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Old 08-01-2013, 03:48 PM   #11
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This might be a response to a thread that is a little old but just thought I'd share a little info.

I have been looking at generator for a while and just decided on the Champion 3100 inverter at Camping World. Its on sale for 899 and a little know fact is that Canadian Good Sams Club members can get a 10% discount on top of that. There is a coupon on at www.goodsamclub.com/canada that can be printed and is good for a 10% discount on anything. The discount is only at some Camping World store but luckily I live close to the one in Belleville Michigan.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:44 PM   #12
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I was curious to understand the difference between an Inverter Generator and a Conventional one. The link below explains it nicely.

https://www.handymanclub.com/project...rter-generator

My understanding: The Inverter Gen is actually a DC generator which runs just fast enough to provide DC power required for the current load. The DC power is then converter to AC 120 VAC by an electronic inverter. That allows the Inverter Generator to run more slowly (quietly) and, apparently, more efficiently. A very nice concept and I'm sure it is appreciated at the campsite.

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Old 08-01-2013, 06:41 PM   #13
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I have had good success so far with the Hyundai HY2000Si running our 08 13.5k BTU A/C, everyone says it wont but in our case it does. We have about 6 hours run time on it so far, 2 three hour runs.

Your mileage may vary, I was not ready to pay half the cost of out PUP in a generator or buy 2 smaller ones or a big one.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #14
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This might be a response to a thread that is a little old but just thought I'd share a little info.

I have been looking at generator for a while and just decided on the Champion 3100 inverter at Camping World. Its on sale for 899 and a little know fact is that Canadian Good Sams Club members can get a 10% discount on top of that. There is a coupon on at www.goodsamclub.com/canada that can be printed and is good for a 10% discount on anything. The discount is only at some Camping World store but luckily I live close to the one in Belleville Michigan.

Thanks for the heads up on the deal. It's a bit late for me, I just got mine from Amazon, to the door for $912.00 It is close to your deal, and so far I am satisfied with its performance and ability to hold the load of the full trailer while also running a 13 year old A/C in the Florida sun.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:51 PM   #15
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What about a smaller portable AC for use in the bedroom, for sleeping, and still using the Honda 2000i. I really don't want another 2000 as I already have one and don't really spend much time in the camper during the day.

Frigidaire has a 5000 btu portable that I think may work, I know the honda 2000 will run it fine.

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What about a smaller portable AC for use in the bedroom, for sleeping, and still using the Honda 2000i. I really don't want another 2000 as I already have one and don't really spend much time in the camper during the day.

Frigidaire has a 5000 btu portable that I think may work, I know the honda 2000 will run it fine.

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It'll probably should handle it. But there are things you need to consider. Your 5k btu AC will likely draw roughly 5 amps while running normally. Your wattage consumption should be around 575watts determined by 5amps x 115volts (applying Ohm's law). But running power is not what typically trips the inverter, it's the start up amp draw of the AC. The older or larger the AC the bigger the draw. A portable AC like you described can spike (albeit for a moment) 17amps. Your inverter should be able to barely handle that, but that is only if everything is optimum and the inverter not running in Eco mode. Since you can't account for all the variables, I had to resort, in my set up, to simple test by just setting it all up and testing. Sometimes on paper things will work or rather the math works, but in dynamic application you may get unpleasantly surprised.
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It'll probably should handle it. But there are things you need to consider. Your 5k btu AC will likely draw roughly 5 amps while running normally. Your wattage consumption should be around 575watts determined by 5amps x 115volts (applying Ohm's law). But running power is not what typically trips the inverter, it's the start up amp draw of the AC. The older or larger the AC the bigger the draw. A portable AC like you described can spike (albeit for a moment) 17amps. Your inverter should be able to barely handle that, but that is only if everything is optimum and the inverter not running in Eco mode. Since you can't account for all the variables, I had to resort, in my set up, to simple test by just setting it all up and testing. Sometimes on paper things will work or rather the math works, but in dynamic application you may get unpleasantly surprised.
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Talonman, I just hate to see you drop money on a 2,000 watt generator that will not be able to handle your load. If you can find a friend with a similar generator, I would ask them to try it out and see how much that window shaker unit will draw.

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Talonman, I just hate to see you drop money on a 2,000 watt generator that will not be able to handle your load. If you can find a friend with a similar generator, I would ask them to try it out and see how much that window shaker unit will draw.

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Mine works fine, the Hyundai starts the A/C everytime and I'm happy with it.

I was just commenting on the on the "on paper" thing after a big project here at work that went sideways on me, I have an issue with the power curve on a Kohler diesel I am working with, on paper this thing should work awesome, not so much.
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I have a 5K frigidaire window unit for my sailboat that runs with the Honda fine. the portable has the same spec as far as the current draw and has the same compressor, I think. So that should be okay. If I run it in the bedroom only the 5K should be enough cooling to make things comfortable when we are drydocked at Walmart and traveling.

I have another project trying to make a super quiet generator enclosure which is the subject of a future thread.

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