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Old 01-07-2013, 01:11 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Barlow46 View Post
Your 7500 will not produce 220V as designed. You must go to the 10,000kw or 12,000kw to get the 220. Something to do with "in phase" for 120v and "180 degrees out of phase" for 240v. Go to the onan website and there will be a chart somewhere showing the specs.
Thanks for the links. I already have the version of those specs for my generator set and they are similar to what you see for the lower power sets. The key word I missed was "Phase" when I speed read it. If the generator was wound (wired) for a single phase I'm done.

But being a persistent bugger and a retired electrical engineer, I can't resist opening up the black boxes and checking to see if I can't get the next model's capability the manufacturer took out to make a cheaper model. Yeah, I know it's a genetic defect we engineers have. Once in a while it works, but most of the time it just keeps me busy.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:30 AM   #44
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From my knowledge motorhomes are 120V. I thought when you plugged in to 50 amp shore power which is 120V - 2 phase (220V) each leg in the electrical box of the motorhome was 120V. Since the coach doesn't have any 220 V circuits, this allows us to use 30 amp shore power and our 120/220 switch just put the same 120V phase on both legs of the breaker box. I'm pretty sure this is how it works.
That being said "in theory" you could tap 220V from the shore power 50 amp connection to the 120/220V converter box and wire a 220 v dryer. It still wouldn't work on the generator. It wouldn't work on the 30 shore power. But would work on 50 amp shore power.

I have a GE space maker 120V dryer that works great. I can use it with my generator, 30 or 50 amp shore power and it dries a load in an hour. I'm haven't figured out what all the rush is about drying clothes. I'm on a rest of my life vacation. Enjoy your travels and let the clothes enjoy their time on the dryer.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:51 AM   #45
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On my 05 dynasty, when I plug in to a 50a pedestal at a campground or here at home, I have 220v available to run my dryer if I choose. I also have 220v available when only running my generator (10kw Onan Quiet Diesel). We can actually run our dryer while traveling down the road if we choose to do so. Here is the link to the distribution panel that makes the 220v available from both the generator and the pedestal.

You are correct on not having 220v available on 30a shore power but with the 220v available from the generator, that has never been a problem.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #46
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Thank you for the information folks. I'm probably going to just do the 120 dryer in a stackable set. I was interested in 220/240 only because I thought there were more choices that way. However, I found both a GE and a Whirlpool 120 Volt stackable set and I'll take the easy way out and use one of those sets. Running the dryer as we roll down the road is a nice idea--don't know how often that will be used but it is a nice option.

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:53 AM   #47
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Dave, we have the GE set in our coach. The dryer works great! If I had not seen this post DW and I would not have known we did not have the same set up as s/b. So get the 110volt. No problems.
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