Today I took delivery, via FEDEX and Wise, for the 2000i and it's Companion. Here's my first thoughts and questions.
They were bigger than I expected. Having never seen them in person until FEDEX arrived, I was surprised at the size of the boxes and contents. I could lift them okay, nevertheless, but they may be too heavy for my DW to lug around.
Putting oil in was a bit of a trick. First, I couldn't find the capacity number in the manual. It turned out that about 250 ml seemed to fill the crankcase just fine. I needed a funnel. But I still found I needed to slightly tilt the generator to make it easier to pour without making a mess.
I thought starting was very easy. It took about 8 pulls the first time to get them going. Later they worked fine on the first pull.
I connected the two gens together with the parallel cable. Easy to do, but why not have a plug instead of a screw connection for the common ground? I tried all combinations after plugging in the shore power. I ran on one generator, both generators, etc. They all worked fine. I did notice that the lights blinked when the A/C compressor started. I suppose that's normal for the start up load?
Q1. What is the amp load of just plugging in the trailer and running the 12v
system? My inverter model is a 7355 and cover plate says 55Amps. But that's certainly not a 120V load. I assume then that anything I plug in/turn on above that will be additive to the basic 12v
system. I can find wattage for the microwave, toaster, tv, etc. Knowing all the loads, I can decide when to use one or both generators.
Q2. I can't find a direct reference, but I assume my 13,500 BTU A/C uses about 14.5 - 15 amps. Sound about right?
Q3. How about running the generator(s) sitting on the bed of the truck? I have a camper cover, so I guess it would be okay to let them set on the open tailgate. Probably have the exhaust pointing away from the bed. Anyone find any problem with this? Anyone ever try running one of these set further back in the bed so they would be protected from rain.
Q4. Security: I'm investigating options. I like one member's (McKelvay) idea ["I wrap a Python type cable around the generator - not just through the handle as a thief can cut through the plastic handle. Make sure the cable is tight and then use another cable through the Python and secure to a strong part of the trailer or motorhome with a good lock"] Seems like I could also lock it to tie-downs on the pickup bed or the safety chains on the trailer. That optional metal handle cover seems pricey.