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Old 05-14-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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MH generator powering stick house in emergency...

Hi all,

I don't think this is the right forum for this, but I couldn't figure out where it should go.

5 years ago when I moved to VA, I set my house up with a transfer switch and a Generac XP8000E portable gen that runs on gas / LP. (we were losing power fairly regularly).

Now with my new DP MH... I have an ONAN QD8000. The MH lives at my house parked right next to the transfer switch port.

Is there a way (relatively easy)to wire a 50 amp output from the Gen so I can power my house in an emergency?

I'd love to get the garage space back and sell the Generac!

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We're only talking about four wires so any setup will be 'relatively' easy...at least to those of us who have worked with electrical all our lives.

I have a 30Amp rig. In my genset compartment, there is a 4-square box where the output of the genset is routed to the RV's wiring...which goes to the transfer switch. It would be easy to mount another box, or a box extension, and add a plug in for an extension cable.

Your rig may have the same type of box in your genset compartment. Any competent electrically handy person should be able to handle it.
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I believe your Generac provides 240v output, just like your house. The Onan only provides 120v so you will have problems with your stove, A/C drier etc. I have used my generator (QD6000) to power fridge, TV, lights etc. but only via an extension cord.
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I believe your Generac provides 240v output, just like your house. The Onan only provides 120v so you will have problems with your stove, A/C drier etc. I have used my generator (QD6000) to power fridge, TV, lights etc. but only via an extension cord.
Yup.

So I opted to buy a used 240v portable genny via Craigslist and connect via an genny inlet. Else, just move into the MH should the need arise.
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What house is wire 240v? House panels are 2 bus bars of 120v each. Ahh, but I see what you are saying, you need 120v 180 out of phase to create 240v for larger amp draw items.
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It will work, just remember to open all 220VAC breakers in the house electrical panel first, otherwise you will likely ruin some expensive appliances. I run my house lighting and furnace blower with a 3000W portable genset. It keeps me in practice with load management too.
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