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Posted: 05/28/12 11:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm curious... If I pull up in my RV at a friend's house and wanted to plug into an outlet in their garage, would I be able to use my a/c?

I have a Dometic 13,500 BTU with a heat strip. I also have a microwave, I wouldn't use both at the same time but would it be safe to use them one at a time?

This forum has been great and I thank you for your advice in advance,

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Sorry but you're out of luck with the A/C.
A standard garage outlet is likely 15 Amp. Enough to run the rest of your stuff but no A/C. But there may be other things on the same circuit too which may limit you. Perhaps a deep freeze of something.


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Posted: 05/28/12 11:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A box of doughnuts says the outlet is the very common 15 AMP.


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Posted: 05/28/12 11:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If its a 20 amp, you probably can if you don't run much else, but if it's 15 amp you may get away with it, but most likely you will trip his circuit breaker. Make sure you use a heavy extension cord. 25' you can probably get by with a 12 (AWG) gauge cord, (no smaller) but 10 gauge would be best.
Read this article about Extension Cords to help you understand the size, and length .
There have been some recent RV fires from people using extension cords which were too light to handle the load.





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Posted: 05/29/12 05:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check your ac's power draw. What model do you have & what are the specs for the power draw? You could also hook up a Kill-a-watt meter to see exactly how much power your ac is drawing.

I had to replace my 11000 btu ac & since Dometic no longer makes it I went with their Hi efficiency 13500 AC. (I think if more people knew about this HE unit they would buy it.) The new # is 459530. It is rated for a 15 amp suppply & only uses 10 amps for both compressor & fan while running, even less than my 11k btu.

With my ac & converter my power draw is 12.5 amps.

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We use our 13500 AC when plugged into a 15amp plug often. We visit friends and family and plug in often that way.. But have to be sure to run only AC or microwave. Also make sure you house batterys are well charged as the charger will draw a bit if you have very low batterys.


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Posted: 05/29/12 11:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we stay at a friend's house once or twice a year.
they put in a 50amp plug for us.
and now we have a macerator.
so our week long stays are no problem at all.


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We have a 2006 PW Excel and regularly plug it in to an outlet in our garage. I think it draws 11 amps.

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One thing I will add is if you plug in and trip the breaker on the plug. Wait a while and reset it. Some times they just need a reset and then work fine..

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Does whatever brand of B you have have a built-in 30 amp shore power cord for hooking up to CG shore power? If so, and if it'll reach, use it _without_ a regular extension cord. Just put the 30-15 amp adapter on the end, plugged directly into the wall outlet. This'll reduce the wire length and losses. Just check the temperature of the adapter periodically.

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