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Old 06-26-2017, 06:04 PM   #21
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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!

https://smile.amazon.com/Honda-EU200...0001+generator
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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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Old 06-27-2017, 08:13 AM   #23
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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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Old 06-27-2017, 08:40 AM   #24
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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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Old 07-05-2017, 01:56 PM   #25
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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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@Xrad13, the generator just has a standard 3-prong 'female' outlet - the same type of outlet that you have all over your house. So all you need is the adapter that you use to plug your Basecamp power cable into an extension cord to plug into your garage power outlet, etc. you just plug it into the generator instead of your garage outlet....
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In the 2000 watt Honda genset world, there are two different models one can buy to create a linkable matched set. One unit has the usual 30 amp outlet like at every trailer park. The other has a standard duplex outlet just like in the house.
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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.
Thank you for reporting back! We are picking ours up this weekend and this addresses one of the biggest questions I had.
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I just bought my BC and am thinking about buying the Honda EUi2200; good to see the feedback here. The folks at the dealership recommended this one.
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That EU2200i should be an excellent choice. There are cheaper generators out there, but none quieter.
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How does the eu2000i work if there is no 30amp outlet? I only see two 15 amp outlets.
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How does the eu2000i work if there is no 30amp outlet? I only see two 15 amp outlets.
Just get a 30 to 15 amp adapter.
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The new Honda 2200 model line has two models like the previous Honda 2000 generators. One unit has a 120Vac 15 amp duplex power outlet like in your home and the other (called the Companion) has a single 120Vac 20 amp power outlet (also supports typical 15 amp 120Vac power plugs) and a 120Vac 30 amp twist lock power outlet like in a RV park power pedestal.

There is a Honda jumper cable that can be placed between two 2,200 watt generators (typically a Base model and a Companion model) that allows the pair to generate 3,600 watts on a continuous basis which is the full 30 amp power for single air conditioner Airstreams as if they were plugged into a RV power pedestal.

While the pair can handle a surge to 4,400 watts, they are limited to 3,600 watts continuous use. The 30 amp breaker on the Companion model may tolerate the brief power surge required to start an air conditioner.

If I were wanting to purchase just one unit, I would get the Companion model so I could use the trailer's heavier duty power cord to connect.

Note that there are propane fuel conversions as well for several of the Honda smaller generators. We installed the Genconnex kits which fit completely inside the existing generator enclosure on our two Honda 2000 watt units and they can run fine off a 30 pound propane tank, The single unit will run off a twenty pound tank okay.

https://genconnexdirect.net/honda_pr...generators.htm
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Our airstream dealer refused to install an Easy Start. Where do we get one installed? My hubby wants to be a able to plug into household current to run the ac.
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Our airstream dealer refused to install an Easy Start. Where do we get one installed? My hubby wants to be a able to plug into household current to run the ac.
Itís very easy to do on your own.
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We run the15k btu w/heat pump AC on our 31' Excella using a 2000 watt Honda genset after installing the Micro Air EZ start system. Prior to that, we used 2x 2000 watt Honda gensets connected together in companion mode. However, don't plan on using a hairdryer or coffee-maker at the same time as the AC (a15k one at least)!! Good luck!! Jim & Gretchen
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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!!!
One thing nobody has mentioned here is altitude. You loose 3% of the rated power for every 1000 feet of altitude. I installed an easystart and even re-jetted the carburetor on a Honda 2000 and at 5000 feet it would not run the AC. Using two of them worked fine although on Eco mode they would kick to High when the AC compressor was running.
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