If you live in a rural area and have a mobile home, then you’re one of the many people who may need to use a generator for power.
This can be tricky because generators typically run on gasoline or diesel fuel. If you don’t know how to properly hook up your generator, then this blog post will teach you all about it!
If you’re one of the many people who just got their mobile home delivered, you might be wondering how to hook up a generator.
I’m here to help! This is an easy task that can be done in about 30 minutes or less. First, you’ll need to know if your mobile home has the same electrical system as most other homes. If so, this process will work for you without any complications whatsoever.
Second, gather all of the materials needed before beginning- there are a few different ways to go about this and it’s important not to forget anything at this stage of the game because it could lead to some pretty costly mistakes later on down the road.
Once these two steps have been completed then we can start.
Steps to Hook Up a Generator to Mobile Home
Here are few steps to hook up a generator to your mobile home:
1. First, find your mobile homes circuit breaker box and remove the cover (if there is one).
2. Next, take a picture of the wiring to keep track of where each wire is connected.
You can also do this by drawing a diagram; however, taking pictures helped me when I was in the beginning stages of learning how to hook up generators and it might help you too- So give it a shot if you want!
3. After removing the cover and snapping some photos or making a diagram, disconnect each wire from its corresponding place using needle nose pliers or an adjustable wrench.
Keep in mind that most generator cords have black wires for hot connections and white wires for neutral connections- always connect opposite color wires.
4. Once the wires have been disconnected, you can attach your generator’s cord to the mobile home by following these steps:
a) First, connect a black wire from your generator to a black wire on a 20 amp breaker- do not simply twist the two wires together and tape them because this will eventually lead to corrosion and ultimately damage which can be quite expensive.
Instead, use crimp connectors or wire nuts to keep the wires in place so you don’t have to worry about it later down the road.
b) Next, take out another 20 amp breaker from its place using needle nose pliers or an adjustable wrench and twist one of its ends around one of the other black wires coming from your generator’s cord
Remember that most generator cords have black wires for hot connections and white wires for neutral connections- always connect opposite color wires.
c) Finally, attach the other end of this 20 amp breaker to a place in your circuit box that is vacant; ideally, you will want to find one that’s close to where you just attached it with the help of needle nose pliers or an adjustable wrench.
This way when it comes time to plug in your mobile home you won’t be too far away from an outlet.
5. Next, repeat steps three and four to complete all of the remaining wiring connections in your house so that it has power again.
Once everything is connected the right way, test out your generator by turning on its switch and plug in your mobile home.
6. Finally, take the cover back off of the circuit breaker box if you removed one earlier on, turn all of the breakers that were turned off back on using your fingers, then replace the cover.
Congratulations! You just learned how to hook up a generator to power your mobile home or recreational vehicle!