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Old 06-28-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Just brought my 26BH home (pics to follow). The guy who did my walk through was iffy on whether or not my AC would work plugged into a standard 15amp outlet in my garage (probably because it is iffy).

BUT, because I have a breaker box with spare breakers in my garage, he suggested I have an electrician install a 30amp outlet right there. How much ought such an install cost?

Oh, and since my kid really really wants to spend the night in camp driveway tonight, and it's well over 90 out, just how iffy is plugging into a standard outlet if I only run the ac?



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Old 06-28-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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If all you are going to turn on and run is the A/C, you would be fine for this occassion. If you decide to run lights, Television or Stereo and the A/C, you may find yourself resetting the breaker a few times. DO NOT run the A/C and microwave at the same or you will have more problems than you want.
If you already have a 15 amp service now and want to upgrade to 30 amp, you may need to run new wire and change the breaker from 15 to 30 amp.
It all depends on how long the wire run is from the breaker and what size wire you have installed now.
It would be best to run new wire from the breaker box to the outlet so you do not have issues later.
Depending on the length of wire run will also depend on how much it costs. It could be anywhere from $150.00 up to $400.00.
Again, I have no idea where the outlet and breaker box is located. Just giving you a rough idea at this point.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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Breaker box is 6 feet in from the garage door. I'd want to have a new outlet installed between the two. When I said I had spare breakers, I meant room in the panel to add a new dedicated circuit just for the RV plug. House has 400A service coming in.

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Old 06-28-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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I routinely plug my trailer shore cord into a 15amp outlet in my garage and run the air conditioner and the refrigerator and a couple of lights in my trailer at the same time. PLEASE NOTE: you will need an adapter to mate the 30amp shore cord to a standard 15amp outlet.

I have tripped the breaker a couple of times when I have been running the air conditioner and a household va***n cleaner at the same time. Reminds me to run one or the other but not both at the same time.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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If you've got room on the box and can get someone to install a 30amp plug, go for it. I wouldn't pay more than $100 for the convenience of it, though.

We were supposed to have guests for the weekend and were going to put them up in the trailer. I ran the A/C for about an hour for the first time just the other day (just to see how good it was....and it was GOOD). Blew the breaker about 2 minutes into it - Once I reset that I discovered that I couldn't run the A/C with anything else running (h/w tank, pump etc.).. So long as the A/C was running alone the circuit was fine. Once I shut everything off except the A/C it was fine with the 15amp plug.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:00 PM   #6
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Electrician already came and went, and now my 8 yr old and I are spending the night in Camp Driveway with ac running, water heating, lights shining, radio blaring...

I can get used to this kind of camping. Former Army Ranger or not, I'm not so keen on sleeping on flat rocks any more!

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Old 06-30-2010, 10:36 AM   #7
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Glad to see you installed the 30amp plug.. some people get away with running their A/C on 15 amps but eventually it will catch up with them. Burning out compressors is not my idea of a fun time.. Manufactures install a 30 amp plug for a reason..
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I tried running the fridge and the A/C at the same time one night packing up, mind you, I had used a 25' 12ga extension cord, which was heating up too. I got about 3 minutes before the breaker blew...

So, last night, I installed a 30A RV circuit. I used 10/2 wire for a 3 foot run right next to the fuse box.

$12 for the 30A single pole breaker
$12 for the 30A RV outlet
$7 for 10/2 wire
$5 for the box and 2 cable connectors

$59 for a 25' 30A extension cord for the RV (this I can take with me for awkward sites)

6 hours total, shopping, a little research and going slow to be safe.

Now, I understand that for safety, security and probably legality, I should have called an electrician, but I am a DIY'er and I like to teach myself how to do things.

But for all that, being able to sit in the driveway with the A/C on, when it's 104F, and being able to make some popcorn in the microwave... I have to agree with Merlinspop, that's priceless!

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Great info

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