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Old 09-29-2021, 08:11 AM   #1
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Selecting Generator for my Micro Minnie

Just purchased a 2021 Micro Minnie 2100BH. It has a 15k btu a/c. What Honda generator would be best for this unit when boondocking ?
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Old 09-29-2021, 08:32 AM   #2
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You should consider first installing an easy start for the A/C in order to reliably run it using a generator of 2500w or less. Without an easy start, you may have trouble running it with even a 3500w generator. Easy start install is easy and takes about an hour plus another 1/2 hour to program it. After installing it, many will attest to being able to run A/C using a 2000w generator. I use a 2500w propane generator which only produces 1800w on propane. After installing easy start, I can now run my 13500btu Dometic A/C. It’s also cheaper to buy the easy start and a small generator rather than going without it and getting a bigger generator.
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Old 09-29-2021, 09:15 AM   #3
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I just traded in a Micro. My 3000w Honda ran the AC, but you have to be sure the hot water heater is off if running off the generator, along with the microwave, toaster, or similar that draws a lot of power. Without the Soft Start, it draws 2800 watts to launch the AC, then about 1800w to continue operation. I used the Micro for a year w/o a SoftStart, but will be adding one to my new unit, as it lessens inconvenient overloads when the AC kicks on.
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Old 11-03-2021, 07:59 AM   #4
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Is there a website where you can get a list of appliances installed in your MicroMinnie with watt consumption so you can add up how much wattage of generator you need? I wish now it was listed out on a panel similar to weight and load capacity... Like there could be a list of all the items that were insstalled in your vin that draw electricity and it would list what you have, whether it was 12 v or 110v or propane and what the wattage was.

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Old 11-03-2021, 08:25 AM   #5
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Yeah, Orlando… that’s not a thing you’ll find. Experience will be your guide for this.

A 2000w generator will run everything but the air conditioning in most cases. 2200-2500w will probably also run the A/C.

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Old 11-04-2021, 06:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for confirming that what i was looking for did not really exist.

I think I found my AC. I have a dometic and it looks exactly like the Brisk II. It is a 15K according to the receipt. If i am reading this right, the dometic website shows it to burn 1725 watts running the AC when cooling. That sounds about right. I have taken it to a few camp grounds with 30 amp connections so I have not had be self sufficient and use a generator, i just like to plan for the worst but hope for the best. I wish i could figure out a way to soften the exhaust noise from either of the two. If there was an aftermarket product i would buy into it.

thanks for the info and i plan to try and build up more experience. Thanks for being supportive!

Here is the link to the dometic product.

I have an AI Power 2300 generator and a Champion RV generator that has a 30 amp connection built right into the side. They both can power the AC but i did not try running several things at once. The AI Power read 4 out of 5 green bars - 5 being at capacity when the AC, TV, and lights were on. The fridge is 12 volt. I didn't try the microwave but I assume running both it would overload the small generator.

I provide these links only for reference.



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Old 11-16-2021, 05:21 PM   #7
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We ran a 13.5k AC from a Yamaha 2,400 watt inverter generator without any problems, but I doubt that would reliably run a 15k AC. A Champion 3,100 watt inverter generator or larger should run a 15k AC just fine. That will probably cost about half as much as the Honda 3,000 watt inverter generator, and Champions run very well. They are not as quiet as Hondas, but the sound level isn't much louder.
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