Split A/C on caravan what size genie to run it ?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:14
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I have a house hold split air con in my caravan.
It says it draws 22 Amps on start up, but runs at a Max run current of 7 Amps and a run current of .4 Amps.

Can anyone tell me what size genie is required to run the A/C.

Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:26

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:26
A big one as our Honda 20EUI will only start our van aircon if its on low then turn it up after it gets going.



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Follow Up By: Brooka27 - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:59

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 19:59
Yes it seems to be that initial startup current that will cause the problem. Contacted the Honda shop and they gave up after a few days of inquiries. On a website a online calculator worked out about 7KVA..... need a second car to tow the genie!
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:40

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 18:40
Yes, well, we've got an air con in the van: it's an Aircommand caravan-specific unit, and I feel guilty about the noise it makes just on its own! We also have a genny that we only use in daylight hours when we have to to recharge batteries. I can't imagine the total noise output of a 7kva (even a 3 kva) genny plus the air con!!
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 21:42

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 21:42
Yes and a 50 acre paddock on your own to run it in if you dont want to be lynched by irate campers LOL










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Follow Up By: Brooka27 - Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 22:43

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009 at 22:43
Yep with you on that....
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Reply By: sunland greg - Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 06:36

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2009 at 06:36
Brooka,

If your air con is an inverter type, you should be able to run it off a 1kva Honda/Yammy etc ...I am not that technically minded, but if you have a look at the following link
http://users.bigpond.net.au/goldway/roadstars/page2.html
you will see it can be done, and there are plenty doing it..

Before other forum members start howling me down because they know the origin of that site, he does have some good ideas.

Best bet is to borrow a genny and try it, go to one of the dealers and say you will buy one if it works, they will have demo models..

Hope this helps
Greg
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