Originally Posted by Rockwood Travelers
Okay, seein's how I didn't get any response at all to my original questions, we'll try this.
Will a 3500 watt Harbor Freight Predator generator produce adequate amperage to power a 15,000 btu air conditioner? How 'bout a 13,500?
Is there a remote start option available for the 3500 watt Predator?
I've read that the 4500 watt Westinghouse generator cannot be allowed to get wet. Is the Predator susceptible to being damaged if allowed to get rained on?
Thanks in advance.
MANY R/Vs with a 30a shore power connection have 15,000 BTU air conditioners and they run perfectly fine. Some also have 13,500 BTU units in them.
A 30a shore power connection is rated at 3600 watts. (30a x 120v = 3600w)
I've done the math for you.
A 15,000 BTU Air Conditioner is typically fed from a 20a breaker.
20a x 120v = 2400w
The air conditioner starts and runs perfectly fine without tripping the breaker so now you know the wattage necessary to run a 15k A/C.
A 13,500 BTU Air Conditioner is typically fed from a 15a breaker.
15a x 120v = 1800w.
Again, the air conditioner starts and runs fine without tripping the breaker and now you know the wattage necessary for a 13.5k A/C.
A 3500w generator will provide about 3000w steady. (The extra is start-up/surge loading)
A 4500w generator will provide about 3800-4000w steady.
Either generator, whether it be 3500w or 4500w, will capably run a 15k A/C or a 13.5k A/C PROVIDED you are NOT already loading the generator with other loads that decrease the available wattage to less than 2400w (for a 15k A/C unit) or 1800w. (for a 13.5k A/C unit)
As for you shouldn't get a Westinghouse generator wet... what is wet?
A light sprinkle?... a heavy downpour?... hurricane rain?
I don't think I'd want any of my generators (I have 5) out in a driving rain storm but occasionally getting sprinkled on hasn't hurt any of them so far.
I would think that premise holds true for a Predator as well.
They make generator tents and some folks have gotten creative making them on their own. This has also been discussed here in the past.
I personally do not know of a remote start feature for the Predator.