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Old 11-03-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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Generator for Escape

We have a A/C unit that draws 6.6amps and was wondering if anyone had/has experience int what type generator that would work to run it and some other basic functions of the trailer.. Hopefully something small.. Honda EU2000i (looks like it handles 13.3A) but real-life experience is always better than specs..

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Old 11-03-2008, 10:12 PM   #2
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I have a Honda EU2000i generator and 2006 Escape 17 footer with the current model year wall mounted air conditioner; my tests and camping experience shows the Honda EU2000i is a good match for this combination. I also installed a 950 watt microwave (with turntable) on top of the wardrobe. The following tests were run at 4,200 feet and the EU2000i was stock without a high atlitude modification kit.

I ran the test with the trailer battery not fully charged. I did not run the refrigerator as I would use propane while dry camping, not the generator. I left the generator in economy mode for most of the tests.

Most tests were run with all internal and external lights on, the battery charging, the fantastic fan set to high and the cook top exhaust fan on. To get the trailer nice and warm so the AC would cycle, I turned on the furnace. It was mighty warm inside the trailer, the kids were confused or perhaps dazed by the heat. To keep my beer from suffering, I quickly downed it. Then the fun began.

With the furnace blasting merrily along, turning on the AC resulted in the generator going off-line. Having the furnace and AC on simultaneously is not a rational combination, but hey, it was fun to see which was more powerful. Heat beat cool.

With the furnace off and AC and everything but the microwave on, the generator will operate at a speed higher than economy but less than maximum. The AC can be cycled off and on with a corresponding decrease and increase in generator speed.

With the AC on, the microwave can be used at the highest power setting. The microwave and AC were cycled off and on in every possible combination. I turned the generator economy mode off for these tests to cut down on generator speed transients.

All in all I am pleased with the Honda generator. It will power my 2006 Escape under all normal operating conditions.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:26 PM   #3
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Re: Generator for Escape

Thanks Thane!

I can't wait to try the A/C with the furnace on!! Good to hear that the EU2000i will do the job..

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Old 11-06-2008, 11:36 PM   #4
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Re: Generator for Escape

Has anyone used the EU2000i with the roof mounted AC currently on the escape 5, but soon to be on other models?
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:36 AM   #5
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Hi:All...Sorry we do not have a generator. Have only used the A/C once to chill out the 5.0...had to turn it off as it was sooo cold my wife*******. It is a 7100BTU Dometic Brisk Air and with the insulation qualty of the trailer we only really use the MaxxFan...
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Re: Generator for Escape

If anyone is interested I came across a great price on the Honda EU2000IC

http://www.woodsmanequipment.com/pro...uctid=EU2000IC

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:30 AM   #7
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Re: Generator for Escape

Not positive, but the Honda 2,000W generator ( I'm guessing that model ) is $1,299 at Arrow Equipment in North Van ( reg. price ). They expect the price to go up about $100 in the next couple months. 1,000W is $899 and expected to go up as well.

Owner of Arrow is a friend of mine, but the price is standard.

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:26 AM   #8
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Re: Generator for Escape

Here in Calgary they seem to pretty much follow the MSRP which is listed at $1,599. LINK
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Everywhere I have checked around here is also $1599 except woodsman equipment.

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I'll check the model #.

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