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Old 03-02-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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can you charge at home?

Can you charge your batteries off regular home power? I don't have an rv plug at home.

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Old 03-02-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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yes need to get an adapter from 15 amps to 30 or 50 amps

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Yes, if you have a regular 30A to 110V adapter just plug into a standard outlet (preferably not one with ground fault) Just can't run everything such as the AC.

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If all your going to do is keep the batteries up an extension cord with said adapters will be fine.
Try to keep the cord heavy and as short as possible.
Altho you can run the air I would suggest not doing so.
Even if it does work I wouldnt recommend it.


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Yes, if you have a regular 30A to 110V adapter just plug into a standard outlet (preferably not one with ground fault) Just can't run everything such as the AC.

Mine came with one like this.

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Old 03-02-2014, 02:50 PM   #6
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Yes, you can purchase an adapter from your 30-amp plug to a 110 standard plug. Another alternative that I used was to have an electrician install a 30 amp circuit in my garage. Also, a battery charger or battery tender can be connected directly to the battery terminals to keep the charge up over the winter or between trips.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:13 PM   #7
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IF all you are interested in is keeping batteries topped up then I suggest a battery tender Jr.
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I keep mine connected all the time we are home.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:01 PM   #8
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Fonzie and f1100Turbo gave good advice.
There is no such thing as a 30A to 110V adapter.
30A is 110V. 50A RV is two (2) 110v circuits. Not to be confused with a 220v household outlet. There is also no reason not to use an outlet that is protected by a GFCI. The 110V RV system depends on that external ground.
Depending on your need, a battery tender or solar charger will work to keep your house batteries in good shape.
If you want 110V systems to work you will need an adapter.
With 15A household, you can run everything but the Microwave, Dryer (RV). The AC will probably run for a while with no other load on your 15A outlet as will the electric portion of the water heater. i.e. don't use the electric garage door opener on the same circuit.
If you have a water heater or dryer outlet in the garage you can convert them for use with your RV but you will need advanced electrical expertise to do that safely and correctly.
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most breaker are designed to blow at about 80% of the rating, so assuming that nothing is using power on the circuit you are running to trailer, you really only have about 12amps to use. Less if anything else on that circuit. I installed a dedicated 30 amp box on back of our house for the camper. Money well spent. Can turn the air on to clean or work in there. Run fridges before trips, etc.
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As said I'd like to second the keeping the batteries topped up with a Battery Tender. The Tenders do a good job with keeping batteries healthy and exercised thus extending their lives.

Now, also as said you can get a 30A to 15A adapter and plug right into your house but you'll use far more energy since the converter is designed to do more than just keep the batteries topped up. But I recommend getting one anyway so that you can do a full systems check plugged into shore power, minus running the AC much that is.

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