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Old 12-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #15
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I have an EU2000i and an EU2000 Companion that I run hooked together to power my trailer when needed to run a single brand new 15,000 Dometic Penquin heat pump installed by AS at Jackson Center last August. My experience this winter is that while running the heat pump both generators went into "overload" and cut power to the trailer unless I turned off "Eco" mode on both generators.

I do not normally heat with the heat pump and the generators. I was testing the capability of the generators. Other power consumption by the AS was very limited during the test. The outside temperature was in the 38F range. The defrost cycle on the heat pump appeared to be the straw that broke the generator's back. No problem with "Eco" mode off.

I feel fairly certain, based on my experience, that two EU2000i's will not run two AC/Heat Pump units at the same time. However, the two Eu2000i combination is a great generator setup as long as it fits your power consumption.

One other thing I do to ensure generator reliability is to only run Non-Ethanol gasoline in the generators. 10% enthanol gasoline will eventually result in carburetor maintenance that can be avoided by only using non-ethanol gas. Same rule applies to all of my lawn and garden small gas engines.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:29 PM   #16
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Hey Bud. You're lucky to have a source of non-ethanol based gasoline available. I don't think we are so fortunate. My son works at a Conoco-Phillips refinery and I will ask him but I do not know of any sources.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:42 PM   #17
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Thanks all,

First, I will not try to run both AC on the Honda combination. All your information was soo helpful. I feel I can now go and take another look at my AS and figure out how to use this generator. Thanks for the detail and links on the plug and adapters. Excellent idea. It makes so much sense now. I remember seeing the new propane connection on the front, but do not remember if there was a electrical outlet on the front side.

The EU6500i would be a good solution but the weight would be an issue. I think the tandem is a good and light option.

Thanks to you all, I now have the confidence to try without the fear of doing some kind of damage.

Once all is in place, I will you know how it came out.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #18
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Hey Bud. You're lucky to have a source of non-ethanol based gasoline available. I don't think we are so fortunate. My son works at a Conoco-Phillips refinery and I will ask him but I do not know of any sources.
There are some web sites that attempt to list stores that sell non-ethanol but the websites are not typically very accurate (missing many of the stations that sell it). A good place to look is at a small quick stop shop that sells bait and attracts fishermen with outboard engines. Ethanol gas is really hard on outboard boat engines.

Many in our community spoke to a small independent store about non-ethanol gas. The store was able to make arrangements with the distributor for one of the tanks to have 87 non-ethanol gas. Their business is booming from the demand for non-ethanol gas and all the milk, bread, etc... sales that comes with the increased customer traffic. Before this store got non-ethanol, I would make a 60 mile round trip to buy non-ethanol gas for my generators and equipment.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #19
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jdalrymple,

Can you tell me what type of "External Dual Fuel Tank" you have?"

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Old 12-04-2012, 08:36 PM   #20
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Can you tell me what type of "External Dual Fuel Tank" you have?"

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That is "External Dual Feed Tank" like this.

Brand New Dual Feed Extended Run Tank for Honda EU2000I EU1000I Generators | eBay
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:38 AM   #21
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How much cooling does one need in a 30-footer?

An Airstreamer owner will eventually ask himself, "how bad do I really need 2 AC units blowing cold air when I'm not connected to shore power...?"
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Here is a non ethanol site, including Salome Az, 8 miles from my normal wintering spot

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
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The EU 2000 companion comes with an RV adapter plug that plugs into the gen and locks with a slight turn. However, you will not likely be able to start and run even one AC unit with just the single EU2000 standard. With the Standard and companion, one AC is easily handled along with a small microwave ... but NOT the heat pump. Save that for shore power and at least 30 amp service.
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Wazbro,

That's what I will get when the time comes.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:11 PM   #25
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... but NOT the heat pump. Save that for shore power and at least 30 amp service.
Why not the heat pump? You're still just running the AC, only in the opposite direction.
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Freedom,

My external fuel system is the same as Wazbro posted. It works well.

The 2000i has a fuel pump, so simply start with the onboard fuel tank full and the pump will pull fuel from the external tank until it is empty, and then run from the onboard.

I did turn the connections around so the hoses were attached to the fuel cap and tank has the male quick-coupling.

It makes it much easier to handle the tank with no hoses attached.

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jdalrymple,

I had not thought of this. Surely, this is something that is good to know. I will have a chance to put all of this info into practice tomorrow. We get the "Roadrunner" out of storage for a day of practicing backing, then to Walmart parking for the rest of the day.

The learning curve for a newbie is so steep.

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