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Old 01-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #15
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Well, I will try it next week from the breaker servicing my garage outlets, not much draw on it usually (it's a 15). We are supposed to hit 60's anyway! I'll run the AC wide open then add a thing or two until it trips!
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:12 PM   #16
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I fried an outlet once running air conditioner from a 15a outlet. Melted the plastic. I think you would be ok of a 20a circuit and max of 100 foot heavy gauge extension cord.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #17
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Would a surge protector help? Also I could keep the line to maybe 25 feet from the garage outlet to the RV
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #18
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If you can plug right into the 15 amp outlet without using a extension cord, and, if you don't run anything else on electric you can do it. I do it all the time at my own home. But, I don't run the fridge or water heater on electric, I use gas only, and I have changed all my light bulbs over to LED. Make sure there is nothing else running on that circuit at your friends place, and that you have a good cheater plug. Make sure that the outlet you are plugging into has a good receptacle in it. By that I mean that if it's a old wore out outlet it will be a loose connection and that will add more resistance. Feel the end of the plug, and the cheater, where you plug into the wall. A little bit of warmth is fine but, if it's hot you are pushing it. Most people recommend a "Dog Bone" type cheater and not the kind that is a all in one plug.

So yes, you can do it! I do it all the time. Even some of the small parks I go to require me to do that. You just have to be smart about it.
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As for water.... That all depends on you. Pee out side, poop at gas stations. Learn how to take a "cowboy shower" and then you alone will have no problem. Bring your wife and kids along and then it will be different. Don't look at this as being work. It's a adventure!!!! Make fun of it, look at life and laugh, and you will be good to go. Sounds like fun to me.
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I would also make sure that your friends Local ordances will allow you to stay on the property in your RV. Many will not allow this practice or have limits such as no more than 3 days etc.
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Surge protector will not help not having enough amps.
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Hmmm - a 15000 BTU AC on a 15A circuit.????. Really?
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For sure not at my house.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:08 PM   #24
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Summer, the TT is parked outside of the house. We run it and a top mount 13.5 AC out of an outside outlet adapted to the 30 amp cord, but turn it off when using the microwave. No issues all summer doing it this way.

Right now, the TT is parked further away from the house due to a boggy yard. We are using an electric cord from the outside outlet and then to the 30 amp cord. I run a 400 watt space heater. Again, no issues.

I am a big fan of the Eton Road Torq self powered flashlights and use them in place of the inside trailer lights by aiming them at the white ceiling - same as when dry camping.
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my 37g has a two stage ac unit. i can run one stage only from my 15 amp house outlet, but it is enough to keep us cool if it is not too hot. every house is wired different , and as stated something else might be wired into the outside circuit of your friends house. i have had that problem staying in friends yards.
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