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Old 08-06-2016, 07:26 PM   #197
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4 years into my Full Monte, and my brand new Dometic Penguin II a/c unit has been sitting up there...installed for at least 2 years...but waiting for all the connections to be made. I finally got around to unpacking the thermostat and installing it. I removed the a/c protective cover (now covered with dirt and tree rot) from the Dometic. Connected and fired up my twin Honda gennies. Threw the circuit breaker, adjusted the thermostat...and WHOLLAAAAA!!! It blows like a hurricane and sounds like a jet engine....but it works! Now I just need to get a 30amp shoreline, so I can use the a/c without the Hondas while at home. Supposed to be hot again next week...and last week, I achieved 99.7 degrees inside the AS.

A question for anyone who might have an idea: The place where I am working on my Trade Wind, is a very small house with 100amp service, central air...and the usual appliances. Can anyone tell me if it is even possible / safe to add a 30amp RV outlet to such a set up, without having to upgrade the house's service? Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:32 AM   #198
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A question for anyone who might have an idea: The place where I am working on my Trade Wind, is a very small house with 100amp service, central air...and the usual appliances. Can anyone tell me if it is even possible / safe to add a 30amp RV outlet to such a set up, without having to upgrade the house's service? Thanks!
No problem on adding a 30 amp RV outlet. You just can't operate a lot of house stuff while you are running the Airstream AC.

In the mean time I would just use an extension cord (#12 wire) and plug into a 20 amp house receptacle to run the AC. Same limitation on operating a lot of house stuff at the same time, but don't worry. If you are pulling too much current the main 100amp breaker will trip.

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Old 08-07-2016, 08:11 AM   #199
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Depending on how far your coach is from the power panel in the house I would not run the coach A/C on an extension cord.
The 100 amp panel should suffice. Do you have an electric range and clothes dryer in the house? If so just manage the devices where you don't overload the 100 amp panel.
30 amps is only (3,600 watts). Nothing compared to an electric range or clothes dryer.
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Old 08-07-2016, 08:31 AM   #200
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Thanks for the input. I have access to a 20amp outlet to power up most of the Trade Wind, some of the time. But that outlet is also shared by other systems in the house, including the fridge. So, at times...there's barely enough juice to pass muster with the AS surge protector (sometimes as little as 104amps). Will probably get that outlet put on it's own breaker. So it is good to know that with proper house appliance management, I can still install a 30amp shore outlet.
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:17 PM   #201
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Some finishing interior touches

Cabinet pulls, trim work, a little table top decoupage project. Time to go camping!!
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Old 08-26-2016, 07:38 AM   #202
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Beautiful! Love the table!

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Old 08-28-2016, 07:44 PM   #203
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Nice cabinet work.

If the house has too many electric appliances, it my need a bigger breaker panel regardless of whether or not the Airstream is there. You wrote 104 "amps" and I assume you meant volts. 104 v. is too little to run your A/C or any other major electrical appliance or electronic device (if it is drawing 104 amps, you must have an A/C meant to cool an office building or factory). Low (or high) voltage can damage them. Use a heavy duty extension cord (thick like an RV cable) and check to see what the voltage is at the breaker box in the trailer. I'd guess 112 volts are about a low as you can go. If the fridge in the house and the A/C compressors cycle at the same time, that is the most likely time to flip the breaker. Unless you want to learn a lot more about residential wiring, I'd suggest an electrician advise you since he (or she) can examine everything.

But, the inside looks great.

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Love the table top decoupage! How did you do it?

Love the corner sink too, wish I'd thought of that.
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:44 PM   #205
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Thanks Kay!
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:48 PM   #206
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Love the table top decoupage! How did you do it?

Love the corner sink too, wish I'd thought of that.
Thanks! Used 1 large poster and a bunch of photographs....glued them down with a mixture of 1/2 white glue and 1/2 water (or buy it at a craft store or HD). After drying, I applied several coats of poly spray. Or you could paint on a thicker coat of poly or shellac for a hard surface.
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Old 09-03-2016, 02:56 PM   #207
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Nice cabinet work.

If the house has too many electric appliances, it my need a bigger breaker panel regardless of whether or not the Airstream is there. You wrote 104 "amps" and I assume you meant volts. 104 v. is too little to run your A/C or any other major electrical appliance or electronic device (if it is drawing 104 amps, you must have an A/C meant to cool an office building or factory). Low (or high) voltage can damage them. Use a heavy duty extension cord (thick like an RV cable) and check to see what the voltage is at the breaker box in the trailer. I'd guess 112 volts are about a low as you can go. If the fridge in the house and the A/C compressors cycle at the same time, that is the most likely time to flip the breaker. Unless you want to learn a lot more about residential wiring, I'd suggest an electrician advise you since he (or she) can examine everything.

But, the inside looks great.

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Thanks Gene! amps vs volts....I should never try to post anything late at night. LOL. Yes, I meant volts. On a hot humid day, my EMS will sometimes read as little as 104v. Yes, too little to run much of anything but the converter and keep the batteries charged and keep the beer cold in the fridge. Trying to get a good electrician is about as difficult as making a doctor appointment. Ha! But I will probably let a pro determine whether the house can handle an additional 30amp RV receptacle. Don't really need it right now...since most of my interior is in place. Appreciate your input.
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It's downright peaceful in the forest....
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Hallelujah! You made it!

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