Post by tkmichael11 on Aug 2, 2011 17:16:50 GMT -5
I've read several articles and posts about the dangers of running your airconditioner while in your driveway. Rather than go through adding a new dedicated 30amp circuit to hook the camper up to, would there be any issue hooking up the camper to a generator and running the airconditioner?
Post by universalexports on Aug 2, 2011 19:07:03 GMT -5
I've know lots of people that run their AC units off of generators, the only issue I have heard of is that Generator needs to be big enough, the AC has a big power spike on compressor start up that will cause a generator to shut down or die of it is not big enough.
After I posted that, I started thinking to myself that ALOT of RVs and TT have generators so it makes sense that you could run the airconditioner on a generator.
My big issue is a post that I read where it was stated that if you run your airconditioner while the camper is plugged into a 110v outlet at home, you run the risk of burning up the unit unless you add a dedicated 30amp outlet
It could be a problem if you have a 16,500 BTU rooftop unit like a lot of modern RV's. We installed a 5000 BTU, 500 watt window unit, so 15 amps service is more than enough to handle the load. If you run an extension cord to it, make sure it's at least #12 AWG, preferably #10 and keep it as short as possible. It really depends on how much power your AC draws and what other power demands you are putting on the garage circuit.