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Old 08-21-2016, 07:48 AM   #1
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Third AirCon in the garage

A buddy of mine has a 2014 Raptor and wants to add a 3rd air conditioner in the garage. He bought a 13.5 Dometic for this. The plan is to install the unit in an existing vent, run the power wire to a through the wall outlet and then using a heavy drop cord plug into the 20 amp outlet at the pedestal. At the time it sounded feasible. I ran my pop up with a 13.5 on 20 amps with no issues. Now I'm wondering if this a good idea or not. I have read where others have done the same project like this without issue but just want to make sure this going to work. Has anyone done this and what was the out come? Thanks a bunch.
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Indeed sounds feasible.
I used a similar strategy some time ago with a 30A coach that we wanted more electrical heat capacity or a basement freezer. I added a through bulkhead shore power type connection etc. and it worked very well as you noted using an aux. pedestal circuit.
The only exception we ran into was if there wasn't enough total capacity provided to the pedestal. So the limitation was the CG infrastructure. The branch circuits to the pedestal are not limitless. A 50A coach equipped with 3 a/c's may not even be able to run them all simultaneously on SP.


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That's a great point I hadn't thought about. I would imagine to that a crowded campground might play a part in available power as well. I'll bring that up to him and see what he want's to do. Thanks
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If power availability is an issue, in theory a person could install some battery capacity along with a charger / inverter to smooth out the load. Sometimes the challenge is more related to "peak loads" vs "average".

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A 50 amp connection provides 12,000 watts across both 120 circuits in the RV panel. As long as he does not have all three on one leg in the RV panel he should be able to run them on the RV 50 amp connection to the pedestal.
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We discussed this just today and I explained the scenario to him. He told me that his plan is to only run 2 AC's at the time. He uses his garage as a Den and that's where they eat and pretty much live when his Harley isn't in there. His Harley is spoiled rotten. Thanks.
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