Nikki and I had a 4000XL contractor’s generator that was able to run the AC unit. The generator itself was about 150LBS and the noise level was around 90 dB- too high for park use. So we sold it on CL and decided to purchase a generator that ran below 70 dB and also weighed less. The most popular generators are parallel units which is the combination of two generators running together to produce roughly 4000watts which will run an AC unit. The most popular parallel generators are the Honda EU2000i and the Yamaha EF2000iS but they cost around $1000 new (and we did not want to spend $2000 plus for generators). So I did some research to find out what options are available below $1000. To my surprise there are plenty of options much cheaper than the Honda EU2000i and the Yamaha EF2000iER.
Here is a list with price and specs:
We decided to go with the Ryobi RYI2200 because it had high customer ratings and was the only digital generator in its category (safe for sensitive electronics). It was very quiet and only weighs 57 LBS and the best part was its price tag- $600!!. We can purchase two for almost the same price as one Honda or Yamaha. Purchased at home depot: