Originally Posted by nicolaysenfamily
Hello all . . .
My breaker keeps tripping every time I try to use the fireplace and either one of the kitchen receptacles. The Dealer says that nothing can be done as it is "simple math." I have a hard time believing that Forest River would wire the trailer so that the kitchen receptacles could not be used while the fireplace is in use.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Unfortunately, it is simple math. We have seen many RV's who have their outlets wired on the same circuit with something else, as seems to be your case. I am assuming when you say the breaker is tripping, you are only referring to the individual breaker the fireplace/outlets are on,.....and not the RV's main breaker.
Most circuits are on 15 amp breakers. The math formula for wattage is:
Watts = amps X voltage....... and since you know the amps and voltage for the circuit is 15 amps X 120 volts.......the maximum wattage for the circuit is 1800 watts.
To put this in perspective, say you have a 1500 watt hair dryer. You could only use something else that didn't use more than 300 watts on that same circuit.
I don't know how many watts your fireplace uses, but if it's a heater it's probably using 1250-1500.
One thing you might could do, is rewire the fireplace so it's on it's own circuit, separate from the kitchen outlets.
One other thing to check and make sure of, is if you have an dual power source gas/electric water heater...........is to make sure the electric heating element is turned off........as it can sometimes be wired on the same circuit as outlets too,