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Old 03-10-2015, 08:28 PM   #1
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Question Does my generator have enough?

I have a 6000 running watts and 8250 startup watts generator. It has a 30 amp 120/240 v plug, which we bought a pigtail for. Mine's in storage and can't check the A/C, Heater, Water Heater specs.

Any help greatly appreciated
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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JAYCO uses a 5500 watt Onan in the FWs. You should be good to go.
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Old 03-11-2015, 05:47 AM   #3
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that should be plenty big enough
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:15 AM   #5
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Watts is fine. How about the noise level? Anything above 60db is going to make for unhappy neighbors. But if you are out in the sticks boondocking that won't matter.

Typically the water heater is about 1500 watts. Refrigerator is 200 - 400 watts.

However, when running on a generator you usually want anything that will run on propane to use that. Like the refrigerator and water heater.
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For lifting heavy objects harbor freight has a truck bed lift that will pick up to 1000 lbs. I bought one as my back just wont do it any more.. so it should lift his genny very easily.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:18 AM   #7
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What type of pigtail would you use for that 240V plug? Something that only grabs one leg of it?
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My understanding of the 240V pigtail is that it is only wired on 1 leg. I needed the pigtail to get my power cord plugged in. The generator will put out 120/240 based on your plug/draw. From what I have read.
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If it is truly a 240V Gen, you will have 240V between the two hots, and 120 between each hot and neutral. The ONLY thing that should vary based on the "draw" of the trailer, is current, or Amps. The Voltage will either be 240 or 120 depending on how your plug is configured.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:33 PM   #10
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If it is truly a 240V Gen, you will have 240V between the two hots, and 120 between each hot and neutral. The ONLY thing that should vary based on the "draw" of the trailer, is current, or Amps. The Voltage will either be 240 or 120 depending on how your plug is configured.
Thanks Tim, my understanding is the plug is what determines 120 or 240 V, thanks for making this more clear. I would hate to fry my appliances with 240 V!!

here is a link to the pigtail I bought:

Rodale 30 Amp Generator 4 Prong to RV30 Amp Adapter cord-G30M4RV30F - The Home Depot
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