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Old 07-28-2016, 02:16 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, 02:48 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, 03:03 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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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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Old 07-28-2016, 03:12 PM   #5
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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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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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Old 07-28-2016, 04:42 PM   #8
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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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Just to be safe you can give the attachment to the electrician.
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I run 2 yamaha 2000s for the versatility of being able to use one run to charge batteries and keep lights on and two when there is a heavy load like AC. running only one is very quite and uses very little fuel.
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:36 PM   #13
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Champion 3100 with remote

We have the Champ and for $890 ;ess than half what we paid for our Honda 3000 is it is just about as good and less weight. It runs are A/C perfectly. Also I never had any trouble running A/c at home on a 20 Amp adapter with several different RVs. Just nothing else. Happy camping!!
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Old 07-29-2016, 02:47 PM   #14
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Hector517, I your second post (#3) you questioned about connecting to 220. I don't think you should ever hook-up to 220. I may be wrong, if so, sorry bout that!
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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?
Think about future upgrades (you will) and for just a little more bucks put in a 50/30/20 amp box. Same thing you see in the campgrounds and the electrician labor charge should be the same. They just have to run a slightly heavier gauge wire.
Shop Eaton 50-Amp, 30-Amp, 20-Amp Overhead or Underground Temporary Power Panel at Lowes.com
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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?
I recently purchased the same Champion generator and had no problem running my 13,500 AC unit on a recent week long event. We also borrowed a friend's Honda EU3000i generator to run a food trailer at the same event. I tried both generators to run the camper on different days and found no difference in output on my camper ammeter with the AC running. The Honda was slightly quieter in IMHO, but neither one was too loud to have a normal conversation standing right next to them. The Champion ran the food trailer well also which had a 13,500 AC, a full size fridge and and small freezer. The only issue was when we tried to start the AC, fridge and freezer on the food trailer all at the same time causing to much draw which kicked the breaker on the Champion. Afterwards we started them one at a time and had no problem running all three on the Champion. I think you will be happy with your purchase.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:10 PM   #17
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Only air

We just got back from camping with only a generator. It's not easy we have a 3100 power house generator almost new. All we could run on it was the air and lights. If you try to use anything else...toaster, coffee pot it quits. We had to remember to turn off the air first. Is there a generator which will run more than the air?
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I purchased a 3500/4000 max gem from cabelas it's NOT inverter type.
To be safe I FIRST pluged in my progressive surge proctor then camper into proctor..
Wouldn't work so I did some research bought a "generator plug" now it works fine & can run AC.
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I have had three Champion 3000/3500 gens for several years and never had any problems with any of them. They all crank on the first pull even if it's been several months since the last use. I paid under $300 for each of them from Tractor Supply. They also have a 4000/4600 unit for around $400. I don't buy the inverter units as sound has never been a problem.
All have the 30 amp RV type plug, so no adaptor is needed. Also has a 220 volt/20 amp plug and two 15 amp plugs.
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