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Old 07-20-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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Installing 30 Amp outlet at home??

Hey, AS newbie here.
since I live in Hot Vegas, I was thinking that it would be nice to plug in the AC while I do some work in my new 09 AS 25' international, but I"m assuming that I would need a 30 amp outlet, and I don't seem to have such outlet anywhere in the house.

Has anyone had 30 amp outlet installed in their garage/house?? How much does something like that cost?? I do have a secondary breaker box with a dozen or so 10-20 amp switches in the garage and was thinking an electrician "could" install an outlet next to it possibly??
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:55 PM   #2
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Installing 30 Amp outlet at home??

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Hey, AS newbie here.
since I live in Hot Vegas, I was thinking that it would be nice to plug in the AC while I do some work in my new 09 AS 25' international, but I"m assuming that I would need a 30 amp outlet, and I don't seem to have such outlet anywhere in the house.

Has anyone had 30 amp outlet installed in their garage/house?? How much does something like that cost?? I do have a secondary breaker box with a dozen or so 10-20 amp switches in the garage and was thinking an electrician "could" install an outlet next to it possibly??

I have had a 30-AMP electrical outlet added at each of my homes since I first started RVing in 1980. The outlet with weatherproof outlet box was under $40.00 for my most recent installation (it seems like it is easiest to find these two items at an RV accessory store). My electrician was already on-site to install electrical service for my garage so there wasn't a trip charge for this job, the wire -- breaker -- and labor came to $175.00. Be sure that your electrician understands that this outlet is 30-AMP 120-Volt rather than 30-AMP 220-Volt -- I had one licensed electrician hook my outlet up just like it was for a dryer, and when he asked me to plug my Minuet into the outlet I inquired as to the voltage of the outlet and his response was "220-Volt" needless to say, I referred him to the service order where 120-Volt was underlined (20 minutes later he had the mistake corrected).

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 07-21-2009, 12:00 AM   #3
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thanks again Kevin!! I'm sure I'll have more Q's....
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If you just want to run the AC, a 20 amp will do.
But if getting a electrican anyway, go for the 30.
It comes in handy for welders and such.
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Go ahead and get 50amps, then just use a plug adapter.
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make sure to get the correct AWG wire for the distance you require. Voltage Drop Calculator
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Just had this done. Midwest Electric 5X7 Power Outlet $25.00 plus tax at Lowes, Electrician supplied labor, breaker and installation for $100. Works great!
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I would not use a 20 amp. Anything less than 30 could ruin your A/C. Have a qualified electrician install a 30 amp or even better a 50 amp near where you park your trailer. I had mine installed with a several years ago on the outside of my workshop and it is very handy and I just leave my trailer plugged in. Cost was around $250 and well worth the price.
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I have used the 20 amp outlet to only run the A/C. If anything else is running on that circuit, the breaker will trip. I am planning on adding a dedicated 30 amp outlet in my garage exclusively to be able to run everything in my AS.

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I would not use a 20 amp. Anything less than 30 could ruin your A/C.

actually.. no. if feeding 20 amps to the trailer, and using that feed only to run the AC, it cannot hurt your AC at all, your AC is on a 15amp circuit, so you are feeding more amps then the circuit can forward to the AC.

Now, if you are feeding 20 amps, AC running, and you do something else in the trailer to "steal" the amps from the AC circuit, say nuke a cup of cocoa, or switch your fridge to elec, then you can have problems.
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Its best to get a dedicated outlet. If you use an existing 20amp outlet in the garage there may be other things using the same breaker like a freezer and that would be bad news for the AC.

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