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Old 07-25-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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Upgrade 15amp breaker to 20amp ? anyone done this

Hi there...We have a 2011 Jayco X19 hybrid and do most of our cooking using the outside plug...however, when I plug in the kettle and then plug in another appliance, like a toaster it blows the 15amp breaker. Has anyone upgrade a 15amp breaker to a 20 amp?? Can it be done? Where do I get the breaker? Do you think it would void the warranty (probably)? thoughts?? thanks
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It's a safety issue. The circuit is designed for 15 amp. If you need multiple high current items running at the same time you should add another circuit. Bear in mind you will still be limited to 30 amps total. Now consider the kettle, the toaster and the air conditioner. THEN the water heater element kicks in. OOPS, popped the main breaker in the converter or at the pedestal.

Electric usage in an RV does require planning and compromise.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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Hi there...We have a 2011 Jayco X19 hybrid and do most of our cooking using the outside plug...however, when I plug in the kettle and then plug in another appliance, like a toaster it blows the 15amp breaker. Has anyone upgrade a 15amp breaker to a 20 amp?? Can it be done? Where do I get the breaker? Do you think it would void the warranty (probably)? thoughts?? thanks
A 15 amp circuit uses 14AWG wire. A 20 amp circuit requires 12AWG. You can't simply install a 20 amp breaker and be safe.

I wouldn't worry about voiding the warranty. It probably doesn't cover burning up the trailer anyway.
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Being you cooking outside. Use an extension cord from the “current bush” (electrical post) most have a 20 amp outlet in them also. I use a12 gauge, 25’ extension cord and plug in there for additional power.
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Being you cooking outside. Use an extension cord from the “current bush” (electrical post) most have a 20 amp outlet in them also. I use a12 gauge, 25’ extension cord and plug in there for additional power.
I have done this, and it works well. I also got one of those portable GFCI adapters to put on the cord, since I have seen campgrounds with outlets that aren't GFCI, and you are using the cord outdoors, so this is a safe approach against getting electrocuted.

I agree with the others, don't put a larger circuit breaker on a 15 amp circuit.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
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I don't think you should try changing out breakers. The safety of you and your family should come before try ing to use a toaster. Like others said run a extension cord from the pedestal to your toaster. Thats what i do when using the waffle maker. Hope this helps
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Or,....... go back to your camping roots and don't use electricity to make toast. Use one of those toasters for the propane stove.
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X2 on adding another circuit instead of a larger breaker. Upgrading the breaker on a circuit not designed for 20 amp is simply asking for a fire. For your safety, please don't.
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Being you cooking outside. Use an extension cord from the “current bush” (electrical post) most have a 20 amp outlet in them also. I use a12 gauge, 25’ extension cord and plug in there for additional power.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:11 PM   #10
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Why not use this as excuse to get bigger camper?get one with the outside kitchen
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