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Old 04-27-2007, 11:08 PM   #1
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Post EU2000i Parallel Kits

Planning to do some dry camping and use my 2 Honda EU2000i's to run A/C on 2007 Safari 25'. Camping World sells paralleling kits from Gen-Tran ($214.99)and Reliance Controls ($179.99). I asked the salesperson what the difference was between the units and was told $35.00. Does anyone have any pro's or con's on these kits?
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Old 04-28-2007, 01:49 AM   #2
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What do these "kits" actually consist of? Can we assemble our own for a lot less $$$?
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What do these "kits" actually consist of? Can we assemble our own for a lot less $$$?
A LOT less $$$$
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:56 AM   #4
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Another way is to buy the parallel cords from Honda ( about $30 ) and a pig tail adapter that has a 30A female RV end ( about $10 ) . Cut the 30A female end off , splice the wires together and your done . 40 bucks and a 1/2 hour .
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RoadKingMoe Thanks for the information. I'm not clear on your wiring setup to the 30amp RV connector. Do you have a wiring diagram of your setup?
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No diagram. You can see in the pictures where the different colored wires connect on the generators. In the TT connector box:

Hot wires (black insulation) from generators joined at the hot screw (brass or black painted) of the TT outlet.

Neutral wires (white insulation) from generators joined at the neutral screw (silver) of the TT outlet.

Ground wires (green insulation) from generators joined at the ground screw (green painted) of the TT outlet.

The thickness of two 12AWG wires twisted together is a bit more than will fit on the TT plug connectors designed for 10AWG. I just trimmed away a few of the strands of the 12AWG wires. You aren't using all their 20 amp capacity even with the EU2000 at max output.

I've tested this with a 1500W space heater set on 900W, a 1500W hair dryer on high, and our 1500W microwave cycling on and off (not on Eco-Throttle). After 15-20 minutes or so (and shutting everything down) there were no hot spots at any of the connections.

My concern with using two EU1000 parallel cables with the ends cut off and joined at the TT connector is that these generators only put out about 8 amps and even 18AWG is more than enough for that. I'd want at least 14AWG (typically for 15A) for the EU2000s. Ticki2, did you measure the wire gauge of these cables?
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I have the Gen Tran---works great--has 30 amp plug with breaker---pricy but simple to install and works well--------------pieman
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Road King ,
It looked to me to be 14ga . There is a tag on the honda wires that says " 1000v cat 111 32a CE "
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I made one from high end parts for around $60. from the electrical supply house. If you look at the wiring diagram from Honda it is pretty easy to wire it yourself.
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You're paying for the convenience, and the Honda name. As others have already pointed out, you can make the cables yourself for less than 1/4 of the price of genuine Honda. The only caveat I would have is if the generators are under waranty, you may not want to have the homemade cables in sight when returning them for warranty work.
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