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Old 01-31-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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I own a Crossroads 21FD Slingshot with a 13,500 BTU AC unit. I am trying to purchase a portable generator and found a Ramsond 3500W (ramsond.com), it is rated for 3100W max. generator power at 30 Amps. Is this enough power (in watts) to run the AC unit? I know the CB on the power panel is 20 amps but I don't know the power requirements (in watts) for the AC unit. Thanks.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:02 AM   #2
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I am sorry but I only know what I have read here in regards to generators. Make sure the sound levels are within the standards with the national parks. I understand they are really strict on that. In regards to the AC it draws around 17 amps to start the compressor so the 20 should run it but nothing else that will draw large amount of amps. You will just have to watch the load.




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Old 01-31-2012, 01:09 AM   #3
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Thanks, yes I checked the sound level which is 59 dB at 21 feet, almost identical to the Honda portable generators which is 59 dB at rated load, except this unit is more powerful and eliminates the need to buy two Honda units and a parallel kit to tie them together. I'm still a bit unsure as I'm not familiar with Ramsond products.
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I have the Honda 2000. It will run the AC/micro, but only one at a time. We have no problem with that. Normally you should be able to shut the AC down for the few minutes that the micro operates. As far as tying two together, we haven't found a need for that.
I'm not familiar with the Ramsond either.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:42 AM   #5
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I've never heard of Ramsond but the specs look interesting. I'd really like to hear it myself...if the 59 db is @ rated load it's a great value. The specs don't show what the sound levels are on econ mode (Honda is 42db). The rated power is 100 watts higher than the Honda 3000 yet is uses a smaller engine and is almost half the weight of the Honda. This is a concern to me but for 1/2 the price and for the amount I would use it, it's maybe something to think about.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:17 AM   #6
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Be carefull when you spend your hard earned money. A lot of companies are copying Honda but dont compare.
I have not heard of them either.
You can go to a camping world and they will crank up a Honda in the showroom for you. That's pretty cool and impressive.
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Smaller engine, half the weight, half the price...hmmmm.
Not accredited by the BBB, but quite a few complaints. I bought a Honeywell 2000 for half the price of a Honda, so many problems finally gave it away and bought two Hondas and very satisfied. Just MHO...for what its worth.
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I'm not going to bad mouth Ramsond but I will give you firsthand info I'm familiar with. Prior to these generators selling in the United States they must pass EPA CARB certification and a relative of mine owns the emission testing service that provide such test and performed them for these units. 20 units were sent for testing and out of those 20 only 6 could be tested. The reason only 6 were tested was because parts from other units that wouldn't run had to be removed and installed on other units to come up with 6 working units. After some RND and parts refinement the running units eventually passed CARB certification, on the durability side of things, lets just say it was sub-par. None of the 6 units made it past 150 hours and most were leaking oil or the motor locked up. Some of the units would not power over 10 amps but power and reliability was not what the test was for. After the first group was tested another 20 were sent with all motor CARB requirements performed and they all started and passed. Once again for grins we put the units under a load test to see how long they would last and again it was a sub-par performance. As for the DB level, that was in the ECO mode and its louder than 59 DB but I can't remember what it was. I've seen allot of knock-off brand generators go thru emission testing that are junk and a few that have been great, I myself wouldn't own a Ramsond product. Keep in mind these test were back in 07-08 so Ramsond may have improved durability over the last few years.


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Honda has a new 3000i-handi model that is less weight than the original 3000-series and has built in handles for ease of movement. I plan to upgrade this year from my honda 2000-companion that I use at camp walmart and other places...



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For what it's worth .... I have the two Hondas with parallel kit and am pleased so far, only used them a couple times, have not heard of the Ramsond either but as has been said, you'll probably get what you pay for, just MHO.
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