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Old 06-22-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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Electric circuit

Has anyone experienced this problem? My wife uses a hair dryer at the vanity GFIC plug in. The circuit blows and has to be reset. I found the outside kitchen fridge is also on that circuit. When the GFIC pops the fridge goes off. If the fridge is not running and she uses the hair dryer it works ok. Isn't it kind of stupid for them to put both on the same circuit? I mean women are going to use hair dryers and the Fridge needs to be running!

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Old 06-22-2016, 06:00 PM   #2
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Pretty much all the outlets are daisy chained off the gfi. The exception is the microwave and AC.

You'll find out that you cannot use any two of these at the same time, a hairdrier, microwave, and AC.

As for your outside frig and hairdrier, I'm a bit surprised. Your inside frig (120V mode) is one the sender breaker too. You have to look at the whole load in the breaker.

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Old 06-23-2016, 06:25 PM   #3
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A hair dryer, especially on high, will just about max out any electrical branch circuit as most are 15 or 20 amp circuits. A lot of hair dryers will pull nearly that amount by themselves. Anything else on the circuit usually causes it to overload.

A hair dryer, water heater, battery charger, refer and air conditioner all going at the same time would even probably trip the 30 amp breaker on the power pole.
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:41 PM   #4
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Most hair dryers will draw 1500 watts on high, which means you're pulling close to 12.5 amps on a 15 amp circuit with just the hair dryer alone. Add in the wattage for the fridge and *poof*, there goes your circuit.

When I ran the wiring for my second AC, I installed it on a separate 20 amp plug that goes straight to the 20 amp connection on the power pole. I also installed a 110v receptacle on the same circuit, meaning I'm not drawing power for that one receptacle from the same 30 amp circuit the rest of the trailer is on. So...my wife can run the hair dryer all she wants...or at least until she trips the 20 amp circuit.

You could do the same, as long as you're handy with electricity. If not, you can have an electrician do it. Shouldn't take a lot of time.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:03 PM   #5
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yeah an electrical inspector once called me on a second circuit wired with a bathroom circuit for the same reason ... hair dryer plus second item equals tripped circuit breaker
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