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Old 06-19-2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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Hair Dryer for the Mrs.

What kind of a hair dryer do you ladies use that will not kick out the breakers on a Lexington Forest River 25.5 RV? Thank you.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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I brought a traveling kind that folds down from WalMart for about $14 if I remember correctly. I like this dryer better than the one at home that cost a lot more. I haven't had any problems using it but then I camp with hookups.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:10 PM   #3
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Finding a hair dryer that DW would think is worth a darn that pulls less than 1 kilo-watt is high on my list of potential gifts to DW.
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Old 06-20-2011, 03:17 AM   #4
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Very easy. Buy a toyhauler, if you don't already have one, buy a bike, then let her hop on the back and tool her around with out a helmet. If she don't smack the crap out of you on the ride,wait till she tries to comb that mess out!
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:58 AM   #5
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Sunbeam 1500 hair dryer home/hotel model. You can find them on ebay. My wife has been using this model since one came factory eqipped with our first motorhome 10 years ago. I put one on the wall in the bathroom in our 295 GTS.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:22 AM   #6
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CG electric pedestals usually have a dedicated 15/20amp plug, I just run a heavy extension cord into our TT (via the slide out opening) for the DW hair dryer, also for the toaster oven and portable heater. She's happy so am I.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:26 AM   #7
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Sunbeam 1500 hair dryer home/hotel model. You can find them on eBay. My wife has been using this model since one came factory equipped with our first motorhome 10 years ago. I put one on the wall in the bathroom in our 295 GTS.
Hmm. 1500...

I wonder how many watts that pulls. Oh, wait... 1500 watts.

1500 watts dry camping is huge. It is also no small pull on hookups.
With Shore Power 1500 Watts equals 12.5 amps or just shy of half your available current in a 30 amp camper. Not only that, but it is typically on a 15 amp breaker. When the Ac kicks in don't be surprised if the pedestal or main breaker trips.

Off an inverter, to get 1500 watts you would need to get 1500 watts divided by 12 volts in amps from your battery (bank) or 125 amps.
A 75 amp hour battery (stock in our 5th Wheel Flagstaff) would last about 4 minutes from full to dead.

1500 watt cappuccino makers (and coffee makers) are also "out" when dry camping for the same reason.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:32 AM   #8
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CG electric pedestals usually have a dedicated 15/20amp plug, I just run a heavy extension cord into our TT (via the slide out opening) for the DW hair dryer, also for the toaster oven and portable heater. She's happy so am I.
Frank,

We can use the one she has while the genset is running or on shore power, but I would like to get her something that "works" that is more battery friendly. We won't even discuss the "curling iron."
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Frank,

We can use the one she has while the genset is running or on shore power, but I would like to get her something that "works" that is more battery friendly. We won't even discuss the "curling iron."
Theoretically we could too as long as I do a pre-hair dryer AC consumption check but undoubtedly when (not if!) the CG breaker trips I'm the one who has to go out and reset it. Having this dedicated 15amp AC source eliminates that.

Regarding a battery friendly hair dryer maybe a propane-powered one? Hmmm, maybe not.
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Good one...

Maybe a tiny gas engine...
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