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Old 05-10-2016, 09:20 AM   #1
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Camping at the County Fair

Does anyone around here camp at county fairs? Our son will be showing cattle and rabbits this year at the fair and we wanted to take the camper so we didn't have to drive back and forth from the campground all week.

I talked to the fair office yesterday and she tells me that the campsites all have just 20A power

I know in years past from being at the fair, the campers all have the AC running, so I am hoping the office lady was confused and they really have 30A, but if not... would I be ok running just my 15k AC unit on 20A? I can leave the fridge and water heater on gas to save on electrical draw???

I plan to have a Progressive Industries EMS installed before this trip for sure, but just wondering if anyone else has run across this?
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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Our son uses our TT at the local county fair. No water hookup..No electric. Uses propane and the FW tank. Borrows a generator (the 3000 Honda) to run the AC. This is what a lot of the campers do at the Lake County, OH fair. I'm amazed at how quiet that big generator is. Also has a big price tag.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:44 AM   #3
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I have run my roof AC on 20 amp before but at the county fair all bets are off. Maybe you can go look at the hookups ahead of time? Call a friend who has camped there before? If they have real campsites set up they are bound to be at least 30 amp but we're all guessing.

The Progressive is great but here is a recent event at my house.
I have a progressive in my rig. I plugged the rig into a long 16 ga extension cord just so I could get the fridge cold ahead of a trip. I made sure things like water heaters were off. The progressive showed 115 volts and 3 amps with the fridge on. I went back the next morning to load the fridge and heard a beep and a click as I was walking up. Apparently the battery charger decided to cycle on and the total load was pulling the AC below 110 so the Progressive was shutting down. Then the voltage would go back above the cut off and it would turn back on. I don't know how long it had been short cycling but the fridge wasn't cold....

What if you had the AC on and this happened while you were away?? That couldn't be good for the compressor even with the progressive.... if it started cycling due to low voltage at the 20 amp plug.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:07 AM   #4
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KyDan - I had noticed the power drop using a 16ga cord. I switched to a 12ga extension cord that is closer to what I need and no longer have that problem. Amazing how much power loss there is using a lighter cord.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:19 AM   #5
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We have camped at our county fair the last two years and will again this year. Ours has 15 amp electric service and water. I work on the honey dipper crew so my camping is free. (BTW there is no one standing in line for the job.) There are no AC's allowed to be run and no generators at all except in a primitive area where there is no power or water. Generators are allowed to be run there 7 am to 11 pm. Unless one is willing to camp in the primitive area one will not get in. There are in the neighborhood of 500 electric and water sites and the waiting list is around 200.
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We stand in one last year during a rally and it was on grass. The day after we got there it rain about 4 inches and entire area turned into mud and they spent a whole day with wreckers pulling out RVs including some 40 foot class A's.
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i know there have been a lot of people camping at the Elkhart county fair grounds!

but back to reality
i know several county fair grounds that host events that draw in 100 plus campers just had a motorcycle event last weekend at the Washington county Iowa fairgrounds and i know they have 30 amp hookups
and the Iowa state fair host several hundred campers throughout the fair
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Fair Ground Camping

Going to stay at Florida St Fairgrounds (Tampa) next month, they have 20, 30 and 50 amp. You pay accordingly 😎
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:43 PM   #9
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I camp at Lancaster, Ca. Fairgrounds in the Antelope Vly. 30 & 50 amp. & water. Inexpensive, clean, convenient 24 hr. Self check in and just off the 14 fwy. No reservations.
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