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Heating / Cooling Rooftop A/C unit that will run off a 2000 watt generator

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    interstategar Expert Expediter

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    I'm looking for a make and model of a rooftop A/C unit for a cargo van, that can be powered by a Honda 2000 watt generator. Everything I've seen online so far are 11K BTU's than need 2500 watts minimum. Anyone running what I'm looking for?
     
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    Yes. Coleman Mach 9200 btu. Running it with a Yamaha 2000.
     
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    If you get an AC unit that's hard to start, or won't start, you can add a "hard start capacitor" and it'll work. It takes all that stress off the compressor at startup.
     
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    if your using a Honda EU2000i it's not 2000 watts it's 1600 watts. but I think it's 2100 or 2200 watts surge start up for 10 seconds on start up and I al belive from what Honda told me its 16 amps also
     
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    Mines running right now, Coleman Mach 2 or 3 don't remember which. 12500 btu. Honda 2000, works fine. August in laredo I might need to pull the curtain at the rear of my bed so it's cooling a smaller space but that's still the width of the Sprinter and 8 ft long. Insulate well!
     
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    I have the ac on, a tv, powered roof antenna and small light with about 20 leds running right now.
     
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    What the hell is an AC?
     
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    Wanted to add that I think my Coleman is called a power saver so I recommend you Google that. I ordered mine from adventurerv.net it was the best price I could find at the time.
     
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    I must say I agree but the transit is getting a roof mount unit I'm in this dang van more the my own house bout time I got comfy!


    Sent from my flying circus
     
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    Xiggi has a coleman rooftop that works real well. I have a coleman cooler I stick my fat head in when it gets hot
     
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    I don't know how you got a 12500 BTU to run on a Honda 2000. The draw needed to start the compressor is more than what the Honda 2000 can put out. Did you add a capacitor to handle the start up electrical load?
     
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    Nope it is made by Coleman to run off a 2000. It does not need the typical 30 amp plug.
     
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    Coleman started to put hard start capacitors in the mach 3 i think because of complaints of campers not getting it to run.
     
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    Great to hear. Will ck out a Coleman mach3. Thanks for the info
     
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    Dometic also sells a split system in a 7000, 10000 & 14000 btu rating. A little pricey, but very flexible mounting configurations, easy self install and easy to maintain/service.

    I currently have a 14000 btu unit in a straight truck running off a Honda eu2000i until I get my regular generator repaired.

    The Honda works just fine under the following conditions:

    Set temp to lowest setting to prevent cycling of the compressor,
    Set fan speed to no higher than 2 (on a 3 speed).
    Program the volt tolerance to 127V if not already set for that.
    Keep ECO run on the Honda in the OFF position.

    I get 4.1 hours run time on the .95 gallon tank.

    This is a temporary solution for me until the other Gen gets repaired. The Dometic does not have a hard start capacitor installed. I will add that latter and test run the unit without the previous mentioned conditions.

    If the Gen repair gets ridiculous and the hard start capacitor doesn't resolve the limitations, I will get the eu3100is to replace the Powertech gen and cary the DOT legal limit of 8 gallons fuel for auxiliary equipment.

    According to Dometic, the specs on the 14k unit pulls 14.5 cooling amps I assume this is at highest setting and for the 7 & 10k models, they pull 7.3 and 11.8 amps respectively. http://www2.dometic.com/19a42585-52fc-463f-bbb3-8eebcf39a3a2.fodoc

    They also have a console unit designed to run off 2k inverter which should easily be within the limits of the little Honda. http://www2.dometic.com/enus/Americ...s-Expanded-Line-of-HVAC-Systems-For-Day-Cabs/

    If I was to go to a van in the future, I would likely get the split system and install it myself and put a Max Air fan on the roof.
     
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    The specs sound like that' may not be on compressor startup or your 2000 would run it on the 14k setting..
     
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    I agree, After the compressor cycles a few times, it will go into overload, that is why I set the temp. to the coldest.

    The unit does not have a hard start capacitor. I am hopeful that when I install that then operation will be normal and run time will increase to over 5 hours.

    It was a quick purchase as I was trying to find a Yamaha 2800 (slightly heavier) because it seems on or near par with the Honda reputation.

    But regardless, it has done better than expected. I am a believer is gasoline powered generators now.
     
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    I just bought a brand new generator to run my 13.5k Dometic rooftop AC.

    Brand name is Champion 2800 watt with 3100 Watts surge power.

    I run it on the economy mode and it does an excellent job running my AC.

    Price on it was $840.00 from amazon.com. It's very quiet and the reviews all gave it very high marks, I'm very satisfied with it.
     
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