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Old 02-13-2015, 06:50 PM   #1
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Possibly a no-brainer, but ....

We are just talking about how the Mini Lite 2304 KS will change our camping life, and it has occurred to us to want to double-check that there's an outlet in the bathroom for a hair dryer. Off I go a-googling for pix ... and I find one in which there looks like there is one, and one in which there isn't one in the same place there was in the other pic. So, does anybody know what the deal is with that?
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Old 02-13-2015, 08:59 PM   #2
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Sounds like another instance of how units change almost constantly. I had heard my model didn't have an AC outlet in the bathroom, but mine does.


Sorry I can't speak specifically to your question . . .
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:08 PM   #3
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You have to inspect the unit you plan to buy. Models continually change. The one I recently purchased showed a roof vent in the bedroom and listed it on the features, but the one I saw on the lot did not have the roof vent.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:30 PM   #4
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We have the 2304, and it does have an outlet in the bathroom, just below the sink top.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:28 PM   #5
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Not to knock anyone else's response, but it is now the modern standard for campers wired for shore power to include a GFCI AC outlet in the bathroom.
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:30 PM   #6
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I have yet to see a camper without an outlet in the bathroom (wet baths excepted).
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Old 02-13-2015, 10:40 PM   #7
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I know this strays from the topic just a hair (no pun intended), but wanted to point out that a 1500 watt hair dryer will take 12.5 amps.

Watts = Volts X amps
1500 watts = 120 volts X 12.5 amps

The only reason I am pointing this out, is that if you are on a 30 amp outlet, you may need to watch what other electrical things you have running at the same time to keep from tripping electrical breakers (overloading circuits) when operating the hair dryer.

A lot of circuits in trailers are on 15 amp breakers, so you also may want to size the hair dryer (there are different wattage ones) accordingly....or don't use it on maximum heat.

Ex:

1875 watt hair dryer = 120 volts X 15.625 amps

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Old 02-13-2015, 10:41 PM   #8
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AC, hair dryer and a few lights on occasion will do it.


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Old 02-14-2015, 01:54 AM   #9
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AC, hair dryer and a few lights on occasion will do it.


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I found that an electric heater and air dryer on at the same time will do it as well.
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I found that an electric heater and air dryer on at the same time will do it as well.
Yes, that should trip breaker(s) if they function correct and trip before the wiring is damaged. Many times in 30 amp RV's, all of the 120 volt outlets are on the same subcircuit, controlled by a 15 amp breaker (sometimes 20 amp).

A lot of electric space heaters are 1500 watts, as well as hair dryers ranging from the 1000 to 1875 watt range on high heat. Just say for instance you were using a 1500 watt hair dryer to boot.

1500 watt hair dryer + 1500 watt space heater = 120 volts + 25 amps

As you see, running both of them at the same time requires 25 amps on the same circuit....... well over the 15 amp or 20 amp circuit breaker. You should have to pick to operate one or the other at the same time.

It also comes close to the total 30 amps for the RV, even if they weren't on the same subcircuit. We haven't even added in the air conditioner, microwave, fridge on electric, any other things plugged into electrical outlets like television, converter, or the water heater using the electric heating element (which is 12 amps there).

Sorry for the thread hijack, and I will shut up now. I just wanted AshnJim to be aware and prepared for what may happen when running the hair dryer so they can practice power management if they don't already with their current trailer.. Hope ya are not mad at me.
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WMTire's response is helpful. I have no idea what our hair dryer's wattage is! We can easily enough turn the 'fridge to gas when we want to use it, though, and we don't carry a plug-in heater; we don't use an air conditioner, either - but the water heater could be an issue. My hope was to use the KOA's shower, and then come back and dry my hair in the trailer ..... (Our current trailer's a PUP and the bathroom's not big enough, nor are we usually hooked up. Just fantasizing about how it'll be when we get the Mini Lite at the end of this season.)
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WMTire's response is helpful. I have no idea what our hair dryer's wattage is! We can easily enough turn the 'fridge to gas when we want to use it, though, and we don't carry a plug-in heater; we don't use an air conditioner, either - but the water heater could be an issue. My hope was to use the KOA's shower, and then come back and dry my hair in the trailer ..... (Our current trailer's a PUP and the bathroom's not big enough, nor are we usually hooked up. Just fantasizing about how it'll be when we get the Mini Lite at the end of this season.)
You can easily just turn off the water heater on electric (if equipped) when drying your hair....then turn it back on when done. The water heater has a thermostat on it, and the electric element will only energize if the water falls below a certain temp. There's a good chance the element won't even come on while drying your hair....................or you can also just use the propane side of the water heater...and don't worry about the electric heating element and the amps it uses.

If your RV comes equipped with a Suburban electric/propane water heater, this may help.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ore-36197.html

The microwave may be another one, to make a note of not to use when using the hair dryer.

It's just a little learning curve what you can have on, and what you must turn off...at the same time. You'll master it quickly.

Dang it, now I'm a liar. I said I wouldn't hijack this thread anymore. LOL
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All this helps. I don't know what wattage our hairdryer pulls, but will find out and proceed accordingly! Thanks, y'all!
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