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Old 05-27-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Shore Power help please

We have 98 Winnebago Adventurer and are having some confusion issues with the shore power connections.

There are 2 power cords. One has a standard duplex plug end on it that is hardwired to breaker box. On this box there are 2 breakers and a metal toggle switch that has sticker on one side as "generator" on the other "shore power.

Also a 30 amp cord that goes into converter.

Can someone please explain the PROPER way to set this up if we are setting in the driveway and want to connect to keep batteries charged.

Thanks so much and have a great day.

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Old 05-27-2013, 12:04 PM   #2
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Shore power

Your description indicates that someone has added a 15/20 amp power cord. The 30 amp cord handles most of the coach. The 15/20 probably handles a single heavy load which could possibly be an air conditioner or microwave.

If this is true, plug in the 30 amp cord, and plug in the 15/20 amp cord in to the posts 20 amp duplex outlet. If the post has a 50 amp outlet, the 30 amp outlet should be wired to one leg of the 50 amp and the 15/20 should be wired to the other 50 amp leg. If they are both on the same leg there still should not be a problem because 30 amps plus 20 amps is still just 50 amps.

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Old 05-27-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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Use the 30 amp cord.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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test it...

Plug only one cord into power and make note of what operates.

Use a voltmeter, test plug or anything handy that you can plug in to test the outlet.

I suspect extra cord powers one roof AC.

may be a switch to switch from generator to cord.

Many 30 AMP MH that have more than one AC have a switch to select which one to use on shore power as 30 AMP too small for both, but generator can operate both.

Many have added the cord but the switch may or may not be correct after modification.

Simple plug in and see what works, then decide if it is safe and go from there, folks here will help as you go, just be clear on what you post and ask.

Good luck!
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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I added a separate cord for the rear A/C. I never installed a switch, but can move the plug on the Cord from the A/C to other outlets labeled Pulse-Air, Generator, or an exrension cord that goes to Shore Power. Now I just have to remember from trip to trip what is plugged where. At home i have a 30A outlet, so I use the Pulse-Air which alternates the front and rear A/C on a 7 minute/5 minute cycle.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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Almost surely it is as mrboyer describes. The second (15/20 amp) cord will most likley be for the rear a/c, allowing you to run both front and rear a/c at the same time when you have both a 30A and 15 amp outlet available.

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