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Old 07-12-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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Max wattage for electric skillet

2015 FC 28 (50 amp). Wifey just bought electric skillet for AS rated at 1500 watts. Will my AS handle without blowing something? Can we run the AC at same time?


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Old 07-12-2015, 10:21 AM   #2
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Only way to know is to turn them both on at the same time and see what happens. I can run my AC, coffee pot and micro wave at the same time if the power is high and stable enough. I have been in parks where the power quality was so crappy that if I turned them all on it would trip the breaker.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:35 AM   #3
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Your 1500 Watt electric skillet will draw 12.5 amps.
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Your 1500 Watt electric skillet will draw 12.5 amps.
That's why you have to add things up, plus loads you don't often think about like the converter/charger and water heater.

The catch is these appliances are designed to draw, in this case 12.5 amps at 120vac, but there is a voltage drop in some campgrounds, and there may be additional voltage drop from your pedestal to your electrical equipment if you are drawing a lot of power. The voltage drop causes the current flow to increase so the electric skillet may draw more than 12.5 amps, as well as all the other ac appliances and equipment.

Not to mention an electric skillet and air conditioner used at the same time are engaged in thermal warfare with one another. You might look into an induction cooktop (countertop) and compatible and light weight fry pan for less overall heat generated in the Airstream, or cook outdoors when the air conditioner is running.
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Ummm... An induction device (like an electric motor) will draw more current at lower voltage. A purely resistive device (like the frying pan) will draw less current at a lower voltage.

A 1500 Watt element will add 5122 BTU/hr to your coach, so Doug makes an excellent point. Now, the element won't be on continuously, so take that with a 50% duty cycle and it's still pretty significant - probably like 15% of your A/C unit's total capacity.

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Set up a table against the curb side under the awning and plug the skillet into the outside receptacle. You won't add heat or cooking odors to the interior.
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Set up a table against the curb side under the awning and plug the skillet into the outside receptacle. You won't add heat or cooking odors to the interior.


I have done that with my small toaster oven, but plugged into the power post vice the trailer outside outlet.
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Excellent choice for outdoor appliances; always carry extension cords and plug directly into the post.
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