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msiminoff

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I just returned from a boondocking trip where I ran my Polar Cub from the EU2000 for 8-10 hours/day, for six days at an altitude of 3910 ft and air temps in the mid-high 90's.

During the first day, the generator overloaded several times... each time about 40 minutes apart (Red "overload" light ON, no power output, engine returns to idle). It took until the 3rd or 4th time re-starting the generator for me to remember that I had left the refrigerator on the "AUTO" setting and the 120V heating element was kicking on and increasing the current load on the genn'y by another 325 Watts. As soon as I switched the fridge to "LP" the Honda ran the AC in ECO mode without any problem at all... including cycling the compressor (thermostat was set to 72deg).

I used a total of about 5.5 gallons of gasoline which works out to around 0.1 gal/hr (10hrs/gal). When I needed the run the microwave (2-3 minutes/day), I simply shut-off the AC at the wall thermostat. I did have several other small AC loads on from time to time (battery chargers and laptop power supplies)... these appeared to have no adverse effect on the generator. Since I have plenty of solar power to charge the house batteries, I don't have the power converter connected at all.

During the week I used approximately 2.5 gallons (10lbs) of propane to run the fridge and water heater continuously (1 shower/day plus washing hands and dishes). The fridge stayed right around 38F and the freezer was around 0F... I had frozen ice-cream all week in the middle of the Nevada desert [emoticon]

Hope this info helps somebody.
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What size a/c do you have that you were able to run only .1 gallons per hour?
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Good post Mark.....I'm thinking of a 2000i and Polar Cub for my Lance.......glad to have that input. TD


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Hmm? (in the Church lady voice) We wouldn't have been to BURNING MAN!, would we? HMM?
Mark, thanks for the info.
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Should have got a YAMAHA 2400. JMO


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kottfam6wi wrote:

What size a/c do you have that you were able to run only .1 gallons per hour?


The A/C is a Coleman Polar Cub. It draws between 900 & 1000 Watts (depending on fan speed and system pressure) on my Watt-meter. I think it is rated at 8300BTU's.

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Crazy Ray wrote:

Should have got a YAMAHA 2400. JMO

Why?? It's heavier, louder, and sucks more gas. So why should he have gotten a yamaha 2400?

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msiminoff wrote:

kottfam6wi wrote:

What size a/c do you have that you were able to run only .1 gallons per hour?


The A/C is a Coleman Polar Cub. It draws between 900 & 1000 Watts (depending on fan speed and system pressure) on my Watt-meter. I think it is rated at 8300BTU's.

It's amazing what those little Honda's can do isn't it. I wish I only ran .1 gph, but with the wife and kids we just run too much junk.
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This post is simply a report about my experience with my specific set-up. It is NOT about generator comparisons or brand wars.
Please feel free to start another post if you would like to have a lengthy debate about the virtues of one generator over another.



kottfam6wi wrote:

Crazy Ray wrote:

Should have got a YAMAHA 2400. JMO

Why?? It's heavier, louder, and sucks more gas. So why should he have gotten a yamaha 2400?


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Thanks for the info. I have the same set up but haven't tested it yet.

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