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Old 06-27-2015, 12:15 PM   #15
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We tried running our convection microwave (not in convection mode) with one Honda EU2000 and it would not run normally. It would spit and make funny noises like something was wrong. At the time, we didn't try running the microwave on lower power. That would have probably worked.

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Old 06-27-2015, 12:49 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Ponyfvr View Post
Can we run the microwave using two Honda 2000 generators? I know that we can't use the AC and the microwave at the same time. Thanks for your help.

In answer to the original poster's question - yes. two 2000's will power just about any microwave - they may or may not power additional appliances at the same time.

I recently returned from two weeks in the rockies camped at 9000 feet.

Our single Honda 2000 was maxed out with our smallish MW. With the eco-throttle "off", AND the converter off (we found this to be important) the single Honda would struggle, but it would run.

Our two Honda 2000's have the jets set for use at sea level. There is a significant loss of power at altitude.

In addition, I try to run the gennies at least every three months. Most of the problems I have found with the Honda's can be traced to bad or old fuel. One failure that was not a fuel related problem was found last year at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - my seven year old 2000 lost the ignition magnet. I suppose the glue holding the magnet to the flywheel just let loose. After regluing the unit now works fine.


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Old 06-27-2015, 12:57 PM   #17
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A related question, How many things in addition to the air conditioner can you run on a 30 amp service at a campground? I would guess that the AC, the microwave, the electric hot water heater, and the TV should not all be run at the same time. But how many of those things would be safe to run at the same time?

We fulltime in our '34 in a park with fullhook-ups. The rule we go by is, no more than 2 of the big 3 items at a time (AC Unit/Microwave/ Electric element Hot water heater)
Pretty much solved out electrical balance woes by just keeping the water heater working off the propane only, which completely removes it from the equation.
Now, with Summer in full tilt and all the fans & AC going almost 24/7 we have gotten into the habit of switching off the AC when we need to run the microwave. Then flip it back on when done.
Works out good.

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