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Old 08-03-2020, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Softstart for camper air conditioners ?

Has anyone used this for their A/C unit?

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What is your opinion/results?


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Old 08-03-2020, 09:04 PM   #2
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Default SoftStart AC

When I went solar with a whole RV inverter, I installed a soft start for the AC system. I taped the OEM unit next to it under the shroud in case it gave me problems and I needed to switch back. Now-6 years later and I have no complaints. I don't even notice any difference. I did it because with the OEM unit the surge would bog down the battery/inverter system and lock up the compressor and shut down. With the soft start, I can be off grid and start the AC and the compressor kicks on, no issues. With my old 4 lead acid RV batteries and solar panels I could run the AC about an hour, long enough to cool down a hot RV (sometimes while driving, so I get to the campground, hook up and have a cool RV). But the compressor cycles on/off and doesn't lock up. With my new 4 LiFePO batteries, I haven't stress tested it yet for duration comparison.

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Old 08-09-2020, 02:40 PM   #3
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Here are multiple brands and prices of soft starts on the market. Some companies provide more customer support than others.
Attached is an interesting article.
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Old 08-09-2020, 03:28 PM   #4
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I installed micro air easy start. Used to take 30 amps to start Ac. Now never goes over 10 amps.
Easy to install and I’m no electrician.
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