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Quieter - OK, less noisy A/C unit.

When I had my truck camper and was doing lots of back country camping I switched out the 13,000 btu AC for a Coleman Polar Cub 8000 btu unit so I could run AC on my Honda 2000. That worked well, but I don't recall how much quieter the Coleman was compared to the original Moving forward to now, I have a 26' toyhauler with 16' of living space. The camper comes with a Coleman Mach, and it is noisy. I'd like to exchange this unit with a unit that I can run on my Honda, and is significantly quieter. If both requests are not possible, I'd just go for a really quiet unit and forget trying to run on the generator. Any suggestions for a standard roof mount that is quiet and will run off the Honda? How about a quiet one I can use on shore power? Thanks
eddd 04/12/14 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000 generator

If I spend the money I want one that I know will run my 11,000 BTU AC unit. I feel that the Yamaha 2400 Hybrid is up for that task, so I guess I would have to put up with the larger physical size and weight. My Honda EU2000i runs my 11,000 BTU AC unit just fine. In fact with a test run it ran my 11,000 BTU AC unit for 6.5 hours on one small tank of gas in Honda before stopping , got to like that:) Thanks abslayer for that info. I would never of guessed that since Ive read so much from others that a Honda 2000 is OK for the Polar 9500 units but thats about it. Opps sorry Bud I had a brain fart and your responds snap me out of it My AC is the 9500 units Once again very sorry if I have miss lead you Mine runs the 11K no problem, it also ran my previous 13.5K but just barely, Brad
JacintoKid 02/26/14 03:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000 generator

My Honda 2000 is converted to propane and mounted in place of the onan 2500 in a Arctic Fox 1150. It is tri-fuel so will run on propane, gasoline or natural gas. It will throttle down in Eco mode with the Polar cub 9500 A/C. I live in South Florida so A/C is our main concern. My mod was inspired by msiminoff's conversion and has been the best mod I have made to the 1150.
hunterj 02/25/14 03:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000 generator

If I spend the money I want one that I know will run my 11,000 BTU AC unit. I feel that the Yamaha 2400 Hybrid is up for that task, so I guess I would have to put up with the larger physical size and weight. My Honda EU2000i runs my 11,000 BTU AC unit just fine. In fact with a test run it ran my 11,000 BTU AC unit for 6.5 hours on one small tank of gas in Honda before stopping , got to like that:) Thanks abslayer for that info. I would never of guessed that since Ive read so much from others that a Honda 2000 is OK for the Polar 9500 units but thats about it. Opps sorry Bud I had a brain fart and your responds snap me out of it My AC is the 9500 units Once again very sorry if I have miss lead you
abslayer 02/24/14 01:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000 generator

If I spend the money I want one that I know will run my 11,000 BTU AC unit. I feel that the Yamaha 2400 Hybrid is up for that task, so I guess I would have to put up with the larger physical size and weight. My Honda EU2000i runs my 11,000 BTU AC unit just fine. In fact with a test run it ran my 11,000 BTU AC unit for 6.5 hours on one small tank of gas in Honda before stopping , got to like that:) Thanks abslayer for that info. I would never of guessed that since Ive read so much from others that a Honda 2000 is OK for the Polar 9500 units but thats about it.
kerry4951 02/24/14 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: ac unit

Having just purchased a camper and A/C I learned that the Polar Cub is no longer manufactured! Current production is the MACH 8 CUB 9200 BTU it is part of the new Mach 8 family but be careful with the name mach 8 as most of those units are the larger 13.5 BTU. Here is the model number for the 9200 BTU MACH 8 CUB 47201A876 They still show alot of the Polar cub info in the technical section of www.rvcomfort.com and if you compare the old polar cub specs (49000 series) you will see that the Mach 8 cub is very similar. Several e-mails with customer service at www.rvcomfort.com over a period of days finally got me straightened out....I was about to make my dealer change out my A/C unit until I learned they had installed the current production "CUB"! I'm going to be testing mine with a Honda 2000 soon. Any update Exlporer? Is the Mach 8 cub quieter like they say on low speed?
iwon415 02/24/14 12:52am Truck Campers
RE: A/C's on TC in the south.

I have our Honda 2000 on a front hitch basket. Hardly hear it over the noise of the indoor fan on the polar cub.
LanceDuyen 02/17/14 09:23pm Truck Campers
RE: A/C's on TC in the south.

Run my polar cub on a Honda eu2000i all the time no problems. Houston, TX
LanceDuyen 02/15/14 10:02pm Truck Campers
RE: A/C's on TC in the south.

How high a BTU A/C you need in hot climates will be governed by the heat loss factors of your TC. Lots of air leaks and less than good insulation means a high BTU A/C. Dry ambient air takes a lot more BTU's to acheive the same comfort temperature level than higher humidity ambient air. An A/C unit is first a de-humidifier and then cools the air with the refrigerant cooling action similar to waht your home refrigerator does. We know that when we are in the dry Southwestern USA hot air at 90 F, our TC roof air compressor never shuts down leaving only the fan blowing. Conversely, in the moist air in the Southeastern USA at 90 F, our A/C compressor will cycle about half and half of the compressor engaged. Same Lance TC's in both areas only days apart and experienced several times. One Lance TC it was experienced on was a 9-1/2' with a 7200 BTU Polar Cub A/C and the other Lance experienced it on was the 11'4" with a 13,500 BTU. The Honda EU2000 generator had absolutely no problem with the 7200 even with the converter and the fridge running. The 2000 genny would barely run the 13500 alone with the soft start and I had to wire a DPDT 30 amp relay so the genny would only have the 13500 A/C on it. Our 3400 watt built in propane genny had not problem with the 13500 A/C but it sure uses a lot of propane running all the time and we have two 30LB tanks OEM in the TC. We have a 6 gallon aux gasoline horizontal tank for the 2000 Honda plus the gas in the genny tank. Blocking the sun coming in the windows with something bright white or reflective really helps as does sealing/caulking any and all air leaks. The better the effective insulation R-factor, the less A/C required.
travelnutz 02/15/14 05:30pm Truck Campers
RE: loud AC

I have a Polar Cub and it does a good job on the low setting. I wouldn't say it is noticeable quieter than others I have had but it does have a low fan setting and I can power it with my 2000I Honda.
1mtnman 02/12/14 04:55pm Truck Campers
RE: New (to me) Roamer owner

I have the older Polar Cub, which from what I understand has a lower amp draw than the new ones. Make sure you search the TC Forum for A/Cs, there have been some recent threads on the A/Cs, with very good data. My suggestion is to get an A/C that can be run with a Honda 2000. Wayne
Reddog1 01/30/14 10:12am Truck Campers
RE: Yamaha EF2000iS Generator with LP/Propane conversion

The 2000 probably won't run your AC. The Polar Cub 9.2 is rated at 1260 running watts. Specs HERE I know it takes more to start it up, but I get favorable reports about Honda's EU2000 being able to handle it, so I'm hoping the Yamaha is up to the task. That, however, is based on gasoline. I won't know for a fact until I drop the coin and try it, unless somebody already knows otherwise. In that case, I'm all ears. Thanks for bringing it up. It's an important consideration. I'm still on the fence about the value of the conversion, but I'm pretty sold on the Yamaha EF2000. Size and weight being big factors, of course. We have a 5000 watt generator at home that would require a very special occassion for me to lug it around.
Carb Cleaner 01/23/14 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Onboard LP gas generator?

Another nice thing is that if it is maintained, it doesn't have the issues of varnish like a gasoline genset does. "if it is maintained" The same thing could be said for a gasoline generator. You won't have a varnish problem if you maintain it properly... Just sayin'. As others have said. For now and then use the push button propane generators are very nice and have lower maintenance requirements. Running all of the time overnight I can see the appeal of the Honda's. If you are shopping for a unit seriously consider the Polar Cub AC units since a single Honda can run them.
brholt 01/09/14 01:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Air conditioner size in Elkhorn 11z

If you really camp in 100+ degree temps then get the highest BTU available, but you'll probably find that it is noisier with a higher current draw, higher profile and cost as compared to a lower BTU unit. I now have the 9200 Polar Cub and it did perform well in high humidity / 100+ temps, but it will take longer to get the initial temperature down to 70s though. Took me about 45 minutes as I recall, where a 13.5 BTU probably would have done it in 30 minutes. Once at the desired temp, the 9200 cycles normally. Most important to me now is lowest profile, lowest weight, quiet and works with the Honda 2000 generator. Good luck.
RamTC 12/29/13 08:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator questions

Thanks all the info. I am thinking we would only be dry camping for 2 or 3 nights max at a time or just boondock overnight. Our shower is pretty tight ( we usually just use CG showers ) and after 2 nights I suspect the GF will be looking for a hot shower. TT is not available today to check for sure but I think the a/c is 13,500. Will need to check on it. The Aerolite website shows 13,500 and 15,000. Can't hardly believe it is a 15,000, but it will freeze you even in hot Fl sun so I am thinking at least a 13,500. The coffee pot comment got my attention. I hope it will run off the 2000 honda! Will need to check on the a/c, micro, and coffee pot specs and come back for more advice. We may have to do without a/c and only run the other energy hogs one at a time. Will check into led lights too.....but man I have got to have my coffee in the AM :) Get a kettle of water and a French press coffee maker, and you'll get hot cups of coffee, every time. A Honda EU2000i will not run a Dometic 13,500 BTU AC, which is standard on most units. It will run a Colema Polar Cub 9000, stand alone, everything else electrical turned off and battery out of the 14.4v bulk charge mode by the charge controller.
NinerBikes 12/15/13 02:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: coleman mach1 & honda2000 update

It would be of great benefit if posters would state if their information is actual experience, or theory. Personally, I appreciate theory, but the fact is it may or may not be true in real life application. So far, I see two posts that use the Honda 2000 to run the Coleman Mach 1 model# 48207c966. Both say they work well together, based on true life experience. For me, that trumps theory, although theory may suggest it is borderline. Wayne Totaly agree , but the theory given by some saying its borderline is based on wrong #`s To comment on conditions we wont be able to see for months though, if you use RVP`S test data 1025 watts at 95 f outside bringing inside temp to 67 f , = 9.5 amps total - 6.6 of which is comp , thats lower than any polar cub ever made ! 1260 watts at 120 f outside temp bringing inside to 72 f, then at full voltage of 120 the total amp would be about 10.5 Only 7.6 of that is relavent to a start amp increace ,and there is a built in three second delay btwn fan and comp start More over since every one is very aware how a old cub with almost the same amp # `s and watt#`s will work with a honda I dont see why all the talk that it wont work If SHABR66 has had a mach 1 ps for one and a half years , and Im very glad to hear of his experience , I have to say he probably has a model 48207b876 that has a tecumseh compressor and amp draw of 7.0 w/ total 9.9 in standard conditions, the just released model 48257c966 has a rechi compressor = 6.6 amp If anyone can find a more suited AC to work with a honda I`m all ear`s I wont be buying one now since its winter , but I will buy before winter AC prices go away And I will post results based on real- life then as Im sure Sign man will In the mean time it looks like one way to increace forum activity is to bring up AC usage even in the winter :)
okan-star 11/28/13 02:37pm Truck Campers
RE: AC unit choice for AF 992

I have a Polar Cub 9200 in my A.F. 811 and I power it with a Honda 2000 genny up to 8200 ft. elev. The 9200 works perfectly and I wouldn't hesitate to use this same combo even in a A.F. 1150, if I owned one.
Troutguy 11/22/13 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Money is No Object-- What's your combo, Where are You Going?

Count me in amongst the group that prefer to keep it small and simple, despite the money is no object scenario. I already have a good camping truck, the '92 crew cab. Suspension, chassis, wheels, tires are all already set up. It needs a motor and transmission swap. Definitely a diesel, and either a 6spd manual or a good auto with overdrive. Also needs rear disc brakes. I am flat sick of drum brakes, on both my F350's. They suck! So I'd make some changes to the crew cab truck. Swap in an '02 7.3 PSD and a built 4R100, or a ZF 6 speed, or find some way to adapt a 5R110 to the 7.3. Other possiblity would be swap in a Cummins 5.9 and NV5600. Either one will mean the truck needs complete fuel, exhaust and cooling system changes, as well as another leaf in the front springs to hold up the weight. The 7.3/4R100 swap would be easiest and more factory-like. Next change is the rear axle. Nothing wrong with the Ford 10.25", except the brakes. So I'd swap in a Dana 80 with disc brakes from an '01/'02 Dodge dually pickup. The wider dually axle will give the single rear wheels more width in the rear, no need for duals with the small camper the truck will carry. Tires, I'd probly go just a little bit bigger, about 35", seeing as how I have 4.56 gearing. Slightly taller tires will be better for the diesel engine's highway crusing speed. The bigger/better rear disc brakes will stop the taller tires better than my current drums stop the 33" tires, I'd be willing to bet. I'd chuck the pickup bed and build a 7' wide by 9' long galv steel flat bed (C4x5.4 frame and 12ga tread plate deck) with some 18x18x48 steel storage boxes under the bed on each side. Atop the flat bed would mount a 7' wide by 9' long camper with full size bed lengthwise over the cab, of my own build, with full width bottom and built in storage along lower sides. Built from galvanized steel tube and galvanized sheet steel siding. A very spartan interior, with built in Honda EU3000i generator, solar charging system, bank of AGM batteries, microwave, Polar Cub a/c, gas range, gas/electric water heater, gas/electric fridge, gas furnace, 40 lbs of propane, 40 gal fresh water tank, 30 gal grey tank, cassette toilet, shower, fold-out couch/bed, front bath floorplan layout. Nothing big or fancy, just built very solid and all welded watertight for long life with no leaks. Trailering behind of course is the flatbed trailer, probably a newer nicer one than the one I have now, with the Bronco on top, fully rebuilt with many mods I have been planning for years, all built for great off road fun, as well as toading around town, using the truck and camper as base camp. When the Bronco is not on the trailer, the 3-wheeler and dirt bike will be, or a snowmobile if im up north in the winter, or a classic Harley sometimes in the summer. When the flat bed trailer is not in tow, an 18' outboard boat would be in tow, or a canoe would be atop the camper. Where am I going? All over the US, all the places I've never been. Alot in the southwest, but all over too. Have no desire to leave American ground for any reason, but I do want to see every bit of this country that I can before I die. Just exploring all the mountains and deserts and forests and canyons and rivers and lakes that I find along the way, all the little trails that I see that I dont know where they go, just following them wherever they go until I find the end and camp out, enjoy it and move on to the next. :) Not all that much money needed to do that, so the rest of the money can go to family, and others less fortunate than myself. :)
SoCalDesertRider 11/21/13 11:09pm Truck Campers
RE: AC unit choice for AF 992

well just to chime in with a older version, the Polar Cub 9200 worked just fine on our late spring early summer desert trip. We had night time temps of over 110 and peak day time ones of 115 and running on a Honda 2000 we were comfortable in the high 60s inside my Lance 1055. On shore power in Vegas when it was 115 at night we had to turn the AC down to low as it was chilly inside. I was happy with it.
Buzzcut1 11/21/13 08:34pm Truck Campers
Coleman Mach 8 Cub

Saw several discussions related to the Polar Cub and it's replacement the Coleman Mach 8 Cub. The part number is 47201A876. Mine is installed on a 2014 Wolf Creek 850. Tested the A/C unit with my Honda 2000 and it seems to work just fine even on the highest A/C setting. Looking forward to "field testing" next summer!!! :B Thought I'd post some photos to show the lower profile (8.25") and the smaller fan: http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy216/tnamloh/Low%20Profile%20RV%20Air%20Conditioner/IMG_2248_zps146a1672.jpg http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/yy216/tnamloh/Low%20Profile%20RV%20Air%20Conditioner/IMG_2246_zps10d0fc78.jpg
Exlporer 11/19/13 01:41pm Truck Campers
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