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Old 01-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #61
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I'm an electrician by trade, and will leave that part at that. I won't get into a debate over practical sense vs. common sense. I'll say propane can get expensive when using it for heat, hot water, and cooking, especially as cozy as my wife likes the trailer. My mod was pricey because I did the surge guard $260, otherwise, i think the panel was $45 and the cord maybe $120-$140. Regardless, I'd say it pays for itself in propane and relaxing comfortably. I had the ability to heat with electric primarily, have a 2nd AC for added comfort, and use whatever I wanted to without running around the trailer turning things on and off, or rigging up cords to run extra stuff on. Made for an overall happier experience for everyone, and I got to kick back and relax more. I'm sure when I get the new one, I'll go thru it and break up the circuits for the same enjoyable experience. Anyone interested in further detail, check the link in my sig or PM me, I don't want to take away from the OPs thread by debating people's opinion of what someone else would like to accomplish.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:23 PM   #62
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LOL

A lot of people will run an extension cord from the camp pedestals 120 (20 amp) outlet into their trailer, to run some things off of (like your coffee maker), which will take some of the load off of your trailers 30 amp.
NO WAY! You can't do this. If the post you are plugging into is 50 amp max, you might get away with this if you are a 30 amp RV.

But, if the post you plug into is 30 amp max, you cannot plug stuff into the 20 amp to take load off the 30 amp.

Experienced that when I camp hosted in Colorado. Entire park had 30 amp posts. People were coming into the park with these home made devices that would allow them to plug into both outlets, popped a lot of breakers.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:55 PM   #63
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power cord to use on 50a

Imade a couple of these, 1 for myself and 1 for my neighbor. It is used primarily outside at the prep table. Inexpensive option.

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Cool extension cord to use with 50A service.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:36 PM   #64
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Lol show them the shower house

originally thought this was funny reply, but after reading thru to make sure somebody else didnt post exact comment, it has lost its shine. sorry to post here, but i had already ctrl c'd it, i had to ctrl v it too.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:00 AM   #65
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[QUOTE=mattb;292799]Imade a couple of these, 1 for myself and 1 for my neighbor. It is used primarily outside at the prep table. Inexpensive option.

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Cool extension cord to use with 50A service.[/QUOTE

Might I suggest to you and anyone else doing this to put an inline fuse in each hot line. Otherwise you are exceeding the amperage rating (15A) of the 14 gauge wire and the receptacle. I understand the logic that if I don't plug in too many things, then all should be good, but the potential dangers are there and fusing it to the wire and receptacle's rating is cheap insurance. Electricity has a way of letting you know when a component is being overloaded, and it usually isn't very nice about it. Just throwing this in for those lacking in electrical knowledge. It's not a bad solution, it's just lacking a very important safety component.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:58 AM   #66
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This is an awful lot of discussion about changing breakers, pulling wires, surge protectors, 30A, 50A, etc. when the problem can be fixed by turning off some of your appliances. Even when we have full hook-ups, we don't shower every single day. You're camping, and as such, you have to learn to conserve your resources. Use propane to make your coffee - an old fashioned percolator works great. Use propane to heat your water, etc. With those changes, and spacing out your showers to allow your propane-fired water heater to recover, you won't have a problem.
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This is an awful lot of discussion about changing breakers, pulling wires, surge protectors, 30A, 50A, etc. when the problem can be fixed by turning off some of your appliances. Even when we have full hook-ups, we don't shower every single day. You're camping, and as such, you have to learn to conserve your resources. Use propane to make your coffee - an old fashioned percolator works great. Use propane to heat your water, etc. With those changes, and spacing out your showers to allow your propane-fired water heater to recover, you won't have a problem.
Lol he's scared of divorce or dismemberment if he shuts off electric side of hw heater.


Shower then make coffee?
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:20 AM   #68
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Lol he's scared of divorce or dismemberment if he shuts off electric side of hw heater.


Shower then make coffee?
Man...life is too short to have to worry about coffee and showers. You're camping...there aren't supposed to be that many hassles!
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In the few trips we have managed in our new trailer, we have already seen a problem brewing with not enough juice to run everything we want running.

Our trailer is set-up with 30 amp service. Twice, in the mornings, we have had trouble with blowing multiple breakers. Typically what happens is the hot water heater (gas/electric) is running and the fireplace is running. Then we try to make coffee and blow a breaker. We have blown the 30 amp campground breaker twice, so I am guessing the hot water heater and fireplace pull a little more juice than I thought. Since this is the morning routine, we would like to be able to run all the above at once.

The purpose of this thread is kind of brainstorm ideas on how to go about avoiding this in the future. The first idea I have had is to install 50 amp service, and separate the hot water heater and fireplace.

Other ideas?
Give uo the energy wasting wtr. heater and cofee maker and you'll have plenty of the 30 amps left over. In nicer weather put one back on. Remember electric heat in any format is very inefficient. Millions live on 30 amp service, noot all sites have 50amp.
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Sorry about your problem. That is why we opted for the 50 amp and the fact that one AC will not cool a 32 ft fiver in SE Texas during the summer. I have never took a shower in our 5er, the wife does but I go to the bath house were they have lots of hot water.
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