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Old 06-23-2016, 08:52 PM   #11
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Thanks for the reply. House is 200A and I wouldn't be using any existing wiring. The conduit SHOULD be large enough and I believe the cost difference would be less then $100 for wiring and receptacle together. I may just go ahead and go 50A with it anyway.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:57 PM   #12
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Thanks for the reply. House is 200A and I wouldn't be using any existing wiring. The conduit SHOULD be large enough and I believe the cost difference would be less then $100 for wiring and receptacle together. I may just go ahead and go 50A with it anyway.
I would.

I edited my post above with more links to make sure to read, as they explain how to wire properly for a 50 or 30 amp outlet.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:57 AM   #13
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That's probably the best thing. As long as the wiring exceeded the breaker there wouldn't be a problem, however, if I sold the place and forgot about it and someone just assumed that the wiring was suitable for 50A because of the box and dropped a 50A breaker in there, there could be problems. I'll just go with a 30A receptacle and single breaker so there's no confusion later.

This is the reason I asked. Good to get second (and 20th) opinions. I knew it would work, just making sure I wasn't overlooking something that might cause problems later.
If your trailer is 30 amp it will only use one leg of that breaker even if you power up both legs on the 50 amp breaker. Use 10 Guage wire for 30 amp circuit.
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It does have 50A service.

This was more of a question of what would be better. I don't really want to go to the expense of running 50A as I won't ever use it. 30A is really the most I'd need for what I'm doing with it. My options are, use a single 30A and an adapter to the trailer (one 30A line @ 120V) or use the existing double pole 20A and wire it to a 50A RV without the need for an adapter (two 20A lines @ 120V).

Both will require wiring for at least 30A and a receptacle, but I already have the double 20A breaker.

The double 20A with two hot legs would give me more total available power, but not a huge amount. It will probably be more than I need, but I can always upgrade it later if it's not.
The draw back to using the existing 20 amp breaker is... somewhere down the line... when you are not around anymore, someone is going to think it is a 50 amp circuit and be scratching their head as to why it only has a 20 amp breaker.

If you have to replace the wire and the receptacle, a replacement 50 amp breaker (for the 20) is a drop in the bucket. Spend another $10 and put in the correct breaker to match the circuit and it will be good for whomever, whenever.
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If your trailer is 30 amp it will only use one leg of that breaker even if you power up both legs on the 50 amp breaker. Use 10 Guage wire for 30 amp circuit.
It's 50A, which is why I was considering the existing double pole.

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The draw back to using the existing 20 amp breaker is... somewhere down the line... when you are not around anymore, someone is going to think it is a 50 amp circuit and be scratching their head as to why it only has a 20 amp breaker.

If you have to replace the wire and the receptacle, a replacement 50 amp breaker (for the 20) is a drop in the bucket. Spend another $10 and put in the correct breaker to match the circuit and it will be good for whomever, whenever.
That is the conclusion I've come to. The wiring difference is about $1/ft more and the difference in boxes is about $25. That's about $50 there plus breaker. Might as well just go 50A.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:23 AM   #16
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Might as well just go 50A.
Sound decision. Electrical work is a place to spend the extra money so it is right.
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You will be happier with the 50 amp breaker set up over the twin 20 amp. The reason is if you run the A/C and maybe a water heater the one leg may pop a 20 amp breaker. It all depends on how the RV is wired to balance the loads off the two legs of power. Your only running 20 amps to each leg instead of 50 amps each circuit. 20 amp circuit delivers 2400 watts (120 volt X 20 amp) vs 50 amp delivers 6,000 watts (120 v X 50 amp) is the difference in the power on each leg of power. On a 50 amp RV you have 2 X 50 amp (12,000 watts).
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It's wired with just one AC and the converter on leg 2, everything else is on the other leg. Just sitting at the house, I can't see myself ever needing more than 30A, but the double would eliminate messing with an adapter. The most I would run is one AC, water heater on propane, and possibly TV and microwave on rare occasions. For relatively minimal extra cost, though, 50A will probably work better.
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It's wired with just one AC and the converter on leg 2, everything else is on the other leg. Just sitting at the house, I can't see myself ever needing more than 30A, but the double would eliminate messing with an adapter. The most I would run is one AC, water heater on propane, and possibly TV and microwave on rare occasions. For relatively minimal extra cost, though, 50A will probably work better.
You are wise to install 50 amp.
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FWIW I installed a 30AMP and I have not had any issues with the A/C, water heater or other power. The 50AMP wire was a lot more expensive for the run I had to make compared to the 30AMP. Make sure you wire it correctly or you will fry your coach.
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