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Old 04-09-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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I am new to the travel trailer world. Am I looking at any problems by leaving my trailer plugged into my house. I do have a Surge protector on it. Any issues with the battery, ect...
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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I leave mine plugged in 24/7 365.
but I installed a 30 amp box instead of using the 15 amp
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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Is that expensive to install a 30 amp box?
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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Depends on how much wire you have to run from your household breaker panel.
I ran a dedicated circuit with its own breaker.
Box is cheap.
Remember box should be ran as 110 NOT 220.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:20 AM   #6
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Your welcome!
Yes the biggest mistake made by people is to wire it to 220 and bad things happen just after the breaker is thrown!
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:15 AM   #7
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I used a 20 amp rated romex cable with a 20 amp fuse in the panel. I wired it to an outside "weatherproof" RV outlet.

Even running the air conditioner in the summer and the fireplace heater in the winter, I have never tripped the 20 amp breaker. I do have a pretty short run from the garage sub panel to the outside RV outlet (about 10 feet). I had the 12/2 on hand and would have had to pay for 10/2 for the 30 amp wire.
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Yes the biggest mistake made by people is to wire it to 220 and bad things happen just after the breaker is thrown!
Many weaping threads here from folks who had "an electrician friend from across the street" help them wire up their plug.

Your camper is NOT a dryer.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:28 AM   #9
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Many weaping threads here from folks who had "an electrician friend from across the street" help them wire up their plug.

Your camper is NOT a dryer.
I had a friend do this as well.........
He called me after he switchrd the breaker ..
Items we'll say rip
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I leave mine plugged in 24/7 365.
but I installed a 30 amp box instead of using the 15 amp
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Same here. We leave it plugged in at all times. We're just about to tackle putting in the 30 amp box. Maybe "we" is a bit too generous. DH will be tackling it. LOL. Bought the box last summer and just got the wire for free (yeah!! ) from a friend. Okay, it wasn't exactly "free." We bought him a case of Mountain Dew. DH is now researching where to put it.
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