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Old 01-22-2013, 06:29 PM   #71
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The DW and I are full timers in a 28' TT with only 30A service. I run our AC, a dehumidifier, an air purifier, and the countless other things that pull juice. In the winter, such as right now at 12 degrees, we run a 1500W space heater, the WH on dual, the dehumidifier, and air purifier plus the usual without problems. When I start tripping breakers is when we plug in the coffee maker in the morning with the space heater on high. The wife's routine is to turn the space heater to low before she starts her coffee. We do trip breakers if I kick in the microwave without turning off the dehumidifier. Needless to say, summer or winter, it gets turned off to do most anything since it pulls about 14A. To sum it up I'm in the same boat you're in and after reading all these posts I plan to do some research on how to get another completely separate line into the trailer just for the dehumidifier and air purifier. That way everything else will run without having to turn off anything or tripping breakers. I think a 12' 10ga three way extension cord will work pretty good for that purpose but I need to figure out how to run it inside the trailer without cutting great big holes.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #72
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Let me start by stating that I'm not an electrician, so there!

Have a 50 amp service also with a wife and two small kids. Coffee is a must have right out of bed and although we are not coffee snobs, a percolator is not a Kuerig.

I run a space heater to supplement the gas heat at night and I have a breaker tripping every time I turn the coffee maker on (with the heater going that is). The way i see it, I don't have an issue with the power supply to the 5er as much as the way the circuits are wired inside the unit. Seems to me that most available outlets are on the same 15amp breaker. So my question is If I'm not pulling more than 50 amp total from the pedestal then why would it matter if I ran a separate 20amp circuit to the 5er dedicated to the heater, or coffee maker for that matter? (assuming the CG doesn't have an issue with it) Just asking???
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:28 PM   #73
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If the CG has no issue with you running the extra cord then there is no problem. I unplugged my electric water heater and plugged my space heater into the outlet. I have not blown the 30 amp main breaker with this set up.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:37 PM   #74
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Let me start by stating that I'm not an electrician, so there!

Have a 50 amp service also with a wife and two small kids. Coffee is a must have right out of bed and although we are not coffee snobs, a percolator is not a Kuerig.

I run a space heater to supplement the gas heat at night and I have a breaker tripping every time I turn the coffee maker on (with the heater going that is). The way i see it, I don't have an issue with the power supply to the 5er as much as the way the circuits are wired inside the unit. Seems to me that most available outlets are on the same 15amp breaker. So my question is If I'm not pulling more than 50 amp total from the pedestal then why would it matter if I ran a separate 20amp circuit to the 5er dedicated to the heater, or coffee maker for that matter? (assuming the CG doesn't have an issue with it) Just asking???
I have the same problem in my trailer, they have to many circuits off of 1 15 amp breaker. I have never had a problem with the camp ground plugging in a extension cord to the pedestal. I plug my outdoor lights that way at times, and I have been camping awhile...:
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:45 PM   #75
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have u tried putting the heater on a different outlet? i've noticed the bathroom, kitchen outlet, and maybe the tv are all on the same gf circuit. (these circuits are all on the same side of the trailer). the circuits in the rear and the other side of the trailer are on different circuits.
next time that circuit blows (provided it isn't the middle of the night), with the breaker still tripped, try the heater on different outlets. if any of the others are live then it won't be on the same circuit as the coffee maker.
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The DW and I are full timers in a 28' TT with only 30A service. I run our AC, a dehumidifier, an air purifier, and the countless other things that pull juice. In the winter, such as right now at 12 degrees, we run a 1500W space heater, the WH on dual, the dehumidifier, and air purifier plus the usual without problems. When I start tripping breakers is when we plug in the coffee maker in the morning with the space heater on high. The wife's routine is to turn the space heater to low before she starts her coffee. We do trip breakers if I kick in the microwave without turning off the dehumidifier. Needless to say, summer or winter, it gets turned off to do most anything since it pulls about 14A. To sum it up I'm in the same boat you're in and after reading all these posts I plan to do some research on how to get another completely separate line into the trailer just for the dehumidifier and air purifier. That way everything else will run without having to turn off anything or tripping breakers. I think a 12' 10ga three way extension cord will work pretty good for that purpose but I need to figure out how to run it inside the trailer without cutting great big holes.
I have not yet had any breakers trip in on 30A in 25 years of camping. Having said that we are thinking about having a second AC unit installed I talked about it to our dealer he gave me a price. I asked him about the 30A to 50A service he said they would being doing it as well that was included in the price. Apparently is is not a major issue to up grade at least on our unit , of coure, the main power cord & ungrades would need to be done at the incoming panel. Not totally sure all that would be required I was in a rush & mainly curious about the second AC. Not real crazy about having another hole cut in the roof.....
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I think a 12' 10ga three way extension cord will work pretty good for that purpose but I need to figure out how to run it inside the trailer without cutting great big holes.
u should be able to do it with a #!2 which wont be as large. u can usually find a gap in the slide out wall where u can slip an extension cord thru. The #10 will probably be too large to do this.
a #12 will handle a space heater with no problem. i use one at home and can run one of my air conditioners on it w/o problems. the converter and frig can also be run at the same time.
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"I think a 12' 10ga three way extension cord will work pretty good for that purpose but I need to figure out how to run it inside the trailer without cutting great big holes."

I agree, a #12 is fine for the heater. I installed an outlet inside my basement where the control equipment is located. I then came off that outlet with a #12 in conduit and routed underneath my trailer to under the entertainment center( this is where my space heater sits underneath the TV). Punched a 3/8" hole and then wired another outlet in the floor and sealed from below with silicon. I just took and old outdoor electrical cord and cut off the female connector and wired in a male connector in its place. Now all I have to do is plug the cord from the pedestal into the outlet in the basement and that completes the circuit. Now in addition to the outlet inside the unit I have an additional one in the basement area that I can use when needed. Works well and is easy to hook-up and disconnect without wires running everywhere. Just a thought for you.
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