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Old 05-03-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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Normal amp draw?

Hello. My first post and looking for information on what the "normal" amp draw should be for a trailer. I'm new to travel trailers, just purchased a Vibe 6504 to use on fishing trips. Aside from an initial issue with a short in the trailer lights, the Vibe has been flawless (so far)..... but, it's just getting to be warm weather and I tried the roof top A/C the other day and it tripped the 20 amp breaker in the house. So, I purchased a KILL-A-WATT and isolated and tested each component. It was obvious why the breaker tripped... my battery recharge pulls 3 amps, the hot water heater pulls 10 amps, the fridge pulls 1 amp and the roof top A/C (fan/compressor) pulls 14 amps. So, 28 amps total. I know the normal service at the camp ground is 30 amps, so it's under that and, I can always run the hot water heater on propane if needed. But, are these numbers in the "normal" range? Thanks in advance for feedback...

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Old 05-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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Yeah, "normal" electric supply for a TT with one AC is 30 amps, and you'll probably need most of that.

Don't try to use the electric water heater unless you are plugged into 30-amp service. The AC alone will challenge a 20-amp circuit.

It's not hard to add a 30-amp circuit with a 30-amp RV receptacle from the breaker box in your house to near where you park the RV. Then you can run normal stuff in the RV without tripping a breaker. But even with 30-amp service, you can't run the AC, microwave, electric water heater, waffle iron, hair dryer, coffee pot, etc., etc., all at the same time.

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Old 05-03-2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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All appears normal to me. Including the A/C tripping the house breaker if much of anything else was also operating.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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All within spec. And that's even kinda low for the converter, but I guess it's probably a lower amp model.
Don't forget microwave. That's on a 15A circuit.
A/C @ 14A can go up higher. Normal operating can be 16A-18A on hot days.
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Thanks folks for the replies... good to know it's "normal"...
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