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Old 06-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #15
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I'm also sorry to be completely off topic here, but I'm afraid I may be doing something very stupid and dangerous:
I have a Camco PowerGrip adapter that I use to plug the Interstate into a standard house socket in the garage. The PCI display panel then displays 30 Amps. I don't use any appliances in the Interstate while plugged in - it's just to keep the batteries maintained.
Are you saying this is not recommended?
If memory serves, the PCI display is for determining load-shedding. The energy management system will shut off appliances in sequence if the load exceeds the setting that's displayed; such as automatically interrupting power to the air conditioner when you start the microwave, until the microwave shuts off and the A/C can restart. If you have less than 30 amps available, you should manually reset the PCI to 20 amps (there is no setting for 15 amps that I recall). I believe it will automatically reset itself if you fire up the generator, which produces less than 30 amps.

If you leave it set on 30amps, the only downside is that you might trip a house breaker because your Interstate won't automatically start shutting off anything until the combined load hits 30 amps.

In your case, with nothing running but the inverter/charger in charge mode, no harm done.
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In your case, with nothing running but the inverter/charger in charge mode, no harm done.
Thank you Protag, we can always rely on your judgement.
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Thank you Protag, we can always rely on your judgement.
I believe you mean "…we can sometimes…" I don't always rely on my own judgment, so why should you?
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I believe you mean "…we can sometimes…" I don't always rely on my own judgment, so why should you?
I try to choose my words carefully since I frequently get into trouble when I inject my dry (very dry) English humour into the topic and its totally misinterpreted. So in this case I meant what I wrote.
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Sorry about that. Typo not 540 amps but 50 amps. fat fingers on small keyboards and not proofing before sending. Yes our big garage has 200 amp service of its own and we have a dedicated 50 amp circuit for the m-home side. Originally we had a 40' bus which was 50 amps. I just plug in the 50-30 adapter for the Airstream.
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