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Old 08-25-2016, 03:43 PM   #1
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Will a Honda EU2000 generator power an a122?

What the title says. I already have the generator and shopping for a pop up. I'm wondering if it'll power the A/C. Also will it fit in the storage box or will I have to creative where to store it.
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Will run air conditioning OR microwave (not both) at lower altitudes. Likely not to run a/c above 5000ft. Of course, once you are above 7500ft, air conditioning is rarely needed. :-)

Assume you mean 122s or 122bh, straight A122 doesn't have the forward storage or porch.

We get electric campsites for lower altitudes during summer. No generator, no gas to carry or babysit.

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Old 08-25-2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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Depends. If the AC is 13K maybe . If it is a 15K probably not at, least will have issues restarting after a normal cycle.

13.5K AC spec :Full load amps:14.9 Cooling
Honda 2000 spec: 120V 2000W max. (16.7A) 1600W rated (13.3A)
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A 2000 will not run an ac you don't have enough start up watts. If you look at honda charts they recommend two in parallel. Later RJD
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:37 PM   #5
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On topic and not trying to hijack the tread started by zimm17. Thanks ahead of time.
I just talked to my dealer about a genny for my TT, a Flagstaff 27 BEWS and for the home in the event of long term power outages.
He recommended a minimum of 5000 watt to run the 15K AC. Also he recommended a unit with an invert-er and a 30 amp plug. Seems that the units with no inver-ter have a cyclic power delivery that is not liked by sensitive electronics, like computers and flat screen TVs and they go Tango Union at a later date.
My problem (like zimm) is storage. I have a cover on my truck bed with only 20" of clearance. That would be my first choice of place to carry the generator for security. I am having a hard time finding a unit that will fit those dimensions. Alternate sites would be one of the compartments on the TT (anyone have a genny in a similar size compartment?) or mount to the back bumper of the TT or inside the TT.
Any ideas?
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From one major RV parts vendor for 15K AC
  • Minimum Generator Size:
  • 1 Dometic Air Conditioner3.5k Watts
  • 2 Dometic Air Conditioners5.0k Watts
A good choice is two Honda 2000's in parallel.. When AC is needed you take two. When AC not needed you take one. Easy to stow and carry.
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On topic and not trying to hijack the tread started by zimm17. Thanks ahead of time.
I just talked to my dealer about a genny for my TT, a Flagstaff 27 BEWS and for the home in the event of long term power outages.
He recommended a minimum of 5000 watt to run the 15K AC. Also he recommended a unit with an invert-er and a 30 amp plug. Seems that the units with no inver-ter have a cyclic power delivery that is not liked by sensitive electronics, like computers and flat screen TVs and they go Tango Union at a later date.
My problem (like zimm) is storage. I have a cover on my truck bed with only 20" of clearance. That would be my first choice of place to carry the generator for security. I am having a hard time finding a unit that will fit those dimensions. Alternate sites would be one of the compartments on the TT (anyone have a genny in a similar size compartment?) or mount to the back bumper of the TT or inside the TT.
Any ideas?
Thanks, RMc
Two Honda 2000's run in parallel will run your 15K AC plus they're only 16.7 inches high.

Your dealer is right about being an Inverter.... however.... you don't need a minimum of 5000 watts to run one AC.

Did he just happen to have 5000 watt genny for sale?




ON EDIT: I was typing when Flybob already answered your question.
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The OP asked about a small A-frame. The Cool Cats in the smaller A-frames are less than 10K. Yes, they have been tested to run on 15 amp and 20 amp home circuits and 2K generators by members of this forum.

I don't have a generator, but my A-frame stays in the garage and is plugged into a GFCI socket controlled by a 15 amp circuit breaker (I just checked to confirm). That circuit will run the Cool Cat and the converter and a small shop vac plugged into one of the A-frame outlets without issue. I don't try to run the microwave at the same time as the Cool Cat.

The cooling load is considerably less than a canvas pop-up because of the reduced volume, and the higher insulation value of the walls and roof.

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I run my 10K Cool Cat with my Honda eu2000 no problem, although I have not tried doing that above 5000' altitude. It puts out 16 amps which is more than enough to start the Cat, watch TV and a few lights. If I was going to run the microwave, I would turn off the Cat for a few minutes.
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Sorry for the post and run. I know zimm and myself appreciate the info.
Flybob, the Honda 2000 in series will work but the fuel tanks are tiny and would need to be filled every 3-5 hours I'm guessing. And for the money I can get close to that with one single unit (see below).
RubyDually, thanks for the clarification on the invert-er. That will be foremost in my model selection. And yes, you are correct the dealer did mention a Yamaha 5000 they had in stock at the dealership. I checked it out and the unit is too tall and pricey.
My search has narrowed down to this unit:
Electric Generator Depot - Powerhouse PH3100Ri 3100 Watt Inverter Portable Camping Power Generator
I'm hoping this will fill the order for running my AC , TV and some lights. If I need the microwave, that will happen without the AC on. This unit is not too heavy (129 lbs.) and not too tall (20.5"). And the price is reasonable. I think we have a winner! The dealer did recommend running the refer and water heater on propane. Makes sense.
Am I on the right track here?
Thanks, RMc
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