Step 5: Circuit Breaker and Outlet
Even though the generator already has it's own built-in circuit breaker, it seemed like a good idea to have a separate one.
In the RV repair manual, it always showed the power from the generator going to a power center or main breaker box in the RV.
I bought the least expensive breaker box I could at the hardware store, and a single 20-amp breaker. I also picked up an outlet and box to mount it in.
I screwed the breaker box and electric outlet box to a piece of plywood. I then mounted the outlet in the box and installed the cover.
In the car, I mounted the electrical panel vertically to save space. This also faces the electric outlet to the front of the car. For additional rolling testing, I can have the Kill-a-Wall right there to see how many watts the charger is pulling.
The plywood is mounted upright with steel angle brackets, and a triangle of plywood on the end for cross-bracing.
The power cable from the generator feeds through the top of the box, with the hot wire going to the circuit breaker.
I did some early testing on the work bench to confirm everything was working right. An electric space heater makes a swell electrical load.