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Old 07-02-2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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Can you run fan on regular outlet??

I am new to the forum but was just wondering about this? If i have my Jayco X21M select plugged into a standard house outlet, can i run the fan option high or low?? I know i cannot run the AC or it will blow but it has 4 options: fan low, fan high, cool low, and cool high....it won't actually turn on the AC compressor if I just have it turned to fan low will it?? I don't want to damage the AC. Is this safe to do or okay to do?? THANKS
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:03 AM   #2
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Hi Ronnie, welcome, I have a 17Z not sure if the AC unit is the same but I run fan only plus I can run low cool also, assuming I dont have any other load on the system...
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
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Depending on the gage wire and the run you are making from the outlet to the camper you should be able to run the fan no problem as it does not draw that much power. The only way to know for sure would be to get a voltmeter though and try.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:06 AM   #4
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Running the fan only would not be a problem.
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I have two RV trailer plugged into my garage 120VAC 15A and 20A receptacles. I can run everything in the RV trailers including air conditioners... The 15A and 20A service is plenty of power to run an air conditioner. The thing you cant do is run several other high current appliances at the same time. i.e. I cannot be running my air conditioner and then turn on the microwave unit in the trailer. It will trip the garage circuit breaker real quick.

To make all of this work for me was to use a 10-gauge heavy duty 50-long long extension cord plugged into the garage receptacle. Then on the other end of the 50-foot long extension cord I use a RV30A-15A 18-inch long adapter (Available at Walmart) and plug my 30A trailer shore power cable into this adapter.

I also am aware of the AC voltage coming from the garage and if it is low I will not turn on the air conditioner. I also am very much aware on the connections being made and if they are more than warm to touch I will use a different type adapter. The 18-inch long adapter seems to work best for me. Those little black round RV30A-15A adapters always seem to get hot on me as I use them. When heat is being generated than you are losing current for the trailer to use. Also the cheap extension cords you buy from Lowes and Walmart will also get hot on you and burn up the connectors. Got to use at least a 10-gauge (10-3) extension cord if you don't want to have to worry about it...

This is the RV meter I have plugged into my trailer to be aware of the input 120VAC coming form the garage. Note the safe zone GREEN scale.


This is the RV30A-15A 18-inch long "DOGBONE" type adapter I use here... Never get more than warm to touch.


Dont confuse the 15A/20A service with what you get from a 2KW Honda type generator on running your trailer air conditioner. The 2KW Honda generator only produces around 12AMPS of service which is right on the border line of making the air conditioner work in the trailers.

Been using the garage 15A and 20A service for my two parked trailers here at the house for several years now with no ill effects. Plug/em in .... I carry a RV30A-15A 18-inch long adapter and 10-gauge 25-foot extension cord with me on trips. You never know when you might want to hookup to 15A/20A 120VAC service somewhere. Good Plan-B back-up items to have aboard

My take on using 15A and 20A standard house 120VAC service...
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Thanks everybody!! Was i being correct though when i said the fan option should not turn on the ac compressor? Just don't want to make a very costly mistake!!lol
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Without actually seeing the unit it is hard to determine the switch configuration. All that I am aware of have a fan only position. Even if you did turn on the compressor it is not an instantaneous catastrophic event. You might trip a breaker. Just don't run that way if the voltage at the RV drops below 110V.
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I’m not 100 % sure I fully understand your question. So here we go;

If you are talking about plugging in a box fan like unit to an outlet. Go right ahead, if your trailer is like mine all the 110 outlets are connected to one 15 amp circuit breaker. This excludes the microwave which is connected to a separate independent 20 amp circuit breaker. So do not use the microwave if you are plugged in at home with a regular extension cord with a plug adaptor. You might pop the house circuit or worse yet, melt the plug adaptor between the extension cord and the trailer cord.

If you are talking about using the AC fan to circulate air around the rig while at home. Go right ahead and go for it. The AC fan its self does not use much power. But do NOT turn on the unit to cool the trailer. During operation my AC unit pulls 15.8 amps.
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Yes you can run the fan on your air conditioner when plugged into a 15 amp outlet.
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Again I have no problems whatsoever running my COLEMAN MACH III Plus 13,500BTU model 8333D Air conditioner from a 120VAC 15/20AMP receptacle in my garage. I have been doing this for around five years now at this location with no ill effects using my 50-foot 10-gauge (10-3) extension cord and RV30A-15A 18-inch long "dogbone" adapter. One trailer is purring away as we speak since my daughter is spending the night in it.

The spec sheet on my air conditioner says it will draw 13.6AMPS in the LOW position and 14.3AMPS in the high position.

All I can say it works fine for me for whatever that is worth... Maybe you guys are referring to the 15,000 BTU air conditioners ???

I can only report findings on what happens to me in my situations...

My Roof mounted RV Coleman MACH III Plus model 8333D air conditioner does not care if it gets its 120VAC at 14.3AMPS to operate from a house panel 20AMP circuit breaker, a RV panel 20AMP circuit breaker, or two 2KW paralleled Honda generators. It will work just fine for me with any of those three 120VAC power sources...

I will continue using my garage standard 120VAC 15A/20A receptacles for my two 30AMP Rv trailers connected to it. Each RV trailer is on a separate 20AMP circuit breaker in my house AC power panel....
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