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Old 03-03-2014, 11:17 PM   #1
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15 amp service at a camp ground

We are going to be taking our first long trip this summer. One of the places we are stopping at during the drive to our destination only offers 15 Amp service. We have a 2003 Expedition DP. I have a converter plug so I know I'll be able to hook up. What I don't know is what electronics will or won't work. It will be humid where we are going so AC is very important to us. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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If you have a 13,500 BTUH A/C or a high efficiency unit, you may be able to run ONE A/c unit and run NOTHING else...water heater and frig on gas. Personally, I'd look for another place to stay.

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I'm looking but its going to be a long day of travel and the distance to get to another RV park is pretty far. At this point I'm feeling pretty trapped.
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I'm looking but its going to be a long day of travel and the distance to get to another RV park is pretty far. At this point I'm feeling pretty trapped.
Could just pull off the road at a Walmart or other place and run the generator.
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I don't recommend running an AC on 15A, you'll likely melt the cheap 15A/30A plug adapter, maybe cause a short.
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Hmmm I just thought of another problem. One of our destinations this summer will be the family cottage. I plan on parking in the drive and plugging in. I know there are no 50 or 30 amp plugs so what do we do? We will be sleeping in the RV and will need AC. If I only run the AC in the bedroom and have the refer and the water heater on gas will I ruin anything?
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Your 2003 Expedition DP did come with a gen-set, use it. We spent 4 day at the FMCA rally last year in 85 to 90deg weather and have a long haired Keeshound and both AC ran most of the time, thats what the 8KW gen-set 4. The only time it was off was from 11PM to 7AM(quiet time) and we have a Samsung 197 RR frig.
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You should be able to run a single AC but would want to turn it off while you ran the microwave or any other large draw items. You will not melt the 15 to 50 amp adapter although it may get a little warm depending on the size and efficiency of your front AC unit. You won't destroy anything in the coach either. It won't be the run-everything experience you would have with a full hookup but you will be fine. Bedroom air will be perfectly fine all night and all day. Don't sweat it so much (HAHAHAH man, what a pun .... )

Same thing at the cottage destination as long as you are close enough to the 15 amp outlet to use the big thick coach power cable.
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You say there are 30 -50 amp plugs at family cottage better make sure they conform to this links advise or do not use them and blow out all electronics in coach.
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Could just pull off the road at a Walmart or other place and run the generator.

"Yah" What he said!
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That's what a generator is for so use it!
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It is enough for the refr, converter, and some TVs.

Converter is always on, so that's 2A usually minimum.
Refr is about 3A.
That's 5A.
A/C is going to be 11A with a energy saving unit. That's 16A, over.
WH is 11A give or take. Even at 10A, that's 15A. Limit, done.

So on and so forth. No you can't run anything but the refr and converter essentially if you want reliability.
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Run everything in the coach off LP where possible: fridge and HWH.

1 a/c unit will draw about 12 amps of power. You should be able to run on 15A, but if your converter/charger is drawing a lot of power, it may trip the 15A breaker.

No, you won't hurt any equipment by running off 15 amp service.

Yes, you might melt the 30A prong on your shore cord. Watch it closely. If it does show signs of getting hot, it increases in resistance, generates more heat, which can melt the male plug connection, making things worse. Monitor it closely.

A 15 amp supply to a motorhome running an a/c is less than desirable.

Hire an electrician and have him connect a 30A dedicated plug at your cottage.
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