The genset should just go into overload status and shut down if it can't run the AC. If the AC shuts down, it's no different than experiencing a power failure. Repeated shut downs might hurt the AC, but I would try it at least once to determine if it will work on the genny.
2002 Keystone Cougar 286, 8,400lbs loaded, pulled with a 2004 F150 Supercrew, 5.4, 3.73 gears. Retired and enjoying life
My 13.5 unit draws 13.3 amps when running at about 90 degrees I have run it with an EU2000i. Will start with hard start capacitor I added but you can tell the gen is maxed out. 13.3 amps X 120 volts is 1596 watt, very close to the rated capacity.
2005 F250 Crew Cab LWB Power Stroke, 2007 Montana 3500RL Fifth Wheel,Honda EU3000IS, Twin Honda EU2000i's, S&W security system
Hmmm. I will give it a try -- especially since the 11 amps x 120 v is 1320 watts on a 2000 watt generator. I have run a 1500 watt heater while "exercising" my generator to avoid varnish in the carburetor, so I should be ok here. I am not going to do this as a routine thing - it would just be nice to know if it works.
First thing you should do is find out how many amps your 11,000 BTU A/C is pulling. That alone should tell you one way of the other, based on the Honea EU2000i specs. Also, if it doesn't have one, a Hard Start Capasitor might help your A/C start easier.
I wouldn't try it with one of our Honda's. But that is just how I feel about it. As I don't like stressing our Honda's.
We have a 13,500 BTU Front A/C and a 11,000 BTU Rear A/C in our Motorhome. I do rotate the usage of both our Honda EU2000i's, Paralla Kit & Extended Run Tank, along with our Motorhomes Built-in 5.5G Generator.
We could care less if it could run the 11,000 BTU A/C, at lower levels. As we mosltty do all Boondocing in the Higher up Mountains. So it probably woud run it annyways by itself up that high.
So far, we have had our Twin Honda's for a little over 8 years now, and not so much as one problem. And don't even want to start now by stressing one or both of them.
For us anyways, its just not worth the chance. Take good care of your Generator/s, and your Generator will take good care of you. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill
I'm gonna try that 3 tons! My 2000 pops the breaker if I try to run my 13k AC. I'll try shutting everything else off at the breakers and see if it works any better.
That said, I had my 2000 with my Casita trailer where it ran the AC with no problem. Not once did I actually use the AC on the trailer off the generator other than testing it to see how it worked I did use it a few times in hookup campgrounds - but that is not the norm for me....