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Old 04-06-2015, 05:54 PM   #11
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and heat

During the winters here in Montana I put radiating heat device, no fan, just warm panels. I leave it plugged into a timer that does date/time/temp/darkness. My fifth wheel stays just above freezing inside, helps keep things from expanding, contracting and with humidity. This lets the unit use power and charge. Seems to work well for the last four years. All just by plugging into an outlet on the garage.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:04 PM   #12
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I think an ammeter will only check what something is drawing.

That's correct and even then you would be in line with the circuit which I wouldn't recommend. I use a clamp on amp meter for anything more then circuit boards. As others have said check the breaker panel, each breaker will have it's max current written on it.

My garage plug is only 15 amps and it will handle everything in my trailer except the AC. Running the electric hot water heater and the microwave at the same time would be pushing it but your lights, TV, radio and charger should be no problem.

I leave mine pluged in all the time.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:28 PM   #13
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See the difference in a 15a and 20a receptacle.

https://www.google.com/search?q=20+a...ml%3B426%3B426
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:40 PM   #14
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You can also install one of these. You can buy it at lowes or Home Depot for about $50. Have an electrician install it for you. Then you will be covered.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:16 PM   #15
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Thank you for the help everyone. Plugged it in tonight it's doing well
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:25 AM   #16
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You could also purchase a Kill-A-Watt meter to check the watt draw with each device (lights, then refrig., then W/H, then AC, etc.) on. I don't have my TT here right now but will test it this weekend and report back on this thread.

By the way, I have been running my AC on a 15 amp circuit since we bought the TT but will refrain from doing that in the future for fear of damaging the unit. Better safe than sorry.

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Old 04-08-2015, 10:00 AM   #17
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According to my Jayco owner's manual, the air conditioner draws 18 amps and the converter draws 8 amps, max. So neither a 15 amp circuit nor a 20 amp circuit will safely handle the load if you run the A/C.
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:39 PM   #18
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As I said, I've done it several times and it does work but I won't be doing it again because I don't want to damage the AC. I'm not concerned about damaging the circuit because it is a 15 amp breaker wired with 12 gauge wire so the breaker should trip before the wire overheats.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:51 PM   #19
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Lights and frig is about all you can run off of a 15/20 amp breaker. I have run both the microwave and ac at times without tripping the breaker ( 20amp). But felt the plug adapter and it was mighty warm. Dealer told me they replace a lot of shore power cords due to melted plug adapters. Personally keep you loads light using a plug adapter.
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So if I wanted to run a line from an outside box (30amp) back to my main panel which is about 125LF what gage wire would you run? The last 40' would be in conduit after coming out of the basement and running along a garage wall outside to the place I would like to be able to plug in. Any thoughts?
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