Originally Posted by groovy1616
We have moved it to our house and used an adapter to see if it would run here, but it doesn't. It seems to only work at the repair shop. HELP!!!!! Any ideas????
The prong pattern on your Bambi's power cord is specific for 30 amps. This is the most common campground hookup available -- I assume you were plugged into these when you were camping. The compressor would like to draw something just above 20 amps at startup. Chuck here at the forums has used a 20 amp circuit in his driveway successfully for a long time (yep, different prong pattern for that too). Your standard 3-prong home outlet is 15 amps and that probably is what your are supplying with the adapter you mention. For a price, it's straightforward for an electrician (or some handy members here) to install 20A or 30A plug to your garage.
I looked at a very nice Overlander early in my Airstream searches. That owner had been through one AC and his 2nd one had just failed. We viewed this coach on a warm day and he had it hooked up through a long light gauge 15A extension cord with the fan running.
I avoid using the A/C on 15 amps because it has been said this puts extra strain on the compressor at startup and may shorten the service life. Much as I shouldn't rely on "they said" -- on 15 amps it may be struggling at startup and so never gets down to the business of cooling. I also leave a simple voltage meter
plugged in where I can see it as I come in the door (they'll have them at your closest big RV store -- avoid CW if you can
). Although it's not a highly accurate meter it would tell you if the campground circuits are so overtaxed that you're having brownout low voltage situations. It also has saved me using up my batteries on lights, etc, if I need to cycle the breaker on the campground power post (eg, once after a lightning storm or other times after some inattention on my part).
So watch your amps and volts -- and get back to us how this is going for you.