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Old 01-07-2008, 05:40 PM   #1
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Was sitting in quickly cooling down house the other day during a 2 1/2 hour power outage (electric heat). And I said to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to have an emergency generator!" Then I thought about the perfectly good 5500 watt generator sitting out behind the house.

Has anyone modified their MH generator to use as a generator for the house? Except for the auto swap switch (shore to generator) when the gen set is running, I don't see why it couldn't work. \

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Old 01-07-2008, 05:40 PM   #2
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Was sitting in quickly cooling down house the other day during a 2 1/2 hour power outage (electric heat). And I said to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to have an emergency generator!" Then I thought about the perfectly good 5500 watt generator sitting out behind the house.

Has anyone modified their MH generator to use as a generator for the house? Except for the auto swap switch (shore to generator) when the gen set is running, I don't see why it couldn't work. \

Any coments or ideas?
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Old 01-07-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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Yep, I've done it. Living in hurricane country, it comes in handy. I put a box with a female receptical in the compartment with the electric cord. It receives power only from the generator. There is a box on the house connected to a transfer switch (installed by an electrician). The transfer switch takes the house of the "grid" when receiving power from the coach generator. With the Onan 7500 60AMP generator powering everything but the HWH, dryer, stove and A/C is no problem. We use the coach for those appliances as we need them.
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I took a slightly different approach than Gary.

After the last hurricane we went through in Gainesville, FL (when we had house) I simply ran a heavy duty extension chord from the rig's exterior 110v outlet to my kitchen. I then plugged in our refrigerator and chest freezer. Nothing else.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by GaryKD:
Yep, I've done it. Living in hurricane country, it comes in handy. I put a box with a female receptical in the compartment with the electric cord. It receives power only from the generator. There is a box on the house connected to a transfer switch (installed by an electrician). The transfer switch takes the house of the "grid" when receiving power from the coach generator. With the Onan 7500 60AMP generator powering everything but the HWH, dryer, stove and A/C is no problem. We use the coach for those appliances as we need them. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Nice setup Gary. I've thought of doing that myself. The transfer switch to remove the grid is really important, if you are considering doing this.

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I would need a really long cord. After going through Isabell a couple of years ago I am outta here when they say to leave. I have a house on wheels, why suffer?
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:41 AM   #7
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Hi Matt,
The electric hookup is not for during the storm. It is for when we return and do not have electric for several weeks.

I take the coach and leave before the storm hits. I also return with an extra 80 gallons of deisel fuel in addition what is in the coach tank.
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The transfer switch is a definite must have! A utility lineman lost his life a couple of years ago because a homeowner backfed their panel without turning the main off. The voltage goes thru the power companies transformer and steps up to several thousand volts. The lineman thought he was working on a dead line when it was re-energized by the generator.
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Home owners policies state you can use exteral power in a power outage but you must be in code.That means single cords or a transfer switch.If there is a electrial fire the fire marshal does a inspection and it is not in code,Home owners policies will not cover the claim.Good transfer switches cost from $300 to $500.It just makes sense to be safe.
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