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RE: Hard start capacitor

In your original post you mentioned getting a generator. A hard start cap, or a soft start device may allow you to go with a smaller generator. BUT as already pointed out, if you spend a little extra to get a generator that doesn't need one of those devices, your overall experience will likely be better because you will have plenty of power for anything else that may arise. We purchased a 3400 watt generator that allows us to use our RV pretty much any way we wish without worrying about power. Also as was pointed out, the place those devices really shine is on questionable shore power. Actually, the 3100 watt Champion is on my short list. Looking at Amazon, they are currently on sale for $549.00. I just may pull the trigger today. That's a very good deal. Free Shipping too Well ordered it yesterday. Should be here by sometime next week. Got the genny and ordered an hour meter for it. About $600 with tax. Best price before the Amazon sale was $775. I did find a refurbed unit for $569 but figured the new one for the same price was a better deal.:B
cliffy49 05/14/20 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: New and looking for a generator

Thanks for the replies. I've been looking at the Honda generators, which are nice, but PRICEY. I'm not saying they're out of the question, but how does this Champion match up? https://www.amazon.com/Champion-3100-Watt-Portable-Inverter-Generator/dp/B00JZQUSAC/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=champion+portable+generator&qid=1589425137&s=lawn-garden&sr=1-10 I have this generator and love it! Not loud at all. A little on the heavy side but manageable. Although I have no experience with them, I hear the Harborfreight Predator generators are ok as well. You don't need to spend a fortune just to have the Honda name on the side. Any generator with decent reviews will do the job nicely. How well does this genny run everything you need it to run? I realize that it wont run the a/c and the microwave at the same time but other than that how is it? I have the 13.5 a/c and wondered if it will struggle at all.
cliffy49 05/14/20 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Hard start capacitor

In your original post you mentioned getting a generator. A hard start cap, or a soft start device may allow you to go with a smaller generator. BUT as already pointed out, if you spend a little extra to get a generator that doesn't need one of those devices, your overall experience will likely be better because you will have plenty of power for anything else that may arise. We purchased a 3400 watt generator that allows us to use our RV pretty much any way we wish without worrying about power. Also as was pointed out, the place those devices really shine is on questionable shore power. Actually, the 3100 watt Champion is on my short list. Looking at Amazon, they are currently on sale for $549.00. I just may pull the trigger today.
cliffy49 05/13/20 09:41am Tech Issues
RE: Hard start capacitor

I have this posted on another forum and don't seem to be getting any answers to the question. Okay guys, my knowledge of electricity does not even make me dangerous. I have been doing a lot of reading in regards to getting a generator for my toy hauler and came across the term "Hard start capacitor". From what I could gather this works the same as a soft start kit. If that is true, why would you use one versus the other. The only reason I can find after doing very limited research is that the soft start kit is $300 versus the $10-$15 for the capacitor. If some one could please explain the difference and also the pros and cons for each, I would greatly appreciate it. Please take it easy on me, as I stated I know nothing about electricity other than don't stick a butter knife in the wall outlet. Thanks for all your help. I may have been involved if the other forum. Hard start Cap and soft start are tow very different things. Soft start ramps up the voltage slowly. It is best for a low voltage situation on newer equipment and marginal impassivity on 30 amp services. Hard start is just a larger "Kick in the ass" on start up usually used of older compresses. That being said, I am an electrician and use a Hard start on my 2011 A/C because I have a constant low voltage problem in my camp ground and I am cheap. If you have a newer unit on 30 amps I would go with the Soft Start. If say 5 years or older go with the hard start. Neither will do damage to your unit. Cavie, thank you. This is the simplistic type of answer I was looking for. As for some of the others, I am sorry I took up your time with my question. Going forward, if all you have for an answer is search, I would prefer that you don't even take the time to respond. If I had enough knowledge about electricity a search would have been sufficient. As my knowledge is very limited I was hoping that I could get an answer here. Yeah, I know this is a little harsh, but I always thought that the ide of the forum was to help those of us that needed it. Sorry for the rant but sometimes you just got to unload. Mods, if this is inappropriate I apologize and you can do as you see fit with this post.
cliffy49 05/13/20 07:35am Tech Issues
Hard start capacitor

I have this posted on another forum and don't seem to be getting any answers to the question. Okay guys, my knowledge of electricity does not even make me dangerous. I have been doing a lot of reading in regards to getting a generator for my toy hauler and came across the term "Hard start capacitor". From what I could gather this works the same as a soft start kit. If that is true, why would you use one versus the other. The only reason I can find after doing very limited research is that the soft start kit is $300 versus the $10-$15 for the capacitor. If some one could please explain the difference and also the pros and cons for each, I would greatly appreciate it. Please take it easy on me, as I stated I know nothing about electricity other than don't stick a butter knife in the wall outlet. Thanks for all your help.
cliffy49 05/12/20 01:21pm Tech Issues
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