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Originally Posted by Doubledoc View Post
Has anyone installed a 50 amp receptical on there BB which would allow one to plug in an other couch into your generator system? A friend with a Prevost said he has heard of that and they call it a buddy plug.

I would assume that one would intercept the generator output near the generator and just add the new outlet in an appropriate location. Then to tap off the power one would just plug in the other coach to that oulet. Probably one should have a switch and maybe a curcuit breaker in the system so power could be switched on after plugging in.

If this is doable and not a problem for the coach, then the next step would be to wire our home such that the house can be disconnected from the power grid and then powered by the BB generator in case of power failure that might last along time especially in cold weather.

Our Powertech genny is 17 KW which would be great if available to power the house. Also the diesel fuel is fresh at all times and of signifacnt volume.

Thoughts?

Wanderlodge Owners Group > Mechanic's Corner > Generators > Using Your 'Birds Generator For Emergency Power

Here is my post in that thread, be sure to check oput the complete thread.

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Hurricane season is upon us and some of us you have already experienced loss of electrical service at your homes during severe storms and tornadoes, so I thought that this would be a good time to bring up the topic of adding a connection to your homes electrical service so that you could use the generator on your 'Bird for emergency power.

Ever since I went through HURRICANE HUGO here in South Carolina back in September 1989, I have had a way to use an auxiliary generator, for my bus, shop and rental property.

http://facstaff.gpc.edu/~pgore/students/w97/matheson/hugocsat.gif

Since the generator on my old bus didn't work properly, I first purchased a 8000 watt Lincoln Ranger 8 Welder / Generator and had it mounted on a small trailer, so that it could be also transported to friends and relatives homes for their use if I wasn't already using it here.

http://www.pbase.com/image/98008157

Now I use the generator on my 'Bird to do the same job, keeping the old generator for backup, or for use by relatives and friends. On my 'Bird I have installed a BUDDY PLUG for this use.

http://www.pbase.com/iamflagman/image/41069743

I have installed in my shop a STANDBY GENERATOR BREAKER PANEL, that allows me to safely switch the power source from shore power to generator power, so that it will not feed back power into the shore power when it is restored.

http://www.pbase.com/iamflagman/image/50203372

There a many styles and brands of these types of panels on the market, here are some links to some of them;

General Electric Generator Interlock Kit

Cutler Hammer

Harbor Freight

If you are using something different, tell us what you use as it is always a good idea to be prepared ahead of time.
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