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Old 06-22-2006, 07:19 PM   #1
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Dumb question, but...better safe than sorry. I received a Honda EM500 portable generator as a gift. Can I plug my 30 am RV power cord into the generator (I have a plug adaptor) to run some basic applicances such as lights, nothing too demanding like the 13.5 AC.
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Dumb question, but...better safe than sorry. I received a Honda EM500 portable generator as a gift. Can I plug my 30 am RV power cord into the generator (I have a plug adaptor) to run some basic applicances such as lights, nothing too demanding like the 13.5 AC.
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Old 06-23-2006, 02:53 AM   #3
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Yes, no problem at all. Should run most things (not at same time) except for Microwave and AC.
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Old 06-23-2006, 03:51 AM   #4
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Hello "Bigg Al",

Welcome to iRV2, we're really glad to have you here as a new member and are looking forward to reading your posts about your RVing experiences and adventures. You'll find a great bunch of folks on this site who are very knowledgeable of RVing, the rigs we use, and the places we go in them.

As 'dmurdock' has already indicated, there are limitations with using a 500 watt generator to run your 30 amp system. Keep in mind that when you start drawing about 4.3 amps, your generator will be putting out it's maximum wattage. Additional loads may drop the voltage, lug the engine down, or blow a circuit breaker.

As you'll see, members here are eager to help and share their knowledge and experiences with others.

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Old 06-23-2006, 04:46 AM   #5
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Thanks 'dmurdock' and 'Hitchhiker' for the quick response and info. Really appreciate it.
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Old 06-23-2006, 06:05 AM   #6
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Howdy Big Al and welcome to the site!

I would like to give you some input as to what the 500 Watt gen will feed.

Answer, not much..... Here is a breakdown of what things in your rig will draw.

A\C= 12-15 amps. (Out of the question)
Water heater if it has a 110 volt element= 9-11-amps. (Not enough)
Microwave= 10-13 amps depending on wattage.
Frige on A\C= 4-6 amps.
Power converter (110-12 volts to keep your lights and batts up) 3-5 amps depending on battery state.

So about all you can do with a 500 watt gen. is charge or keep the 12 volt battery up and feed you lights and water pump.

It may not sound like much. BUT, if yall "Dry Camp" a lot it would be a handy dandy thing to have. Keep the battery up so you don't have to keep hooking up the running tow vehicle to charge it.

"Keep on Kampin!"

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Thanks Don. I really appreciate the extra info you folks are providing....I'm still new to the RV world and trying to 'learn the ropes' along the way without making too many costly mistakes...
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500 watts? Wow, that's a little bugger, isn't it? 1 horsepower = 746 watts, and a truck alternator putting out 130 amps at 12 volts is producing 1560 watts. Powering the equivalent of 5 each 100 watt light bulbs isn't going to do a lot, but if you're boondocking, every little bit helps, I guess.

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Old 06-23-2006, 07:49 AM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I'm still new to the RV world and trying to 'learn the ropes' along the way without making too many costly mistakes... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That will NEVER change!

But if there had been an intrenet and a forum like this back in the later 60's and early 70's, I am SURE I could have saved Mom and Dad a lot of headaches.

Of course by the time I got MY own rig in the late 70's I already knew it ALL. (I THOUGHT!)

Needless to say, I STILL learn new stuff about rigs from time to time even now almost 40 years later.

Dang it does not seem like that long ago...... I still remember the trips in the "Slide in" as a youngster.

Also our honeymoon in MY slide in 26 years ago (After the first night I made sure to put the jacks down each night after that. )

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I have a honda Generator eu3000is, the other day it started smelling light a motor burning up and it went into overload and will not put out power, but engine runs fine. What could have burnt up? the generator or the inverter. I wish it was something a little cheaper like a avr, regulator or something, any opinions?
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:03 PM   #11
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Sounds to me like the inverter (I have the same generator)...right down here about 3 miles from me is a repair shop for the Honda stuff...might be a commute for you! I am in a suburb of Denver.

At any rate, I hope it is an easy fix!

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Old 06-22-2016, 05:19 AM   #12
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Angry My Broke Eu3000is

We tore it down, boy a job, and the stator/magneto has three burnt legs. 319 to fix. If it can be reassembled ha. Don't know if it's worth it when I can get a new one, not like it thou for 400-500.
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