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Old 09-04-2020, 09:48 AM   #1
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30 amp service

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I messed up on a reservation and I'm stuck with a 30 amp service. I have a 2000 Monaco La Palma, am I safe using it as long as I don't exceed 30 amp total draw? That should let me run at least one AC and hot water. Lights are DC. Thanks.
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Indeed you are safe. The circuit breaker will trip if you exceed 30A.
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Old 09-04-2020, 09:51 AM   #3
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All correct.

You will need a standard 30 amp male to 50 amp female adapter.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:05 AM   #4
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If the pedestal and your coach are properly wired you’ll be equally safe with either a 30A or 50A service. You will be limited to 3600 watts rather than 12,000 watts.

The electric heating element in a water heater is around 1400 watts. It is possible that the 30A breaker could trip if the element, battery charger, etc are on and the A/C starts up. It may be necessary to switch the water heater to propane, if that’s an option, or use hot water when the A/C is not set to come on.

If someone in the rig is dependent on a CPAP device, there would be some safety concerns and additional precautions should be taken to prevent the breaker from tripping at an undesirable moment.
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Old 09-04-2020, 03:39 PM   #5
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I'm sitting on my 50 amp RV hooked up to 30 amps right now. Temps are in the mid 90s so air conditioning is a must. We just go into active energy management mode. If the air conditioning is running and we need to use another high draw item like a toaster oven, we shut off the air until after we are done. Same in the winter time when using electric heat. Works quite well and I can't remember the last time I popped the pedestal breaker.

When we decided to swap out the old convection microwave, I purchased an inverter microwave for just these situations. Regular microwaves run at full wattage regardless of what percentage of power you set it at. They just cycle off and on. Inverter microwaves actually run at reduced wattage - setting the power level to 50% has a 1000 watt microwave running at 500 watts. Now when we need to heat something up on a hot day in a 30amp campsite, we no longer need to turn off the air conditioner, we just run the microwave at reduced power. Just takes a little longer to cook.
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Old 09-04-2020, 04:04 PM   #6
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What RVPioneer said....but ref a current thread on this forum concerning melted cable connections, using 30 amps cords at or near their limit can create a lot of resistance and heat, unless they are clean and tight....
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