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Old 11-04-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Starcraft ar-one 16bh

Any advice on this lightweight? I have a good deal but am unsure as I am a newbie. It has what I want minus a TV which I'm guessing is easy to add. Weekend trips with family and occasionally 4-5 nights with just me when I travel for work. I have plenty of towing power. If I am parked in a worksite with just household 15 amp service how limited would I be on AC or heat?

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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An AC unit is going to pull near 15A to begin with. So no go there.
Furnace is 12VDC power and LP so that'd be fine.

As with any trailer you'd need to look for rot, and proper functioning of all systems. I'd pay someone to PDI properly (pre delivery inspection) or get it in the deal. That includes checking brakes and lights, to roof sealer, water pipes, drain system, appliance function, charging, battery, and LP leaks.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #3
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If you are talking about a 16' or so trailer it will probably have an A/C unit of about 7000BTUH. This should work on 15 amps, but you can't run much else.

If you want to run the microwave, you will have to shut down the A/C. You can run a 1500 Watt electric heater, but nothing else.

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:28 AM   #4
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Thanks for the AC info, living in TN it will be running a lot in summer. I will check the AC unit and see how many amps it draws - hopefully it says. If not I will see what the btu's are.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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My TT is a slightly smaller version of your contemplated TT purchase, and I use it the same way. The Starcraft AR-1 is not a particularly old model, and it sounds like it would work if the price is right for you.

We ran ours off house current all summer - parked it out by the back door and used it as a room addition when not camping. We had the regular 30 amp cord with the 15 amp converter plugged into an outside outlet of the house. The fridge runs off the electricity. I run my laptop through the interior TT outlet, and use the 12 volt lights at night

The top mount AC 3.5 BTU ran fine all summer. It takes very little time to get the TT to a good inside temperature. Now that it is colder, we fire up the LP for the furnace when needed for puttering around inside, but we don't keep it on most of the day like we did with the AC.

We did turn the AC off to run the microwave, but I only use the microwave to boil water for tea, or to warm up a plate of food or soup, so it didn't need to be off for long. I could have used the stove, but those items are heat and eat, so using the micro was more of a laziness issue.

We used our bedroom 19" flatscreen when we went camping, but really only used it for watching the weather channel before heading out to fish, and didn't even bring it for some trips. I was surprised at the great over the air channels we got using the basic Winegard antenna- we live in a low lying area and the TV normally picks up nothing.
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So, it would seem that a worksite with 15 amp would be ok.
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agreed that the a/c should be less than 13.5k and should be able to run on a 15amp supply. make sure you don't have the water heater on electric.
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Found out the unit is 5,000 BTU's and the sq footage is roughly 140. Any ideas if this is adequate?
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should easily run on 15amps. but you still should turn off other electric demands, if the a/c is working extra hard on real hot days.
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The unit is small so it will heat easy and cool easy. 5, 000 btu will also work fine to keep you cool. 15 amp will also work fine. I however agree, it is a good idea to only run either the A/C or the mico wave.
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Any advice on this lightweight? I have a good deal but am unsure as I am a newbie. It has what I want minus a TV which I'm guessing is easy to add. Weekend trips with family and occasionally 4-5 nights with just me when I travel for work. I have plenty of towing power. If I am parked in a worksite with just household 15 amp service how limited would I be on AC or heat?

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We just bought this exact trailer and love it! Plug it in at home and use AC just fine...but not at same time as microwave. Got nice and cool quickly.
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