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Old 06-07-2021, 12:24 AM   #1
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Do We Need an EasyStart?

We only camp in campgrounds with full hook-ups. Would we see any benefit to adding an EasyStart to our air conditioner if we always have at least a 30A power source? I like modding our RV, and would like to add an EasyStart, if it had any benefit to us.
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Old 06-07-2021, 01:49 AM   #2
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I like the challenge and more rustic / bigger spaces of state parks, and other yet to be discovered boondocking spots. But the only reason you would need a soft start is a smaller generator.
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We only camp in campgrounds with full hook-ups. Would we see any benefit to adding an EasyStart to our air conditioner if we always have at least a 30A power source? I like modding our RV, and would like to add an EasyStart, if it had any benefit to us.
Need or want?

EasyStart is only for people that don’t have 30A and want to use the A/C for cooling.
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Old 06-07-2021, 10:27 AM   #6
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Do you have 30 amp at home? Iím in the same boat as you as I only really camp places with 30 amp electric but if I had a soft start I could run the air conditioner in my driveway just plugged into my 110.
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I got the softstart which is basically the same as the easystart. I mainly do the RV park also. I got the unit because besides being able to run the AC on a generator the softstart makes the AC start ups easier and less hard on the AC. Hopefully prolonging the life of the AC. JMO.
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We only camp in campgrounds with full hook-ups. Would we see any benefit to adding an EasyStart to our air conditioner if we always have at least a 30A power source? I like modding our RV, and would like to add an EasyStart, if it had any benefit to us.
It might, depending on your air conditioner. Starting the compressor takes a lot of current, usually way more than 30 amps. It's the rating known as LRA or Locked Rotor Amps. That's 62 amps on my Atwood 15,000 BTU units. The LRA draw is what an EasyStart or a SoftStartRV dramatically reduces.

Even though the LRA draw is momentary and usually not long enough to trip the 30 amp pedestal breaker by itself, if you have something else drawing a lot of power like a coffee maker, the combination of the two at the same time can trip the pedestal or the RV main breaker.

If you decide to order the EasyStart, order it from Micro-Air directly and see if the discount code of AIRSTREAM still gives a $40 discount. That code has worked very recently.

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Easy enough to wire a 30a RV connector at home if running the AC is vital there.

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I got the softstart which is basically the same as the easystart. I mainly do the RV park also. I got the unit because besides being able to run the AC on a generator the softstart makes the AC start ups easier and less hard on the AC. Hopefully prolonging the life of the AC. JMO.
Not even close to the same. MicroAir Easystart is a micro processor that learns start-up requirements and stages the start.
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I think someone said they make the AC unit quieter good for sleeping. Maybe that will get you modding again? Also I think again someone said it's easier on the AC too! might give it a longer life span.
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I got the softstart which is basically the same as the easystart. I mainly do the RV park also. I got the unit because besides being able to run the AC on a generator the softstart makes the AC start ups easier and less hard on the AC. Hopefully prolonging the life of the AC. JMO.
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Not even close to the same. MicroAir Easystart is a micro processor that learns start-up requirements and stages the start.
I believe hkreck was referring to the SoftStartRV which is a microprocessor based unit just like the the EasyStart.



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I believe hkreck was referring to the SoftStartRV which is a microprocessor based unit just like the the EasyStart.





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Not even close to the same. MicroAir Easystart is a micro processor that learns start-up requirements and stages the start.
They work the same. They slowly bring the motor up to speed eliminating that current inrush.

Been installing softstarters on motors for over 15 years I'm amazed at how small and compact even ones for 200 HP pumps have gotten.

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They work the same. They slowly bring the motor up to speed eliminating that current inrush.

Been installing softstarters on motors for over 15 years I'm amazed at how small and compact even ones for 200 HP pumps have gotten.



Thought he was comparing a capacitor with an EasyStart.
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We only camp in campgrounds with full hook-ups. Would we see any benefit to adding an EasyStart to our air conditioner if we always have at least a 30A power source? I like modding our RV, and would like to add an EasyStart, if it had any benefit to us.
If you have a 50A trailer with 2 air conditioners then the EasyStart (one on each AC unit) will allow you to start and run both on a 30A connection. Other than that, if you never camp without an electrical hookup, its not really worth investing in one. If youíre accustomed to a 30A hookup you know how to manage your power consumption with the AC starting/running.
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Other than that, if you never camp without an electrical hookup, its not really worth investing in one.
People may have missed this one line by the OP that reads:

I like modding our RV, and would like to add an EasyStart, if it had any benefit to us.

I took it to mean he's looking for a reason to install an EasyStart, not for reasons not to. I'm kind of that way myself.

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A related question: I have a 30amp trailer but my home connection is a 20amp circuit. Not a problem UNLESS I need to work inside the 5er in mid summer and don't want to melt. Would an EasyStart permit me to run the A/C on the 20amp receptacle?
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What size AC unit you have doc? I set up an RV outlet on my shed on a 20amp circuit, and it will run my 13.5k btu unit just fine.
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A related question: I have a 30amp trailer but my home connection is a 20amp circuit. Not a problem UNLESS I need to work inside the 5er in mid summer and don't want to melt. Would an EasyStart permit me to run the A/C on the 20amp receptacle?
Are you trying to run one AC or two of them off the 20 amp circuit? One AC should run unless you have other loads on that circuit (garage refrigerator for example)
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