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Old 02-05-2016, 08:45 AM   #11
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You might get some 10-3 heavy rubber cord and plug/receptacle ends and make yourself. Home Depot
Or if you have an electrician as a friend,,, maybe for a couple 6 packs,,, he would make you a 10 footer ???
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:53 AM   #12
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30 amp extension cord for generator

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Op, i would make sure you wire the plug to only have one leg hot. Some 4 prong genny plugs have 2 hot legs.




12 guage is only rated for 20 amps, 120v a/c
10 guage is rated for 30 amps, 120v a/c

The four prong unit I think you suggest are 220v/ 110v with a floating neutral.


Op what does your generator have for outlets?
And which one are you going to use?


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Old 02-05-2016, 09:57 PM   #13
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The four prong unit I think you suggest are 220v/ 110v with a floating neutral.


Op what does your generator have for outlets?
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Something like that. I know my household type genny has a 240v -30 amp 4 prong twist lock plugin that is probably the most common I've seen around here and has easy to find cords. I have it wired to a plug that goes into my transfer switch for my house.

Heres a pic of the basic layout im referring too. (My genny doesn't have the 3 prong 30 amp that is shown in the pic)
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:06 PM   #14
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Something like that. I know my household type genny has a 240v -30 amp 4 prong twist lock plugin that is probably the most common I've seen around here and has easy to find cords. I have it wired to a plug that goes into my transfer switch for my house.

Heres a pic of the basic layout im referring too. (My genny doesn't have the 3 prong 30 amp that is shown in the pic)

Keep in mind that the 4 prong outlet is rated and probably listed at 30 amp but that's only on the 240v side, if you plug in a 120v appliance or to your 30 amp 120v camper it'll only put out 15 amps.
Kind of deceiving when buying a generator as a lot of companies list it as use for Rv.


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Keep in mind that the 4 prong outlet is rated and probably listed at 30 amp but that's only on the 240v side, if you plug in a 120v appliance or to your 30 amp 120v camper it'll only put out 15 amps.
Kind of deceiving when buying a generator as a lot of companies list it as use for Rv.


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Yep.
I only use it around the farm, and a couple of times when the power was out at the house, to run the fridge and a couple lights.
I've never tried to set it up for camper use, since we have a seasonal.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:29 AM   #16
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A 30A 120/240 twist lock should put out 30A on each leg... Not 30a total.

120@30a -- 0 (neutral) -- 120@30a

Limited of course, by the size of the generator - you'd need a 6500 watt unit to get the full 30a at 240; a 3500w will be almost certainly limited to about 15a per leg; unless it's got a dedicated 120v mode (at which point it would have a 120v twist lock, rather then a 120/240...)

Also - many cheaper voltage regulators aren't very happy with largely imbalanced loads; and will get 'noisy' when they are badly balanced.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #17
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Be aware that your standard Trailer shore power plug will not plug into the generator without an adapter.
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Be aware that your standard Trailer shore power plug will not plug into the generator without an adapter.
Yep.

I had to get one like this for it to work.

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Yep what I bought for my Gen also. Easy find at camper stores or Harbor freight. Later RJD
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Admiral, you have a P.M.
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