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deltabravo

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Posted: 01/01/21 07:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In my last several RVs, I've installed a new, dedicated circuit and outlet for a space heater.

It's not often that I have electric hookups, but when I do, I use the space heater for heat. I don't camp when the weather is below freezing, so there's no need to run the propane furnace to circulate warm air around the holding tanks. In this scenario, a small space heater is all I use.

Both were easy upgrades because the new outlet location is close to the electrical panel with easy access to everything.

This video shows how I did it in my Arctic Fox 992 truck camper,

* This post was edited 01/25/21 09:19pm by deltabravo *


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Mine new circuit starts with a storage area plug on a unused circuit. It has 2 drops and both are located inside of a cabinet for easy space heater use and storage. Back to the plug in the storage area where the new circuit uses a standard male plug. When I'm on a 30A pedestal and need the heater I run an extension cord to an available pedestal plug.


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Here is how I did it for our trailer.
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“When I'm on a 30A pedestal and need the heater I run an extension cord to an available pedestal plug.”

This is my plan.


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I agree with Lwiddis. I learned the hard way not to pull everything through the 30 amp RV plug. A separate extension fished out through the slide seal and back to the pedestal solved the problem. Good job on the wiring and outlet though.


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Posted: 01/01/21 03:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have have found no trouble running my electric space heater from an existing outlet continuously for days on end.
Although I generally keep the fridge and water set to propane.


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BarneyS wrote:

Here is how I did it for our trailer.
Barney

That's a really good idea too, then you can run it from the other outlet on the power pedestal.

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I have been thinking the same thing for my class C. Then I saw This post and it does seem doable.

But my thought would be to use One of These they come in different lengths and I could put it where I wanted it.

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The National Parks campground where we do most of our camping has the pedestals wired in such a way that you can't get any additional power by using the 15A receptacle. They have the 15A breaker and the 30A receptacle fed from the 30A breaker. So the total amount of power available is only what the 30A breaker will allow. I wonder how many other campgrounds are that way.


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"But my thought would be to use One of These they come in different lengths and I could put it where I wanted it."

The 6' version is what I'll be installing on ours.

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