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jdc1

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Posted: 06/15/21 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2oldman wrote:

DinTulsa wrote:

Am I understanding g so if you correctly that you can run both Ac units on a 30 amp,
It's iffy running both at the same time, plus you likely have a converter. I would pay very close attention to heat at your plug.


It's not worth burning up an AC unit to find out. If both units tried starting at the same time....you won't like the results. And, like oldman says, that converter is drawing power too.

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Why would you spend your money on propane when you have electric??


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DinTulsa wrote:

Thank you! Am I understanding g so if you correctly that you can run both Ac units on a 30 amp, given you run the fridge and wh on propane?


It's going to be really, really close, my AC runs 15-16A at full tilt, you might have to turn off your converter. Heck, one 4th of July weekend I could only run a single 13.5AC on a 30A connection with everything else turned off because the park voltage was so low.


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352 wrote:

Why would you spend your money on propane when you have electric??
He explained he's trying to run 2 ac's on 30a.

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Btw this is exactly the kind of scenario where I'm looking to go with a Victron inverter plus solar plus large battery bank for my next (fulltime) trailer, the boost function would allow the battery bank to make up for the few amps that the shore plug falls short and the solar plus nighttime charging would keep the battery bank topped off.

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I appreciate the feedback. Really hadn’t planned on running 2 AC units, off this 30a until people said they were. My plan is to run the ac and the WH off the 30a, fridge off propane and outside fridge off an extension cord plugged into the 15a on the post. If that doesn’t work I’ll run the wh off propane and the fridge off electric.. Lots of big stuff drawing on a 30a in 95 degree heat!

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As mentioned above, the water heater is 3x the power of the fridge and uses a significant part of the 30A. I wouldn’t run that on AC if you plan to run the A/C.

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Boon Docker wrote:

You will be good for many more days that just 4 days, more like weeks.


Yup.....what he said


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Posted: 06/19/21 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nobody answered your question. lol.

You can go a month or more if all you do is use propane for the fridge. You might go a month using propane for fridge and the stove. It is the water heater and the furnace (not needed in summer) that gobble gas.
Don't keep the water heater on all the time, just turn it on, heat water, use, turn it off.

There are devices that pair the AC units so that only one will run the compressor at a time. so, both AC units are on, always blowing fan air, but only one is actually running the AC compressor at a time. This is all I know as I have never had two.
You might be out of time to try to investigate and install this for your upcoming trip.

Propane for a fridge is literally about the size of a candle flame. You will not use much propane at all. It is not even worth posting a forum question because it uses so little propane.

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Posted: 06/19/21 10:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many years Arizona boondocking Jan Feb March with temps 70's & 80's....6cf fridge on propane 24-7...stove use for morning coffee and cooking supper...consistently, 20lb 4.5 gal tank would last 12-14 days...30lb 7 gal tank would last 19-21 days.


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