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Old 06-18-2009, 08:56 AM   #1
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A question regarding electric/generators

I've searched and searched but most of the answers to my question are too technical for me to wrap my head around.

My scenario is this...I want a SMB with all electric (no propane) if possible. I will mostly be camping in CG's with hookups but I want to be able to run the ac on the rare occasions when I dry camp. Can a generator run an ac continuously?

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Old 06-18-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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I've searched and searched but most of the answers to my question are too technical for me to wrap my head around.

My scenario is this...I want a SMB with all electric (no propane) if possible. I will mostly be camping in CG's with hookups but I want to be able to run the ac on the rare occasions when I dry camp. Can a generator run an ac continuously?

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Yes, a Honda 2000 can run the Danhard A/C continuously if needed.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:11 AM   #3
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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Pax, Here is some more info on the Danhard.
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3052&start=0

Basically it states that it can run full time if it shares the house battery system. My thought is that the house battery and inverter cover the startup loads that the 2K generator can't supply but I would check with those who own them.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:18 PM   #5
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Re: A question regarding electric/generators

Thanks Dave, am I correct in understanding that the inverter will help the generator charge the house batteries? Kind of a mutual benefit arrangement with electricity...generator helps power the AC and charge the house batteries....batteries help start the AC? And the inverter lets the generator and the battery work together?

Sorry for the incompetence of my questions but electric stuff confuses the hell out of me.
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Re: A question regarding electric/generators

Pax,

That is pretty close to right. The only time the battery is needed for the Danhard AC when you are hooked to a Honda 2000 is for starting the Danhard up. After that the Honda can run the Danhard and have extra for battery charging.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:57 AM   #7
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Thank you Greg, it's starting to make sense to me now.
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The only time the battery is needed for the Danhard AC when you are hooked to a Honda 2000 is for starting the Danhard up. After that the Honda can run the Danhard and have extra for battery charging.
With the hot summer we are having in TX, I am finding that you have to be very careful not to start the a/c until the battery is fully charged. So assuming you stop the generator at night, the battery depletion by the fridge and say lights or A/V usage can be sufficient such that in the morning the battery will be below 80%. When I start the a/c at that level of battery capacity the inverter or the generator gets overloaded. Even if it does not happen at the first or second compressor cycle, insufficient charge time between compressor starts will eventually take the system down. The only cure is to then reset the inverter and put the battery on Charge Only until you have a green flashing light. At 104 degrees oat, that can be uncomfortable so it's worth getting that charge done as early as possible.
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