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Old 01-16-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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electrical option - not enough juice for everything

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?
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too expensive. can't afford the divorce. DW and daughter need their hot water.
What Turbs is pointing out, is you can turn the electric portion of the hot water heater off...and just run the hot water heater on propane (which actually heats the water faster than electric only)

A lot of the hot water heaters are what you call dual-powered. They can be run off of electricity, or propane, or both at the same time
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What Turbs is pointing out, is you can turn the electric portion of the hot water heater off...and just run the hot water heater on propane (which actually heats the water faster than electric only)
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What Turbs is pointing out, is you can turn the electric portion of the hot water heater off...and just run the hot water heater on propane (which actually heats the water faster than electric only)

A lot of the hot water heaters are what you call dual-powered. They can be run off of electricity, or propane, or both at the same time
I read him OK - we typically have both turned on in the morning for the much faster regen rate. I turn the gas off at night, when nothing else is running, then run gas only during the day, when other stuff is running. but in the morning when the hot water heater is being worked hard I have both on.
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Jeep, I need to add that you will have to learn how to manage power, especially with a 30 amp trailer. You are correct, that you cannot run lot's of things at the same time with out exceeding your breaker(s) capacity.

Besides your air-conditioner, things that make heat are your biggest energy consumers. Electric heaters, hot water heaters, toasters, coffee pots, hair dryers, microwaves, etc. are good examples.

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.
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