We will be selling our fifth wheel soon. We have a 6500 watt generac generator mounted in the bed of the dually. It is in a diamond plate box.Like the tool box. So it is weather proof. It puts out a constant 54 amps. The generator does not have its own battery so it is wired to the two truck batteries. I would like to have the generator set up on a pad next to our garage. Then I could keep the battery in the garage and on a trickle charger. Thats what I do now.The two batterise in the truck are on the trickle chager all the time.
I would have an electrican do the install for me. We could run the cabels under ground (20 ft) into the basement and over to the panel. Have him install an automatic transfer switch.and what ever else is needed to keep everybody safe and leagel.
Now my question is I want the generator to supply the whole panel so we can manage the distrubition of power our selfs. I know the generator will not power our whole house. But with carefull management it should get us through an outage. The last one was 5.5 days. The generator is gasoline and has a 12 gal tank. That will give us 20+ hrs. The 5.5 day outage we last had we were still able to go twenty miles to the next town for gas. The generator also has a remote start so at night I can start it from the bed.
We traded our truck and fifth wheel for a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4. (8-30-13)Haven't used them in almost a year.
I would recommend purchasing an ammeter (AC uses a coil that slips over the hot wire) and place the ammeter where you can eyeball it once in awhile. The wires that connect the pickup to the meter are a pair of 18 gauge even for long runs.
With gas heat and stove you should be in like flynn, but then if you have natural gas a thought might be given to converting the prime mover. You'll end up with 80% of the horsepower, but no fuel worries and the motor oil stays clean. Run it day and night 'till the cows come home.
I used a manual transfer switch panel, this sub panel had separate switches for each branch circuit switched. It also had watt meters (not really needed but very enlightening)
Option 2 is simular
Main panel feeds the transfer switch via a 50 amp breaker which in turn feeds a SUB panel with the priority loads (Furnace, Fridge, Freezer, TV/Radio/Computer, selected lights, water pump if you pump your own, Air Conditioner)
In my case the A/C did not go on the E_panel since it was 240 volt and the generator was 120 But the furnace did.
Home is where I park it.
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
There are now whole house transfer switches that are attached at the power meter. I do not know the price, but installation is a breeze compared to a transfer switch.
This might vary by state and/or power company. In my situation, the device is supplied by the power company and carries a monthly charge, to which I say "no thanks". Too bad, it is an elegant solution.
2009 Fleetwood Icon 24A
Honda Fit dinghy with US Gear brake system
LinkPro battery monitor - EU2000i generator