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Old 04-21-2009, 02:14 PM   #15
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Very interesting thread. I have been interested in purchasing a generator. I am curious if there are any other brands that the forums suggests. Also what is the price for a 2000 vs the 3000?

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Old 04-21-2009, 03:56 PM   #16
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I am also close to purchase and am between the 3000 + 2x2000 - If I can run from the bed of my truck mostly I'd be fine with the 3000.


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Old 04-21-2009, 05:45 PM   #17
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Check out this thread. Includes Yamaha 2400 and 3000.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:30 AM   #18
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Thanks for giving the correct site info for everybody. I must have dozed off in the middle of posting.
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:03 AM   #19
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Hey Guys.......SORRY for the delay in getting back about the wireless alarm system that we use.
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Dakota Alert. Wireless Alarms Security Equipment for the home, acreage, farm and business.

I cannot support these folks highly enough. Try to deal with the factory themselves as they are flat out great people. Honest and fair. Had to have one of our units repaired and they even updated it with NO problems.

For a a couple of years we used the 110V reciever with adapter for when we had hookups and a 12V to the required adapter when dry camping. NOW we have the:
Dakota Alert. Wireless Alarms Security Equipment for the home, acreage, farm and business. which works GREAT.

Placement of the transmitter box is painless. The biggest problem when doing this is figuring out where it wont pick up back ground movement. Most often now adays I just put it on the ground under the trailer pointed at the generator or the general area outside of the trailer.............Anyway, works for me with emphasis on WORKS............God Bless........Dennis
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:46 AM   #20
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I just attended the Sun n Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Fl where Honda had a huge display of generators and other Honda equipment. They had on display a new 3000w inverter unit that weighs right at 50lb, max noise 58db and according to the rep on site the ability to run a 13500btu air conditioner. This case and controls are very similar, almost exactly, the same as the eu2000. However it does not have a starter and battery like the eu3000. The suggested retail price is $2100. They were selling the units at the airshow but I was told that mass distribution to dealers would not be until latter in the summer.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:42 AM   #21
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I recently purchased a 1978 Trade Wind. I will be camping mostly where there are no electrical hookups but only for a few days at a time. The new marine batteries should power my lights and water pump throughout these short trips.

I am interested in purchasing a Honda generator to run the 13,500 BTU air conditioner during the summer and as a general on board power backup. I am quite partial to Honda generators so for the purpose of this thread, I will be referring only to the two models for which I am trying to decide; eu2000i and eu3000i. The price and weight differences between these two models is almost double. An extra $1,000 and an extra 80 lbs.

The Honda website states that only the eu3000 is large enough to power our AC but I have heard stores from a reputable source that the eu2000 can power this AC alone.

So to my questions: Will the eu2000i power my AC unit? Is this an adequate size for my minimal needs or must I upgrade?

Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Good morning. I'm curious about what you ended up doing. We just got our first Airstream (a 44 year old 19 footer, which is also our first RV) and were considering the Honda eu2000 to run the 13,500 btu Carrier V. It's about the ONLY thing in the trailer which uses AC. I know we could get the 3000 or wire two 2000's together, but very interested to hear from someone who had luck with just one 2000. Best regards.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:33 PM   #22
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Welcome to the forums! You'll find your answers here! I personally wouldn't try running our 13,500 BTU AC with a 2000w generator... If that was enough juice there would be hordes of Airstreamers running their 13,500 ACs with the Honda 2000w alone...and that's just not the case. Some say a 2400w generator will do it...some say "yes" to 2400 but barely...and that at least a 2800w is really needed....3000w is great...if you can deal with the weight. It's the age-old problem of power vs weight. There are tons of threads about this...poke around in the sub forums for more info...
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:12 PM   #23
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I personally wouldn't try running our 13,500 BTU AC with a 2000w generator.
Correct... the 2000W unit is enough to run the A/C but it will starve the compressor on start-up... this will dramatically shorten the life of the A/C unit... and since the newer units are not made to be repaired that means buying a new A/C every few years.
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:42 PM   #24
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A 2K won't work for your summer AC, period. You could do two 2KW for the summer/spring when you needed to run the AC along with any other devices... Then, in the winter & fall, just use one. Individually, they weigh less than the 3K and as a pair, expand your options.

But then again, they take up twice the space...
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:53 PM   #25
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Hard Start Capacitor

It makes sense that the current at startup of the a/c compressor is the major draw, by far. This article seems to address the spike in current draw with a hard start capacitor.

Has anyone tried this mod, with or without success?

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Old 07-11-2009, 06:01 AM   #26
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Have you looked at the new Honda EU-3000 Handi? It weighs 78 lbs.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:22 AM   #27
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Two years ago I wondered too. Then at a local festival the Fire Dept. had a 25' trailer used for training kids to be firewise. They were using a 2000i to run the AC and LED lighting. I asked the Fire Captain about it and he said they had been using it for several years with no issues. Now I have been using one for two years with no issues. The newer AC units have rotary compressors and more efficient starting circuitry. Ours draws 12.8 amps full load, the 2000i is rated 13 amps continuous.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:38 AM   #28
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Hey the debate rages on I figured I'd put in a plug for my set of EU 2000i Honda generators that are on ebay. I also have them on our Airforums classifieds. Light use (300 hrs) and good maintainance and these things do run forever!

Honda Generator---EU 2000i Great Condition - eBay (item 270423902164 end time Jul-16-09 21:18:49 PDT)

Honda Generator---EU 2000i and Parallel Cables - eBay (item 270423903091 end time Jul-16-09 21:23:00 PDT)

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