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Old 01-22-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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How do I get power to the trailer when dry camping?

Hi All,
I'm a new owner of a 28' classic and need some help.
How do I get power to at least one outlet when dry camping? A member of my family has trouble breathing at night a needs to use a CPAP breathing machine. The machine runs on both AC or DC power but I have no idea how to get power to it.

I suppose I can just run an extention cord from a generator but there's got to be a better way, suggestions ?

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Hi All,
I'm a new owner of a 28' classic and need some help.
How do I get power to at least one outlet when dry camping? A member of my family has trouble breathing at night a needs to use a CPAP breathing machine. The machine runs on both AC or DC power but I have no idea how to get power to it.

I suppose I can just run an extention cord from a generator but there's got to be a better way, suggestions ?

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Mike,

If it runs on 12V DC, plug it into a 12V outlet. There should be at least one somewhere in the trailer. Do you have a factory installed inverter? If so, turn it on and plug the 110V plug into one of the inverter marked outlets.

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There should be at least a couple cgarette lighter 12 volt recepticles inside your trailer that you could use. If you are using a generator, just plug the whole trailer into the generator and use the 110 volt outlet.
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There should be at least a couple cgarette lighter 12 volt recepticles inside your trailer that you could use. If you are using a generator, just plug the whole trailer into the generator and use the 110 volt outlet.
Yeah but, then you would have to run the generator all night to use the CPAP machine.

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Hi,
I realize this is a dumb question but how do I hook up a generator to the trailer. I've read the manual backwards and forward and don't see how to do it. My 2004 Classic has the 120 volt "shore line" and all the generators I've seen only have the 110 receptacles. Is there some kind of plug adaptor I can use or?

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120 and 110 are basically interchangeable terms. Just plug that cord into the generator.
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You may need an "Adapter" to fit the trailer plug (which is likely a 30A big round thing..) and the receptacle on the generator (which is astd wall plug kind of receptacle.. Almost any RV dealer or parts place sell them. They are like the gray things used for three pronged plugs going into two slot receptacles.. Don't change voltage, just enable physical connection.

Alternatively, if you have no generator, we run TV or laptop charger from a small inverter, about the size of a bar of soap, that plugs into round 12V socket, and delivers 110V alernating electrical power through slotted plug. Works well if CPAP doesn't take a lot of amperes to operate it... Most little ones are rated at a few hundred watts....
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Okay, I hear you, but I'm still confused. The plug from the trailer is similar to the kind of plug you have on an electric dryer, going into your homes 220 receptacle. You know the kind, oversized with the two flat pins at 45 degree angles and a pin in the middle bottom.

Obviously I'm not and electrician so please bare with me on this.
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That's why you need the RV adaptor that John was referring to. Available at any RV store or WalMart.
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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..
20-Amp RV Generator Adapter - Camping World
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You need to go to a rally and have someone help you with all of these new owner questions. Where is CV, Central Valley?

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sample Inverter

Mike-

That adapter plug works anywhere you have electricity, but not a full 30Amp circuit. You shouldn't run the A/C without a 30A hookup, but you can use it to charge trailer batteries, or if you were to be camped in a friend's driveway, for example, using an extension cord for power..

The inverter looks like this:

Pocket Power Inverter, 100-Watt - Camping World

It will supply enough power for a 100 Watt gadget, but not enough for something like a microwave oven or hair dryer or coffee maker. They come larger, but might overload the 12V circuit in your trailer, or blow a fuse...

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