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Old 11-28-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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How do you use "Rally" power ?

I searched the site, but could not find any info.

As I understand, Rally Power is 4 or 5 airstreams sharing one 110 volt 15 amp power connection.

So, how do you hook it to the airstream.
Do you connect it to your power convertor like normal using an adaptor to your nomal 30amp plug. and let the power converter charge the battery. Making sure you do not use anything 110 ? only using 12v

or do you use a separate 110 battery charger and hook the cables to the batteries.

how do you make sure your charger does not use more than 3 amps ?

etc. etc.
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I'm not aware that any rally organizers "make sure" you don't use more than your allotted power. My experience has been it's the honor system. Everyone in the chain attaches to AC power at the exterior of their RV.

For example, we attended a rally in which two Airstreams were connected to a 15A outlet. In theory each rig is allotted 7.5A. But one could draw 10A and the other 5A and everything would still be okay.

Similarly any AC supply would be divided by how many rigs are attached and each RV would share accordingly. It becomes obvious pretty quickly who is trying to use their coffee maker, hair dryer, microwave, etc. because they are the first to complain the circuit breaker is tripped.

Daisy chaining AC power can be further complicated if the rally organizers are not using appropriate gage electrical cables. The first section of AC cord needs to be able to handle the entire load, then each leg beyond that can be smaller if suited to the downstream requirements.
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Old 11-28-2017, 01:07 PM   #3
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you just take your power cord and attach a 30 to 15amp adapter, and plug it into a "dog bone"; the chain connects from dog-bone to dog bone at each rig.
Then just don't turn on anything high-draw inside the trailer, like the ac or a hairdryer, coffee pot, etc.

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Different setups at different events. Some are just sharing off of a single outlet while some are fused connections to a system. Keeping the RV batteries charged and low consumption devices such as cell phones are the standard for most situations.
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So your all saying to just plug it in to your normal 30 amp power convertor and let that handle charging of batteries.
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So your all saying to just plug it in to your normal 30 amp power convertor and let that handle charging of batteries.
Yes.
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Old 11-28-2017, 03:13 PM   #7
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A set of kiddy safe plug covers and some painters tape on switches can help you remember what not to use. Electric hot water is an example of one that is easily thrown if you regularly use gas and electric for quick heat up.

We picked up a couple of the battery powered LED lanterns to use for lighting. Worked well. At $9.95 they were difficult to pass up. We also use battery powered fans for ventilation. They are a little pricy, but we use them on 120V shore power too, so they get regular use. Pat
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Thank you all for the replies, now I understand
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the newer AS with LED lights tend to use less power as well.. I have change out most of the older florescent lights, which tend to draw a bunch of power, with LED strips lights in the existing fixtures.

keeping reefer on gas, no AC, and only use 120v for phone, computer, and camera batteries two trailers can share a 15 amp circuit.. if you use small coffee pot it not a big deal.. but better to turn it off or heat water on gas stove, pour into the grounds in and dip a good couple cups of coffee..

or get one of the old style percolator type coffee pot you fill with water, put the metal basket with tube on and fill with coffee put on gas stove and again good pot of drip coffee.

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