SoftStart RV for air conditioner

Refrigerator, stove, furnace, water pump, air conditioner, microwave, water heater, fans, lighting
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Hubie
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SoftStart RV for air conditioner

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Has anyone installed one of the SoftStart RV devices in their roof top AC unit? It is expensive but supposed to prevent the momentary power spike that occurs when the ac compressor starts. My generator has to struggle to keep going when the compressor kicks on. Hubert
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Re: SoftStart RV for air conditioner

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Hubie wrote:
Sun Nov 21, 2021 9:54 pm
Has anyone installed one of the SoftStart RV devices in their roof top AC unit? It is expensive but supposed to prevent the momentary power spike that occurs when the ac compressor starts. My generator has to struggle to keep going when the compressor kicks on. Hubert
I put an extra capacitor in mine; these are like $20 on Amazon. Pretty easy to wire up, too, but be careful with the plastic shroud.

Easy-Start (I think it is) makes a system that's much more expensive. I don't know if the extra cost is worth it or not. They're always at WBCCI's International rally selling them, and lots of people buy them.
1991 Airstream B190 - bought, 2005; sold, 2011; bought 2017
1995 Airstream Excella 30' trailer

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