FAQ Category: SSRV

37.Q. I have a small trailer with a Samlex Solar PST-2000-12 PST Series Pure Sine Wave Inverter. I have a 400watt solar set up with 200ah of LiFePO4 batteries. My trailer has a Coleman / Mach 15000 BTU A/C unit. Will the SoftStartRVenable me to fire up the A/C from my 2000watt inverter? The inverter has a peak 3500watt surge. Should I consider the: 115V-only RV A/C (-X20-IP) OR Standard A/C (-X36-IP)?

A. Your research is correct. The SoftStartRV is the correct model for your 15kBTU Coleman Mach.  The SoftStartRV should enable your 2000W inverter to start and run your A/C. Please be aware that any 15k A/C will use up to 95% of the 2000W steady-state capacity of your inverter, so you must use strict power management in your trailer.Be particularly …

37.Q. I have a small trailer with a Samlex Solar PST-2000-12 PST Series Pure Sine Wave Inverter. I have a 400watt solar set up with 200ah of LiFePO4 batteries. My trailer has a Coleman / Mach 15000 BTU A/C unit. Will the SoftStartRVenable me to fire up the A/C from my 2000watt inverter? The inverter has a peak 3500watt surge. Should I consider the: 115V-only RV A/C (-X20-IP) OR Standard A/C (-X36-IP)? Read More »

36.Q. I have a fifth wheel with 2 15000BTU A/C units. Can I reduce my generator size if I installed your SoftStartRV?

A. Yes, you can install the SoftStartRV and reduce the size of your generator and you would even be able to operate both 15kBTU A/Cs on a 30A utility hookup.  Operating 2  x 15kBTU A/Cs would not leave a lot of capacity for other applications on a 30A cord. You’ll need to allocate about 1800W for each of your A/C 15k …

36.Q. I have a fifth wheel with 2 15000BTU A/C units. Can I reduce my generator size if I installed your SoftStartRV? Read More »

35. Q. Can I run two ACs off of one SoftStartRV unit? I want to run my Airstream with 13,500 and 15,000BTU units and setup a solar system.

A. No.  Many RVers with trailers with 2 A/C units choose only one A/C as the only A/C they will use when they’re operating on their single 2000W generator.  The other choice is to run both A/Cs on a single 30A utility hookup or on 2 paralleled generators. But you would need 2 SoftStartRVs, one for each A/C unit. If you …

35. Q. Can I run two ACs off of one SoftStartRV unit? I want to run my Airstream with 13,500 and 15,000BTU units and setup a solar system. Read More »

34. Q: I just finished installing my new SoftStartRV and I’m a little frustrated! I followed the install instructions, to run my Dometic 15000 BTU AC with my Honda eu2000i generator but the AC compressor keeps shutting off! The AC works great on camp power. Is something not wired correctly? I bought the SoftStartRV to use the AC with generator power. I need your help.

A. Thank you for your email inquiry and for your purchase. Let’s walk through some simple steps.  There is a reasonable explanation.  We have a 15k BTU Dometic Penguin II and a Honda EU2000i generator at NetworkRV with a SoftStartRV installed. With temperatures at 102-103°F, we can successfully, consistently start and run this A/C on our Honda. Our measurements indicate …

34. Q: I just finished installing my new SoftStartRV and I’m a little frustrated! I followed the install instructions, to run my Dometic 15000 BTU AC with my Honda eu2000i generator but the AC compressor keeps shutting off! The AC works great on camp power. Is something not wired correctly? I bought the SoftStartRV to use the AC with generator power. I need your help. Read More »

33. Q. How can I measure the entire electrical load being used by all my appliances?

A. The typical issue RVers experience when they have trouble running on a generator is the unidentified auxiliary demands for power in their trailer that are requiring power in addition to the air conditioner.  The typical generator may require up to 1750W to 1900W in very hot weather.  This requirement indicates there is very little additional power left in a 2000W generator …

33. Q. How can I measure the entire electrical load being used by all my appliances? Read More »

32. Q. I want to know about using my A/C with an inverter generator?

A. Small lightweight generator companies do not always have the same reliability and their rated peak output is sometimes inaccurate. The industry standard is the Honda eu2000i and their latest eu2200i. These generate continuous rated power to start and run a rooftop AC unit with SoftStartRV™.  Other generators also produce good quality results. Looks for generators with motors over 90cc as …

32. Q. I want to know about using my A/C with an inverter generator? Read More »

29. Q. If I have a big generator or parallel two generators, will I need SoftStartRV™?

A. Yes, you probably need a SoftStartRV™. Power management is key and how large a generator and what appliances you operate at the same time. Without SoftStartRV™ the start surge is massive. Generators react to load by slowing down and decreasing the voltage to the air conditioner. If the decreased voltage slows down the generator, they overload and then the …

29. Q. If I have a big generator or parallel two generators, will I need SoftStartRV™? Read More »