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Old 02-07-2014, 08:48 PM   #15
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I like the screw in cord cause it leaves more storage space that space,DH likes the push in type cord that is built into the camper,because he doesn't have to find a place to put it in the storage bay or camper.

Now for my question....... you switched from 30 to 15 amp,what is the advantage to that? ? Also can you run ac or microwave on 15 amp.Just think here( because I don't know about electrical stuff) but wouldn't it be better to have more amps than less.

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Old 02-07-2014, 11:09 PM   #16
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I'm about to change my 15 to a 30. Why did you guys go the opposite way?
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:20 AM   #17
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It was the possibility of spiders, or other pests, coming in the cable hatch that made my wife very nervous. No danger of that now.
Not to trash John's thread, but if pests coming into the trailer are the only reason for doing the change, consider this bug guard from Little House Customs, about 1/3 the way down this page $12.95
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Our 13' Trillium came with 30 amp service. The rather expensive and heavy Marinco cord would bend the side of the trailer when connected and fill a storage bin when not. Since we have no AC or other appliances that require 120Vac, that only leaves the converter. We seldom camp where there is shore power but even when we do there is no way we would exceed 15 amps. That and the fact a 25 ft 14 gauge extension cord is so much easier to deal with made the switch a good solution for us. If you have an air conditioner and a microwave oven, toaster, electric coffee pot, etc. the 30 amp service is a better choice. Raz
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Our 13' Trillium came with 30 amp service. The rather expensive and heavy Marinco cord would bend the side of the trailer when connected and fill a storage bin when not. Since we have no AC or other appliances that require 120Vac, that only leaves the converter. We seldom camp where there is shore power but even when we do there is no way we would exceed 15 amps. That and the fact a 25 ft 14 gauge extension cord is so much easier to deal with made the switch a good solution of us. If you have an air conditioner and a microwave oven, toaster, electric coffee pot, etc. the 30 amp service is a better choice. Raz
Lynn, Raz could have pretty much read my mind in thinking of a downgrade to 15 amps. Well stated! It all depends on where you camp and how much juice you want. I expect to use a solar panel and the tow vehicle to keep the battery topped off. Like Raz I will carry a light weight extension cord for the rare occasion when I will have shore power, most likely when the Scamp is in my garage where the sun doesn't shine much.

If I ever decide to add Air Conditioning I will install a small, quiet window unit in the bottom of my closet and deflect the cool air upward. I hate the expensive and noisy overhead units. Many window models use less than 10 amps, some less than 5.

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Old 02-08-2014, 11:56 AM   #20
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I like the screw in cord cause it leaves more storage space that space,DH likes the push in type cord that is built into the camper,because he doesn't have to find a place to put it in the storage bay or camper.

Now for my question....... you switched from 30 to 15 amp,what is the advantage to that? ? Also can you run ac or microwave on 15 amp.Just think here( because I don't know about electrical stuff) but wouldn't it be better to have more amps than less.

The great thing about this sight is we are all friends and I don't have to feel bad when I ask a silly question.

Thanks for the help in understanding this thought.

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I think its all a personal decision & your style of camping as to the advantages & disadvantages as to more amps vs less or a removable cord vs a fixed cord.

For me I would keep it at 30amp if it came with it & my converter is working fine, as it gives me the biggest flexibly as to current and possible future uses. Simple small adapter to step it down to 15 amp for plugging in at home and no risk of going from a 30amp supply to a 15 amp trailer and having the adaptor not work as well as it should an possible frying something up. I camp on and off the grid in different climates requiring next to nothing in regards to power at some spots & more power at others - some places an electric heater or ac are a must have. I do have a solar but some items will eat more power than it can produce especially when camping in the damp dark west coast. So having the greatest amount of flexibility no matter what the electrical supply is or isn't without worrying about it is important to me.

As far as having a removable cord - well again its a personal preference & I suppose it may depend on how your trailer is currently set up for storing of it. The sport my 30 amp cord goes into is not easy to get at from inside the trailer or big enough to store much of anything else in it. At the end of the day you need to find a place to store your often wet and dirty cord regardless of its size. My preference is to keep everything I can in the trailer at all times to avoid the possibility of it being left behind on a fast pack up or possible going for a walk on its own.
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The Trilliums come equipped with a 12A breaker. Why not 15A? So this is not a down grade at all. But I agree that using 15A hardware is easier to find, and work with. It is enough for a small AC, or a 1500W heater. You might have to manage your appliance use, but hey we're camping.

I hope to be able to have a trailer that produces enough solar power to go off grid. I will probably end up with 300 to 400W of solar production. This would include refrigeration.

From this perspective,1800W seems like tons of power.
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