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Old 05-15-2020, 03:10 PM   #1
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Refrigerator using 115v 15amp service

Winnebago 2007 Journey getting ready to hit the road and planning to stay a few nights at friends and family where only be able to plug in to regular electrical service. Our only desire is to run the fridge during this time. I have 30 amp to 50 amp attachment but nothing else.Has anyone run their fridge utilizing less than 30 amp service and if so how did you do it and what did you need to do it? I know we can run using propane but prefer not to. Thanks for any help you can give.

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Old 05-15-2020, 03:19 PM   #2
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If your rv is 50 amp you could use this dogbone. will not run much more than the fridge and a couple of lights.
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Many times we have done the 50a to 15a setup for several days in succession.

Turn off your water heater, roof ac, and other heating circuits since they are high draw. Your battery charger setting can also affect the load.

Also it would be helpful to know what S&B house loads are on that 15A circuit.
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We lived in our 5th wheel for couple months along side the S&B plugged into a 15A outlet in garage (2006-2007) and ran the fridge on AC 24/7
House was empty/up for sale ---we were going FT



Ran converter/charger and fridge

Fridge is a 8 cu ft model...uses a 325W element and draws only 2.5A


Water heater was on propane cause it uses a 1400W element and would draw 10.5A




So what fridge do you have.BrAND/MODEL?
Do you know how much the element will draw amp wise?


15A S&B outlet can be used....just have to limit WHAT you turn on.
If the 15A outlet is a GFCI protected circuit.....might have problem tripping due to 'leakage' which can happen with working fridge element
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50 amp Fifth Wheel with a residential refrigerator. Yes, plugged into a 15 amp household plug from an out building that shared the same service line with an upright freezer. We kept the refrigerator in the camper turned on, ran the water heater on propane and used the gas stove for cooking. We did not run air-conditioners, toasters, or the microwave. We ran water from the fresh water tank using the onboard 12 volt pump and did just fine. We never blew the fuse in the shed, and we were there for 5 days. We did watch television and also shared meals in the house. We were visiting my wife's Uncle. We were there for a funeral.
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Try to use a 12 gauge cord & as short as possible.
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If you ONLY want to run the fridge, open the outside vent cover and pull the plug from the outlet and plug it into an extension cord to the house.
Just about any extension cord will do, just for the fridge.
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If you ONLY want to run the fridge, open the outside vent cover and pull the plug from the outlet and plug it into an extension cord to the house.
Just about any extension cord will do, just for the fridge.

What about maintaining battery voltage?
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What about maintaining battery voltage?
I think you would still need 12V for the control board, so could not turn off the battery switch. So ok for a couple of days, but the dogbone to plug in the whole coach is a better solution.
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We run 15a frequently. It will handle the fridge, tv and inverter/converter battery charger just fine. Set your power share to 15a, if optional on your inverter control panel.
No microwave, electric water heater or space heater should be used on 15a. Simply fire up the genny for those big high amperage draw items.
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