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Old 05-02-2016, 08:07 PM   #21
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I have an Onan 2.5kw and figured out a way to to run the AC (even on high) and some LED lights etc.

It ate at me that me AC would not start even with "hard start" setups (( tried 6 different models each on guaranteed to start my Coleman AC) none of them worked.

But I am a (retired engineer) and this gnawed at me and I would wake up at 3am thinking about it. One morn at 3 am I GOT IT!!! Jumped up and headed to the barn.

There are 3 sources of power:

Battery

genset

shore

I implemented my plan: Disconnect the shore power, shut everything down and force the system (if you have a converter) to use the battery. The battery will fire up the AC, it just won't run long. Now fire up the genset, turn off battery power and the genset will run the AC for a cool nights rest...
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:11 PM   #22
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Honda 2000 was my choice a few years back. Got a deal at just under $900. It's light, quiet and sips the fuel. I line the fact that I can link it to the companion generator for an additional 2000 watts. Haven't gone that route yet cuz I don't need to run my air.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:46 AM   #23
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Sounds like a quick trip south of the border might be a plan. Just a ??, if you did buy a Honda 2000 on a trip into the US, I guess you are expected to declare it when you head home. How does anybody know when and where you picked it up. Do they take inventory when you cross on the way south or is this an honor system??
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Good feedback, just that your prices are not the same north of the border. Honda 2000W are close to the 2000$ mark!!
The difference in the dollar does not explain the discrepancy in the cost of Honda products in the U.S. and Canada which is why we picked our 2 X 2000i's at Camping World in the U.S. They were $1000 and we had a $100 off one item coupon with our membership renewal which paid for our trip down. You can mail order them but I like the idea that I could start them both just outside of CW and make sure they were working before I took them home. Declared them when we crossed and wife and I each used our 48 hour $800 exemptions and did not have to pay duty on the remaining $100.

Really like the light weight and ease of using one 2000W for charging batteries, lights, etc. and if we need the AC to cool it down before sleep, we can hoot the 2 together for 4000W peak power. You can't beat the reliability and quietness of the Honda's.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:48 PM   #24
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I have an Onan 2.5kw and figured out a way to to run the AC (even on high) and some LED lights etc.

It ate at me that me AC would not start even with "hard start" setups (( tried 6 different models each on guaranteed to start my Coleman AC) none of them worked.

But I am a (retired engineer) and this gnawed at me and I would wake up at 3am thinking about it. One morn at 3 am I GOT IT!!! Jumped up and headed to the barn.

There are 3 sources of power:

Battery

genset

shore

I implemented my plan: Disconnect the shore power, shut everything down and force the system (if you have a converter) to use the battery. The battery will fire up the AC, it just won't run long. Now fire up the genset, turn off battery power and the genset will run the AC for a cool nights rest...
I fail to see how this can work. A converter is used to charge your batteries from AC and provides a 12V source for the other items in the trailer. You would need an inverter to do this and would have to specifically wire your air conditioner to it.
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I fail to see how this can work. A converter is used to charge your batteries from AC and provides a 12V source for the other items in the trailer. You would need an inverter to do this and would have to specifically wire your air conditioner to it.
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Its OEM, no rewire or add ons just the way it came and it works, just as I thought it would. The problem was getting the AC to start. The genset would not start it, but will keep it running if already running. It will start and run the fan on low/high but not the AC, so you fire up the AC from the battery then transition to the genset. In fact the electrican I paid to much $$ to run a 30 am circuit out to the barn did not, he ran a 20 amp and it will not start my AC out there, so I use the same approach, fire up off battery the switch over to my 110/20 amp.

I have an inverter and a converter both

Works for me every time.
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Its OEM, no rewire or add ons just the way it came and it works, just as I thought it would. The problem was getting the AC to start. The genset would not start it, but will keep it running if already running. It will start and run the fan on low/high but not the AC, so you fire up the AC from the battery then transition to the genset. In fact the electrican I paid to much $$ to run a 30 am circuit out to the barn did not, he ran a 20 amp and it will not start my AC out there, so I use the same approach, fire up off battery the switch over to my 110/20 amp.

I have an inverter and a converter both

Works for me every time.
It is the inverter that makes this possible. I did not know they were shipping the Eagle with an inverter. That's a nice plus. What model is it?
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Rusty the AC will run on both low and high settings, not sure how long as its a bigger draw, but I can run everything off my internal batteries (2 Grp 31 Odyssey Marine batteries)
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Rusty the AC will run on both low and high settings, not sure how long as its a bigger draw, but I can run everything off my internal batteries (2 Grp 31 Odyssey Marine batteries)

That's a nice little bonus, especially to be able to get away with the smaller 2000 series generator. Do you happen to know which converter/inverter combo that Jayco put in your unit? Is you AC the 13,500 or the 15K?

Did you get the residential fridge option by any chance?
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That's a nice little bonus, especially to be able to get away with the smaller 2000 series generator. Do you happen to know which converter/inverter combo that Jayco put in your unit? Is you AC the 13,500 or the 15K?

Did you get the residential fridge option by any chance?
This is not on my Jayco, its on my other RV.

If I remember its a Xantrex 2000?

No on the residential fridge, just have the 8 cu ft unit. Good enough for us...
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I have 2 Yamaha EF2000is generators. carry 2 when boondocking in the summer or spending the night in wallymart. Otherwise 1 EF2000is serves my purpose. Runs everything in my trailer except the AC. I like the Yamaha's because they have a fuel shut-off and a fuel gauge. Noise level is the same as the Honda's.
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