The Smart-Start is not really new, similar systems have been around for RVs for a while, but it sounds like the dometic unit is a lot more sophisticated.
Having said that I doubt you need one. I've heard of lots of people running 16,000 BTU a/c from the Honda 2000 and I run my 7,000 BTU unit from an EU1000i with no problem - no smartstart and in eco mode
Go for the Honda and get the Smart-Start if you need it (they do work).
Last edited by chris31519; 08-08-2010 at 03:46 AM.