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Old 10-04-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Dodging Hurricane Matthew

Our weekend plans have changed. We were supposed to be in Tall Pines in Lewes Delaware. With Hurricane Matthew set to head up the East coast, we changed our reservations to Gettysburg, PA. Here's the rub. We had a 50 amp site in Delaware, but I can only get a 30 amp in PA. I have never tried our Bay Star on 30 amp service. Anybody want to hazard a guess as to how much this change will affect this will have on the coach. I also have a cheater cable that will allow hooking to both the 30 amp plug and a 20 amp outlet. I'm not sure what the EMS system will do for me either.

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Old 10-04-2016, 05:04 PM   #2
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Since we are getting into cooler weather you should be fine. You can run at least 1 AC unit without a problem. If you monitor your amp usage you'll get a feel for what you are drawing. Naturally you won't be able to run all electric but if you have an EMS system that is capable of shedding loads it will take care of any overages.

The cheater adapter you want to use probably won't help if you do have an EMS as it will think you are hooked to 30 amp and will shed loads as needed.
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Old 10-04-2016, 06:07 PM   #3
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Shouldn't be a problem this time of year. You might not be able to run an electric cooktop, elec hot water element, and convection oven all at the same time. You'll just have to plan your usage a bit. Last week we even went dry camping - no power. We love RVing this time of year due to light usage by others, cool weather, and beautiful fall colors.
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it's ok

You should be fine. I doubt you'll want to use your AC at all in PA this week and even if you do, as the other poster said, one at a time should do it. Actually, your system will rotate them and only allow them to get power as they need it. Do watch out, though - the system will also pull power from the batteries to help out. So, keep an out out on your monitor and if it says "inverting", it's taking from the batteries so you might want to turn some things off.
We have camped for a number of weeks this year in our Dutch Star with just 30 amps and since we rarely use our AC, it's no problem at all for us unless it gets unusually hot.
I'm thinking of buying one of those that uses the 30 and 20, so will be interested to have you post about how it worked.
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Haven't you ever watched "Green Acres"? Lisa had everything in the house that used electricity labeled with numbers and everything that was plugged in couldn't add up to over 7...
...same theory with 30 amps
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Haven't you ever watched "Green Acres"? Lisa had everything in the house that used electricity labeled with numbers and everything that was plugged in couldn't add up to over 7...
...same theory with 30 amps
I should do this for my DW. Would save her asking me every time she wants to turn on something when we are on 30a service. (-:
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Old 10-05-2016, 04:40 AM   #7
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My plan is to try on straight 30 amp and see how it does. I have always had 50 amp service, so I have no idea what the coach will do. I guess my main concern is the Heat pumps. I plan to keep the one in the bedroom on. Since it's really a shared system, the rest of the coach will get some heat as well.
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if you can, switch water heater and frig to propane................air conditioner should use about 16 amps...............if you connect to a 30, you should have no major problems................in the summer, even if in 50 amp park, we use the propane for those things we can run on propane............especially if the campground is crowded and it is extremely hot (fla in summertime)...................best of luck
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The 20A part of the cheater cord won't work if the outlet is a GFCI.
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So far so good. I have a converter plug 50==>30. Plugged in and all is well. I love it when something works!
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Bill if you have not already found out your heat pump may not work because of higher current draw, be interesting to see if it did or not.
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I know the front (zone 1) is working. While it was running I checked the EMS panel and was drawing 17 amps. It went back to 0 once it turned off. And as others have said, it isn't that cold so we don't need both of them running.

Thanks for all the insight. This site continues to amaze me.
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I spent the entire summer plugged into 30 amp, no issues, only ran one of the two A/C's, water heater was on electric, residential fridge, used microwave, and never had any issues with operating the coach normally. The one thing I never did because I was told it couldn't happen on 30 amp was run both A/C's.
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