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Old 08-13-2002, 05:36 PM   #1
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30 amp or 15 amp / 59 Traveler

What type of electrical service would a 59 traveler have? 30 amp or 15 amp?
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Trailer needs...wants

An inventory of existing electrical equiptment can give some hint of AC power requirements. If some electrical upgrades are to be made, a 30 amp power cable and 4 circuit subpanel will be very valuable. All the parts required are easily acquired at Home Depot. The special 30 amp RV power cable end and an adapter to 20 amp will be found an most electrical supply stores. Locating the AC box is more handy outside the trailer in a compartment.
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:19 PM   #4
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15 or 30 amp

I am doing the samething with our 1958 Traveler. The wire size will dictate the fuse size! If you need more amperage you may be able to add a second circuit if yours has two circuits like mine. But be careful, the circuit protection should be sized no larger than the wire.
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Sorry Cream Puff that is a 1952 Ford 8N. I looked fro a long time to find one of these of this year because I was born in 1952 and only a 1952 would do!
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I need to update my panel. I plan to add an air conditioner.

Anything special I should look for in a panel?


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An inventory of existing electrical equiptment can give some hint of AC power requirements. If some electrical upgrades are to be made, a 30 amp power cable and 4 circuit subpanel will be very valuable. All the parts required are easily acquired at Home Depot. The special 30 amp RV power cable end and an adapter to 20 amp will be found an most electrical supply stores. Locating the AC box is more handy outside the trailer in a compartment.
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Tim,
I am planning to update the electrical circuit protection on my 1958 Traveler. I will be using ABYC standards when I update what I have.
The Main Circuit protection will be a Circuit Breaker that is Double Pole and there will be a Polarity Indicator. The Trailer already had two seperate circuits, I think that it is basically left and right. The old screw in fuses are cool to see as original equipment but they need to be better protected from gear, etc. if I keep them.
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Steve,

If you are using a double pole main, does that mean you are running the neutral through the other pole. Excellent!
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If you are using a double pole main, does that mean you are running the neutral through the other pole. Excellent!
please explain, why would you want the neutral interuptable?

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The standard on yachts (and what are trailers) is to have a double pole breaker. This is so that both the hot and the nuetral are switched. It makes the trailer safer. If you have a polarity light then you would know if there is reversed polarity BEFORE you turn the power on to the trailer. The polarity indicator is simply a light that shows proper or reversed polarity. This would keep us from shorting something out when at a questionable site or someone made a mistake when wiring the power recepticale,
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please explain, why would you want the neutral interuptable?

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(errata: my post was meant to be a query, but I neglected to add the question mark.)

If you use double pole breakers, wire the hot to one side and neutral to the other side, you don't need to worry about reversed polarity.

(edit: I guess that says the same thing Steve just said)
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You do need to worry about reversed polarity. There is a test plug that is available at most hardware stores that checks the polarity. The Hot, Nuetral and Ground wires are assigned to specific terminals on the plugs and recepticales. Since the Nuetral is usually grounded it is important to keep the wires on the proper terminals.
If you are wired correctly and come to a Camp site that has reversed polarity, there could be problems. This is why I believe there should be a double pole and a polarity indicator (light). Look at the Main Breaker for your House, it is a Double Pole Brealer.
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. . . . Look at the Main Breaker for your House, it is a Double Pole Brealer.
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That right, but in your house the reason and application is entirely different than a boat or trailer.

In the house you are dealing with two hots, 240V and a common trip. In a marine/trailer situation, the problem is protection against incorrect wiring due to reversed hot and neutral at 120V.
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