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Two Jayhawks

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Posted: 12/03/19 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did Thanksgiving about 6 years ago with family on their property outside Clovis NM. They had a nice little place on some land & we just used a 15 amp plug in off the house. It worked out great.


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cavie wrote:

If you trip the house GFI with very little load, then turn off the GFI circuit in you RV.


This makes little sense to me. The GFCI circuit in the RV would be about the only one there that I would suspect has no ground fault, causing the other to trip. There's generally no problem with chaining GFCIs one after the other; indeed, it happens quite frequently as modern hair dryers have what is basically a GFCI built into the plug, and are very often plugged into GFCI outlets.

The most common reason for an RV to cause a GFCI to trip is that there is some hitherto undiscovered wiring problem, such as a fridge heating element that leaks current or a neutral/ground fault somewhere in the wiring. Finding said problem is not always a simple task.





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It will be trial and error as you know not what else is on that house circuit you tap into. Run propane where possible and you might be okay


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Thanks for all the reply's, I have learned some new things to do & seen some things I had in mind to do.


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I store my rv next to my house on a 15amp circuit. I have an electric heater running non stop, a few lights, the fridge on electric (cold beers at all times) and when im in there tinkering i have the tv on. This is pretty much the exact limit. Sometimes i run the water and the pump trips the breaker. If im tinkering during the summer I’ll start the generator and turn on the ac because i sweat like shaq at the foul line.

If you overdo it you’ll just trip the breaker. Not a big deal. Depending on how long you are there, you’ll learn precisely what you can run without tripping it.


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Just don't run more than one thing at a time that draws a lot of current. My wife's hair dryer and a vacuum cleaner have both kicked a breaker for me. Any thing with a heat element draws a lot of current. Just take it easy and you will be fine, the worst that can happen is to trip a circuit breaker.


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15 amp is pretty simple as long as the weather is not very hot or very cold. Just pay attention and you'll be fine. If you have an EMS just manually set it down to 15 amp service and let it regulate the load if not then that task will fall on you. If you trip the breaker just reset it and go on.

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hohenwald48 wrote:

15 amp is pretty simple as long as the weather is not very hot or very cold. Just pay attention and you'll be fine. If you have an EMS just manually set it down to 15 amp service and let it regulate the load if not then that task will fall on you. If you trip the breaker just reset it and go on.

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I just thought I would add one more thing to this topic. For about $20 you can buy a Kill-A-Watt meter to plug in to your RV cord as it is plugged into any 120 volt outlet. With the Kill-a-Watt meter you can tell EXACTLY what each appliance uses in terms of watts or amps. It will also tell you what your RV is using at idle, or when you think you have everything turned off. Then you can determine exactly what can and cannot be used when you power input is limited with a 15 amp circuit. Kill-A-Watt

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