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Old 01-19-2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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downgrading AC from 13500 to 9000...

hi,
currently in my cozy 2004 Jayco Sport 165, I have the 13500 AC, and it is very efficient, actually it makes the TT freezing in no time,
but since I prefer to boondock, w/o a parallel genny setup I can't use it.

I only just discovered that they make a smaller AC unit, 9000btu , that should be able to run off my 2000w Inverter Gen. & should also cool off my TT easily enough. BC storage is very limited in my TT, I prefer not to get another Gen. to run current AC.

I'm wondering what others opinions are of replacing with smaller unit? Also, is this something I might possibly be able to DIY?

Thanks for your thoughts & opinions!!
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Old 01-19-2018, 05:45 PM   #2
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Some have had success running a 13.5 AC off of a 2000w generator following the installation of a hard start kit/capacitor in the AC. I've never tried it myself, only what I have read over the years.
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Old 01-19-2018, 05:54 PM   #3
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If your handy it's an easy DIY, hardest part is getting old unit down off roof and new one up there.
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hi,
currently in my cozy 2004 Jayco Sport 165, I have the 13500 AC, and it is very efficient, actually it makes the TT freezing in no time,
but since I prefer to boondock, w/o a parallel genny setup I can't use it.

I only just discovered that they make a smaller AC unit, 9000btu , that should be able to run off my 2000w Inverter Gen. & should also cool off my TT easily enough. BC storage is very limited in my TT, I prefer not to get another Gen. to run current AC.

I'm wondering what others opinions are of replacing with smaller unit? Also, is this something I might possibly be able to DIY?

Thanks for your thoughts & opinions!!
I can run my AC on 1 2000 Yamaha Inverter generator no problem. I installed a Micro-air soft start and it works great. I tried a hard start and that didn't work near as well as this does. Yes, it even powers up from the generator running in economy mode. I will say that on 1 2000 watt generator, you don't want to be running your microwave when the A/C decides to start.
Use AIRSTREAM (all uppercase) in the coupon code and get $45.00 off.

https://www.microair.net/collections...-soft-starters
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:24 PM   #5
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Thanks!
I forgot about the hard start etc option!! Yes that was suggested elsewhere here!!
However, I may be handy enough to install a replacement AC (aside from the weight) but-- I can't install this switch!!
Still, I suppose I'd save $ using switch & having professional install it.

Something to think about!!

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Personally, I would try a hard start capacitor, I have not priced on recently, but I expect the price is around 5-10 dollars.

It is really easy to install, find the old one on the ac. Remove it, and un plug the wires. And plug into the new on. Very very easy to do.
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Personally, I would try a hard start capacitor, I have not priced on recently, but I expect the price is around 5-10 dollars.

It is really easy to install, find the old one on the ac. Remove it, and un plug the wires. And plug into the new on. Very very easy to do.
@jagiven- where would I find the old hard start capacitor? from the top of AC unit, or access from bottom, inside my trailer? I guess for the price, it is worth it to at least attempt this! This for this advice!

I will do a google search, maybe there is a video of how to change out the capacitor.
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@jagiven- where would I find the old hard start capacitor? from the top of AC unit, or access from bottom, inside my trailer? I guess for the price, it is worth it to at least attempt this! This for this advice!

I will do a google search, maybe there is a video of how to change out the capacitor.
You gain access from up on the roof. Remove the plastic cover. On mine, the capacitor is on the street side.

There are lots of youtube videos on the subjecr.
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Do a search on YouTube and you will find all kinds of videos to show you how to replace this.
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