Originally Posted by imnoo2rving
newbie here. can I run both electric and propane at same time to help recovery?
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You can absolutely run both at the same time, and the system is designed for it.
HOWEVER: if you have a 30 amp RV, you will have to practice energy management even more so, when the electric heating element is on.
A Suburban water heater electric element uses around 1400 watts when it is energized.
To put it in simple terms, this is usually around 12 amps.....so you only have 18 amps available to run other things (30-12=18) if the electric heating element is energized at the same time.
An air-conditioner can average 14 amps or better itself. Microwaves use a lot too. Hair dryers, coffee pots, etc use a lot of electric too.
So in short, if you do have your electric heating element on, you may need to turn it off, when trying to use other appliances to keep from tripping the breakers...............if you have a 30 amp trailer. You just have to practice energy management.
Those who have 50 amp RV's, don't usually have to worry about these things, as their systems are in actuality 50 amps X 2, or 100 total amps. They can run most of all their stuff at the same time, including disco balls, indoor bowling alleys, etc. LOL
Being a newbie, here is some further reading, that may help:
normal appliance amp draws