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Old 10-29-2015, 01:33 PM   #1
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Heaters and Power ...

I have a 750/1500 watt electric heater which seems to do a pretty good job of keeping the coach warm, at least down to the upper 20s.

But I've found that I can easily trip circuit breakers while running the heater - either individual circuits inside the coach or inside or outside 30 amp breakers. Once you've got 1500 watts going to the heater, there's not much left for coffee makers, microwaves and the like.

I'm wondering if anyone has figured out a way to take advantage of the extra power outlets (15 or 20 amp) that are usually available with electrical hookups. It seems to me that it should be fairly easy to run another power line into the RV, allowing the heater to be operated while bypassing the rest of the RV power system entirely. Has anyone done this?

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Old 10-29-2015, 02:05 PM   #2
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Run it on the lower wattage setting!
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:35 PM   #3
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Dave-

Yes, you can run an extension cord to your RV. If you have a 50A pedestal, there should be no problem. If it's only a 30A, it is possible that you won't have much additional power. Monitor your voltage on both lines to make sure that you don't have excessive voltage drop. I use a "Kill-a-watt" meter.

http://www.amazon.com/P3-P4400-Elect...+usage+monitor
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:24 PM   #4
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Heaters and Power ...

Just make sure the extension cord is rated for the wattage you will be running. Manufacturers always say to plug resistive heating items directly into the wall because standard extension cords cannot take the load.
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\I'm wondering if anyone has figured out a way to take advantage of the extra power outlets (15 or 20 amp) that are usually available with electrical hookups. It seems to me that it should be fairly easy to run another power line into the RV, allowing the heater to be operated while bypassing the rest of the RV power system entirely. Has anyone done this?

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Yep.

What you do is pass a heavy extension cord through the slide seal while setting up. Cheap. Easy. No modding the RV.

Do it all the time. Also nice for those 1800 watt hair dryers!
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My wife loves her hair dryer and curling iron. So much so that she often forgot to turn off other electrical devices before using hers!
Well.......I remedied that problem. The outlet on the front of the vanity now is wired to a 12 guage extension cord that stores in and exits from the outside shower door. When we hook up at the CG I run her "private line" to the 110v outlet in the box and we are all happy.
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:05 AM   #7
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Haven't had a problem with the 1500W but that's all you can have on the circuit. If you live where there are Menards next week 750/1500 ceramic heater for 9.95 after rebate-good deal!
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:19 PM   #8
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Yep.

What you do is pass a heavy extension cord through the slide seal while setting up. Cheap. Easy. No modding the RV.

Do it all the time. Also nice for those 1800 watt hair dryers!
Yup, that would work...

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My wife loves her hair dryer and curling iron. So much so that she often forgot to turn off other electrical devices before using hers!
Well.......I remedied that problem. The outlet on the front of the vanity now is wired to a 12 guage extension cord that stores in and exits from the outside shower door. When we hook up at the CG I run her "private line" to the 110v outlet in the box and we are all happy.
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Hmm...I like that even better. But I'll have to look at the wiring options from the shower compartment. Just passing it through the seal seems like it would work fine, but this is a bit more elegant!

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Old 10-31-2015, 12:49 PM   #10
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We do this also. Then don't have to worry about turning off heater to make coffee, run the microwave, etc etc.
And we use one of those radiator heaters.

And check this out on Amazon --
Conntek pigtail adapter 50 amp to 30 amp +15 amp receptacles.
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