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Old 07-28-2016, 03:16 PM   #1
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Generator for 30 Amp RV

Based upon my own research and the comments in this forum, I am leaning toward a Champion RV Generator to power my MicroLite 13,500 AC and appliances while on the beach or boondocking somewhere else. I can understand buying a generator with insufficient wattage/ power. Is there a corresponding upper wattage limit? Can a generator with too much power cause an electrical fire or other damages?
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
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No. Extra capacity will just not be used. The 30A breaker in the trailer will prevent you from drawing more than 30A. The down side of a oversize generator is extra weight, less efficient and may be louder.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks, flybob! I have a follow-up question. What are the adapter bones all about? Can I use one to connect a 30 amp power chord to a residential 110 or 220 receptacle? Is this sufficient to operate the 13,500 AC unit?
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:08 PM   #4
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Hector, which Champion model are you looking at?

Cause they make inverter models that are appropriate for campgrounds but they also make the cheaper and noisy open frame contractor type of generators.
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The dog Bone adapters do just what you suggested... allows you to use your 30 amp shore plug into a 15/20 amp 110v residential outlet.

Can you use your A/C while plugged in with this configuration?... Yes, but bear in mind you WILL NOT be able to use much else that draws electrical current (water heater on electric, toaster, hair dryer,etc.) as the A/C will eat up most of the available amps when connected this way.

Adapter quality and/or using an extension cord will also have a bearing on how much amperage is available as well.
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:14 PM   #6
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the Bones are to adapt different plugs to different.
Typically you will need adapters for 30amp to 20 amp so you can connect to a standard duplex out let and a 30 amp to 50 amp so you can connect to the 50amp RV service at a park. You may also need an adapter from the generator to your shore cord.


You can connect your RV to a standard house power plug using the 30amp to 20amp adapter. To run the AC you should use a dedicated circuit on a 20 amp breaker.
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I would not advise trying to run AC on 20amp circuit. Later RJD
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Bikendan, I am looking at the Champion 75531i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator that operates at 58dBA. Regarding my doggone question, I will hire an electrician to install a 30 amp receptacle at my home. Better safe than sorry, right?
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Bikendan, I am looking at the Champion 75531i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator that operates at 58dBA. Regarding my doggone question, I will hire an electrician to install a 30 amp receptacle at my home. Better safe than sorry, right?
After toying with the idea of a generator, and researching the last several months, I jumped and ordered a Champion 3100 today, and a hard start capacitor has also been ordered.
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Bikendan, I am looking at the Champion 75531i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator that operates at 58dBA. Regarding my doggone question, I will hire an electrician to install a 30 amp receptacle at my home. Better safe than sorry, right?
That is a good generator that should run your 13.5k AC with no problem.
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