Now that is news to me. I'm glad you saw this thread and took the time to reply. I've been taking the conventional wisdom of others on the Genny/CoolCat issue. It may be that the Honda has just enough oomph to handle the starting current on the compressor. My Champion is around 1800 watts, just a touch les than the Honda, and may not be able to handle it. I'll have to give it a try. If it does work with the Honda that will handily justify the price difference.
Are you blogging your trip? I'd like to follow it if you are.
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2000 Silverado 1500 pickup
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