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Old 12-03-2021, 05:48 PM   #1
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Installation of easy start soft starter

I have an 2020 Interstate lounge. I am installing a new model generator and am told I should install a soft starter. Has anybody installed such unit? How difficult is one to install? Can someone who is somewhat handy do it themselves or should it be installed by a dealer? Thanks
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Old 12-03-2021, 05:56 PM   #2
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With all things Airstream, it depends: I bought two soft starters for both the AC units on my Globetrotter.

You need a ladder to get on top, unscrew the front screws and lift the AC cover. From there it looks like a daunting job, but you’re basically re-touring three cables through the soft starter, attach it with double sided tape and you’re done.

First installation 20mins. The second one 2h, why? Because there is a tiny panel behind all the cables inside the AC control unit where there are about 15 tiny switches for various settings. While fiddling with the cable salad I must have touched that board and all the settings were wrong. So I had to go online, try to find the right settings and then finally I found the one switch that was in the wrong direction. (Take a photo of everything when you open the AC.

So, you can totally do it but put half a day aside and go slow.
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Old 12-03-2021, 08:24 PM   #3
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It’s easy! Stick with the MicroAir easy start. They have great customer service if you should need some advice.
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Old 12-03-2021, 09:16 PM   #4
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Most difficult part is figuring out how to get on/off the roof. Step on the lines of rivets. I climbed up on the street side by leaning a ladder against the drip thingy above the window where the river lines were closely spaced.

The butt connectors werenít large enough for one of my wires so I used a Wago lever nut. I wrapped the levers with electrical tape. You could use a crimp butt with shrink tubing.

I secured it to the housing using zip ties.

Follow the instructions to the letter. The learning mode is important.

This time of year would be even easier. It got a bit slippery up there in the heat of summer.
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Old 12-04-2021, 12:21 PM   #5
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Easy Starts are Wonderful....

You would be doing your new generator a big favor by installing an EasyStart. I had mine installed by the dealer and it was not that expensive. Saved worrying about scratching Lucy with a ladder or doing it wrong. The dealer I used did not have the Bluetooth EasyStart available so I provided it. We were all amazed at how fast the EasyStart learned in the 5 initial startups and the actual reduction in power required to start the AC which we watched on the cell phone app. The Bluetooth version was basically the same price and also give EasyStart the ability to diagnose any issues over my phone as I recall. Highly recommended. Easily starts AC with a 2K inverter.... Good luck..
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Old 12-04-2021, 08:04 PM   #6
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Simple. It was the first thing I did on our Lounge. It took longer to turn on and off the AC 5-7 times to program it after install then it did to splice in the wires. For that matter, it was more difficult to the break the screws free to remove the cover off the AC. You'll be fine, do it, its a great addition.
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Old 12-04-2021, 08:25 PM   #7
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Agree that it's an easy DIY project. I used this video as a guide;
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Old 12-08-2021, 07:57 PM   #8
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I have an 2020 Interstate lounge. I am installing a new model generator and am told I should install a soft starter. Has anybody installed such unit? How difficult is one to install? Can someone who is somewhat handy do it themselves or should it be installed by a dealer? Thanks
Yes, you should definitely install a soft start on your air conditioner if it does not already have one. The generator that you likely have is not well-suited to the inrush current of an air conditioner starting. It will be bad for both the air conditioning compressor and for your generator if you donít use a soft start.
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Old 12-09-2021, 12:02 AM   #9
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Ignore the comments about stepping on the rivets, Iím pretty sure. Thinking that advice was for a trailer, not an Interstate.

We were told you are not supposed sit/stand on our roof. We built a platform out of lumber to straddle the side wall bracing/edges and put padding on the bottom as not to scratch the roof. Hope that helps if you decide to tackle the project.
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