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Old 08-08-2015, 11:03 PM   #1
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What electrical service is needed to plug in my A frame at home?
I want to be able to check the water pump, AC, furnace before heading out.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:09 PM   #2
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I would guess a 30a plug is what would be best. 30 amp, 120v single pole. Unless your AC is smaller than 13.5k btu, in which case a regular 20 amp household style outlet could suffice.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:12 PM   #3
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So I guess I would ask an electrician to run a 30 amp line to my carport??
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So I guess I would ask an electrician to run a 30 amp line to my carport??
Yes make sure it's 115vac 30 amp, not the common 220vac for dryers/welders 30 amp service.
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If you will go to the FAQ threads section, there is a sticky thread there that has a file you can print out to give your electrician to make sure he wires it correct. We have many stories here on the forums of where the professional electricians don't have experience with RV's and wire the outlets wrong for them.

EDIT: Here you go:

http://www.myrv.us/Imgs/PDF/30-amp%20Service.pdf
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What electrical service is needed to plug in my A frame at home?
I want to be able to check the water pump, AC, furnace before heading out.
Of the three aforementioned items, only the A/C needs 120 volt power. The pump and furnace operate off of 12 volt DC, and as long as you have a charged battery, you can test them without 120 volt power.

Here is some more good reading, that explains the electrical systems and also the converters function.

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)
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I run my Aframe on the 120VAC wall socket that has a 20 amp Breaker. I have not had any problems. I do not run microwave and air condition at the same time.
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Electrician visited for estimate this morn, sent his estimate to me: $298.00 to run from carport through attic to panel ( approx 30 feet). So now, just to be clear about this: If I keep the camper plugged in to it, it will provide a trickle charge to the battery to keep it topped off? Would I keep it hooked up continuously when not traveling, or maybe only a week out of each month it sits at home?
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Yes you can keep RV plugged in all the time. If you do that, be sure to check battery water monthly as the standard converter has trickle charger vs intelligent charger which only charged when needed . Be sure to get an all weather outlet in carport so plug is covered when in use. This will also allow you to run a dehumidifier during high humidity months if desired. Not a bad price. Outlet and box is about $25, wire is about $50-75. Breaker $10
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Electrician visited for estimate this morn, sent his estimate to me: $298.00 to run from carport through attic to panel ( approx 30 feet). So now, just to be clear about this: If I keep the camper plugged in to it, it will provide a trickle charge to the battery to keep it topped off? Would I keep it hooked up continuously when not traveling, or maybe only a week out of each month it sits at home?
Yes, the converter will provide a charge to the battery when you are plugged into 120 volt AC. Depending on what type/brand converter your RV came with, depends on how good a charger you have.

As Flybob pointed out, you will need to keep an eye on the water level of your battery if you do keep it plugged in all the time, as a converter that provides a constant charge can boil the water out of the battery.

Also now, by having a true 30 amp dedicated outlet for your trailer at your house, you can run everything in it, just like you would at a campground. You could make a guest bedroom out of it as needed. (I have had to do that at my house on a few occasions)
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