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Old 11-20-2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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I had 30 amp shore power sitting right under my nose

I'm not the most electrically literate person, I know just enough to be dangerous.
We routinely lose power where I live, and have had a few ice storms where we were without power for as long as 8 days, so a generator is mandatory. I have a 30 amp double pole breaker running to a 4 prong generator outlet by the main house service, so I can run heat, a few lights, and the refrigerator when we lose power.
Fast forward to me browsing YouTube and watching a video of a guy who is making a pigtail so he can run his camper off of a big generator, it didn't have the RV plug like some do. He just used 10/3 power cord and only wired one side hot on the 4 prong plug that connected to the generator, TADA! 30 amp 120volt power.
So for $25, I can now run whatever I need to when getting ready for a trip.


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Old 11-21-2018, 12:21 AM   #2
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Some generators also have a three-prong twist lock outlet for 120 Volts, 30 amps. If you have one of those, you can use one of these: https://www.campingworld.com/30-amp-...male?rrec=true

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Old 11-22-2018, 03:40 AM   #3
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"Just enough" looks like a professional job. You may wish to protect the plugs from rain and snow. Maybe wrap in a plastic bag.
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:04 AM   #4
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You might consider running both hot legs to your unit if it has a 50 amp chord. If your trailer is wired for 50 amps you could run 2 hot legs and a neutral and ground. If the gen has a 240 volt 30 amp 4 wire plug you could make the pigtail and be safe because your generator already has 30 protection for the #10 wire.
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