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Old 04-15-2015, 02:05 PM   #21
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The RV is equipped with a 30A connection. I will be using house current @ 15A
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:18 PM   #22
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If sorry is a tripped breaker...Ive had bigger disappointments. But if the son owns the house, that would be the best logical solution...
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:43 PM   #23
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40 feet is pretty long for a 15 amp extension cord almost maxed out. there is a good likelyhood it'll heat up and could cause shorts, meltdown, or worse, a fire. I would suggest a heavier gauge cord.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:43 PM   #24
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I don't know the specs of your certain A/C, but my guess is that it draws more than 20amps to run. Not good on a 15amp circuit! Won't cut it. It's easy enough to replace the circuit breaker in the house with a larger one IF, and I say IF the wiring will accommodate the extra load. Spend the extra bucks and do it right [and safe] and hire an electrician. IMHO
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:47 PM   #25
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I don't see where you're located (may be in one of the posts but I've not picked up on it) or when you'll be needing to stay in the drive, so for 1 week, do you need an air conditioner?
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:59 PM   #26
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With that long a run and an extension cord and other possible loads, there is a high probability that you will have significant voltage drop. Of all the things in your RV the one that is most susceptible to a low voltage is the AC compressor. Even if you are successful running the AC for a while you could be setting it up for premature failure. Remember the wiring from your breaker panel to the 15A outlet is gauged for 15A. You may have a 30A cord on the RV, but the weak link in the system is the 15A house wiring.
My suggestion have a 30A line run for this and future stays or don't use the AC.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:41 PM   #27
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newer houses may have 14ga on 15 amp circuits, most have 12ga. amp draw goes up as voltage goes down, so his breaker will protect him. get a volt meter and just check in a wall receptacle in the coach during AC operation. shoot for 108v or better, 106 at the very worst. check again later in the day at peak draw to see how your doing.
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:46 PM   #28
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Newbie here. My wife and I will be staying at my son's house for a week or so. We'll be in the drive way. My question is, can I run my air conditioner and other appliances using 15/20 amp circuit? The outlet is approx. 40' away and I'll be using a a 15 amp extension cord.

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Here's a thought: are you going to be staying at your son's house often? If so, you might want to offer to pay to have a 30 Amp box installed on the side of the house. It is a DIY project if you *know* what you are doing and @ a $150-250 electrician's job depending on where your son lives
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Old 04-15-2015, 03:49 PM   #29
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newer houses may have 14ga on 15 amp circuits, most have 12ga. amp draw goes up as voltage goes down, so his breaker will protect him. get a volt meter and just check in a wall receptacle in the coach during AC operation. shoot for 108v or better, 106 at the very worst. check again later in the day at peak draw to see how your doing.
His house was built in the 60's. I wouldn't trust the older wiring. I should have mentioned, the house is located in southeast Pa. We will be there last week of April for a week, it shouldn't be too hot may not need AC. Then for another week at the end of April into June may be a bit warmer/hotter.
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A "60s house" may have aluminum wiring which will not take much overload. Be very careful with old wiring. Newer homes have copper. Huge difference!
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