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Old 07-25-2012, 03:54 PM   #11
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I posted the question here because I thought you guys would have more experience with this sort of thing then my friend who does not own a trailer. Since it is a permanent location I wanted to bury the wire. My idea was to have a line coming from the original breaker box to a dedicated outlet near the trailer then use the trailer’s 30 amp cord to plug into the new outlet.
No worries, my thinking was the load should make no difference (trailer, hot tub etc). You have a couple options, direct burial or rigid PVC & wire with the later I think being the cheapest. You could always up the conduit size for the future and still pull in the 30 now.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:15 PM   #12
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Only if you don't use the appropriate sized cord for the length of run and amps being used.

Low voltage and heat will be an issue if the cord isn't big enough to handle the amps.

In turn you'll have low voltage to your trailer and could very well ha rm your electronics such as.
A/c
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Hw heater

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Use this:Voltage Drop Calculator
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:22 PM   #13
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I just called my buddy and he said all he can get me right now is 10 gauge. He said he can get me 8 gauge next month. We are supposed to go down this weekend. Typically we only use the lights and a TV, possible the microwave but just to heat up the babyís milk. Do you think I could get away with the 10 gauge this weekend then next month wire it up right?
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:29 PM   #14
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I had some what of the same issue and had an electrician come out and look at it with him knowing that I was not going to hire him to do the job. We both agreed that trenching and installing an underground cable was well worth the price of someone tripping over the cord and the resulting damage and or cutting it with a lawn mower or weed eater. I dug the trench and laid the conduit, installed the head and pulled the wire and then paid $100.00 buck to have an electrician come in and make the connections. Have to say I don't ever think about it and I would have worried about the other set up. Now I just have to extend the sewer line. Life is hard. Good luck with that project.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:51 PM   #15
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I just called my buddy and he said all he can get me right now is 10 gauge. He said he can get me 8 gauge next month. We are supposed to go down this weekend. Typically we only use the lights and a TV, possible the microwave but just to heat up the babyís milk. Do you think I could get away with the 10 gauge this weekend then next month wire it up right?
If it were me, I would use the 10 ga this month and go for the 8 ga next month as a permanent fix.
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