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Old 06-26-2015, 08:44 AM   #1
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Running Microwave off generators

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.

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Old 06-26-2015, 08:47 AM   #2
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:14 AM   #3
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One of those generators is enough. Look at the rating of your microwave, probably 800 watts, might be as much as 1000w.

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One of those generators is enough. Look at the rating of your microwave, probably 800 watts, might be as much as 1000w.

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Agreed. Even a full sized "residential" microwave draws less than 2,000 watts. The mini microwaves in RVs draw less than 1,000 watts.
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One 2000i is enough for us also....by itself, without eco mode.

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Old 06-26-2015, 11:35 AM   #6
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A related question, hopefully not too much of a hijack. 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?


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Agreed. Even a full sized "residential" microwave draws less than 2,000 watts. The mini microwaves in RVs draw less than 1,000 watts.
Not true, many supposedly 700 and 900 watt microwaves need over 1000 watts initially! They will shut down the inverter or generator.
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We can run our convection microwave (whatever Airstream uses as the stock for recent trailers) with a 2000w generator. I do not do it very often but it works on our set-up (2011 25FB).
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A related question, hopefully not too much of a hijack. 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?


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Very few times we have been hooked to 30a shore power at a CG....when we are it's one high draw item at a time,(never the elec water heater), thru a PC30 portable.
I tend not to trust what I can't see.

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A related question, hopefully not too much of a hijack. 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?


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We don't hesitate to use all the appliances you listed when we plug into a 30 amp supply and very seldom trip a breaker. Many appliances cycle on and off and that evens out the demand. The A/C uses a lot more amps at startup, for example. The microwave is used in bursts of a minute or two usually. The TV is a small load compared to the others. And most breakers will take a BRIEF overload during appliance startups. If you add up all the breaker values in your house the total is more than the mains rating. Same principle.
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A related question, hopefully not too much of a hijack. 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?


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I've run them all. Worst thing that'll happen is to trip a breaker. I do also use a low voltage detection device in line with the 30 amp power cord to protect against brown out.
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The rule I give my wife, to keep it simple, when running the A/C only one other thing like the microwave, water heater. With that rule we have not tripped any breakers. I do not worry about the TV's, chargers, or the converter.

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I have small micro wave from walmart run it on 800 watt 2cycle generator from harbor freight, never problem or tripped a breaker.
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I routinely ran the microwave on my 07 AI with one Honda 2000 generator. Recently I tried doing the same with the convection/microwave in my 2014. Although the microwave ran it seemed to run slow and labored. running on low power cannot be good for them. In the future I will make sure the fridge is on propane as well as the water heater or just twin my generators.
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