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Old 01-22-2007, 03:59 PM   #15
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Hi Bill,
CV=Chula Vista, just down Interstate 5 from you. A rally sound like fun and a good place to get started. Know of any coming up in the next few months ?
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Thanks for taking the time to educate a rookie. It all make good sense to me now. I really apprecite it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See you out there!
Mike, If you can get up to Casini even if its only for the day I know someone will walk you through the process and if you let them know in advance on the Casini thread they'd even bring examples of what you'll need.

Someone wanted to compare generators two Rallies ago and a couple of folks brought their generators so a guy could test and compare them.

These NorCal people are wierd. They'll actually help anybody that asks. Just don't go camping with them. You'll get hooked!

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Hi Bill,
CV=Chula Vista, just down Interstate 5 from you. A rally sound like fun and a good place to get started. Know of any coming up in the next few months ?
Mike,

Chula Vista, Chula Vista the name of a song on the first HomeGrown album produced by the radio station KGB in about 1972.

El Camino Real has a rally at Pechange RV Park from March 7 to 11. We will be there but not until Friday night. PM me with your email address and I will send you the coupon and schedule. Our current pres is in Oceanside and two years ago pres in San Diego (Point Loma).

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These NorCal people are wierd. They'll actually help anybody that asks. Just don't go camping with them. You'll get hooked!
Or arrested (He said, tongue-in-cheek)
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Or arrested (He said, tongue-in-cheek)
Arrested? NEVER!! We came close though.

You really should have seen the Rangers face when he was asking about "gunshot noises" and someone called out. "Hey Doorgunner!." Priceless.
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Yeah but, then you would have to run the generator all night to use the CPAP machine.
Bill? While dry camping I've had my furnace motor running for long times at night. Would you really think a low amperage motor on a CPAP would draw enough to discharge the batteries?

Mike, you want to make sure you don't discharge lead-acid batteries below 45%. Going below that will harm the plates and lessen their capacity and longevity.
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Yep.. That's a 30A plug, intended for 110V and enough watts (or amps) to run an air conditioner and several other things while charging the batteries...

The Adapter you need is a round block about 2 1/2" in diameter, that the trailer plug will plug into, and that has regular household type electrical plug on other end that will plug neatly into the socket on the side or end of the generator...

Camping World sells this one for less than $20..
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Condoluminum -- that is the wrong adapter. 20A is an uncommon adapter -- my 3HP qoos planer in the basement uses a 20A plug (one at right angles). Mike, you want a 30A-15A adapter -- ends like this one at Camping world: 30-Amp-to-15-Amp Twist-Lock Adapter - Camping World The 15A end is the normal three-way AC plugin you see at home with the ground -- these are actually available at local farm-fleet store trailer sections -- or any RV dealer. Gensets output thru a 15A plug unless you have one capable of putting out high amperage. Do not run your A/C if you're only working from only 15A output; it could burn out the compressor with continued use.
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What type of adapter depends on his generator. i.e. Honda 3000 uses a 30 to 20 adapter where a Honda1000 uses a 30 to 110 adapter and so on. Assuming you want to use the largest amp plug you can on the genny.
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Bill? While dry camping I've had my furnace motor running for long times at night. Would you really think a low amperage motor on a CPAP would draw enough to discharge the batteries?

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No, my answer related to using 110V to run the CPAP without the benefit of an inverter and not on 12V.

Perhaps I misunderstood the post I was replying to.

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Bill -- I guess I don't know for sure. Mike, you said,
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The machine runs on both AC or DC power but I have no idea how to get power to it.
So, is there any way that the CPAP machine can be fitted with an adapter to fit into a cigarette lighter? Several of those in your 28' are 12V only and those will run off your batteries -- per my answer. But the manual or your CPAP technician might have to clear some things up for you here.

By the way, the 30A-15A adapter would be what you'd want to use when pulled up to your house and only want to use the Parallax converter in the trailer to recharge the batteries (again, no air conditioner use possible at 15 amps). The fridge and all other utilities except the A/C will run off that single plugin. A few members have wired a 30A circuit to their garage or storage area so they have full use of the A/C.
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Newer Airstream plugs??

Bob-

That adapter with circular twist style plug wouldn't fit our trailer... I need the round receptacle with two slanted plug blades plus round ground post. If Airstream switched plugs to twist lock marine style, that would work for the new ones... Most of the RV park 30A receptacles still require the older slant blade 30A plugs...

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Mike , you first need to determine whether your trailer has a 50a plug or a 30a plug . 50a has 4 prongs , 30a has 3 prongs . Go to any RV dealer and tell them you want an adapter to go from 30a ( or 50a) RV to 15a household , and they will get you just what you need . 30a about 5 bucks , 50a about 20 bucks . Good luck
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Mike, If you can get up to Casini even if its only for the day I know someone will walk you through the process and if you let them know in advance on the Casini thread they'd even bring examples of what you'll need.

Someone wanted to compare generators two Rallies ago and a couple of folks brought their generators so a guy could test and compare them.

These NorCal people are wierd. They'll actually help anybody that asks. Just don't go camping with them. You'll get hooked!

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Wierd, Huh!? My wife and I will be doing The Nor-Cal thing at Casini in April for the first time. We are not 'wierd' but from the posts I have been reading we may end up 'wierd'. Sounds like a fun bunch. We would not miss it!. Come on up!

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Wierd, Huh!? My wife and I will be doing The Nor-Cal thing at Casini in April for the first time. We are not 'wierd' but from the posts I have been reading we may end up 'wierd'. Sounds like a fun bunch. We would not miss it!. Come on up!

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Neil, I've only been camping with the NorCal group twice and already I smile more and am happier. I've met a ton of friends some of whom I camp with quite often.

Some say they are a cult and others say its like camping with a family you like. You'll have to decide for yourself.
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hey the cigarrette adaptor was never meant for medical purposes! Insurance companies would go crazy if you used one for any medical device; if a quick disconnect is required use a "Anderson Power Products" type since they are as failure-proof as can possibly be!
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