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Outlets providing incorrect voltage

120v outlet is 240 twist lock outlet for house connection 1 side is 120 1 side is 240

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The Wiring for this unit was screwed up in manufacturing. reverse the lines from the 120 side and the 120v end of the 240 pole. that should resolve the issue and you should also find that if you trace the wires back to the source on the dynamo they will now match/Pair up properly. Make sure to mark the wires you are swapping carefully and test under no load before load testing the unit.

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