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Old 02-09-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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"okie143"....It's great that you have two generators, but to me that would be a pain. Do you run out every few days and let them run for a few hours to charge your batteries. Most modern motor homes will run the engine batteries down every 10 days or so from parasitic draw of components like your radio, smoke detectors, etc.

If you disconnect EVERYTHING, you'll be resetting many items every time you go out. We've been lucky enough to be able to park our RV's next to our house and they have all been plugged in over the years.

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Old 02-09-2015, 03:26 PM   #16
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Thanks I clean forgot about solar charging.

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Old 02-09-2015, 04:00 PM   #17
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Where I parked the RV when I had a house there was an existing 12ga wire so I put in a TT-30 outlet, properly wired for 120 volt, and fed it 20 amps, more than enough to keep batteries happy, power TS-2000, a few lights and a single space heater or A/C (All I needed, the RV is also my ham shack)

What I recommend: IF you know what you are doing and are comfortable doing it.. See above posts about putting a cable underground and install the outlet of your choice.. (My reasons for going 30 are below)

If you are NOT comfortable and have to hire it done you have two choices.

Both involve putting a 50 amp (4 wire/prong) outlet

Either have them wire it for 50 amps.. Or have 'em put in 30 amp wires and breakers, but have 'em put in a 50 amp RV outlet in either case.

WHY: Many electricians, and a few DIYers, look at that heavy duty TT-30 and think: 240 volts... and then when you plug in it's magic smoke escapes time on much of your expensive electrical and electronic stuff.

But they nearly always get the 50 amp outlet right.

Why did I choose to install a TT-30 with 20 amp feed.

As I said, 12ga wire already present, No need to dig a trench.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:24 PM   #18
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A 15/20 amp extension cord to your MH to keep the batteries charged and perhaps power the frig works fine, if you buy the correct wire size cord. This wire size calculator will prevent damage from using an undersized cord.
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When the electrician put in the circuit to my work shop, he added a second breaker box beside the original box and ran 220 to the shop (for power tools) so a 220v/50 amp outlet outside the shop for the MH was easy. Note I don't have a secondary meter, just a secondary power distribution box.
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Years ago I ran a 30 amp plug out by they motorhome. Now I wish I had documented the location as I really need to move it further back toward the street. I placed it when we had a 17' MH and we now have a 41' and maybe a 45' by this weekend. Here we can do our own work on our property without a permit or getting the power company involved as long as it's after the main breaker panel.
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Originally Posted by okie143 View Post

Thanks I clean forgot about solar charging.
Our present DSDP only has a 5 watt panel and it's just for keeping the engine batteries up. The Magna has 400 watts of panels.
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Solar is your friend

5 watt panel is practically useless. 100 watt will keep the batteries charged nicely.

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