After exhausting all possibilities, I finally broke down and bought the companion generator to mine to give me enough watts, amps, volts and whatever else to run the AC in my trailer. When I asked about the return policy the sales guy assured me that it would work fine. Ha! I told him I’d heard that before! I brought it home and hooked both of them up, crossed my fingers and plugged in my trailer.
I let the generators warm up and then the surge protector on the trailer went through it’s check and let the electricity come back on, then I started the AC. This horrible rackety sound started and the AC came on. The generators kept running and it looked like all was well.
It ran for 5 hours and then 1 ran out of gas. After I gassed them back up and restarted them, they ran for about 5 minutes and the over load light came on on both of them and the trailer kicked off. This was pretty late in the day so I let them sit over night and tried again the next morning. The next morning was no better. Again, the over load light came on on both of them and the trailer kicked off.
Of course, this was Sunday and the next day was Labor Day so we moved up to the big house to get some relief from the heat and humidity. Now I’m staying at Nittany Greyhound Rescue so there are greyhounds all around. Including eight that live in the big house. So there was just the small matter of integrating my 4 greyhounds into the 8 greyhounds already there. Greyhounds are very easy going so it wasn’t that big of a deal but it was a lot of dogs to running around in the living room while they all got acquainted.
Now it’s Tuesday, the holiday is over and everyone is open. The problem is no one knows what the problem is. I tried calling the RV dealership that I bought it from but they’re in New Hampshire so even though it was well after 9am the service people still weren’t in. Then I tried calling the place where I bought the generator from and he has no clue either. Then I called a local RV dealership and their service guys were there but they were all busy even with 18 bays to service RVs in. So now I’m in waiting mode. My biggest question is why is it making the horrible rackety sound when the AC kicks on? When it’s plugged into shore power it’s nice and quiet like your home AC. Question #2 is why is the overload light coming on on both generators now that there is plenty of power?
The moral of the story is buy what you know you need instead what you think you can get by with from the start. Then try it out completely in all of the ways you intend on using it when you bring it home, not 2 months down the road when you absolutely need it.
UPDATE: The service guy from the generator dealership and from the local RV dealership called me back. Of course, the only one I didn’t hear back from was the dealership I actually bought the RV from (Never buy from City Auto and RV sales in New Hampshire, worst customer service ever!). Anyways, the service guy said the rackety sound was the ac not getting enough volts on start up. I suspected that was happening because I had it on Eco mode. So I started up the generators again and left them on the standard mode and the rackety sound went away and they ran fine all day. So I think they will work fine now.
They ran for almost 4 hours today and ran for 5 hours on the eco mode so there is definitely a difference in gas usage but if it won’t run it really doesn’t matter how much gas it’s saving. If I run them in the heat of the day and then turn the fans on and open the windows, I can get by on 2 gallons of gas a day (each generator holds .95 gallons) which is about $7 right now. Money well spent to keep me and the dogs comfortable!