Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-17-2016, 07:25 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 18
Honda generator 120/240 switch

I have a 50amp trailer.

I recently purchased a Honda generator that has a three prong outlet AND a four prong outlet.

The 4 prong outlet has a 120v/240v label over it with a 120/240 switch.
I'm confused which outlet I should use and if I should have the switch on 120 or 240. I understand that 50 amps at the campground panel is 120 volts on each pole. However, I'm not sure if the generator is acting the same as the campground panel if the switch is on 240 or does the 240 switch make the generator produce 240 (220) like you would use for a home dryer or electric range? Thus frying my camper.

I know the safe option is to just convert down to the 30 amp plug but would obviously like to utilize the 120/240 if it is safe or even possible.

Thank you!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	honda.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	230.3 KB
ID:	117637   Click image for larger version

Name:	honda closeup.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	249.6 KB
ID:	117638  
__________________

__________________
nso4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 07:38 PM   #2
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 13,097
It's possible to use either with the proper adapter and your 50 amp ready RV. However, glancing at the fuses, using the generator as 120/240 volt may not gain you a whole lot.

What model generator is this, and how many watts is it rated for? I'm thinking it's in the 4800-5000 watt range.
__________________

__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Materialism: buying things we donít need with money we donít have to impress people that donít matter.
wmtire is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2016, 07:39 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
RSchleder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,217
I know I'm asking the obvious,however----what's the owners manual say?
__________________
Days camping (2016)----181 days
Days camping (2017) --- 52 days
2016 Wildcat MAXX 28RKX (33' TT), 2007 13' Scamp
2015 Ram Laramie Hemi, w/air suspension
30 years RV'ing
12 different RV's
RSchleder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 04:58 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 18
EB 4000X
__________________
nso4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 04:59 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 18
3500-4000. Talked to two RV dealers. Each gave a different answer.
__________________
nso4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 05:00 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 18
Manual wasn't helpful
__________________
nso4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 05:11 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 18
Maybe the manual does help. Still need some help understanding and making sure I don't damage anything.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	1471558234001.jpg
Views:	70
Size:	72.9 KB
ID:	117734   Click image for larger version

Name:	1471558256205.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	100.9 KB
ID:	117735   Click image for larger version

Name:	1471558279785.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	52.8 KB
ID:	117737  
__________________
nso4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 06:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Mountain Foothills of Southern Alberta
Posts: 666
You are not going to gain anything by using the 240v with the proper adapter.
The 120v will supply 29.2 amps and the 240v will supply 14.6 amps, so you gain nothing.
__________________

2007 Surveyor SV230
- 200 Watts Solar/MPPT Controller - 230 AH Battery Bank - 600 watt PSW Inverter - (2) 2000 watt Inverter Generators - LED Lighting - Boon Docking 99% of the time.
2009 F150 - 5.4 Litre - 6 speed - Tow Package
boondocking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2016, 07:17 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 353
Quote:
Originally Posted by nso4life View Post
Maybe the manual does help. Still need some help understanding and making sure I don't damage anything.
Nice generator, but totally useless for your RV. in order to fully use your 50 amp 120/240 service, you would need a 10,000 watt 120/240 generator.

Basically what you have is a generator with two 20 amp 120 volt circuits. It will give you basic power if you get a 120/240- 4 wire 20 amp twist lock to 120/240 - 4 wire 50 amp adapter. I wouldn't even attempt to run anything but the basic necessities and definitely would never attempt to run an air conditioner.

What you have is a generator with
one 120 volt 30 amp twist lock receptacle
two 120 volt 15 amp duplex receptacles and
one 120/240 volt 20 amp twist lock receptacle.

Can you get your money back?
__________________
ShermanD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2016, 05:33 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 18
I didn't intend on running all of my components. Just the necessities. What exactly does the 240 switch do?
__________________

__________________
nso4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
generator, switch

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:33 AM.