Originally Posted by creativepart
Hold on there Randy. To “start” and run AC you need 2 generators of 2000 watts paralleled together- not two 1000 Watt gens. One 2000 watt is almost enough to run the AC... but not quite. And certainly not enough to start the AC.
2400 watts maybe enough if you have a soft start installed on the AC. But most 13k BTU ACs need about 2500+ watts to start. And nothing else could be running... even having the battery charger running would conflict with running the AC.
I suggest the Honda - starts easy, very reliable and holds its value for years.
Yes you are right I should have said "parallel two 2,000 Watt generators". Respectfully the 13,500 BTU AC in my 2013 Heartland Edge did not need 2,500 watts to start even at higher altitudes in Colorado. I did put in a Supco Soft Start Capacitor but even before I did this it did fine.
That said, Yamaha used to market the 2400iSHC to run 13,500 BTU ACs and they have stopped doing this, guess there were enough "misses" where the 2400iSHC did not cut it that Yamaha decided to stop claiming it would reliably start all 13,500 BTU ACs.
For sure if buying a single generator and running AC is part of the goal, 3000 W is the minimum to be safe and sure.