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  1. Am hopeful we will have the same results! Jason assures me we are all 'good'. Not only is it getting cooler out, but the camping we've done since all this happened involved full hookup campgrounds. I just need to get out there with my generators and test it out, but until we get some hot weather again, it will be an untested theory. Thanks again for the great advice along the way...
  2. John, Overland, and Whatda - THANK YOU for this great information. Best I can tell I had ALL this going in the wrong direction! First...you are correct that the Truma does not circulate the entire hot water line...only at the outlet. That would have been my first problem. Next would have been the fact that my cold water would all freeze :). Beyond that...another huge point would be to always ensure a backup to the power. ALL very good points. You can tell I'm a rookie, but trying to learn quickly! John - I will try to update my profile and signature. Before responding to this I quickly looked to see what i could update and did not readily see an area for that, but will get back into it and fill it all out completely. Seems like the best thing to do is winterize...over and over if necessary if I plan to use the unit throughout the winter intermittently, and then store outside again [with no consistent power]. Was hoping to avoid that but doesn't sound like it's a big deal. Thanks again!
  3. Hello friends, Quick question. If I am storing my Elite II for several days in below freezing temps with water in the lines...can I utilize Truma's electrical insert accessory [it goes where the filter normally resides in the tankless unit]; power up the unit inside and out; set it to 'comfort' mode to keep the water circulating/hot above freezing - all while leaving the propane and main heater in the 'off' position? I am guessing this is how i would travel in 'winter' conditions, as well...correct? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
  4. Hello friends! About 3 months ago I mentioned an issue with the EZ Start / A.C. unit on a 3 month old unit [#453/Elite II]. In order to boondock we had to use not one, but two Honda generators at full blast to keep the A/C running. We knew we'd have to run one unit...didn't expect to have to hook up the tandem. Anyhow. All fingers pointed to the EZ Start. In the end, it was the A/C unit that needed replacing. Jason at Oliver explained the whole thing, but what I seem to remember most was the unit was simply pulling too many amps and didn't allow the EZ Start to be effective. Oliver stood by the unit and took care of everything. Sorry I took so long for the update, and thanks to all for the valuable information along the way! Cheers, Markaday
  5. Since it's only 3 months old...it better be! MH
  6. Wow. Well - I have the unit scheduled at the Oliver plant next Thursday. I'll probably let the experts see what is up...but from these links it certainly appears the 'relearning' aspect could be a key part of all this. We'll let Jason and his team see what's up and i'll report back. As always - THANKS to everyone... MH
  7. Now that the easy start is installed, I am assuming it now works with one generator?
  8. geO - Not sure what you mean by going through the 'start-up' procedure again. At first, I tried the Honda 2200i with the bonded ground plug; AC didn't work [in full throttle mode]; removed the plug and overrode the surge protector...still didn't work; added the companion generator with the bonded plug and 'normal' surge operation...didn't work. The ONLY way i could get the A/C to work would be to run both generators/full throttle/bypass the surge protector. Are you saying after all of that maybe all i need to do is try one more time with the single generator with the bonded ground plug? Corcomi - I share your pain! At the very least this will require my taking a couple half days off work for the trouble. It will be a bit frustrating if i learn someone forgot to test...or worse yet install the easy start altogether. But...we'll just have to see. Mossemi - Never could get the A/C to run without both generators at full throttle and bypassing the internal surge protector in the camper. Easy start was ordered through Oliver; picked up the unit in April. Last weekend was the first time we tried boondocking where all of this has showed up.
  9. That is my concern as well...that maybe they forgot altogether to install the easy start. Now that I know it's happened before, I am beginning to wonder all the more. We shall see! Will let you know... Thanks, again -
  10. Bill, John, Raspy, and KWR - thanks again for all the advice and input. Here are some observations from this past weekend... *Would have LOVED to run only the main 2200i generator, however even at full throttle it would kick off once the AC powered up. We tried using the bonded ground plug...and then moved to over-riding the surge protector. Either way...one unit wouldn't cut it. *We then hooked up both units. Ran at full throttle. Hooked up the bonded ground plug. It would cut off when the A/C powered up. *Finally, ran both units; full throttle; overrode the surge protector. ONLY THEN did everything work fine. Of course - this creates a lot of noise, costs gas, and is a big problem if one forgets to turn the surge protector back to normal before hooking up to shore power. But it was the only way to get it working without a problem. *In my opinion, there is something wrong with the easy start on the A/C. Have been in touch with Jason at Oliver and I think we are in agreement the only way to know for sure will be to schedule a time to bring the camper with the generators to test it out and see what is going on. *To Raspy's point about running two generators; stuck inside the unit; leaving the unit with all that going on, etc.: On this particular trip we went to my son-in-law and daughter's home in Columbus, Ohio - where they have 40 acres of land. We set the camper up with the generators to see how all of this would go. Because we were not in a campground, noise was not an issue. We didn't leave the units to run all day...only at night when we would be there. And we keep the dog with us pretty much at all times :). We truly believe we can get to the point where one generator will do it, but need to further explore what is going on with the easy start. *Additionally, we learned enough about the process to say it makes most sense to 'boondock' in the spring or fall when the temps are much cooler. Use solar for all our needs; manage the power accordingly; use propane for heat at night - and all good. Bring the generator only as a backup. This way neighbors won't be frustrated, we enjoy peace and quiet, etc. In those occasions where it's hot...try to use only one unit assuming easy start gets figured out. *Will let you know what we find with Jason at the Oliver plant. Until then - thanks again for all the information! Markaday
  11. John - this was VERY helpful. Thank you! Knew i could count on you all for some great advice - thanks again!
  12. Hi everyone, Searched the forum for this subject and did not find anything on it thus far. Recently purchased the Honda EU 22001 and its companion for some boondocking we'll be doing this weekend. Owner's manual says not to use the eco-throttle for 'high energy using appliances'. Not sure what that means - and/or how to qualify. Best I can tell, I should be able to hook the two units together, turn the eco-throttle to 'on' on both units, and be good to go. When the AC powers up [we do have the soft start and solar set up]...the gens do their thing and we're good to do. Any reason to be concerned with this that you know of? Your expertise is much appreciated. Thanks!
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