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Old 03-22-2016, 07:44 PM   #1
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End of Boondocking - Putting in Power

We've owned our campsite for 29 years and have never had any amenities, nor have we needed any. The site is situated on 50 heavily wooded acres, with the main camp about 350 feet off the highway. Our old trailer was 100% propane. After upgrading to our new 2015 Jayco we bought a generator for the AC and Microwave, and a solar panel to keep the battery charged when we were not there.

Years ago I looked into running in a power line, but found it to out of our means at the time. A current estimate turmed out lower than I expected, so we decided to go ahead with it. I'm going to describe the plan to see if any of the experts here have any suggestions.

There is a utility pole on the road almost straight down from the trailer. A new pole would be installed on my property about 100 feet from the main pole. The line would be 100 amp service. From there, the line would go underground, down 24", and in a conduit. The line would terminate on a short pole, 3 feet from the trailer's shore cord. On this pole would be a breaker, followed by a 30 amp plug. This is a turnkey job, including removing all trees that would be in the way.

Anything missing? All comments would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Sounds like plan. While you're at it, with 100amp available, I would include a main circuit panel and one or 2 additional power posts. One could be for a guest to set up at your property and another for exterior lighting and power to an outbuilding. Realize you seem to be wanting to maintain the off grid kind of atmostphere but some additional infrastructure while you're at it might make sence.
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Good ideas - already thought of.

No room for a guest so a second power pole would not be necessary. There will be a provision in the main breaker panel to plug in an extension cord, and that would be the extent of my needs in the outbuildings.
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I go with a 30 and 50 amp RV pedestal, you may upgrade someday.
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Just asking but is all this OK with county dept. Seems like I have heard of something like this not allowed at certain places. I know in our county here in Vriginia we are not allowed to live in a trailerhouse except at a qualified trailer court.

Parking RV's at home is allowed but as soon as you hook up the sewer, electric, and water then they become a trailer house...

I know of one deal where they wanted to setup a trailer while building their house and running in a power pole with electric on the pole like you are telling us about. Was turned down by the county...

Everything has to have county permits issued before proceeding

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If they are laying 100amp service, I Would build out the distribution panel with a 50, 30 and 20 amp outlets. ( RV campground style box )

99% of your cost is labor and pole to post cost for wire.
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My property is classified "mobile home" because I have a trailer parked there, and I don't even need a building permit to run electric.

It WILL need to be inspected before the utility company connects.

To say this is the boondocks is an understatement. Back in the old days when people bought camping / hunting property in my area using an RV was the norm because it wasn't taxed. Build a cabin and the assessment went up. I got away with it for several years, and then they changed the law. If the RV didn't move all year long, then it was considered permanent and the taxes went up.
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As others have suggested, I, too, would add 20A service. With a heavy-duty extension cord, you could run a space heater (inside), or electric grill/griddle outside. You really have a beautiful spot, there. Once you get the electrical service installed, I bet you'll be able to see heaven from it.
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Good ideas - already thought of.

No room for a guest so a second power pole would not be necessary. There will be a provision in the main breaker panel to plug in an extension cord, and that would be the extent of my needs in the outbuildings.
Your property so your call, but 50 acres seems plenty big for the kids or a buddy to stop over for a few days. Going from no power to a gen to a plug in are big steps over 29 years, but with power and a new rv you might be spending more time. More time brings new needs and by out building, I meant a small storage shed for tools and toys.

Also if not moving for a year is the criteria for getting taxed, just hook it up and drag it off site for a day. Many state park have 2 week limits in their CG's but all you have to do is pull out for a day and then come back and all is good. Where I live all that is not a factor and many folks buy a couple acres and set up a campsite so to speak and use it as a seasonal vacation spot. Most have power to a small shack and a small covered pavalian with a picnic table. The "portable" building houses everything from the storage I mentioned above to a kitchenette w/ sink. Not suggesting you build a small village, but even hermits can learn to love a few extras over time.
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