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Old 01-16-2002, 05:01 PM   #1
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What is the best way to hook up a portable generator to my camper? My 820 is generator ready but I did not purchase a genset to be "built-in". The generator I have just has two 110v outlets and a 220v outlet.
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Old 01-16-2002, 05:01 PM   #2
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What is the best way to hook up a portable generator to my camper? My 820 is generator ready but I did not purchase a genset to be "built-in". The generator I have just has two 110v outlets and a 220v outlet.
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Old 01-16-2002, 06:24 PM   #3
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I'm not familiar with slide-ins, so forgive my partial ignorance, but it would seem to me that you have a shore power cord that you plug in when camping. Just plug this into one of the 110 outlets on the genset.

Do NOT plug it into the 22 outlet, you'll fry a whole bunch of stuff in the camper!

If you don't have a power cord, then the second idea would be to plug a car battery charger on the genset, and hook the battery charger to the onboard battery of the camper.

What I think you are really wanting to know is how to use the microwave or AC when no ac power is available, in which case do what I first said.
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Old 01-17-2002, 02:48 AM   #4
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JS,

The only way to use a portable generator is to hookup your shore power cable to it while setting outside on the ground where it can get ventilation. Portable generators are not compatable to operating in a compartment. Not only will they overheat in the compartment, they give off deadly carbon monoxide gas and the exhaust must be properly vented away from the camper.

The '94 Lance 990 we previously owned was "Generator Ready". At the time, Lance was using an Onan MicroLite LP generator. I purchased one and it fit perfectly, all the predrilled mounting holes lined up, the intake and outlet ventilation holes were already there, the wiring was in place along with the propane line. All I had to do was mount the generator, purchase the flexible hose and connect it to the propane line, hookup the wiring, and install the exhaust system. It was easy to start from the vent hood controls, worked perfectly, and gave good service. The downside is that the built-in unit costs more than a portable unit and added about 135 lbs to the rear of the camper.

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Old 01-22-2002, 05:30 AM   #5
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OK, that answered my question. I should have clarified and said "Besides plugging in the shore power cord." I won't put it in the compartment until I buy one that was made to go in there. Thanks.
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Old 01-27-2002, 08:36 AM   #6
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I too would like to know where to plug in a Honda eu1000, as I don't want the eventual thief to see it plugged in the shore power plug. This Honda doesn't need air circulating around, it is encased in a soundproofing shell, i can put it in an exterior compartment, with a tailpipe extension to keep fumes away, but where to connect It?

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I think you are wrong about putting the EU1000i in a closed compartment but let us know how it turns out.
You could pull the shore power cord under the camper and feed it up into the gen compartment and plug it in or you could use an extention cord that would be a little smaller and route it from the gen around to the shore power compartment.
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GIPSY, THE DOG, is right.If you are putting out 500 watts of electrical power you need to get ride of more than 500 watts of heat from the gen. set. If you enclose it, it will over heat and could result in a fire. Please do not do enclose a generator in an inclosed comparment. Jim

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Old 01-27-2002, 11:13 PM   #9
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I understand your concerns, but of course I would see that the compartment would be vented by floor and side vents. My idea is to use the compartment that held the 2 gas cylinders. (I relocated larger ones in another part of the camper) (don't ask where)
even the strongest chain cannot prevent theft, because i learnt that thiefs simply smash the plastic handle...and my cat only scares small birds...
I thought of the roof too but can't picture myself going thru the escape hatch etc...
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GIPSY, Please don't tell me where you put the propane tanks, but I sure hope that they are outside of the camper shell. Jim

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Ok, i'll say where they are, In fact it is the previous owner, a German off road champ, who made a sealed compartment in part of a large closet used to hang clothes. However, it is vented thru the bottom. The only drawback is the backbraking task of inserting the two large gas cylinders thru the inside closet door. I am thinking of having an exterior door cut out for that purpose.
The advantage is that I get twice the gas capacity, and i love to boondock.

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Old 01-30-2002, 04:39 AM   #12
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We mainly use ours (honda eu1000) to power a schumacher 15 amp smart charger to keep the 12volt batts charged. I have hooked up to the shore power but find this ineffeciant as the fridge will switch automatically to ac and the the on board maganatek charger is ~5amp. I can see hooking to shore power if you have a larger genset to power AC, microwave etc. As far as theft we use a bike cable and heavy padlock hooked to the fiver bumper . Yes, this just keeps otherwise honest people honest. If we're in an uncomfortable situation I will tuck the little red suitcase in the truck box between charges (not an option with a slide in I realize).

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Old 02-05-2002, 03:16 AM   #13
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JS,
I ordered my Lance with the generator option. The generator's output is available inside the small door where the shore power cord is stored. There is a large three element receptical around which I have to coil my shore power cord. The cord is always left plugged into that receptical. When the generator is running, it supplies 110v through that outlet.

If your 820 is pre-wired for the generator, it seems that (maybe) that receptical is installed in your shore power cord storage area and the wires that are attached to that receptical must be available somewhere in the generator compartment. Those wires can be attached to your generator's 110v output and you will have power to your camper without even opening the shore power compartment.

Of course, the generator pre-wire option may not include that receptical. I don't know.

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We have our Honda EU3000is generator mounted on a cargo carrier that is mounted in the rear trailer hitch receiver. I built a generator mount that allows the generator to be locked to the carrier and have a lock on the hitch. The generator isn't going anywhere. A homemade cover goes over the generator and also locks to the carrier when the generator is not in use. We plug our "shore power" cable into the generator with a "cheater cable" I made to allow a 30 amp connector to power the 50 amp cable. We can run all the appliances and A/C without a problem with this generator and it is super quiet.

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