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Old 07-07-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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Household power acceptable?

I'd like to keep my 31ul plugged into household current to maintain the battery charge and keep the fridge running. I assume that with the appropriate adapter plugged into my 50 amp line I can do this. However, I have learned not to assume. Advice?

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Old 07-07-2016, 10:26 AM   #2
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I've have done it for years for the same purpose without any problem. Just use common sense and don't overdue it. Like running the air or microwave.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:08 PM   #3
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Actually one AC unit will run run on a dedicated 120v 20amp circuit. I've done it.
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I did it too Vickr - and after a few hours it burned out the fan motor in the AC due, I assume, to low voltage (I didn't have a progressive dynamics unit in that rig).
The biggest problem I had was the extension cord - I had a 14g "orange" extension cord between the house and the RV's power cord. Probably lucky it didn't melt.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:50 PM   #5
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AC will run on a 20 amp 115v house circuit, but I would never do that. Especially on an extension cord. There is likely a significant voltage drop, which makes the compressor motor run much hotter than normal. It shortens the life of the motor, even if you think it's just fine. I would rather run a dedicated line out there with a 30 or 50 amp rating, and very large copper wire (maybe 6 gauge for anything over 50 ft or so). This, if you're planning on running the AC for more than a few minutes of testing.
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I have a 30 amp service that was installed for my previous TT, With our new MH I use a 50 to 30amp adaptor to plug in, It keeps batteries charged Fridge running, and when we are packing to go I can run one of the AC units with no issues.
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I run the AC on a dedicated 20amp circuit. I use a 10 gague extension cord. Only a 25 foot run. Have done so for 15+ years.
Checked voltage and it runs 110-112 with AC and the converter on. I run the refer on LP.

Would not do it with a smaller extension cord, and would not run with more loads.
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I'd like to keep my 31ul plugged into household current to maintain the battery charge and keep the fridge running. I assume that with the appropriate adapter plugged into my 50 amp line I can do this. However, I have learned not to assume. Advice?
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The 250/125V 50A to 125V 30A adapter is readily available. Then the adapter down to 125V 15A.

Again, do not try and run any kind of heavy load (microwave or A/C) while plugged into a 15A circuit.

But it is a very good idea for keeping the battery topped up and the fridge chilled.
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I run the AC on a dedicated 20amp circuit. I use a 10 gague extension cord. Only a 25 foot run. Have done so for 15+ years.
Checked voltage and it runs 110-112 with AC and the converter on. I run the refer on LP.

Would not do it with a smaller extension cord, and would not run with more loads.
This is the way to do it ^^^. As long as the voltage is good with the A/C on, it indicates the load is not overpowering the existing wiring and other devices.

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I have a 30 amp service that was installed for my previous TT, With our new MH I use a 50 to 30amp adaptor to plug in, It keeps batteries charged Fridge running, and when we are packing to go I can run one of the AC units with no issues.
This is the best solution, if you can swing it. I never have, so when I adapt from 50 to 30 to 15 amp service, I only run the battery charger, and maybe a vacuum cleaner. Otherwise, I start the genset.
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New problem

Thanks for the assistance. I have encountered a new problem however. When I plug into household power (30 amp service) with an adaptor on my 50 amp line the gfci circuit in the house trips - not the breaker just the gfci circuit. I am using a large diameter extension cord also (not sure what gauge but heavy) Same problem at a friend's house.
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