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Old 02-11-2013, 09:12 PM   #11
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If we are only using lights & stereo, no water systems, heat or cooling (like when we were tenting) 15 amps should be OK, right?
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:29 PM   #12
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Your lights, stereo, and furnace are 12 volts systems so you should have no trouble using those with a 15 amp plug. The trailer's converter will take the 110 volts and convert it down to 12 volts. You should also be able to use the water heater and your refrigerator on propane without a problem. You should be able to watch television also. You might also be able to run your microwave. Forget using the air conditioner and other power hogs like hair dryers and space heaters.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:38 PM   #13
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What a great resource you folks are! herk, Oakman and all the people that help out us newbies. Thanks so much!
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I forgot to mention that your water pump is a 12 volt system too so if you have to use your fresh water holding tank you'll be good there also. Be sure to know the location of your circuit breaker/fuse panel in the trailer just in case you do trip a breaker you'll be able to reset it. You've got a perfect trailer for camping so have a great time with it.
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Well... I have had an issue with a tripped breaker already and not sure why. Plugged the cord into garage power first. When power cord was connected to trailer sparks flew and breaker tripped. ???
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If we are only using lights & stereo, no water systems, heat or cooling (like when we were tenting) 15 amps should be OK, right?
The big AC hits are air conditioning (~1900 watts), electric fireplace (heat ~1500 watts), electric coffee pot ~1100 watts), and the microwave (900 watts - 1200 watts depending on model).

The rest you could probably get by with a 10 amp AC service with everything on. Add any one of the others and you are busted.
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Well... I have had an issue with a tripped breaker already and not sure why. Plugged the cord into garage power first. When power cord was connected to trailer sparks flew and breaker tripped. ???
I hope you did not plug it into a 220 dryer outlet.
If so, I am so sorry; the news for you is not good.

A 30 amp camper is not 220 (even though it "looks" like it should be) but 110 volts.

Also NEVER (need to repeat this - NEVER) plug your camper into an energized circuit. Turn off the breaker at the pedestal before you connect the camper. If you left the Air Conditioner switch on when you plug in you will get a HUGE arc that will destroy your camper socket and power cord.

If there is no circuit breaker at the pedestal to turn off when you connect, turn off the MAIN circuit breaker at the power center inside the camper; then connect.

Of course you should follow the same procedure when you disconnect as well.

A power monitor (like a surge protector) will also prevent you from hooking up bad power to your camper. It will not allow power to flow if it is bad.
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Hey herk, thanks for your input. I have no reason to believe that I plugged into anything other than 110. The circuit I plugged into was an energized household circuit. Once the breaker in the trailer was reset there did not seem to be any further problem. I get what you are saying about an energized pedestal, or a trailer that has stuff turned on when disconnected. Not something I thought about before but worth remembering. So it would seem worthwhile to ensure that my trailer main should be off before I hook up to any power source as well as ensuring that any appliance drawing power should be off. Common sense. And yes it would apply as well to disconnects. I have read a little about surge protectors and some say they have trailered for years without one no problem. Ditto water pressure safeguards.
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Also, in the scenario of plugging into an energized household 110 circuit, it should be OK if the trailer main was off during the plugin and then turn the trailer main back on?
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Hey herk, thanks for your input. I have no reason to believe that I plugged into anything other than 110. The circuit I plugged into was an energized household circuit. Once the breaker in the trailer was reset there did not seem to be any further problem. I get what you are saying about an energized pedestal, or a trailer that has stuff turned on when disconnected. Not something I thought about before but worth remembering. So it would seem worthwhile to ensure that my trailer main should be off before I hook up to any power source as well as ensuring that any appliance drawing power should be off. Common sense. And yes it would apply as well to disconnects. I have read a little about surge protectors and some say they have trailered for years without one no problem. Ditto water pressure safeguards.
Older trailers had bullet proof electronics. The newer ones have way more computerized features. The days of pilot lights are gone.
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