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Old 11-30-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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I would think that the noise level of a generator would determine if you could use it to power your A/C or not. You can always disregard answers that you don't feel are pertinent .
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:30 PM   #12
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If you don't care for our answers, maybe this one from Reace would help? Direct Link: Generators & A/C
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:42 PM   #13
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Good to know that Reace has successfully tested the a/c with a 2000 watt generator. Anyone else have actually used a generator to run their a/c?
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:52 PM   #14
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I apologize. Not trying to stir things up. I am really interested in hearing about people's real life experience using a generator, and I know how easily it is sometimes to get off topic.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:22 AM   #15
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If you don't care for our answers, maybe this one from Reace would help? Direct Link: Generators & A/C
Excellent link

One caution: hot restarts are a common A/C problem, but Reace likely covered that. Another potentially problematic situation might be high elevations, where the generator engine would have less power but the A/C would need just as much starting current. Chilliwack is pretty close to sea level compared to the places many owners camp.

Anyone have high-elevation experience? I think we now realize that both generator and A/C versions are relevant.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:16 AM   #16
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Let's keep the discussion on track please, this discussion of noise levels on a generator that is not a contender is not where I would like to see this go. My original question was for those of you using generators to power your A/C on your Escape, what has worked for you?

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I just picked my 19 up and talked with Tammy and Reese about whether the Honda 2000 would run the a/c. They both said the Honda 2000 was good enough to run the a/c. The key is the start up. The a/c needs a kick to get it started just like any electrical equipment and then it runs at lesser wattage. To help your Honda 2000 you should start the fan on the a/c first. This way the generator only needs to kick start the fan. Once the fan is running then start the a/c. Now the generator only needs to kick start the a/c which will be less than trying to do both the fan and the a/c at the same time. When the a/c is started the Honda 2000 is sufficient for running it. You can buy a Yamaha or any other brand but the gold standard is Honda. The Honda costs more, but you get what you pay for.
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Old 12-01-2013, 08:36 AM   #17
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Hi Dave,
While it's true you lose HP at higher elevations, you not likely going to need your AC at higher elevations. I think you are going to be disappointed trying to use a Honda 2K to keep you cool. It has been my experience that power from the Honda 2000 is too marginal to smoothly run your AC. Even with the converter and all other 120vt. users off, you run the risk of damage to your AC compressor. Read the warnings and power requirements from the AC manufacture's information. I would also recommend searching the archives for some very "real world", good information on this subject. While I love my 2K, it is my opinion that it will not hold up to the task of powering your AC for prolong periods of time and cycling.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #18
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I would also recommend searching the archives for some very "real world", good information on this subject.
I agree, but keep in mind that at least three different air conditioners have been used, and experience with one may not be applicable for another.

The units I have seen mentioned as used in Escapes:
  1. Polar Cub 9,200 BTU/hr
  2. older Dometic 11,000 BTU/hr
  3. newer Dometic 11,000 BTU/hr (600312.331C)
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While I love my 2K, it is my opinion that it will not hold up to the task of powering your AC for prolong periods of time and cycling.
Which version of which air conditioner do you have?
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I apologize. Not trying to stir things up. I am really interested in hearing about people's real life experience using a generator, and I know how easily it is sometimes to get off topic.
Sometimes? we've always gone off topic right from the beginning, must have drove Jeff crazy back in the old days .
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Sometimes? we've always gone off topic right from the beginning, must have drove Jeff crazy back in the old days .
We didn't really have any rules. Jeff and I agreed that if a thread became offensive, we'd simply create a section for offensive posts and move them there. But, it never happened.
Only problem was a spate of spam a couple times and Jeff took care of that. I did spend a Saturday morning once trying to delete spam, but it was coming in faster than I could delete it and only Jeff could ban the poster.
As for threads going off topic, I just think of it as a conversation.
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