The 30 Amp Rv Generator Truth

30 amp rv generator could very well be better than a 50 amp generator. I may be thinking insane however it appears that the 50-amplifier  plug on the Recreational Vehicle has 2 hot legs and the amplifier /240-volt outlet on the alternator has two hot legs, and other than the decreased amplifier erage the direct link should work? What is properly to hook my 50-amplifier  shore power cable to the alternator ?– Bob Tavenner

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Dear Bob,

Camco already makes that specific product. It has a male, twist-lock, 40-amplifier  120/240-volt plug on the rv generator, and a female, 120/240-volt, 50-amplifier , NEMA 14-50 outlet on the camplifier er side.

The 40 amp mobile recreational vehicle when it comes to operation, considering that this class of alternator  outputs around 40 amplifier s of current per each of its two legs, and each leg is connected to among the 50-amplifier  bus connections inside of your Recreational Vehicle’s distribution panel, you’ll have a total of 60 amplifier s of current offered from the alternator , instead of 100 amplifier s (50 +50 amplifier s) from a pedestal with a 50-amplifier /120/240-volt outlet. It should work perfectly within the power limitations of the alternator .

However bear in mind that lots of inverter alternator s from Honda, Yamaha and others have a drifting neutral bus. So if you want your gas unit to power an intelligent/EMS surge protector, you’ll probably require to add my G-N bonding plug to the alternator ‘s 20-amplifier outlets.

Here’s the dog-bone adapter from Camco.

Here’s my short article from recently’s Recreational Vehicle Travel newsletter on onboard product  Neutral/Ground bonding works.

If you don’t want to wire one yourself, here’s where you can acquire a Neutral/Ground bonding plug directly from Micro-Air.

Let’s play safe out there (specifically around electrical power)…

I have a 50-amplifier  shore power plug on my fifth wheel amplifier er and was told by the amplifiering store that I needed to buy a 6400-watt Yamaha inverter machine. The alternator  has a 120/240 40-amplifier twist-lock plug as well as a 120-volt/40-amplifier twist-lock plug. 

I have 2 AC units that I need to run in the summer when operating the off the alternator but I’m not sure how to do it and the camping store is now giving me the runaround. Attached is a picture of the outlets I have on my alternator  as well as an adapter plug I already own. I’m pretty good with 12-volt systems but not 120/240 volts. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. —Jimmy


Well, it’s a real shame that the amplifier ing store that sold you the alternator can’t tell you how to hook it up to your RV. But let’s see what I can do to help.

If you look at the machine you’ll see both 20-amplifier and 40-amplifier  outlets marked as 120-volts. So that part seems pretty straightforward. The 20-amplifier  Edison outlet is just like you would find in your house. And the 40-amplifier /120-volt twist-lock outlet just needs a alternator  twist-lock to RV outlet adapter to work with an RV’s 40-amplifier shore power plug. But the adapter plug you’ve already bought is NOT wanted you need to hook your 50-amplifier  RV shore power plug into the alternator . It’s designed to hook your 50-amplifier plug into both a 20-amplifier and 40-amplifier outlet on a pedestal that doesn’t have a 50-amplifier  outlet. However, that probably won’t work with any modern pedestal that has a GFCI on the 20-amplifier outlet because the current imbalance will probably cause the GFCI to trip.

What you want to get is a 120/240-volt by 40-amplifier  twist-lock to 120/240-volt by 50-amplifier outlet, which is commonly called a NEMA 14-50 or Stove Outlet. See photo right.

Now all you have to do is flip the switch on the alternator to 120/240 volts, plug this adapter into the 120/240-volt twist-lock outlet, plug your 50-amplifier  shore power plug into the adapter, and you’re in business. Remember, your 50-amplifier shore plug doesn’t use any 240-volt power. It uses two separate hotlines with 50-amplifier s each, for a total of 100 amplifier s of current. However, your product will only produce 40-amplifier eres of current per leg, which adds up to 60 amplifier s total. But that amount of current should be sufficient to run BOTH of your air conditioners at the same time as well as a bunch of other appliances.

Let’s play safe out there….

Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 40 years in the industry. Visit for more electrical safety tips. His excellent book Mobile home Electrical Safety is available at For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here. 


If you’re in the market for a new portable system for your RV and outdoor needs, you more than likely have a few questions! For instance, what’s the best size alternator  for a 40 amplifier RV? Will a 3,000-watt alternator run my RV’s air condition unit? And last but not least, is there one brand that stands above the rest? These are just a couple of the questions that I had when I was researching which alternator  to buy just a few years ago. Here’s what I learned…

Overall, a 3,000-watt alternator will power most amplifier RVs, including the AC unit with no problem. I ultimately decided to go with the amplifier ion 3400-watt dual fuel portable as being the best for your money. This particular model is RV ready, comes with an electric start and is super quiet.

Now that you know what size of system you need, make sure to check out my review of the amplifier ion alternator , along with 4 other models that I recommend you take a look at. I also included a helpful buying guide at the end of this article to help assist you in your buying decision.

Honda Handi EU 3,000 Watt Inverter alternator 

Honda Power Equipment EU4000IH1A Handi 3,000W Portable lp  with Parallel Capability CARB, Steel

Although I ended up going with an amplifier ion for my inverter, if you can afford it, I highly recommend that you go with a Honda! While I love my amplifier ion so far, Honda has been in the business for a long time and has a proven track record for being the best.

The Honda 3,000 watt inverter is no exception! With 3,000 watts of starting power and 2800 watts of running power, this thing is packed with enough power to run 99% of rv camplifier ers and trailers, including their ac units.

While a little on the heavier side (almost 80 lbs), it’s still one of the lighter in the 3,000-watt class. However, it’s a super convenient folding handle and two wheels, make lugging this bad boy around, a breeze.

The 30 amp RV generator a quiet, fuel-efficient is what it’s all about when camping in the boondocks. The Honda will not let you down. At 57-65 decibels, the Honda Handi is quieter than most vacuum cleaners and can run up to 8 hours on a single tank of gas, depending on the load. Another feature that this particular alternator  has, while not a necessity, but can make life much easier, is an electric start. You can also buy an aftermarket kit that can turn it into a wireless start alternator. The Honda is also parallel capable. Although you don’t need the extra power to run a 40 amplifier RV, you could technically purchase two Honda Handi 3,000 watt alternator s and parallel them together for a combined 6,000 watts of power.

This particular Honda model alternator  comes (some alternator s don’t) with a starting battery, so it’s pretty much ready to go right out of the box. However, there is one thing that you may need to be aware of.

Through my research of this particular brand, I discovered that due to safety reasons during shipping (I assume), Honda disconnects the electric start wires to the battery, so you might have to open the front panel and reconnect the electric start wires to the battery. Otherwise, your electric start won’t work.

If you would like to find out more about the Honda Handi 3,000 watt inverter alternator , you can find more reviews and see the price on Amazon.

The amplifier ion 3,400 watt alternator , in my opinion, is the best 3,000-watt inverter alternator  for the money being sold on the market today!

It has many of the same features as the more expensive brands and is roughly half the price.

The biggest difference in a amplifier ion and say a Honda is that amplifier ion Power Equipment has only been around since 2003, while Honda has been around for many years and has developed a solid reputation for quality and dependability.

With that being said, amplifier ion is quickly building a solid reputation of their own!

The amplifier ion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel portable alternator  comes with an electric start, gives you the option of using either gas or propane and has a run time of around 8 hours on a full tank of gas depending on the load. The Dual fuel option is something that no other alternator  on this list has.

The specs for this alternator  state that it can run 14.5 hours on a 20 lb propane tank at a 25% load. I have yet to use propane, so I can’t verify this information.

The amplifier ion is packed with 3,400 watts of starting power and has a whopping 3,100 watts of running power, which is plenty to run most 13,500 BTU ac units. The Smart Economy Mode regulates the power depending on the load, allowing for more efficient energy use. This feature not only saves fuel (which means a longer run time), but it will also help to extend the life of the alternator . Like the Honda, the amplifier ion produces clean power, so running all your sensitive electronics won’t be a problem.

As with most inverter alternator s, the amplifier ion is super quiet, maxing out at less than 60 decibels at 23 feet away, making it perfect for camping.

While this 40 amplifier Rv alternator  has just about everything that you would want in a portable inverter alternator , it doesn’t win any points when it comes to weight. It weighs almost 100lbs! However, the good people at amplifier ion must have realized this because they equipped this particular model with a folding handle and two solid wheels.

It may be a chore in getting it out of your truck bed, but once on the ground, it’s pretty easy to get it from point a to point b.

With all the features and positives that the amplifier ion has to offer, the biggest selling point for me was its price! It comes with everything that the Honda comes with and then some, but yet it’s about half the cost.

Assuming it can withstand years of use, it will be right up there with Honda and Yamaha when it comes to portable alternator s for camplifier ing.

Like Honda, Yamaha has been around for some time and has an impressive reputation for quality and dependability when it concerns small engines, consisting of alternator s.

For beginners, the Yamaha is developed with sound reducing material in essential places, assisting make it one of the quietest alternator s on the market. At just 53-60 decibels, you can be sure that you won’t irritate your outdoor camplifier ing neighbors or frighten all the wildlife with this alternator .

It includes an electrical and pull start and according to the manufacturers site, can add to 19 hours on a single tank of gas. I have actually not had the enjoyment to verify this claim, but there are several Amazon evaluations from actual individuals who have acquired this unit who back that declaration up. I would say that you’re absolutely great approximately 10 hours or two on one tank, depending upon your load.

This next feature is vital for all alternator s in my opinion! If you have a 40 amplifier with a 13,500 BTU Air Conditioner unit and are considering buying a 3,000 watt alternator  to run it, make sure that it has some sort of energy increase.

The Yamaha EF3000iSEB has simply that. If you have a alternator  such as the Yamaha that has an energy increase, then you have nothing to fret about.

The energy boost function will draw extra energy from the battery in order to drain an additional 500 watts of power when you need it the most (like beginning an A/C unit). While this additional increase only lasts for about 10 seconds, it’s typically enough time to do the job.

As I pointed out above, the Yamaha includes both an electrical start and pull start. You can also order a wireless remote start if you want to.

With all of these fantastic features, you would think that the EF3000iSEB was practically best! Well almost, but there are a few things that I didn’t like, which is why it was available in at number three on this list.

For one, it’s exceptionally heavy! Weighing in at 150 pounds, it’s the heaviest portable alternator  on the list. This might not be an issue is you’re a strapping boy, but if you are retiree, this might be a real deal breaker. Heck, I’m in my forties and in respectable shape and this would trigger me to take a review.

Oh, and if it being very heavy wasn’t enough, it does not included a handle like the previous 2 alternator s and the wheels on it are fixed and don’t swivel.

The biggest concern about the 40 amplifier alternator  I had is that it’s not parallel capable, so you are limited to the 2,800 running watts.

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The 20 amp mobile home generator in general, if you can overlook the “size thing”, and do not need more than 2,800 running watts, this would make an excellent portable alternator  for a 40 amplifier RV.

If you would like to find out more about the Yamaha EF4000iSEB 3,500 watt alternator , you can find more evaluations and see the cost on Amazon.

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