generator switch - how to connect eu2000s

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Old 12-21-07, 07:26 AM
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generator switch - how to connect eu2000s

I have an older gentran switch that has an L14-30 plug on the box. I intend to install an outside outlet to use to connect the switch to two honda eu2000s with a parallel kit. The hondas have a L5-30 plug.(i believe the switch is for 240, but the hondas put out only 120.) So I have to connect an L5-30output to a L14-30 switch.

Should I install a L14-30 outlet like the switch came with, then use an adapter or make a cord to connect the hondas, or should I put an L15-30 in the outlet to match the hondas plug? Advantages and disadvantages of each? Seems using the L14-30 would allow me to use a larger generator in the future. Are there any grounding issues or other problems to be aware of?

Also, can the parallel kit be used withjust one honda to connect to the swith if I only need 2000 watts and want to save fuel, noise or time of running both hondas.

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That kit still only supplies 120 volt power. Your transfer switch is designed for 240 volt power. Only half of the circuits will work.
You are better off to use extention cords or buy a proper 240 volt generator.
 
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I would agree...

Keep your single "quiet running" Honda eu2000i generator for the little things. The little 120V things. Especially for "portability" events like camping or needing a generator on a moving trailer (like a Christmas float parade).

For your more then 20A "power" needs (like a camper with AC or home based system), purchase a Honda 11+ HP Generator. Like the 8175 shown at http://i15.ebayimg.com/04/i/000/b7/b0/f5ee_12.JPG Others brands (and models) of generators exist but for long life / quiet(er) running generators with some "240 power", I'd get a 6000+ W Honda engine generator. Once bought, it will last a very long time. Especially the Honda brand.

Hope this helps as well...

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My needs are primarily furnace fan and Fridge - all 120V, but neither has an assessable plug to go directly to the generator. I hate to spend hundreds of extra dollars on a new generator when the eu2000s I already have are much quieter, more fuel effficient and easier to move from storage when needed. The 4000 watts of the 2 eu2000s should be plenty. I just need to connect it. It sounds like its much more difficult than I had hoped though.

Btw, the 2 eu2000 setup works great for Rvs with AC and is very popular.
 
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The furnace fan and fridge will probably run on one of those units. If not just one on each one with and extention cord.
 
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Originally Posted by wtowen View Post
My needs are primarily furnace fan and Fridge - all 120V, but neither has an assessable plug to go directly to the generator. I hate to spend hundreds of extra dollars on a new generator when the eu2000s I already have are much quieter, more fuel effficient and easier to move from storage when needed. The 4000 watts of the 2 eu2000s should be plenty. I just need to connect it. It sounds like its much more difficult than I had hoped though.

Btw, the 2 eu2000 setup works great for Rvs with AC and is very popular.
I agree. The Honda eu2000 is a good generator to have. My BIL has one and sometimes, we borrow it for dry land camping. These are excellent "quiet running" portable devices.

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