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Old 07-15-2013, 10:10 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by gerrym51 View Post
i have been reading this thread and am confused. Sunseekers come with 30 amp service. the op said he was hooking up to a 20 amp service at a campground. why would he install a 30 amp service on a vehicle that already is 30 amps.

the persons who have trailers with 20 amp service and are upgrading to 30 amp service are confusing me. and this thread
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He is at home, not in a campground.
As bakken stated, the OP is not at a campground, but either at their house or possibly somewhere else close by. They are plugging into a 20 amp outlet to try and run their A/C while packing/prepping the RV for their camping trip(s) to the campgrounds.

My understanding is they plan to install a 30 amp dedicated RV outlet at their home, so they won't have to plug into a 20 amp outlet while there....when their electrician get's back from vacation.

Their RV is made to plug into a 30 amp outlet, but they are plugging into a 20 amp outlet using an adapter, since that is all they got right now. They can also only use up to 20 amps of things in their Rv when plugged into a 20 amp outlet. They are not changing anything in the RV. They are planning to install a 30 amp outlet at home so they can use up to 30 amps worth of stuff. The A/C alone can use over 20 amps sometimes.

To fully utilize the capabilities of an RV, you must be plugged into an outlet that can provide the required amps to realize this capability. A 50 amp RV needs a 50 amp outlet/service. A 30 amp RV needs a 30 amp outlet/service.

By using the correct RV electrical adapter, you can plug into an outlet with less say a 20 amp or 15 amp. However, when you plug into an outlet with less amps, then you are now limiting your RV to that amount of amps provided by the outlet/circuit breaker.......and can only use up to that amount of electrical things inside your RV.

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:18 AM   #12
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sorry i misread

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:25 AM   #13
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sorry i misread
No problem, it is good to keep everyone on their toes!
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #14
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And it works the other way too, With a proper adapter you can connect your RV to 50 amp service and even, were there one available, a 200 amp outlet with no problems. Its like having a husband who can carry 100 lbs. He can carry 75, 50, or 25 too
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:25 PM   #15
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I just installed 10 of these in our campground.

Very easy to install. Note that these have no breaker in the box as we have access to the main panel. Your electrician will know the wire requirements for the 30 amp. 4 of our runs were 4 gauge wire at about 140 to 160 ft. If it is less than 20, 10 gauge should do fine. 8 gauge for less than 80' and 6 gauge for up to 100'....... Ouch that #4 was expensive.

As far as loading the camper...... This is our first class c. I have made sure we have everything we could need while out and about. I have found that a full tank of water, 3 cases of adult libation and 40 pounds of ice in the rear cubby does decrease my fuel mileage a bit. Take the extra 10 or 15 minutes to fill up with water at the park. I usually travel with 10 or 12 gallons just in case of restroom use.

Gear... With everything we have packed I still have quite a bit of empty space. The cupboards above the dinette are usually empty (even stocking the camper with a blender, toaster and stand mixer). They are great for the burger and dog buns for the camp storage.

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:40 PM   #16
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If I was running power, I would run 50amp and get an adaptor in the event there is a 50amp coach in the future. Bet the difference in price is small.
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It's no problem - been doing it for almost a year now.

We're one of the people that had our electrician install the wrong outlet (220 welding outlet). So all we have at home is a standard 20amp household plug.

Runs the AC just fine!

Now we recently took a trip to Texas to visit family (driveway camping) and the AC wouldn't run (shuts off after 10 seconds or so). Turns out they had lots of stuff plugged in on that breaker and when we turned on the AC, the breaker flipped.

So just make sure you're aware of the camper's usage AND whatever else is on that same breaker.

But really - it works just fine as long as you don't go crazy and run everything at once.
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Thanks to all, really good advice. Just got off the phone with the electrician, we'll try to get the 30A 120V per PDF instructions provided in this forum installed. With everything off, A/C worked fine on 20A. But in this heat in central NY, we decided after one day to just stay inside the house and crank the central A/C to full. Weekend forecast is 20+ degrees cooler

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