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Old 08-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #1
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More power!

I'm sure I'm not the first, but I done it. I got tired of having to shut down everything in the trailer when the GF has to run her leafblower strength hairdryer, lest we blow the main, so I have now installed her a dedicated blow dryer circuit.

I installed a 125V 15A Motor Base on the exterior of the trailer that comes in under the vanity and a 125V 15A GFCI in the side of the vanity and wired it with Romax. Along with that, I threw an extra 25ft 125V 20A extension cord into the storage box on that side to connect into axillary outlets in the park power box. Now she has her own dedicated blow dryer circuit and we don't have to shut down the A/C, Water Heater, Fridge, Lights, TV, etc, etc, etc....

I originally suggested just leaving the blowdryer at home... but that sure didn't fly. Who knows it could come in handy for an extra heater if it's really cold.

Total cost: $41, happy GF: PRICELESS!

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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When I first read the subject of the post I was ready to welcome KA0XTT to the forum. He's a "more power" kind of guy don't you know.

On a more serious note: You said your original suggestion did not fly.. What did fly.. The frying pan? And were you able to duck out of the way in time? (Not much more serious).

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:56 PM   #3
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I did something kinda similar for my a/c. I got a power cord from a pop up camper I salvaged. Then an extra power cord hatch just like my original one so I have two side by side. My cord cabinet had enough room for two cords (retract them one at a time and extend one at a time to avoid tangles) then took two outlets:
One is powered by the auxiliary cord. The other is powered by the 20 amp breaker for the a/c from factory breaker panel. Then put male plug end on a/c power wire. I can plug it into one outlet and power my a/c from the 20 amp outlet at campgrounds, so I can run everything at once in trailer since my 30 amp supply is freed up from ac load. My water heater is electric/gas we prefer to save gas money since electric is free at campgrounds. The other outlet is auxiliary for space heater or can plug ac into it and use trailer as stock if we only have a 30 amp plug in and no 20. Cheaper than re-wiring trailer to 50 amp!
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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OMG...the OP is SO FUNNY!!!!

I too, had the same fear and ran a test for this specific "load." Lucky for me there was no problem running everything as wired...blessings upon the 50Amp service!!

The biggest electical draws in my RV are the blowdryer, the AirCon and the Microwave - in that order.

BTW - you should have seen the look, when I suggested that maybe a "special" smaller hair blowdryer for the RV might be something that could be acquired/considered. I guess that there's a relationship that is created between the person and the appliance after 1.5 giggawatts flow through the handle...must be something to do with induction or some other dark science.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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I converted our trailer from 30 amp to 50 amp much for the same reason. Wife with dryer, son turns on microwave. Now no problems.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:28 PM   #6
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Happy to report that the new dedicated blow dryer circuit survived an onslaught of two women with big blow dryers this weekend. Worked out perfectly.

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