Originally Posted by ichabod123
Question for you electricians.
We may have to move into the RV before PGE gets power to the site. I am currently plugged in through a 200 foot run extension cord. This gives me the power I need to run the basic items but only 1 or 2 at a time. A lot of voltage drop.
Here is my question; Is there a way to still use the extension cord but boost the power with a generator? I dont want to back- feed the extension cord.
Does that make sense?
If you are connecting to a 15 or 20 Amp (120 VAC) source, it does not make any difference how large of an extension cable you use. The source itself is only capable of supplying enough current for a very few loads without tripping the circuit breaker. If you have to run 200 feet to the source, you should be using at least 10 gauge (or larger) cable to minimize voltage loss.
If you already have the generator (and the Redwood installed transfer switch), I would recommend you run the generator as much as possible. If you don't have the transfer switch, that Redwood installs as part of the generator prep package, I would recommend that you disconnect your extension cable, then connect your generator any time you need more power. Without the transfer switch, you cannot connect the generator at the same time as you are connected to shore power or you will burn up the generator.
If you have the option to connect to a 50 Amp, 240 VAC source, you could make up 50 Amp cable with 6 gauge (or larger) cable and 50 Amp connectors, but, you will likely pay a few hundred dollars.........might as well buy a generator.
Hope this helps.
Guy & Phyllis
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