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Old 06-22-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Honda eu2000i

Anyone have any experience with one of these? Wondering If it has enough power to run Air Conditioner in a aframe. Seen conflicting information on internet.
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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It depends on the size and brand of your A/C. Generally, no, but there are some 13.5k units that can, and if I'm not mistaken.. your a-frame has an 11k unit? It's possible, but one of those "you have to try it to know" type situations.
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:20 AM   #3
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Look at the start-up current for you AC than you can decide. Some A-Frames I have seen had 5K units so you might be OK.
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Old 06-22-2015, 12:03 PM   #4
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Forest River units have the 13.5k BTU air conditioners. As per Dometic general guideline recommendation that came with the trailer, it specifies generator requirement at least 2.8 kw needed.

I have a 2000 watt generator that trips the breakers everytime I've tried to power on the A/C. While it has the running watts to run the air conditioner, It doesn't have the starting watts to get it going.

BTW - The 5k BTU air conditioners are what is used in the Aliner brand A-Frame.

Get at least the 2800 (recommended) or the 3000 generator to be certain. If you're going to spend the money, do it once and purchase what you need, not what you hope will work. Best wishes.
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I have an A128S camper and purchesed the Honda eu2000i and also purchased the Honda eu2000i companion unit to parallel the two together and provide 4kW power. I did this instead of buying the Honda 3kW unit since the 3kW unit weighed about 150lbs. Each Honda unit only weighs about 50 lbs and easier for me to move take in and out of my truck.

The two Honda parallel units provide ample power to run A/C, microwave, etc. Very very quiet units.

Hope this helps.
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Forest River units have the 13.5k BTU air conditioners.
One 2003 manual I found online says they are 11.5K btu.

Some of the FR forum threads from 2012, refer to the Cool Cat as 10,000 BTUs, which is what I recalled.

It is strange that I can't find a current Dometic reference to the Cool Cat anywhere.


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As per Dometic general guideline recommendation that came with the trailer, it specifies generator requirement at least 2.8 kw needed.
But your pertinent point is in accordance with the manuals I've seen.

I guess there is no hard start kit for these like there has been for some RV roof top ACs?

Dometic does sell a heavy but manageable 79 lbs, 2.6 KW inverter generator with the claim that it will "power a 13,500 BTU air conditioner with ease." Part no. LW3000P.BLK
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My Dometic manual for the Cool Cat states 2.8kW pull for the A/C. My A128 is a 2014 model year so don't know if previous years had smaller power requirements. I wanted enough power to manage more than just the A/C and the two Hondas do seem to provide that. Keep in mind that even if a generator/inverter states 3kW or 4kW power, the actual result will be somewhat less than that.

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Good point on the weight, BRC! Two smaller units in parallel are definitely easier to move around than one big one.

Tom, I also have a 2012 model. I was referencing the A-Frame FR models only - not other types of trailers they also make. Also I could have spoken out of turn, as the A-Frame brochures I've seen (2012, 2013, 2014) have the 13.5k BTU listed. I shouldn't assume they are all like mine. Apologies for passing along bum info for those with A-Frames with something different.
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Tom, I also have a 2012 model.
I wasn't trying to call you out. Rather I was referencing the vague and conflicting information available on the unit. Now that I am at home, I have the the 2011 manual that came with my camper for the Dometic 441003 series heatpump, It lists 10,150 BTUs, in line with my memory but different form the older manual found on line. Newer/older/other FR a Frame campers may have different model heat pumps from what any of us have and it is good that we know this.

The CoolCat name is nowhere to be found on the manual, which may be why a Google search doesn't tie it closely to Dometic. Strangely the model number does not turn up a manual in Dometic's own product manual search page.

Anyway, your advice to the OP remains sound based on the 2.8 KW power recommendation from Dometic and the various possibilities for actual rated current draw.
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Dometic does sell a heavy but manageable 79 lbs, 2.6 KW inverter generator with the claim that it will "power a 13,500 BTU air conditioner with ease." Part no. LW3000P.BLK
The web write up for this unit give the peak rating of 2.8 KW. so it should work, albeit with less spare capacity that the dual Honda system.
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