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Old 01-18-2018, 07:41 AM   #1
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50 amp - circuit breakers and which leg they are on?

With this cold weather, I'd like to run two small ceramic heaters, but would like to make sure each one is plugged in to a different leg of my 50 amp service so as not to overload one side.

Is there a way to determine which outlet is on which leg? Am I correct to assume that every other breaker is on a different leg? I have a Progressive Intellipower AC/DC combo panel 5500 series one row of breakers.

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I don't know that you can rely on the outlets alternating on the two hot legs. If you have one,
you might be able to tell by looking at the EMS display, mine tells me current draw on L1 and L2. Another way would be to remove the breaker cover and view which line the various breakers are attached to. Obviously this is with all the power off!

Perhaps you could also call or email Jayco and request an electrical print. Have your VIN ready when you contact them.
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Thanks. I just emailed the panel manufacturer to see if they could explain the configuration. I'll post if I get an answer.
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Looking at the Progressive web site it shows your panels breakers, its setup just like a house panel where every other breaker is on a different leg. Here is the link which shows the panel.

https://www.progressivedyn.com/rv/ac...0-amp-240-vac/
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That you for confirming what I suspected. Perfect.
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First off, I've been an electrician for 35 years.
I just looked at your panel online and the breakers are arranged A phase B phase etc going across the row of breakers. Keeping this in mind look at the panel schedule and you should be able to find two outlets on opposing phases. If you are plugged into 50Amps it won't hurt anything to plug both heaters into two outlets on separate circuits on the same phase. Either way your fine, it's your choice.
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Good to know, thanks
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Think about this. If your unit is prepped for a wash/dry, there should be an outlet at that location. The wash/dry should have it's own breaker. Therefore, you should be able to plug into that outlet and then any other outlet, and not have to worry about overload. This is what I was told by another manufacturer (GD).
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Usually all the outlets in a fifth wheel are separated by area Upstairs, downstairs. There are dedicated breakers for the fireplace, microwave, WH, washer/dryer and each AC.

We also have the unused washer dryer outlet and it comes in handy.
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Looking at the Progressive web site it shows your panels breakers, its setup just like a house panel where every other breaker is on a different leg. Here is the link which shows the panel.

https://www.progressivedyn.com/rv/ac...0-amp-240-vac/
You might have to be careful just alternating breakers if your ultimate goal is to try to balance the load. My Seneca came with a couple of tandem (aka duplex or slimline) breakers where two circuits come off the same 110-volt leg. It also has standard size breakers also. I guess that was easier for Jayco rather than installing a larger power panel. So if outlets are fed by one tandem they are still on the same leg. But I also agree that you likely won't have an issue on a 50-amp connection running heaters on different breakers that happen to be on the same leg, unless you also have other high amp-draw items also on the same leg. Most Senecas don't have a tank-type water heater with an electric element (I do now), so I pay attention a little more closely where I plug in my space heaters.

You'll probably never have a perfectly balanced load phase to phase, and it isn't essential you do!
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