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Old 02-13-2015, 02:00 PM   #1
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extra power source

Peggy and I are camping at a local state park and it is rather chilly. We have an electric space heater and did not want to plug it in with everything else that is usually running. I had brought a 12-gauge outdoor extension cord with us and decided to run it as a separate circuit off the campsite box. I ran it through the same hole as my shore line and into the same compartment below the pantry. I then drilled a small hole in the wall as temporary access. When we get home I will install an outlet box and then have an extra power source separate from the main system. Works great so far and I don't have to worry about overtaxing the system when we need a little extra juice. See pictures.
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:22 PM   #2
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I did that on our 01 Designer MH as well as our SENECA. No reason to burn propane unnecessarily.

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Old 02-13-2015, 02:43 PM   #3
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Much better to use THEIR electricity then to burn up YOUR propane...

Been doing this for years...

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I too do this all the time although I've been lazy about making the connection more permanent. It's a great way to get an extra 20A so the boss can dry her hair, iron clothes, or whatever... even when the A/C unit is running.
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Old 02-14-2015, 05:33 AM   #5
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That is a pretty cool idea. I will have to look into doing this mod to my TT. I'd love to use our electric oil filled radiator in there.
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I've been using an electric space heater in my TT for years. When I traded in my old 18' SOB for my Eagle, I bought an electric fireplace/heater for the main living area. It only took one tripped breaker to realize plugging it into the trailer's 120V system wasn't going to work. I've always carried a heavy-duty indoor/outdoor extension cord "just in case". I carefully ran it through the bottom corner of my slide-out weather seal and hooked it to the120V plug-in at the CG power post. Works great; keeps me warm, saves on propane, and haven't tripped a breaker since.
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:13 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by RoyBraddy View Post
Much better to use THEIR electricity then to burn up YOUR propane...

Been doing this for years...

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AS more and more people do this the campgrounds will have to raise their rates to cover the added cost..
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Some friends recently became full-timers. When the cool weather(Houston TX) hit he was complaining about filling the gas bottles frequently. I commented on our elect heater and he bought 2 (50 amp service) and found it keeps them warm and comfy. They've seen about a $20 bump in the elect bill.

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Great idea adding a separate power source

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I full time and am currently hosting at a COE park. Right now I have 4 electric heaters going. The build in electric fireplace, one oil filled electric radiator, and one Honeywell space heater. All three of these are in the rear area. I also have a smaller ceramic heater in the bedroom on the dresser.

At night when in the low 20's I run the bedroom heater with the door closed so I'm nice an toasty. The rear area I only leave the radiator working on high which won't maintain the temperature by itself so I leave the furnace thermostat on 60. This setting allows the furnace to come on some during the night to maintain some heat to my tanks, etc. without using much propane. I have been done this since the first of January and have only used one 30lb propane tank. This has worked perfectly down to 13 degrees.

One morning when I was heating things back up and all heaters were running on high I went outside and looked at my EMS unit. Leg #1 was pulling 29 amps and Leg #2 was pulling 22 amps. I did have to play around with which heater to plug into which outlet to balance out the load so I wasn't tripping breakers. I think I also had the Splendide drying at the same time.

Hosting is profitable for me or at least $ saving this time of year. Unfortunately tomorrow morning I go back on duty for 3 days. Oh well, such is life.


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