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Old 08-03-2012, 10:03 AM   #1
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A/C popping breaker

Hi ya all. I just bought a 2005 travel trailer. It is 31' long and we set it up at home to get more familiar with it as this is our first camper. It has been so hot here in NE so the A/C has been running but it keeps popping the breaker. We have it plugged into the electricity. Why is it doing this. Is there an owners manual out there that we can download so we can get more familiar with it? THANKS...any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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Is it throwing the breaker in the camper or in your house?
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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Hello, and WELCOME. In order to run AC, especially when hot, you will need 30 amp service. If you are plugged in to the house, using an adapter to go from the large 3 prong to a regular wall plug, that is one problem. If you are using an extension cord, that is another problem. If you are plugged in to a GFI, (ground fault interrupt), in the house, that could be another problem. An AC unit for a camper requires 15 amps or more to start in hot weather. Most house plugs are only 15 amps, total circuit, and don't know what else may be on the circuit with the camper. Get an electrician, and have a dedicated 30 amp line run for the camper.
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Its throwing it in the camper
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #5
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It has a 20 amp breaker. We are using the cord with the adapter to run to the shop. Would hooking it up to the battery help any? And that is another question, how does the battery get recharged?
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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Hi ya all. I just bought a 2005 travel trailer. It is 31' long and we set it up at home to get more familiar with it as this is our first camper. It has been so hot here in NE so the A/C has been running but it keeps popping the breaker. We have it plugged into the electricity. Why is it doing this. Is there an owners manual out there that we can download so we can get more familiar with it? THANKS...any help would be greatly appreciated.
Are you plugging into a normal household "15" amp circuit?
If so your a/c draws about 18 amps to start and 12-14 amps to run.
Are you using an extension cord as well ?
This makes it worse.

This is most likely why your popping the breaker.
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It has a 20 amp breaker. We are using the cord with the adapter to run to the shop. Would hooking it up to the battery help any? And that is another question, how does the battery get recharged?
The out let you are plugged into is only 15 amp outlet.

You also have draw from any other 110 v item such as.
Converter/charger which charges your battery.
And hooking your battery up will do no good.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:37 AM   #8
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It is throwing it in the camper. It has a 20 amp breaker and we are using the cord tha has the adaptor to run it. How should we be running it?
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things that would also help:

brand and model of trailer.

brand and model a/c.

also, is the a/c a 13.5k btu one or a 15k btu one?

what length and gauge of ext. cord are you using.

as others have said, you probably have it plugged into a 15 amp outlet and you're probably using a long, smaller-gauge orange ext. cord.
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You need to have someone install a 30 amp 110v rv box on the side of your garage.

Remember 30 amp 110v NOT 220 V

Commen mistake is to wire it 220v since it looks so much like a dryer receptacle which Is 220v
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