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Old 08-09-2014, 09:35 AM   #1
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Driveway Camping..

Can you use a dry plug outlet (30AMP) for "camping" in your driveway to run the basics? I'm saying no A/C, no heat or water....just lights and TV?

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Old 08-09-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Assume you mean standard household plug (15amp). You can run most things except AC and probably microwave.

When plugged in like that, consider the trailer to be powered off a power bar... Don't overload it.


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Old 08-09-2014, 12:51 PM   #3
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No problem with that. Do it often.
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If you are actually talking the house 15 Amp circuit 120 volt system you will be okay.. BUT if you mean the 30 Amp plug for the dryer Stop.! If I'm not mistaken the 30 Amp circuit breaker for the dryer is for a 220 volt circuit. If that is the case it will mess up the camper electrical systems.
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:08 PM   #5
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A household clothes dryer outlet is 220V, not 110V. I don't think you could even get the camper 30A cord to plug into a dryer outlet. But even if it could, don't do it!
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:57 PM   #6
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The 220V plug for your dryer and stove is a different design. The 110V 30 amp plug won't plug in. I got an adapter plug when I bought my trailer so I could plug the 30 amp plug into a 15 amp outlet. Works fine but as others have said don't use the AC. You'll pop the breaker in your house.

It will have no problem with the lights and TV.
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Old 08-09-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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X2 what Paul said. Plus the stove and dryer receptacles don't have a neutral.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:12 PM   #8
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I have two trailers plugged into a 15/20AMP Receptacles in my garage which are on separate 20AMP circuit breakers. We run the 13,500 A/C all the time with this setup..

The problems becomes when you add a couple of high wattage items like doing the microwave then we usually trip the garage breaker. The high wattage vacuum along with the air conditioner also will trip our garage circuit breaker.

I do use 10-gauge (10-3) extension cord where my 30A Shore Power Cable is plugged into it. I also use a RV30A-15 LONG DOGBONE type adapter from WALMART...

We spend alot of time in our RV's when parked at home in the back yard. A quick get away does wonders for the soul sometimes...

This is where I work on all my OFF-ROAD trailer mods here at the house...

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Old 08-12-2014, 11:39 AM   #9
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The answer is yes. As long as you run just lights and the entertainment/tv and you can easily use the central fan (not ac). We plug in electric mattress pads and you can even run a small ceramic heater. Not everything at once of course- but we do it all the time using the converter to regular outside breaker outlet.
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:48 PM   #10
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For a minimal expense I added a 30 amp RV outlet box on the outside wall of the house close to the breaker box inside. Now I can use whatever I want including the AC with no worries. Something to consider. Next month I am refinishing our floors so we have a place to live for a few days and can use the fireplace

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