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Old 01-07-2017, 04:52 PM   #1
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I want to run a portable generator from my pickup to my 5th wheel while towing. Has anyone done this and how did y'all wire it. Shore power cord is in the rear. Can't use it.
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Haven't done it but,
Make a cord (search soow cord) with appropriate ends and gauge, secure along frame and enough at tongue to reach generator in bed. Plug trailer in to new "extension" cord while traveling then unplug and plug into shore power if/when needed. Just a thought.
By the way, what are you wanting to run? Ac? Reefer?
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When you travel in Texas during the summer, trailer temp hits over 90 deg. Going to run A/C.
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Richard,

Doesn't Rusty or Ken have that type of setup for their 5th wheels?
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If you have a generator prep, there should be a connection in the front bay, You will need to add the appropriate plug and a pig tail to connect from the truck mounted generator to the trailer.

If you have a trailer mounted EMS and the generator is a Honda EU series or the equivalent Yamaha, you will need to make up a 120 vac dummy plug with a neutral to ground bond in order to get the EMS to recognize the generator as a valid power source.

Rusty no longer visits this forum and I only visit the Texas Boomers section.

Send Madame Boomer a private message and she can have Rusty get in touch with you.

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Maybe a tray in rear of 5er to set generator in. Do you have a hitch in the rear of 5er?
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Richard,
I installed a 30Amp breaker in my breaker box and ran 10ga romex from it to a junction box I mounted under the hitch box in front of the trailer. From the junction box I run a 30Amp cord with a male plug to the generator in back of truck. I coil the cord up and store it in the hitch box when not in use.

When using the generator I turn the breaker on and when not in use I turn it off. For safety i use a dummy female receptacle on the 30amp cord when storing it just in case the breaker gets turnd on when shore power is hooked to the trailer. Also keep in mind that when you are using the generator with the breaker on the shore power receptacle is hot and you should never hook a shore power cord to it while using the generator.
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