I noticed the generator you had mounted on the rear bumper of your Casita. The generator appears to be a Yamaha EF2400iS; how do you like it compaired to the Honda EU2000iA?
Can the Yamaha generator run your A/C unit without any loading issues?
I would like to purchase a small portable generator in the next few months. Just obtaining information from various users about which type of generator they have and how satisfied they are with their unit.
Thanks in advance for the information.
Hi Horace You are correct, the generator that I normally carry when traveling is a Yamaha EF2400is. Bought it in 2005 to use with the Scamp 19 5vr I had at the time. The air conditioner in the Scamp was larger than a Honda 2000 would run so the Yamaha was the better fit. I have taken the Honda on a couple of trips when it was certain that we would not be using the air conditioning but have pretty much settled on carrying the Yamaha all the time now WHY read on a bit.
When I purchased my 2007 Casita I also bought a Honda 2000 with the object of carrying a lighter and more fuel-efficient unit. During my initial setup and testing of the Casita, the Honda was unable to reliably start and re-start the air conditioning unit. I discussed this encounter on the Casita Club forum and documented and posted it on my Flickr account at:
You can read in the CONCLUSIONS of the post, that after installation of the Hard/Soft start kit on my air conditioner, the Honda was able to consistently start and restart the air conditioner, with the ECO mode turned off. It was also marginally able to do the same with the ECO mode turned on.
Fuel consumption was another of my interests and I monitored this during subsequent use of both the Honda and Yamaha generators. My observation is that when the load requirement approaches the maximum limit of the Honda then the difference in fuel consumption is not significant with the Honda being able to run about 5 minutes longer over two hour period.
So when traveling, rather than carry the Honda, which might or might not have done the job at higher altitudes or have to monitor the use of my electric water heater, air conditioner, micro-wave, etc. I decided to accept the weight penalty and carry the Yamaha. Being lighter and thus easier to handle, the Honda does an admirable job around the yard running electrical equipment. It also has been pressed into service along with the Yamaha to provide emergency service during a couple of periods of extended electrical outages.
Recently I revisited this topic and determined that the Honda still starts and re-starts my air conditioner with the ECO mode off. It also does so when the ECO mode is on, however the engine sounds as if it is struggling during each re-start. We are at about 360 feet elevation here at home and I would be apprehensive about depending upon the Honda, with ECO on, to perform reliably at say 5,000 feet or when another significant electrical load was present.
Since Casita changes equipment frequently and even if your air conditioner was the same model as mine the electrical requirement could be a little different. Likewise, each generator output is a little different. My encounter might be with a slightly tight air conditioner and a slightly weak Honda. Best thing I can offer is a suggestion that you try to borrow, perhaps at a Casita rally/gathering, a Honda 2000 and try it with your rig. Other than that, buy the Yamaha 2400 and never look back.
Hope this is of some help to you. See ya down the road Don