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Old 06-20-2019, 04:03 PM   #1
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My GE 6,000-BTU portable air conditioner(1010w) keeps tripping the Circuit On my Sportsman Gasoline 2,000 Surge Watt Portable Generator. It does run for about 4 minutes then kicks off the circuit. Help!! I’m in Texas it’s Hot ��
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:10 PM   #2
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Start it on low fan and then low cool and see how that works for a while, then if ok and blowing cool, go to med cool and see if ok. The go to hi cool, but give these settings about 5 min to run each. Your generator might be undersized for the full on start but might handle it if you cool slowly then add more cooling.


How many amps is your air conditioner rated at? How many btu's?
And keep the windows and doors shut any vents etc, curtains might help also.



Keep cool,


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Old 06-20-2019, 04:13 PM   #3
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Air conditioner is 1010w and 6,000 btu

Generator is 2,000watts
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:17 PM   #4
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What are you using to connect them?
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:17 PM   #5
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You are in a spot......

Texas Summer in a bus with a portable air conditioner and a 2000 watt generator.

Other than being in Texas, have a portable A/C and a tiny generator you are in good shape.

Portable A/C's are notoriously inefficient and a cheap 2kw generator is pretty slim when trying to support A/C.

I'm not sure where you are in Texas. I spent a couple of Summers in Lubbock. I had 2"+ of spray foam insulation and RV windows in a white bus. I had an 8kw Kubota generator and 2 - 12k BTU roof airs.

In the warmest part of Summer we struggled to keep the inside temperature under 80F.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:18 PM   #6
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50ft 16/3 SJTW Orange Cord
Finally lol
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:24 PM   #7
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50ft 16/3 SJTW Orange Cord
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:25 PM   #8
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50ft 16/3 SJTW Orange Cord
Finally lol

You need minimum,14/3 extension cord but should look for a #12 or #10 awg size cord. Your ac is starving and you have a fire hazard pulling too many amps when the genny starts. Cable failure is imminent, exchange it for bigger.


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Old 06-20-2019, 04:25 PM   #9
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You need a 12 gauge cord. Shorter the better.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:29 PM   #10
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I’m where the tornado hit yesterday (Greenville) I don’t expect it to be below 80 but the bus isn’t insulated except for the floors. All my windows are covered and have no problem upping my generator size. I am just wondering if something is wrong with the ac unit I can put it on fan and it will stay on no problems just put it on low and eco and it cuts off
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