?

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Old 07-10-2016, 06:18 PM   #2
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2000 should be more than enough for most things minus the AC. Is there an electric element in the heater that was on? I run my whole trailer on one eu2000 with a second if I need the AC.

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Old 07-10-2016, 06:21 PM   #3
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The power source to the heater, ac, and fan is all done through the thermostat. It was all turned off.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:38 PM   #4
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The only other power hog is the water heater, I assume that's off. Do you have any problems if you hook it up to regular house current?
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:39 PM   #5
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There were a few other things most likely on, but still not enough to overload a 2000 generator. The converter, and CO/Propane detector were on. Are you sure you did not have WH on electric?
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:58 PM   #6
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Thanks for responding. You are correct that the CO Detector was also probably on. I am sure the WH was off as I am having problems with it too. I can not get it to light or turn on with electric or propane. No idea what is going on with it. I made a separate post in the plumbing forum to try to get help on this issue. It goes through three cycles of clicks like it is trying to light, but wont work.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:59 PM   #7
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everything works fine when plugged into the house (except the water heater which is currently not working at all). I cant get it to light on propane or work on electric.
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:28 PM   #8
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My buddy went through 3 generacs before he gave up. Now he is on his second champion. My 2 Honda eu2000i cost a little more but they are now 10 years old and still going strong. That fact really upsets him when I rub it in..... 😂

Does sound like something in your rig is drawing more power than it should.
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Normally I'd blame a bad genset, but it worked fine on your older trailer so hmmmm...
Are you running any kind of voltage protection on the R-pod?
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Old 07-10-2016, 07:34 PM   #10
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Not that I am aware of... I simply plugged the iq2000 into the camper with a 30amp adapter on the end of the provided RV cord.
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