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Old 02-26-2017, 04:48 PM   #15
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Good news! Just answered my own concern another article on Google states the average 10000 btu RV Air Conditioner will use 2000 watts for start up and 700 average watts once running . That if accurate will make a lot of people happy including myself!!!
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:51 PM   #16
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If Colonial Airstream says you're good with a single EU2000i, then I'd say you're probably good. If you're still unsure, you can also call the customer service line at Airstream to ask them.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:03 AM   #17
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Thanks to all for the research!
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:16 PM   #18
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Ok, I know nada about generators, but I asked for help from the A/C manufacture and they were good enough to send me this...


The actual model number is 47201A879,

Here is the data sheet for your unit.

http://old.rvcomfort.com/rvp/pdf_doc..._sheet_114.pdf

The compressor pulls 8.9 amps at 95 degree outside air temp.

The inside fan motor is .7 (low) and 1.2 (high). The outside fan motor runs at 1.6 amps.

In order to figure out the starting amps we will take the amp draw on the compressor, multiply it by 2.5 and add the motors. This gives us 24.55 amps in low and 25.05 in high.

The watts are the same way to figure out. The running watts at 95 degrees is 1270, multiplied by 2.5 is 3175. So you would need a generator that can handle an onrush (for a few seconds) of 3175 watts.

Hope that helps, and hope that you had a great Easter Weekend!



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I need to find 2 that are the smallest, best performance ones made so I can pick them up. I would def. take suggestions on that. Additionally I don't fully understand the info above
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:40 PM   #19
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We already had the matched pair of Honda 2000 watt generators to run our 15,000 BTU air conditioners installed on both the 2013 25FB International Serenity and our 2014 31' Classic. Both have been converted to propane only using the GenConnex conversion kits.

We installed five 100 watt solar panels and a hybrid Magnum MSH-3012 inverter in/on our 2015 23D International Serenity. There is also a 300 amp-hour lithium battery inside. A single 2000 watt Honda can readily run the 13,500 BTU air conditioner, but the starting in-rush can be an issue. The Magnum will take the in-rush current needed from the lithium battery and then continue charging the battery to replenish for the next cycle. If the sun is out, our solar panels are contributing about 375 watts to refilling the battery, too.

We retrofitted a power inlet on the front of the 23D and a real automatic transfer switch for the two 120Vac at 30 amp input sockets. We can plug into the front propane outlet of the 23D and connect with a custom 30 amp rated six foot power cable. Works well.
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The Magnum hybrid is a sweet solution, though expensive. We went another direction, adding the Micro Air EasyStart 364, which manages that inrush (e.g. Locked rotor amps) such that our 15,000 BTU heat pump will easily start and run on a single 2000 watt generator. That said, I suspect you will not need either of these to run your BaseCamp's air conditioner on a 2000 watt generator.
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Any Success Stories Using a Generator to Power Basecamp AC?

It's going to be close to 100 degrees where we're headed this weekend, and we're staying somewhere with no electrical/hookups; so I'm looking to get a generator to run the AC on our Basecamp. Has anyone done this successfully yet, and if so can you please share what you are using (/what you recommend)? I have never used a generator before, and we have only had our Basecamp out for a few weekends so far...so I am entirely ignorant in terms of what I need to do here. Based on the thread above, I am looking at the Honda EU2000I Portable Generator with Inverter (Amazon link below). If I get this and a can of gasoline, will this keep me cool for the long weekend? Thanks for your advice!

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It's going to be close to 100 degrees where we're headed this weekend, and we're staying somewhere with no electrical/hookups; so I'm looking to get a generator to run the AC on our Basecamp. Has anyone done this successfully yet, and if so can you please share what you are using (/what you recommend)? I have never used a generator before, and we have only had our Basecamp out for a few weekends so far...so I am entirely ignorant in terms of what I need to do here. Based on the thread above, I am looking at the Honda EU2000I Portable Generator with Inverter (Amazon link below). If I get this and a can of gasoline, will this keep me cool for the long weekend? Thanks for your advice!

https://smile.amazon.com/Honda-EU200...0001+generator


We bought this Yamaha for our BC and has worked really well. It's pretty quiet as generators go. Keep in mind you can only use the AC on the low cool setting with this generator (not sure if same will go for the Honda) and you can't run anything else (microwave or outlets) off the generator at the same time - too much power draw. If I try to put it on high, it trips off but it cools just fine on low. It's heavy and hard to carry for one person but fits with 5gal gas can side by side in back of BC.

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We bought this Yamaha for our BC and has worked really well. It's pretty quiet as generators go. Keep in mind you can only use the AC on the low cool setting with this generator (not sure if same will go for the Honda) and you can't run anything else (microwave or outlets) off the generator at the same time - too much power draw. If I try to put it on high, it trips off but it cools just fine on low. It's heavy and hard to carry for one person but fits with 5gal gas can side by side in back of BC.

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Just looked at the Honda specs more closely - it's 2000W starting power and 1600W running power. That's less than my Yamaha (2400W/2000W) and not sure that's enough for the BC AC unit - you better check before you buy.

Also, keep in mind campgrounds have quiet hours and every state park I've stayed at makes you turn off generators during those hours. One state park here in UT only allowed generators on 12p to 4p - pretty useless. I suggest buying a good bike/chain lock and chain it to picnic bench or tree - these things are $$$ n I've heard dirtbags steal them if you're not around...
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My 15k AC starts and runs just fine with the Micro-Air Easy Start installed using just one Honda EU2000i on eco mode. I happen to have two generators, but have tried it repeatedly on each generator by itself. The Easy Start spreads that sudden surge out over time a little bit. Listening to the generator, the revs increase over what seems to be a second, instead of trying to jump up instantly.
Running the AC on two generators on eco, rather than just one on eco, is quieter by about 4db as measured by decibel phone app.
Two generators also allow concurrent use of electric water heater. One generator will trip under that load.
I recommend you buy a Honda 2000 and try running the AC with it. If it struggles to start, install the Easy Start and you'll be golden.
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Update: The Honda EU2000i worked great, with no Easy Start! We kept the AC on "Cool Low" and started it up at the warmest setting and then dialed to coolest, in order to try to lessen the startup load just a bit. No problems at all. This cooled off our BC quickly, and brought it down from 95 degrees or so to 72 degrees.
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Update: The Honda EU2000i worked great, with no Easy Start! We kept the AC on "Cool Low" and started it up at the warmest setting and then dialed to coolest, in order to try to lessen the startup load just a bit. No problems at all. This cooled off our BC quickly, and brought it down from 95 degrees or so to 72 degrees.
Basic question. What kind of cable connects your generator to the Basecamp?
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Your thirty amp cord from the trailer. May need an adapter depending on the gen.
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