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Old 03-11-2016, 09:26 PM   #57
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Pulled the trigger on two Costco Smarter tools 2000's with parallel kit. They have them online for $599 each. They had been out of stock, but have them again.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:39 PM   #58
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We just returned from our first boon docking trip over the course of two weekends. We picked up the Champion 1058626 from Costco prior to heading out and couldn't be happier with the price/performance. I chose to run off propane instead of gas so toted along a 20# tank that we ended up only using half of. Please bear in mind we did not run AC, only recharged batteries, made coffee and of course Susy's hair dryer, lol! I highly recommend taking a long look at this unit if you're weighing Honda/Yamaha.

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Old 04-15-2016, 08:45 AM   #59
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Pulled the trigger on two Costco Smarter tools 2000's with parallel kit. They have them online for $599 each. They had been out of stock, but have them again.
Have you had a chance to use these yet, individually and/or in parallel? If so, please tell us what you think of them.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:58 PM   #60
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Honda 2000 running air conditioner

I occasionally tune into this thread and continue to be amazed that people don't run their air cond on a single Honda 2000. We have a 2015, 25fc with a factory a/c. We turn off the converter so it doesn't pull power, verify hot water heater and refer are on propane, then fire up the single Honda 2000. Make sure it is not on ECO mode so it is able to make full power, then enjoy the cool air. No issues!
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Old 04-15-2016, 10:34 PM   #61
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I occasionally tune into this thread and continue to be amazed that people don't run their air cond on a single Honda 2000. We have a 2015, 25fc with a factory a/c. We turn off the converter so it doesn't pull power, verify hot water heater and refer are on propane, then fire up the single Honda 2000. Make sure it is not on ECO mode so it is able to make full power, then enjoy the cool air. No issues!
Be Happy that your 2000 will fire your air conditioner. Lots of folks air conditioner will growl and let the smoke out with out 30 amps starting power. I wouldn't promote others to try to fire their air conditioner without the proper power it wants unless you like to hear them complain you helped them let the smoke out and want you to help them put the smoke back in.
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We have a 300 amp-hour lithium iron phosphate battery attached to a Magnum MSH-3012 hybrid inverter that will draw the necessary power from the battery and invert it so the Honda 2000 watt generator can start the 13.5K BTU air conditioner in our 2015 23D. Once started the Honda can run the cooling just fine. Every time the thermostat cycles, the process is repeated. We also have 500 watts of solar panels on the roof to recharge the battery.

Continuous power from the Honda is 13.3 amps or 1600 watts with momentary power capability of 2000 watts 16.6 amps.
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I finally got around to making a video about the Smarter Tools generator.

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Thanks for the review Jukebox! We've had our Smarter Tools generator for a little over a year now and haven't had any issues. Fuel usage on it is great! Typically I would fill up the tank before we leave on a long weekend and rarely will it go below 1/2 tank. I used it primarily to charge the batteries.

Have you used them with your AC? I plan to get another one eventually with the parallel kit and would love to see them on a newer 15k AC.
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Have you used them with your AC? I plan to get another one eventually with the parallel kit and would love to see them on a newer 15k AC.
Yes I had them hooked up parallel to test it and it worked great for the air. Haven't tried it camping yet though.
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