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Old 03-13-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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240v dryer

I am trying to find out if i am able to install a 240v bosch stackable washer dryer. I have the room but not sure about the power. I have a 2009 hr scepter with a 120v combo washer dryer. Thanks for any help. Brunter
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If you have a 50 amp service plug then you have 240 available in the circuit breaker panel. Do you have two adjacent blanks in the main 110v circuit breaker panel, one above or below the other? Not crosswise.You will probably not be able to run the dryer with any of the AC units turned on. Does the book with the dryer tell you how many amps it needs on a circuit breaker?
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If you have an inverter generator like an Onan 7.5 - 8 kw generator;l you will not be able to operate the 240 vac dryer as these generators do not put out 120/240 vac. Only two 120 vac circuits. Like Mike has said you will need to use a double pole 30 amp circuit breaker and four, 10 gage wires, to properly supply power for this dryer. It has been done in these kinds of coaches before.
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Many 240v dryers can be converted to 120v operation, but the drying time is much longer.
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Tiffin initially used a 240 volt drier in the Allegro Bus when they first offered the stackable units back in 2006. Shortly thereafter they went to the 120 volt stackables.

The 240 volt drier is nice because it has some serious wattage and dries fast. However, it requires 240 volts to operate. That's fine if you are on a 50 amp shore power pedestal. Everything operated just fine that way. However, you are dead in the water if on 30 amp. Also, the Onan quiet power generator sets are strictly 120 volts up through 8,000 watt. The larger 10,000 watt and up generator sets are 120/240 though. The 10KW gensets only came on the longer tag axle coaches with three air conditioners but the 40' coach only had two air conditioners so it got the 7500 watt Onan.

Eventually Tiffin decided to just stay with 120 volt stackables to end the confusion and limitations of not having enough power. They do take a bit longer to dry though.

If starting out from scratch, I'd probably just go with the 120 volt Splendide stackable units. So far they look like the best choice available.
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Hope this isn't too far off the topic, but why have I never heard of running a gas dryer in an rv?

We have a maytag stack in my Mom's apartment in our basement, 32" wide, almost has the capacity of a full size machine, washes and dries fast, and runs on 115 and natural gas. Could something like this be used in an RV?
I imagine the burner can be rejetted for propane?
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One could very easily install a gas dryer as long as the area it is installed in has the minimum clearances required and enough air flow through the door(s). If you have to pay for all of your electric it might be more efficient depending on what you have to pay for propane vs price of kw hours. If you are in a campground that electric is included, then you are using up a lot of propane needlessly; although it would do a nice job of drying your clothes and quickly.
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