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Old 06-17-2016, 09:37 PM   #1
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I know this is a silly newbie question, but I am going to ask anyway. We pick up our 2016 shamrock 23ws on the 29th. Since we haven't had the checkout/in service with it yet, I'm confused. How many amps does my camper have/run off of? I told you it was a silly, borderline stupid, question
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:55 PM   #2
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You will have a 30 amp power cord and you will need 30 amps to run all the equipment in your camper. You can use a 15 amp connector for driveway camping but you won't be able to use the ac. Fridge will be ok, some lights, a fan, but no ac.
If you are thinking of installing a 30 amp service at your house or storage, be sure it is only 115 volt, not 230. 230 will fry your converter.
BTW...congrats on the new camper.
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:56 PM   #3
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Probably 30, one air conditioner
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:57 PM   #4
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Unless you ordered an upgrade your unit will come set up for 30A service. You can use it on a higher current service ( 50A) with an adapter or with limited high current items running on a 15A or 20A household outlet ( with adapter) using a heavy duty extension. This last option is generally used only when working in the TT at home or for running the fridge to pre-cool it for a trip. You would not really want to run long term on a household outlet.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:22 PM   #5
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You will have a 30 amp power cord and you will need 30 amps to run all the equipment in your camper. You can use a 15 amp connector for driveway camping but you won't be able to use the ac. Fridge will be ok, some lights, a fan, but no ac.
If you are thinking of installing a 30 amp service at your house or storage, be sure it is only 115 volt, not 230. 230 will fry your converter.
BTW...congrats on the new camper.
I can run my 13.5K AC in my driveway with a 15 amp adapter. Of course, I don't run much else!
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:28 PM   #6
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I know this is a silly newbie question, but I am going to ask anyway. We pick up our 2016 shamrock 23ws on the 29th. Since we haven't had the checkout/in service with it yet, I'm confused. How many amps does my camper have/run off of? I told you it was a silly, borderline stupid, question
Not silly at all, as we all have to learn. Here are some of the things I suggest reading at first:

Applicable to all RV's

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

and if applicable to your particular RV:

Suburban's electric switch and much more
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:23 PM   #7
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I can run my 13.5K AC in my driveway with a 15 amp adapter. Of course, I don't run much else!
X2, I run my 15K ac and residential fridge in my driveway, no problem...
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:27 PM   #8
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X2, I run my 15K ac and residential fridge in my driveway, no problem...
X3 same here, fridge and 13.5k ac

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X3 same here, fridge and 13.5k ac

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X4 but that does not mean everyone should.

Its all about lengths of run and gauge of wire as well as your incoming voltage and even the quality of the adapter can come into play. You really need to read up and know how to account for everything.

People come to boards and see that others are doing it. Then they go and plug their trailer into a $3 adapter with 200' of 16 gauge Henry homeowner extension cords and POOF
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X2, I run my 15K ac and residential fridge in my driveway, no problem...
When you say no problem, that is based on so many variables that are lining up, with or without knowing the sequence of events that are occuring. Your use in that manner, is at or near the extreme limit of the receptacle. So, the "wow, I can't believe that happened" moment is pretty close. Periodically check the plug connection for any buildup of heat. Also, RV plug ends tend to become either dirty or excessively tarnished over time, due to the duty enviroment they encounter. That, if not monitored, will melt something in short order. Just sayin'
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