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Old 10-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Generator (Capable for 50a)

I'm in the market for a portable generator for our 5th Wheel. Does anyone have any recommendations which to use? Was looking for a quiet model that was capable of running up to 50a to power both AC units.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:18 PM   #2
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Two Honda 3000's in parallel should do. Only other option would be the built in onan.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:21 PM   #3
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I saw those could be parralleled,would you just have to make a cord with a 30a connector from each generator to a 50a connection to the camper?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:26 PM   #4
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Two Honda 3000-watt gensets would not have to be "sync'd" to operate a fifth-wheel with a 50-amp plug, as each leg is completely isolated from the other, but you have to remember that you still will only have 25-amps per leg, not 50.

3000/120=25

You'd likely be able to run both A/Cs, but adding in additional draws like microwave ovens, electric water heaters, and toasters might be a bit much.

Remember, at 120-volts, two Honda 3000s are 6000 watts, and a fifty-amp RV service is (50 + 50) x 120 = 12,000 watts.

Not exactly the same thing.

To answer the preceding question, yes, a custom "Y-Pigtail" would be the best way of connecting it all.

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Old 10-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #5
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How about the brand/model, is the Honda a good choice for the money?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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We have a 9.6k with a 20 hp twin cyl briggs engine at the shop and it's still only 30amp

Not very portable either. Or quiet .

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Thanks for your input/advice, very helpful info
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:02 PM   #8
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I dont know that I have ever seen a portable gen actually rated for 50 amp service. Many have a 30 amp plug, but dont actually make a true 30 amp.

I think you have a choice between portable or 50 amp, but not both.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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Having a quiet generator for 50 amps is going to be a challenge, really depending on your definition of what quiet is.

I have seen some Generac portable generators at Home Depot that have a 50 amp receptacle as well as just looking at some Champion brand name ones a month back when we were threatened by a hurricane.

Here is one of the Champion ones at Camping World, that even though it has a 50 amp receptacle, you are still limited to 7500 running watts.


http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...enerator/56918
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:14 PM   #10
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Onan has a 12.5K but at 770lbs not really portable.
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