Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Kemah, TX
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I am cruising now and carry the older eu200i on board. When I was freezing my butt off in Texas in December just before I left it saved me big time by running my boats permanently installed heater. I like having the extra AC power if I need should the battery back unexpectedly go dead and I need charging power to get the diesel running again.
Either approach will work just fine regarding the 30 amp receptacle or modifying an old extension cord. I have an old 30 amp cord I modified with a 3 prong adapter to fit the basic honda model.
The max output is around 16 amps so depending on how much your AC unit pulls there may not be a lot of charging power left over to run the charger. But, if you are running the honda anyways for AC you might as well flip on the charger. As a charging method alone your alternator on the old diesel will be as or more efficient depending on it's output and diesel consumption
As Vasco mentioned, seriously pay attention to the CO2 output. If the exhaust gets pulled into a window or even worse, the air intake for the AC unit anyone below is going to have real problems.
Random aside, my unit showed up on my dock the Thursday before the eye of Hurricane IKE passed over my boat and the house we were sheltering in. It kept us in power flawlessly for two weeks during the clean up. It was then loaned to friends who kept it in service another two weeks. I love the unit from that experience alone.
Singlehanding to Panama and beyond
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