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Old 07-17-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Boondocking prep with install of new AC/DC and tanks

I'm renovating a 67 globetrotter 20'. I plan on using AC in extreme cases but usually just run lights at night. I do want to boondock quite a bit on weekends and will occasionally travel to events like Burning Man.

I've read quite a bit and am needing some opinions from vets here.

I bought Progressive Dynamics PD 4045 for conversion. Plan on getting 1000 watt inverter along with 2 6 volt batteries and 2000 watt Honda generator. I would rather not lug 2 generators around...

My plan for plumbing is currently use my black tank that I think is 19 gallons along with adding 2 grey with 32 gallon total.

I read somewhere that if I run my 2000 watt generator with power boost from 1000 watt inverter/ 2 6 volt batteries, I can run a 15000 watt AC unit on the occasion I'm out in the desert and need AC, true? Do I need that 2nd 2000 watt generator for AC?

I read on this blog that these two are doing 60 gallons fresh, 120 gallons grey and black for a week without having to dump.. just add fresh a few times from jugs. Boondocking Tips and Tricks for Newbie RVers

So am I on the right track here? I might have to run lights, furnace fan at night and such but that should not be a problem with generator as backup. It's that I want to rarely use AC.

Do I have enough Grey at 32 gallons since it's just me? I have long hair, but I have read up on dry shampoo and also have camped a lot. I'm no sissy girl, can do a good army bath. I'll mostly camp up the north shore of Duluth MN on weekends but it's the rare weekly trips I want to prepare for. Burning Man here I come fall 16!

BTW, I am right on the cusp of doing all this. Have the space rented, tools bought, just need to get my tanks ordered once I take that back end off of her.. Tanks will go just behind the axle as so many have done.. I have a welder next door to my facility to spot weld and can re-enforce where needed. You are so helpful. There is no WAY I would have done this without all your help!
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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I see you meant 15,000 BTUs. I did read somewhere about this working with the inverter, but I don't know if 15,000 is too large to make this work effectively. I am planning to carry one Honda 2000 as well, and have heard great things about the flexibility of using a second unit only when the season requires it and otherwise not needing to lug it along during the cold months. Perhaps someone will chime in to confirm if one unit with the inverter will be a reliable plan, but if not you can't go wrong with picking up the first Honda and trying it out.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:59 AM   #3
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I'm going with 2000 inverter and solar but you're right on ac size. The 1150 ac apparently will run w 2150? Yamaha as well. I'm going to try mostly no Gen and no ac but w humidity so high in MN could be a challenge. Are you looking for a converter? It's not needed now since I'm doing inverter and solar.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:13 AM   #4
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Our 2800 watt Magnum converter/inverter can start and run the 13,500 BTU air conditioner from our 600 amp-hour battery in the Classic. A 2000 watt Honda will most likely not start the AC due to the current inrush associated with starting the compressor.

The Magnum MSH3012 inverter/converter can draw battery power from the 300 amp-hour battery in our 23D to augment the Honda (or similar) 2000 watt generator to start the air conditioner.

If one acquires the pair of 2000 watt Honda generators and the Honda jumper cable to connect the two units together, then they can completely power the air conditioner. Once the air conditioner is running, the two Hondas should also support some of the other equipment inside the trailer just like on 30 amp (or 3,600 watts) shore power.

Both batteries mentioned in our trailers above are lithium iron phosphate batteries from AM Solar.
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Honda RV Plug Adapter

I just purchased a 2014 23 foot International Serenity . I have one Honda 2000w generator and I am looking to buy the companion Honda 2000w generator with the 30 amp RV plug. My question is it takes a special plug adapter, and I am having a hard time figuring out which one I need; because, I am a rookie at this and need all the help I can get!
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The Honda Companion has the female 30 amp twist lock connector. Furious makes two 25' power cords (if ordered on their website, cords and parts are delivered with no tax or shipping via UPS) that will plug directly into the Honda. They will also plug into the standard power cord to create a 50' power cord to plug to shore power. I carry both cords.

To connect two Furrion 30 amp cords, a sealing collar is needed with two locking rings that create a water tight seal.

30 AMP SEAL COLLAR SYSTEM WITH THREADED RING - FURRION Sealing Collar $12.15

30 AMP REPLACEMENT RING - FURRION Two Locking Rings needed at $7.19 each

30 AMP 125v HEAVY DUTY MARINE CORDSET - 25FT TITANIUM - FURRION Standard Cord $70.99

30 AMP 125v HEAVY DUTY MARINE CORDSET W/POWERSMART LED - 25FT TITANIUM - FURRION Cord with Power LED indicator $74.99

Another useful adapter is the Furrion female 30 amp twist lock to 15 amp male 110Vac adapter so a standard household extension cord can be used to plug into a standard home type outlet for storage. It will fasten to the side of the trailer or the end of either cord mentioned above using the seal collar and locking rings.

30 AMP (F) TO 15 AMP (M) PIGTAIL ADAPTER W/POWERSMART LED - TITANIUM - FURRION Has power LED $48.85
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I just purchased a 2014 23 foot International Serenity . I have one Honda 2000w generator and I am looking to buy the companion Honda 2000w generator with the 30 amp RV plug. My question is it takes a special plug adapter, and I am having a hard time figuring out which one I need; because, I am a rookie at this and need all the help I can get!
This is the parallel kit you need to hook up the 2 generators together. When I bought the Honda 2000 and the 2000 companion generator, I asked the to throw in the parallel kit and they did. I bought local.

Murdoch's – Honda - EU2 (30A) Companion Parallel Cable/RV Adapter Kit
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