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Old 06-28-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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50 amp vs 30 amp question

Just got a ' 14 351. It has 50amp service but not all campgrounds have 50 amp service. I know I can get a 30 amp adapter but what won't I be able to run 'cause of the 20 amp less load capacity? Thanks
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Old 06-28-2016, 04:58 PM   #2
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Just got a ' 14 351. It has 50amp service but not all campgrounds have 50 amp service. I know I can get a 30 amp adapter but what won't I be able to run 'cause of the 20 amp less load capacity? Thanks
I can run 2 AC's, however if I use the microwave it will kick, or possibly hair dryer or coffee maker. Probably do 1 AC and those items, you won't burn anything up you will just trip the breaker at the camp site.

I wish these units had a meter inside, my 05 Fleetwood did, it would also shed power if there wasn't enough juice.
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Old 06-28-2016, 05:04 PM   #3
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hi Ned -
Welcome to the forums - typically you'll only be able to run one AC at a time, and be careful on the high-amp appliances (typically the microwave, hairdryer and the water heater if on electric) along with the 1 AC -
With that said, we've had our 351 for 2 years, camped multiple times with only 30 amp and have never blown anything. We keep the water heater on gas only, run 1 AC at a time and have never had an issue. We have a tower fan I set right next to the bunks by the fridge and it helps move air from the front to the back, or vice versa depending on where I'm running the AC (typically I'll cool the back, then switch to the front with the tower fan on) We also may cover the windows in the back if it's really sunny to help reflect the heat out and keep the back cool.
If you search, I've seen a list of the amps used by typical appliances, trick is to stay under 30. If I com across it again, I'll post a link (or maybe someone else will)

Lots of good information here about the GT - feel free to ask (or search!)

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I have a 30 amp plug on side of garage at home, from last trailer. Got home in new 5'er yesterday and promptly plugged up the 50 amp power cord to the 30 amp plug, via a dogbone. BAM! Circuit breaker to whole garage tripped. I had left 'on' the power to Zone 1 and Zone 2 a/c and they came on automatically........bam. No way 30 amps would hold it. (I promise I turned power off to thermostat, but still it came on when plugged in.....so I guess I didn't).

I am going to save nickels and get the 30 amp plug converted to 50 amp with appropriate breakers.
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normal appliance amp draws
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Just to confuse you more, you will have 70 Amps less.
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If you spend the money on a progressive 50 amp ems you can see how many amp your pulling!

My 15k and 13.5k draws 28 amps.
Remember your converter is a constant 2-8 amps .

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If you spend the money on a progressive 50 amp ems you can see how many amp your pulling!

My 15k and 13.5k draws 28 amps.
Remember your converter is a constant 2-8 amps .

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Turbs, my 50 amp P.I. EMS showed 18 on L1 and about 4 on L2 when it blew the 30 amp breaker in the house..................fyi...........

Also, the digital readout on trailer wall thermostat said "E7"
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Yeah when I get home ill take a few pics of both legs and see .
I wanna say l1 was 15 amps and l2 was 13

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Yeah when I get home ill take a few pics of both legs and see .

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please no pics of your legs.... or any other body parts...
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