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Hey HONDA genset users .....

Have you seen this SmartStart Control from Dometic?

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Looks like cost is around $350, and might solve some problems I have today. I use my AC leaving the eco-switch disabled, as this is the only way my Honda start my TurboVector 12,000BTU. It scream loud, and I must be alone at anchorage otherwise I'm shamed to use it. I'm willing to give it a try and hope I can turn on the eco-switch and benefit of a less laud genset. Someone at Cruising forum stated his 8,000 runs almost at idle (well, the eco-on, I mean)
and revs up just a bit when compressor cycle. Anyone have experienced this ?
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Looks like a simple hard start capacitor which can be had in similar kit form for $150 or less. These have been around forever, are nothing new and do as advertized. I installed a hard start cap on our 16k BTU A/C years ago and our Honda 2000 has no problem starting/running it.
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I put a hard start capacitor on my cruiseair and it will start with my little 1 KW genset with 1.5 KW surge capacity. Cost for the cap was about $15 and if you can make up an extension cord you have the technical skill to install the capacitor.
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How to size such capacitors and how to connect to actual AC. Would you share some drawings ? Thanks.
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How to size such capacitors and how to connect to actual AC. Would you share some drawings ? Thanks.
Included are both a schematic and written description of an example:

RV Air Conditioner Hard Start Capacitor | ModMyRV

with a little searching, you can easily find the part for $15 compared with the $350 ripoff you asked about

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Detailed information will soon be posted in another thread covering this topic of Honda generators running marine A/C equipment. Please go to Honda eu2000i and air conditioning

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