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RE: Adding second AC myself

Many years ago I would have muscled the AC onto the roof with sheer brute force and beer. Now that I am older I do not drink beer and have a bad back from muscling things around with sheer brute force in my youth, I make a simple sled from plywood and a couple pieces of wood for guides and pull the AC up an extension ladder. I do not trust my roof so use pieces of plywood to distribute my weight and try to stay close to the edges or over inside walls. Short pieces of pipe can be used to roll the unit around. PVC pipe works well, is easy to cut and cheaper that a chiropractor visit.
jjrbus 07/27/20 04:10am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mini Split AC - Condenser unit in fifth wheel basement??

If I had room for the evaporator I would have put a mini in my Toyota years ago! Have 3 in my house, self installed. There will be no condensate in the bay, the inside evaporator is what produces the condensate. There have been minis put in bays so should be doable, with my limited knowledge I would not go that route. The minis move huge amounts of air to cool, I would guess a 1000 cu ft a minute, as an example a roof air pushes about 300 feet a minute into the living space. If you can leave both bay doors open and not fill the bay up with stuff would work. With the exhaust side as close to the door as possible. Be aware the cheap mini's directions can be horrible if not wrong, have no technical back up, no parts so they are disposables. Buy from bigger online sellers and not from a van in a Wal Mart parking lot.
jjrbus 07/23/20 04:47am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Looking for Honda sound box post.

Fans are CRITICAL if you are putting a generator in a box. I had cobbled a box together 4 years ago and used muffin fans. Was not impressed with them and changed to a radiator 7 inch fan. worked great. However the box stuck out too far and was too low. Making a new box now and trying to do it without a fan. Little Honda is running hot. 93 degree day and unit is running 105, measured under the handle on the case. Likely ok but I am not happy with it and not sure if more air needs to come in or I positioned vents wrong?? The old setup with fan would run a few degrees above ambient.
jjrbus 07/20/20 05:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Looking for Honda sound box post.

Thank you it was the jauguston one I was looking for!
jjrbus 07/19/20 04:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Looking for Honda sound box post.

Some time ago a sound box for a Honda generator was posted and have tried searching but does not show up. I want to show it to someone, anyone know how to find it?? I believe the mans name was Jorgenson??
jjrbus 07/19/20 06:02am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Extended run, homemade or store bought?

Retired, don't care for golf, need to stay out of the sun, fishing is out, so putter in the garage. I mimicked what I saw online. Tight working space so bought the aluminum billet cap and used a brass elbow coming out of cap. Used 1/4" line and had some issues. The interweb said that it was a vacuum leak. Could not eliminate the issue, would stop delivering fuel. looked the setup over and replaced the 1/4" line with 3/16", not 1 issue since! Did I inadvertently eliminate a vacuum leak, I do not think so, or is the 1/4" line too much for the tiny little pump in the Honda?? No priming bulb with the 3/16" line either. Adapting the 1/4" fittings to 3/16 was a bit of a challenge and took a bit of creativity. The gubbermint spouts, all in the garbage, use a transmission funnel for most of my filling.
jjrbus 07/03/20 08:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Foam air filter disintegrating, clogging carb, alternatives?

Trying to remember which of my engines have a foam filter? Honda 2000, no disintegration of foam filter, one of my power garden tools has a foam filter, can't remember which one, also no disintegration of filter. I have quit buying many things off Ebay, filters would be one. Poor quality issues and rumors of counterfeit items.
jjrbus 07/02/20 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Super Noisy A/C

I detest roof air and Onan generators. I use a Honda 2000 and an 8000 btu window ac. I went out and checked around 45 db on low. The db measurement does not measure tone some sounds are much worse than others. Think scratching nails on a chalkboard. I have 3 minis in my house and if I had room for the evaporator in my little Toyota would have put one in there a long time ago! They duct the cooling air in some RV's, ok good. Then leave a hole in the roof to where the fan and blower motor are, well duh!! Might as well sit the unit on the kitchen table! Very simple fix, duct the return air with baffles. I am sure some are reading this thinking well whats the big deal? Some are more sensitive to noise than others is the big deal.
jjrbus 07/01/20 06:16am Tech Issues
RE: Are all RV's noisy and rattle?

After some time you recognize most of what the rattles are LOL. One sure way to cause rattles and have a horribly rough ride is to inflate the tires and air springs to max pressure. Referred to as riding on bowling balls!
jjrbus 07/01/20 05:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator Sound/fire box

Different strokes for different folks. If someone gave me an Onan I would sell it. Others do not mind the expense or owning one. Box's for the gensets vary a bit but are basically a metal lined box. Soundproofing is not a consideration in the RV industry, until getting up in the high end coach's. The older Onans are horribly noisy and because the way they are added to the RV are difficult to quiet down. The new ones may be quieter?? but unlikely, as the only online statement I see is the new LP ones are 15% quieter than a diesel generator. You tube and the web will be your friend on this, there is lots of videos and info. Here is a sample. I use a window AC and a Honda 2000, not for everybody. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s39PJtgZ7HA
jjrbus 06/29/20 06:01am Tech Issues
RE: Honda generator question

$52.00 for a kit! Some years ago it seems that the Honda kit was in the $200 range? So building a kit was an economical solution, even the correct banana plugs could be bought or tennis balls added to household plugs to eliminate the Darwin feature.
jjrbus 06/28/20 05:29am Tech Issues
RE: Honda generator question

Some time ago in a land far away before the Companion there was an adaptor that could be bought from Honda for $$$$$$$$$ Wise old men in dark, dank garages made their own as it was a very simple thing to do, including myself! I have not had a need to look but would guess that there are aftermarket ones available cheaply today? 2000 and 2200 can be paralleled, but ONLY CERTAIN SERIAL #'s! Have to check with Honda.
jjrbus 06/27/20 06:50am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2200i or Honda 2200i Companion?

&^%$# warranty's. You used it, warranty is void! We can fit you in for repair in 2 months, you will have to leave the vehicle for 2 weeks. The warranty only covers the $3 part made by the lowest bidder in China. You are responsible for the $500 in labor, environmental fees and shop rags. My rant for the day.
jjrbus 06/25/20 05:49am Tech Issues
RE: The one thing I hate working on is...

I muddle my way thorough electrical and for a non electrician have done some pretty impressive things. Years ago built my own transfer switch, am able to trouble shoot some difficult problems. Hate, intermittent electrical, can not think of anything worse.
jjrbus 06/25/20 05:32am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2200i or Honda 2200i Companion?

Ditto on the Honda! I use a 2000 watt with an 8k window AC. If you want to run an AC with the Honda, might want to look into one of these. I have not bought one, but would spend my money on one if needed. https://www.microair.net/products/easystart-364-3-ton-single-phase-soft-starter-for-air-conditioners?variant=30176048267
jjrbus 06/24/20 03:33pm Tech Issues
RE: ongoing generator issue

Thanks for telling us what happened. The issue I run into is when I learn something like this, by the time I need the info again I have forgotten it. LOL \
jjrbus 06/23/20 03:06pm Tech Issues
RE: ongoing generator issue

5500 watts should start a 13.5k AC with ease and 6300 surge is waaaaay overkill. The info I have from Duotherm specs a 3500 watt generator for a 13.5. I would suspect another problem. Any inexpensive watt meter will not do you any good as they are not fast enough to measure LRA, locked rotar amps. Which is starting amps when the compressor first kicks on, lasts only a micro second. Is there another RV around you could hook up to and try and start their AC or can use their gen to try and run your AC, that might isolate the issue or hook up to shore power to test AC. My best guess is the start capacitor on the AC is going bad, my way of dealing with it, not having the proper tools to test is to replace the start capacitor. Does not take an electrical degree and should be $20 or less, if it is not the issue, you have a spare capacitor. Google or you tube replace RV AC start capacitor. Disclaimer, I am not an electronics guy, just another RV'er trying to get by. Fwiw my daughter's 3400 watt Champion genny runs her 13.5 AC with ease I can run a 13.5 roof air with my Honda 2000. Only under certain conditions and not dependably! I suspect doing it regularly would damage one or the other.
jjrbus 06/23/20 03:04pm Tech Issues
RE: ongoing generator issue

In my bumbling electrical diagnostics, I would have done about what you are doing. At this point with the AC working well on shore power there is a remote possibility of a fluke in the wiring, BTDT but rare. It should be the generator, a micro air may mask the issue but it not the cure. There is no re4ason your generator should not start your AC, it waaaaay more generator than needed. A weak or defective breaker on the genny was mentioned, that would be my next guess. Or the generator has to go back to the shop. I would want to hook up the genny to a heavy load to test, preferably another 13.5 AC. A long shot would be a intermittent short or some other defect in the AC, that is absolute worse case scenario and a nightmare. Good luck
jjrbus 06/23/20 06:38am Tech Issues
RE: ongoing generator issue

5500 watts should start a 13.5k AC with ease and 6300 surge is waaaaay overkill. The info I have from Duotherm specs a 3500 watt generator for a 13.5. I would suspect another problem. Any inexpensive watt meter will not do you any good as they are not fast enough to measure LRA, locked rotar amps. Which is starting amps when the compressor first kicks on, lasts only a micro second. Is there another RV around you could hook up to and try and start their AC or can use their gen to try and run your AC, that might isolate the issue or hook up to shore power to test AC. My best guess is the start capacitor on the AC is going bad, my way of dealing with it, not having the proper tools to test is to replace the start capacitor. Does not take an electrical degree and should be $20 or less, if it is not the issue, you have a spare capacitor. Google or you tube replace RV AC start capacitor. Disclaimer, I am not an electronics guy, just another RV'er trying to get by.
jjrbus 06/22/20 05:36am Tech Issues
RE: Retrofitting Roof AC with residential Parts?

When you have a small RV the available roof airs are too big! I know there is a 9K unit available but has many noise complaints and I cannot tolerate noise. I have never heard a roof air that I would consider acceptable sound wise. The really sad thing about this is they duct roof airs but leave the motor and fans open to the living area. Simple cheap fix, duct the return air. In humid areas the larger AC's cycle too much to keep the humidity down enough to be comfortable. Also without spending more money the larger airs will not run DEPENDABLY on a small generator. Yes I know about hard starts and micro air. So I tried to convert an 8k LG window unit to a roof air. When 95 did his conversion the AC's were configured differently and without extensive mods I could not pull it off. Possibly there are other brands that may be dooable but I cannot spend all my time buying and disassembling AC's. Not a trained AC person but have the tools and take care of my own personal AC units. In hindsight my mistake was trying to utilize existing AC cover and base. If I do again will make the base, inside part and find something to cover it with outside. So now have the 8k window unit where the rear bathroom window was with a 4E hard start in it and run it off a Honda 2000. This is not a duct tape and bailing wire job. I spent a bit on a proper welded framework to support the genny and AC. If I had room for the evaporator I would have installed a mini a long time ago! A mini modulates, a 9k mini would be perfect as it will modulate between 2k and 11k btu's, they also ramp up which would be perfect for a small gen set. Quiet, energy efficent, who would not want one? I have been running 3 mini splits in my 1300 sq ft house here in FL 24/7 and the electric bill this month is $64.94! Not an overly hot month.
jjrbus 06/14/20 04:53am Tech Issues
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