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Posted: 09/05/20 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do not plug it into any house plug that "looks" like your trailer plug. Use only normal wall plugs that are 120 volts and you should not try to run your trailer Air conditioner on that. If in doubt make sure the plug is NOT 220 volts. When plugged into house plug you can operate all 120 volt items except A C but not all at the same time. Microwave or water heater one at time. As you learn more you will learn what can be run at the same time. This will get you started.

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It is a good idea to turn off the breaker to the receptacle you are pluging into.
The reason is that if it is live, it will arc a little everytime you plug in. After awhile this arcing will damage both the power cord and the receptacle.

That is the only breaker that you need to turn off to prevent this.

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Very helpful. Thank you. I just ordered the adapter

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Retro, don't try to run the air conditioner off your house power unless you have a circuit that can handle that load and unless you have a beefy extension cord.

And on a larger note, don't stop asking questions!! There is a bit of a learning curve for trailer owners -- it is not rocket science, but there are tips and tricks that you will pick up.

Don't be discouraged --all of us old timers were newbies once -- and take time to laugh at the mistakes you will make.

Speaking as someone who has been doing a lot of trailering during the last 15 years, my only regret is that I did not discover RV travel until I was in my 50s. I missed out on a lot of good years.

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This is great. thanks so much!

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Many garages in older homes will have an outlet that looks like an RV plug , it probably is not an RV plug but is a 220 volt dryer plug . If ya plug in there it will blow a lot of stuff in your trailer and all your babies will be born naked !

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RetroAirBnB wrote:

OK, but maybe you can tell me this: can i connect to my home power? Manual says I can, but have to turn off all breakers in house and trailer first, then turn on. For some reason.
A regular 120v outlet with an adapter, yes. You will have limited power to charge the battery and maybe run the fridge. Anything big will trip the home breaker. Reduce the load and reset.

DO NOT plug into a large dryer outlet even if the prongs look similar. They are not compatible. The smoke will come out.

Turn off main breaker in the RV is fine. Some items are on and will cause a spark as you plug in. Best to avoid the spark and related voltage surge.


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Check this out and the other links provided. I am a newbie also and besides the great advice here, this has also been helpful.

http://rvservices.koa.com/rvinformation/rvmaintenance/basic-rv-electricity.asp

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OP should list where in California he's located then maybe a fellow RV'er nearby can swing by and help him.

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