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Micro-Air EasyStart Lets Small Generators Start A/Cs


MAY 15, 2019

RV News by: Steve Bibler- RVPro Magazine Staff


The quandary with many of today’s lighter and small power systems is that they produce more than enough continuous power to run an air conditioner – but they lack the ability to handle the large surge needed to start the A/C compressor’s motor.


For example, air conditioner manufacturers typically direct their customers to use a 4,000-watt or larger generator to handle an air conditioner that typically uses less than 1,900 watts when operating.


Andy Spaziani believed there had to be a better way – so he and his team at Allentown, N.J.-based Micro-Air invented one.


They created the EasyStart 364 – an electric soft starter that the company says offers the freedom to start any RV rooftop air conditioner on low power sources, such as 2,000-watt generators, inverters and solar power systems, and even two A/C units on 30-amp shore power. It’s also designed to gently ramp the start of the A/C and protect the compressor from the wear and tear of powering up traditional air conditioning. 


Additionally, the company says the power-reducing starter – which connects directly to the A/C compressor – also works to reduce power current in starting the heat in rooftop A/C units. The EasyStart 364 features a simple four-wire installation, a rugged 1-pound watertight enclosure and an extra-long wiring harness that connects to the air conditioner.


Micro-Air also touts the EasyStart 364 as being eco-friendly by permitting the A/C system to start up and run using a smaller generator reduces an RV’s carbon footprint and conserves natural resources.


Some 20,000 RVers have bought an EasyStart 364 since Micro-Air entered the U.S. RV aftermarket in 2015, according to the company, which got its start more than three decades ago supplying air conditioning thermostat controls and electronic soft starters for the marine industry.


The company has grown during that time from a two-person home-based business to a 25-person operation that proudly makes its products in the U.S.





Offering a Better Way


In the past, some RVers did use hard-start capacitors, but with limited success. Those devices are designed to give a motor extra starting torque for difficult loads, but do very little to reduce current, according to Micro-Air, which states the EasyStart 364 produces consistent reductions of 60 to 75 percent of LRA (locked rotor amps) on most rooftop air conditioning units.


Roger Krinic, a design engineer at Micro-Air and part of the team that designed the EasyStart 364, says the product has no measurable competition in the market, given that competing brands are not waterproof and do not work on inverters. 


“We continue to receive overwhelming positive customer feedback on the product,” he says. “From older customers who had trouble handling larger generators to high-tech customers with solar-powered hybrid inverter systems, EasyStart impresses all.”


Without any formal advertising program, sales of EasyStart units more than doubled in 2018 and as 2019 got underway, Micro-Air was selling more than 100 per week, Krinic estimates.


Krinic says the failure rate for EasyStarts is incredibly low, with fewer than five failures among some 20,000 RV application sales.


EasyStarts retail for $299, and rooftop AC owners can take advantage of an installation kit for an additional $10.


Krinic estimates an experienced technician can install the EasyStart 364 in 15 to 20 minutes; RVers wanting to install the product themselves should allow one to two hours. Micro-Air offers dealer and customer assistance in the form of an extensive knowledge bank online and email help for the product.





Unique Warranty Program


Micro-Air offers a full two-year warranty on materials and workmanship of the EasyStart. During this time, an owner can return EasyStart for repair or replacement directly to Micro-Air and the company will ship it back free of change, according to Krinic. 


Earlier this year, Micro-Air rolled out an extended warranty program. Purchasers of the EasyStart 364 can now purchase a $25 warranty that extends from the EasyStart to the purchaser’s rooftop A/C compressor for the duration of the original A/C warranty or the duration of the EasyStart 364 warranty, whichever comes first. It covers warranties voided by manufacturers for the installation of EasyStart and allays any fears that the installation of an EasyStart will void the compressor warranty.








RECALLS


 


Tiffin Motorhomes is recalling certain 2018 to 2019 Phaeton, Allegro Bus, and Zephyr motorhomes. The alternating current electrical wires may have been improperly secured in the Energy Management Module, causing increased electrical resistance.


Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the alternating current relay board and make sure the wires are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIFF-111.


Potential number of units affected: 2,289





Newmar is recalling certain 2018 to 2019 Bay Star, Essex, New Aire, 2018 Bay Start Sport, Canyon Star, Dutch Star, King Aire, Mountain Aire, Ventana LE, Ventana, and London Aire motorhomes. The power supply for the WiFiRanger may overheat.


Newmar has notified owners, and dealers will replace the power supply, free of charge. The recall began April 18. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.


Potential number of units affected: 476


 


Jayco is recalling certain 2014 to 2019 Precept, 2016 to 2019 Alante, and 2019 Precept Prestige motorhomes built on a Ford F53 chassis. The blower motor electrical circuit may be missing the 25-amp fuse, possibly resulting in overheating of the wiring.


Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will install a 25-amp fuse, free of charge. The recall began April 16. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903432.


Potential number of units affected: 4,519





Forest River is recalling certain 2017 to 2019 Rockport work trucks. The inline fuse that protects the cargo and compartment lights circuit may not have been installed during production.


Forest River has notified owners, and dealers will install an inline fuse, free of charge. The recall began April 8. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-522-7599. Forest River’s number for this recall is 29-0987.


Potential number of units affected: 146


Forest River also is recalling certain 2019 Dynamax Isata motorhomes built on a RAM cab chassis. The primary and secondary brake hoses located between the brake master cylinder and the hydraulic control unit may have been manufactured without anti-corrosion plating on the ferrules.


Forest River will notify owners, and FCA U.S. dealers will inspect the brake hoses and replace them if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 21. Owners may contact FCA US customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Forest River at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-0992.


Potential number of units affected: 14


Additionally, Forest River is recalling certain 2018 Dynamax Isata vehicles built on a RAM chassis and equipped with a column shifter. Pushing the brake pedal for prolonged periods when the vehicle is running and in PARK may cause the Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) pin to stick in the open position. With the pin in the open position, the transmission can be shifted out of PARK into any gear without pushing the brake pedal or having the key in the ignition.


Forest River will notify owners, and Chrysler dealers will update the vehicle software, inspect the BTSI, and, as necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 21. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Forest River at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-0993.


Potential number of units affected: 16


Lastly, Forest River is recalling certain 2019 Rockwood and Flagstaff trailers. The wiring for the front bedroom air conditioning may have been improperly installed and may come in contact with the heat strip in the air conditioner.


Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will secure the air conditioner wiring harness away from the heat strip, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 29. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-8943. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10C-1001.


Potential number of units affected: 10





Entegra Coach is recalling certain 2019 Entegra Vision and Emblem motorhomes built on a Ford F53 chassis. The blower motor electrical circuit may be missing the 25-amp fuse, possibly resulting in overheating of the wiring.


Entegra has notified owners, and dealers will install a 25-amp fuse, free of charge. The recall began April 16. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Entegra’s number for this recall is 9903432.


Potential number of units affected: 516





Prime-Time Specialty Vehicles is recalling certain 2016 to 2018 Ram ProMaster and Ford Transit vehicles modified to be equipped with Freedman GO-ES Foldaway Seats. When the seat back cushion is rotated from the stowed position to the upright position, the seat cushion may not remain locked into place when under load, such as in a crash or a sudden stop.


Prime-Time Specialty Vehicles has notified owners, and Freedman dealers have inspected and repaired the foldaway seats, free of charge. The recall began Nov. 16. Owners may contact Freedman customer service at 1-800-443-4540 or Prime-Time Specialty Vehicles at 1-574-293-9191.


Potential number of units affected: 90


 


Keystone RV is recalling certain 2019 Alpine and High Country Montana trailers and 2018 to 2019 Avalanche and Montana trailers equipped with cargo trays. The rivets that secure the stop bracket to the cargo tray may shear allowing the cargo tray to detach.


Keystone RV has notified owners, and dealers will replace the affected fasteners, free of charge. The recall began March 26. Owners may contact Keystone RV’s customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone R’'s number for this recall is 19-347.


Potential number of units affected: 1,535





Jayco is recalling certain 2019 North Point fifth wheel trailers equipped with cargo trays. The rivets that secure the stop bracket to the cargo tray may shear allowing the cargo tray to detach.


Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will replace the hollow rivets with structural rivets, free of charge. The recall began March 15. Owners may contact Jayco’s customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901431.


Potential number of units affected: 13


Jayco also is recalling certain 2019 Jayco Embark motorhomes built on a Spartan chassis, equipped with independent front suspension and front drum brakes. The cotter pins may be missing or improperly installed at the actuator rod of the front slack adjuster for the front brakes.


Spartan has notified owners, and Spartan Service Centers will inspect and properly install the cotter pin or install any missing pins and adjust the brakes appropriately, free of charge. The recall began on Feb. 28. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-517-9137.


Potential number of units affected: 20





Entegra Coach is recalling certain 2019 Reatta motorhomes built on a Spartan chassis, equipped with independent front suspension and front drum brakes. The cotter pins may be missing or improperly installed at the actuator rod of the front slack adjuster for the front brakes.


Entegra will notify owners, and Spartan Service Centers will inspect and properly install the cotter pin or install any missing pins and adjust the brakes appropriately, free of charge. The recall began on Feb. 28. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137.


Potential number of units affected: 45





Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain 2018 to 2019 Freightliner Cascadia vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) malfunction warning light may not reactivate after the ignition has been turned off and then switched back on. As such, the vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 121, “Air Brake Systems.”


DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ABS module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 27. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. The DTNA number for this recall is FL-810.


Potential number of units affected: 14


DTNA also is recalling certain 2020 Freightliner Cascadia vehicles equipped with an ICU3S Instrument Cluster and a DT12 automated manual transmission. When the transmission is shifted out of the Neutral (N) position, the instrument cluster will continue to display the “N” position.


DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the powertrain controller so that the correct gear selection displays in the instrument cluster, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 27. Owners can contact DTNA’s customer service at 1-800-745-8000. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-808.


Potential number of units affected: 43


Lastly, DTNA is recalling certain 2019 FCCC S2RV Chassis Cab vehicles. The affected cab chassis vehicles may have been built without Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) modules. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with FMVSS No. 121, “Air Brake Systems.”


Daimler Trucks North America has inspected the affected cab chassis and none need repair. Owner letters do not need to be sent. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. The DTNA number for this recall is FL-809.


Potential number of units affected: 2

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