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Old 01-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #15
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Most of the voltage meters you buy - I have not seen one without this feature - will have a colored background that shows - HIGH - GOOD - LOW (BAD). In lots of campgrounds where they "UPGRADED" for modern campers the wiring was not done correctly - just new outlets installed. Brownouts and low voltage situations can occur when everybody in the campground turns on their AC units - at the same time. Only so much juice to go around.
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Old 01-26-2007, 12:15 PM   #16
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I have this setup in my trailer. I noticed when I was camping at 29 Palms it did read a little low (under 110). At 18 degrees I don't think many AC units were starting, but plenty of heaters and heat strips were on high.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:05 PM   #17
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I bought my water hose at walmart in the camping isle it is marked for potable water. I have 2 hooked up togtgher. no hose taste . I flush the hose first then hook up.$12.00.. a piece..
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:32 PM   #18
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I purchased a kit that came with a short white potable hose and a carbon/charcoal (?) filter. I hook this to my longer (25' I think) white potable hose. I also use the faucet filter and a pur water filter picture combination for drinking water. But, I haven't noticed any funky taste when I brush my teeth!
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:37 PM   #19
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You can't cause any damage to the house you're plugged into by running too much stuff unless their wiring is incorrect in the first place. All that'll happen is that you'll trip their circuit breaker, which is annoying but not dangerous.

I'm a little confused as to how "not enough current" could be a problem for A/C though. It's not like the A/C unit knows how much current is available. It either draws what it needs or it doesn't, and if what it tries to draw is too much, you'll trip the breaker. If it doesn't trip the breaker, I can't see how it could be harmed.

Not enough voltage could cause a problem, but voltage drop shouldn't be a problem at a house with just one additional 15A or 20A load. That's only the equivalent of turning on an electric heater or running a couple of coffeemakers. At a campsite there's more potential for undervoltage, though.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:07 PM   #20
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The A/C damage is from voltage drop. You can check by checking voltage in the trailer with no load, then with load. If there is more than a 5% drop, you're getting into dark territory.
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Since we're on the topic of home hookups, has anyone done a hookup to their sewer/septic? I've got a septic tank and thinking of some kind of way to dump the tanks into it if need be.
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I have an exterior sewer cleanout that I can remove the cap on and use. It's not in a very convenient location in my yard so I usually take it to the city yard and dump for free.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:23 PM   #23
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I have this setup in my trailer. I noticed when I was camping at 29 Palms it did read a little low (under 110). At 18 degrees I don't think many AC units were starting, but plenty of heaters and heat strips were on high.
Where did you find the little plug-in meter?
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Where did you find the little plug-in meter?
Mine came with the trailer, but you can get one at Camping World for under $20.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:14 AM   #25
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Mine came with the trailer, but you can get one at Camping World for under $20.
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Home Depot - costs a little more - I think it was $19.99 - but no shipping if you have to order it from CW - if you walk in it may be cheaper at CW.
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