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2chiefsRus

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Posted: 11/22/19 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

just be sure you know what else may be on that line. We did almost exactly what you are describing at a friends house. Worked fine in the beginning but then house breaker would trip from time to time regardless of what was running in the coach. Turned out that his extra fridge in his basement was on the same line as the garage outlet we were using. when the fridge kicked on, house breaker would trip. once we got his fridge plugged into another outlet on another circuit, we were fine in the coach.


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When I lived in Detroit I put in a TT_30 for my 50 amp; rig (used an adapter) The outlet was fed with a 20 amp breaker and 12ga wire.

Ran all winter. LIghts. TV on occasion and TS-200 (100 watt Ham Radio) one small space heater when I was in the "ham shack" (Small room) furnace if it was very very cold. No water of course.

So long as you do not use electricity for heat. cooking or air conditioning (That includes water) you should be Ok.


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Posted: 11/22/19 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the coach is also winterize (if you are in a cold area) you would not even need to run the heat all day. 20 amp is actually quite a lot so without any high draw items you won't have any concerns.


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You have the method to do it. We have quite often. We can run the air on 20 amp. In the cold it is knowing what your power draws are. We can run two small heaters on low power or one on high. Turn them off when running the coffee maker or toaster.

Be very aware of what is on.


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Your biggest concern is how you get the 20 Amps to the unit. If you can plug your camper cord with adapter directly into an outlet do it. If you need to run an extension cord, make sure it is a heavy one.


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Converting your ceiling lights to LED would be good thing to do.. Might want to plan on doing this for future 12VDC Power saving items... I have some neat very bright yard LED lights that have solar panels on them. They great to take along on camping trips when you need to conserve 12VDC items...

I try not to use the furnace fan when possible. It is a big 12VDC drain on the batteries...

We have several of these hanging D CELLS light that you pull up to get more light. Got mine from WALMART... They also available from AMAZON.. Neat to have one for every room. Have one in each of our house bathroom here at the house... Worth it's weight in gold when the lights go off when you are in the bathroom haha...

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One caution item when you start using your truck to supplement your 12VDC source. You do not want to run your truck start battery down by any means... I always carry a 2KW Honda generator along with a small battery charger just for worse case battery usage... My get home PLAN B haha...

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RoyB wrote:

Converting your ceiling lights to LED would be good thing to do.. Might want to plan on doing this for future 12VDC Power saving items... I have some neat very bright yard LED lights that have solar panels on them. They great to take along on camping trips when you need to conserve 12VDC items...

I try not to use the furnace fan when possible. It is a big 12VDC drain on the batteries...

We have several of these hanging D CELLS light that you pull up to get more light. Got mine from WALMART... They also available from AMAZON.. Neat to have one for every room. Have one in each of our house bathroom here at the house... Worth it's weight in gold when the lights go off when you are in the bathroom haha...

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One caution item when you start using your truck to supplement your 12VDC source. You do not want to run your truck start battery down by any means... I always carry a 2KW Honda generator along with a small battery charger just for worse case battery usage... My get home PLAN B haha...

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They will be plugged into a wall outlet. Cheers

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A 20 amp 110 volt circuit probably has close to 100 times the amount of power available that I used on my most recent trip (solar, 12v, dry camping for ~5 days). You will be able to run your gas heat and water heater and electric fridge indefinitely on that much current. You might be surprised to learn that you seldom ever draw that much current from the grid even at your house unless your A/C is running, you're using big tools/welder/air compressors etc. Even with the use of your air conditioner, as some say above, as long as you didn't use any high draw devices at the same time, 20 amps is plenty.

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Posted: 11/22/19 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We do that all the time when visiting friends. We use heavy duty extension cord and if the house were connecting to has antiquated wiring we usually keep the fridge running on propane. We use an electric heater set on low.


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I would unplug the Microwave and turn the Roof AC breaker OFF. Since you will be have visitors inside, this will ensure they do not overload the system. Doug

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