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Old 04-17-2015, 10:09 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by Happywanderer View Post
Just another thought. New construction might have a 20 amp plug with the sideways slot, older homes less likely. Go to the main service pannel in the home. Usually on the inside not far from the outside meter. Oper the cover, each breaker will have a number, usually The MAINs will be above 100, then the AC, elect. dryer, elect stove, elect hot water heater and any other electric major appliance that is wired in. Next lowest is usually 20 amps. Note the lables of the rooms or uses next to the 20's. Find a room usually the kitchen, rec room or garage, which is most convient to using an extenion cord (which must be rated 20 amps or higher).. If there are few plugs being used and not too far from the MH use one of these.

Caution, no easy way to to get 30 or more amps out of a normal home. Using extention cords under rated, less than 30 amps will cause them the heat up, a cheap cord will get hot and pop the breaker or melt. Play it safe use the generator to cool things down, turn if off and open the windows.
We plan to pull in 4/27, I'll check upon our arrival.
Thanks for the info.

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Old 04-18-2015, 08:15 PM   #42
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Vince, you are ok to plug into the house voltage as long as you don't overload the system. Please bear with me if you already know most of this but here are a few basics all of us need to know about plugging into different amperage outlets. First, there is a voltage loss when running current over a long distance through wire that is of insufficient gauge. Any time you plug into household 20amp service use a #12 (often labeled "heavy duty") extension cord and do not exceed a 50' run. You will over heat a smaller gauge and possibly start a fire. Second you can figure how much power your RV will be using by adding up the total amperages used by the different appliances in your unit...or your house for that matter. An AC unit in and RV is usually 12-15amp. The tricky part here is depending on the age of the unit or the type of compressor motor the starting amps or volts may be a good percent higher and if the supply is not there it will blow breakers or fuses. Many times appliance current requirements are listed in watts. No problem, amps = watts/volts. 1500 watts = 1500/120...or 12.5amps. Just add up all your appliance amps. AC+Microwave+Blender+etc and This will give you your electrical load. Don't exceed the rating of your outlet (15, 20,30 etc.) and use wire rated for that current, and you will be fine.

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