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Old 12-08-2014, 02:09 PM   #2421
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Well after 3 years, decided to quite using extension cords. Installed a 30 amp RV box with burying the conduit with #8- 3 conductor copper wire. Made a home run from my panel in the garage to the pillar on my carport. What use to take me oneday to do took 3 days, just can't do stuff as fast anymore. Still use my surge protector on it that I used to use before I got my EMS.
What's with the bend in the conduit or is it an optical delusion?
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:25 PM   #2422
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Depending on the size of your AC that 20 amp cord is probably sweating bullets when you run the AC which is why you can't run the microwave or the toaster and that's the trade off though a 15 or 20 amp service is not going to have much trouble running your small appliances by themselves.

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Old 12-08-2014, 03:06 PM   #2423
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What's with the bend in the conduit or is it an optical delusion?
It was either chip out 6" of asphalt or use a piece of flex. Good eye. The reason I went with 30 amp is so I could run anything I want. I also use it as my man cave to get away and for guest sometimes if they stay, Just didn't want Camco extension cords all over the place. Would have liked it on the other side but I wasn't going to cut concrete and asphalt to get it there. Just thought it would be a lot safer then low voltage or tripping all the time on an exposed 30 amp extension laying in my grass. I'm just disappointed I couldn't get solid copper instead of strain. Couldn't find it anywhere near me in the boonies. I had a cut off end of an extension cord and wired it into a drier plug after changing it to 110 V. with 2 cords connected. Now I just plug my unit plug in the RV box....
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:47 PM   #2424
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What did you do to your camper today?

Not to my trailer but to the tow rig.
Adjusted the grover air horn to get more out of it, changed the oil along with adding some archoil, plasti dipped the grille and emblem, and found the last leak (hopefully) on my onboard air system. Now to get a hitting to replace the one and then seal the other. I will never recommend that liquid Teflon tape crap! All but one fitting ended up leaking with using that crap even though people say it's better. I call bs! I would check them all and one would be leaking so I would correct it then another would pop up....
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:05 PM   #2425
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Not to my trailer but to the tow rig.
Adjusted the grover air horn to get more out of it, changed the oil along with adding some archoil, plasti dipped the grille and emblem, and found the last leak (hopefully) on my onboard air system. Now to get a hitting to replace the one and then seal the other. I will never recommend that liquid Teflon tape crap! All but one fitting ended up leaking with using that crap even though people say it's better. I call bs! I would check them all and one would be leaking so I would correct it then another would pop up....
Sometimes the new and better ways just are not at all as you just learned.... I guess call me old school...
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:12 PM   #2426
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We have a Catalina Santara 272BH and we love it for trips. We are in the middle of changing the BH room into our storage/dressing room. When completed will send pics.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:19 PM   #2427
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I would love to use my coach as my man cave and have everything running but it's not essential.... it's just the wife and I at home, I don't need to get away from her...she is my pal among other nice things and we have rule....as much as my extra large master bedroom can sustain me for days....ie microwave, frig, big screen and bed of course ....we don't have anyone over we have to hide from.

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Old 12-08-2014, 05:54 PM   #2428
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Sometimes the new and better ways just are not at all as you just learned.... I guess call me old school...

Agreed! I've always used Teflon tape until a couple people said to use the paste.... Never again!
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:54 PM   #2429
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Looked at it sleeping.... Pulled the battery as well as we are done for now..

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Old 12-08-2014, 06:58 PM   #2430
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Not today, but Saturday. But saying it might make me feel less stupid.

I tore the steps off against my step daughters car. I got in a hurry, was running late and needed to run the camper to the dealership so they can finally install my window, went out, hooked up, dropped the clutch and took off. Go around the car and the whole thing stops.

I proved, always do a walk around even if it's sleeping. I left the steps down from when I winterized it. Then, in a four hours of sleep induced hurry made a dumb mistake.

The steps are destroyed, but the structure holding them is fine. I'll just need to straighten a couple of support braces. The car, rear bumper cover, the side skirt and the quarter panel are hurt.

So that's what I did to mine, and I feel no less stupid having said it. Do your walkarounds kids.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:03 PM   #2431
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How long does it take to winterize the little one?
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:08 PM   #2432
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How long does it take to winterize the little one?
Anyone want a winterized Cap? lol . It is way to heavy to put on for a couple months. Make me a offer pm
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Old 12-09-2014, 09:19 AM   #2433
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Depending on the size of your AC that 20 amp cord is probably sweating bullets when you run the AC which is why you can't run the microwave or the toaster and that's the trade off though a 15 or 20 amp service is not going to have much trouble running your small appliances by themselves.

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On the rare occasion that we turn the ac on in the trailer at home, the 12-2 w/g doesn't even get warm and it is on a 20 amp breaker. Usually the only thing on in the trailer when we're home is the converter, so I have no concerns whatsoever.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:26 AM   #2434
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....as I said, it's a trade off....on an extension cord I can run everything but the air, however, while I trust the circuit breaker to do its job, I still would not run either of my AC's on it. Chances are if it did not trip on start up your good though maybe on the edge of it limits depending on the size of your unit as the breaker is suppose to trip long before the cord gets warm, it's the math E/R=I.

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Old 12-09-2014, 01:26 PM   #2435
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Yup, not all A/Cs are wattage hogs. The A/C on my R-pod only pulls 1000 watts - not a problem for a decent extension cord. Haven't measured the one on my Salem yet but I expect it to be more.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #2436
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Yup, not all A/Cs are wattage hogs. The A/C on my R-pod only pulls 1000 watts - not a problem for a decent extension cord. Haven't measured the one on my Salem yet but I expect it to be more.
If you have a 15000 BTU your FLA will be about 17 amps on a hot day could drop to 14 amps if it's 75 outside. That's with the blower running included amperage. You also have to remember the voltage drop running a 12 ga. extension cord even if you plug it into your 30 amp trailer cord with an adapter. The longer the cord the bigger the voltage drop.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:31 PM   #2437
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.....Your safe there for sure but for me, when I run the air I want to sit comfortably, watch a decent size TV, microwave some popcorn and pull a cold one out of the frig.....that 3 amp margin is long gone.

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Old 12-09-2014, 03:40 PM   #2438
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I didn't do anything to my extension cord or even my camper but the trailer will love me for it. A crew finished my RV shed "tallerization" project. Now the trailer can hide from the Texas sun and hail.

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Old 12-09-2014, 04:09 PM   #2440
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I love it! How tall is it? Planning to build a pole barn/ garage to house our trailer and trucks in. I'm hoping for out of site out of mind - making the trailer less visible to passers by.


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