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Old 07-08-2011, 07:27 AM   #1
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Charger AMP load

I was thinking about power consumption in my RV so I turned off everything except the refrigerator and the display showed a 5 AMP load. When I switched off the refrigerator, the load dropped to 2 AMPs for the converter. Since I only have 30 AMP service, I want to make sure I know where the power is going to ration it. Are these numbers normal?
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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With the exception of running two air conditioners, we can live quite comfortably on 30 amps, including using the washer/dryer - - just not at the same time as the microwave/convection oven. What is it that you can't do?

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Old 07-08-2011, 02:55 PM   #3
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The remaining 2 amps may be the power management panel, carbon monoxide detector, microwave clock.
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:20 PM   #4
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Remember the load of the converter will vary. The higher the output, the more current it will draw.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #5
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5A with the fridge on sounds normal. 2A without it seems high - my power hog coach runs at about 1A with everything off, and I have a bunch of exotic electronic gear generating parasitic loads.

2A of 120vac translates to converter output on the order of 18-20A @ 12vdc. If I were you, I would be looking for specific causes for using that much power. It could be one or more weak batteries that the charger is trying unsuccessfully to recharge. Or maybe you have things drawing power that you don't know about.
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