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Grey Mountain

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Need to operate my rig for three or four days in early December. Will only use bare necessities in electricity. Lights mainly. Propane for heat, propane for water heater. In SW Oklahoma, it could get cold, but not seriously cold.
I think I should be OK on a 20amp circuit; however, I would like the opinion of others more knowledgeable than I, which is most of the known universe. I would have to use 20 to 30 to 50 doglegs.

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Posted: 11/21/19 07:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes it is doable. Basically you just need to keep your converter/charger on to supply the batteries. The heater fan is your biggest load in your scenario.


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If you're going to use your propane furnace, you'll be fine. The fan uses less than roughly 60 watts, the fridge about 325. Water heater might push you over if run on 120VAC. If you're not worried about pipes freezing, you could get away with a space heater set to run at 750 watts. That would save a lot of propane.
Otherwise, you wont have any issues.

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Posted: 11/21/19 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Put the fridge and water on propane and just run as you like.
Just stop the hairdryer before you run the microwave.


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You can live like a king in cold weather on 20 amps.


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I run my 50 amp bus on a 20 amp plug for over a week at hunting season. I plug into my friends garage outside plug. No problems with everything on propane.

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Seriously you'll be fine even running the air conditioner. Just be aware that you can't run two high wattage devices at the same time.
High wattage devices:
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioner
  • Water heater on electric




You probably won't be using the AC so that just leaves two devices to be aware of. If your water heater is on electric then turn the switch off before you use the microwave. Other than that just don't worry about the electric uses and have a good time. @0 amps is plenty of power for your coach.


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Posted: 11/22/19 02:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are perfectly fine based on what you describe.

20amp is fine unless you want to run the high amp devices (air/con, electric water heater and possibly microwave if it's a larger high wattage version).

You should be well within tolerances for a 20amp outlet.


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Thanks for the replies. We have visitors coming, and my rig will be parked outside my daughter's house. It will only be used for sleeping. As I said, furnaces and water heater will be on propane. Probably won't even turn the fridge on. None of the accessories wil be used - microwave, coffee pot, etc.

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