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Old 05-12-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Wiring for generator

I own a Jayco 365BHS and want to have the option of running a generator. The unit is not wired for a generator. Any ideas as to what I can do? We are planning some dry camping and need a generator.

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Old 05-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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Easiest way is to get a portable unit and plug the trailer power cord into it. If you want to run the A/C you'll need at least a 3kw unit, otherwise a 2kw will probably suffice. You'll probably need an adapter if the generator doesn't have an outlet that matches your trailer plug. Hondas are the gold standard but pricey. Lots of folks (me included) have had good luck with Champions (Chinese knockoffs).

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Old 05-12-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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I use a Yamaha 2400iSHC for my boondocking, and it runs my 13.5 A/C just fine.

Here are a couple of JOF reference threads on the generator subject, may help with your research:





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Old 05-12-2013, 03:55 PM   #4
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Thank you Bob. Appreciate the help.
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Thanks for the assistance.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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interested myself in upside and downs. we have a class C with a generator. expensive, but darned convenient. so the typical fifth wheel isn't installed with generator...and don't feel like we'll have one installed...for $5K!!!
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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I'm of the opinion that if you can buy new with the generator installed, do it.
Our first fifth wheel didn't have one and after a storm blew thru, no power for two days. And of course, a generator was not to be found anywhere locally. The only one we could find right away was the Honda 2000. That barely did it for us, but we still went out to buy a 4K later.
Now our latest 5er has the Onan generator built in and it is now one less thing to worry about or pack.
I think those 4k champions are a great idea if you don't have one built in. Not too heavy and works well. Down side is you have to remember to bring the gas. Keep in mind that if the power goes out area wide, gas pumps won't work either But for boondocking it should be fine.

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