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Old 07-06-2011, 06:26 PM   #1
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We have had to run our water heater on elec and with the AC on we cannot make coffee and run any hot water at the same time or the breaker pops. Is there something wrong with the way ours is wired or do they always put the water heater and the AC on the same breaker along with the kitchen counter outlets? Quite a pain that we have never experienced with our other campers. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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We have had to run our water heater on elec and with the AC on we cannot make coffee and run any hot water at the same time or the breaker pops. Is there something wrong with the way ours is wired or do they always put the water heater and the AC on the same breaker along with the kitchen counter outlets? Quite a pain that we have never experienced with our other campers. Any info would be appreciated.

No, sounds normal. The electric element in the hot water heater takes quite a number of amps, so does the AC. A coffee maker, hair dryer, and microwaves are also amp hogs. When we make coffee or DW dries her hair and we are running the electric water heater, we shut off the AC until we complete that task. We use a coffee maker with an insulated metal decanter so there is not a warming plate.

If you have any doubts, borrow a small generator and connect a hair dryer to it and turn it on... the generator will sound very unhappy.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:44 PM   #3
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Is there something wrong with the way ours is wired or do they always put the water heater and the AC on the same breaker along with the kitchen counter outlets?
Are you sure all of those are on the same breaker ?? I don't think they should be.
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On a 30 amp service if you are running the A/C, hot water heater, and a coffee maker you are over the 30 amps. Your main breaker will pop under this load. Your reefer is also using power. The A/C has it own breaker, the HW has its own breaker and the outlet are on their own breaker. There is a 30 amp breaker in the panel that you must be popping.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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The way I read the OP, all of those items are on the same breaker. Maybe they meant the main breaker instead of the individual circuit breakers.
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That happens with ours if we run our ac an water heater and our microwave all at the same time our main breaker pops
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:19 PM   #7
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He said-- "water heater on elec and with the AC on we cannot make coffee ".
Sounds normal to me for a 30 amp trailer.
You're close to the limit with just the water heater and the coffee pot perking.
The AC bumps you over on amps.
All ya gotta do is flip off the breaker for the HW heater while you make coffee.
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Thank you all for explaining. DH says they are on different breakers but the one of them pops. Anyway I guess we never had this issue as we always run the water heater on gas but for some reason it won't lite. We are calling dealer to get the water heater fixed and then we should be good again.
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We are calling dealer to get the water heater fixed and then we should be good again.
When you are out there turning off the electric water heater switch check the burner tube for wasp nests or spider webs in the tube.
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If the water is hot from the electric heater the gas will not lite.
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