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NinerBikes

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I am in the market for a small 18-19 foot ultra lite travel trailer to pull behind my VW Touareg TDI V6 diesel. I will most likely be doing a fair amount of dry camping. Units I've been looking at for a travel trailer include the Funfinder X 189 series, and perhaps a Lance... and I am interested in getting or speccing an AC unit that will provide adequate to be run on a single 2000 inverter type on generator. Or should I just forget the ceiling unit at 13.5k btu's and get a wall mount unit from Walmart?

Should I also consider a lesser wattage microwave oven?

What about the Coleman 9.5k units, will they cool down an 18.9 foot travel trailer? or too small, not enough BTU's? I already own an EU1000i, can it be paired with a EU2000i Companion model to get 3000 watts?

Does a FunFinder x 189 FDS need the full 13,500 BTU's to cool down, or only in the Arid southwest desert in the blazing heat of the summer?

Lance seems to think that the 9200 BTU Coleman Unit will keep the temps down adequately, or else they have them left over from their much smaller camper units that fit on the back of trucks, which have much less cubic feet of area to cool down on a Truck camper that fits in the bed of a truck.

I do plan on converting all the house lights to LED bulbs to cut the current draw on the batteries down at night.

What is the draw of the 20" LCD TV these days, the ones run on 12v ?

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I have tried to run my roof top a/c with my Honda 2000 and it wouldn't work.A few claim if you turn everything else off or use and easy start capicitor it can be done.I would think the smaller roof top a/c would be sufficient in most cases to cool a rig that size.To the best of my knowldege,you cannot parralel a 2000 and 1000 Handa.It needs to be 2 2000 units.

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RGar974417 wrote:

I have tried to run my roof top a/c with my Honda 2000 and it wouldn't work.A few claim if you turn everything else off or use and easy start capicitor it can be done.I would think the smaller roof top a/c would be sufficient in most cases to cool a rig that size.To the best of my knowldege,you cannot parralel a 2000 and 1000 Handa.It needs to be 2 2000 units.


What model and brand of AC unit do you have, and how many BTU's is it rated? not trying to make silk purses out of sows ears here. Just don't want to burn something up unnecessarily either.

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Father in law has a 13.5k BTU UNIT and the Honda 2000 invertor, he can get the AC to start but the compressor wont and it will drag the honda down. Check out the Yamaha 2400 or the Honda 3000 or even a second Honda 2000 with a parallel kit.

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Yamaha 2400

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Most RVs that small have 11500btu AC in them. and yes the Honda 2000 will run them under certain conditions.

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All I can tell you is that MY YAMAHA 2400 runs a 13.5 BYU AC with NO PROBLEMS. JMO.


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Posted: 09/16/12 05:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check over in the TC forum. There are numerous guys running their 9.5k Polar Cubs with a Honda 2000 generator. They can give you some ideas regarding the size of their rigs and the a/c's effectiveness.


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Just for a test, I ran one 15,000 roof AC with my 2000 Honda at Death Valley....300 ft below sea level.
Lets just say it did run but would I depend on it? No way. Your going to cause yourself more grief than comfort battling in your attempt to make it work consistently. Yamaha or Kawasaki makes a little larger reliable generator that would be a much better choice.


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Generally speaking, a 13,500 btu AC requires very nearly 2,000 watts, although there are small variations in individual ACs and individual generators such that the answer to the @OP's question is a resounding "maybe." But even if it does run, you won't be able to run anything else. And since the charging circuit for the house battery is likely going to draw 500-600 watts at various points in the discharge/recharge cycle, a 2,000 watt genny is more likely a failure than a success.

That said, however, if you can pair your existing 1,000 watt genny with a 2,000 watt unit, the resulting 3,000 watts should do the trick, PROVIDED you take care to not run other things. A couple house lights, you could get away with, but fire up the microwave, or try to make a pot o' coffee, or iron a shirt, and the generators will kick themselves offline.

Microwave ovens generally pull 1,000 to 1,200 watts. So no problem there, unless, of course, you try to run both the AC and the microwave at once. As long as the AC is chugging away, compressor and fan running, the oven will be ok on 3,000 watts, but if the compressor cycles off, then tries to start again, it'll kick the gennies off.

NOTE: I do not own any of the pairable Honda (or other) generators, so I do not know if you CAN pair a 1,000 and a 2,000. I don't know why not, but I don't know if it actually works. But I do know that 3,000 watts will do the trick, and 2,000 watts will be a pain in the butt if it works at all.





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