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Old 01-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #15
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Sue, Sorry that didn't work for you. We have no fridg running and I set the heater on low because I was worried about running it on high. found it more comfortable running on low anyway. but we have not camped in really cold weather. I have the heater next to where I sleep and kick it on before getting up in the night to use the toilet. I may have left it on to cycle once but mostly feel more comfortable turning it on and off. Even running electricity while I sleep makes me uncomfortable. Don't know why, at home all electric things run all night. We haven't camped below 35 degrees.

Hope you solve your problem, I really like the electric heat.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:30 PM   #16
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Last trip I had electric and used my little space heater. It was very chilly. The electric shut down and so I shut all electric off and put the refrigerator on propane.

The next morning I tuned it back on and even used the heater on low and the refrigerator on electric. It worked fine.

Could you tell me what is going on in my little '82 burro? I'm heading out for another chilly camp out - this time at the ocean. I don't want to destroy my electrical system, but it would be nice to keep the interior at least up to 50 degrees or so!
My guess is that since you used the heater on "low" you stayed within your 15 amp limit, and that's why everything was fine the next day.

A space heater on "high" can consume as much as 12 amps, and your fridge needs more than the three left over....the circuit tripped when it attempted to draw more.

Sounds normal to me for a 15 amp system... fridge on propane is my usual solution.

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Old 01-17-2013, 03:37 AM   #17
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Maybe a couple of those airline tickets for Sunny Southern California and a few cases of beer, sounds like a plan to get "Eggbert" wired up
Elaine formally from cold OHIO.
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If Sue and Henry pay my airfare, I'll do it for free.
Jim and Thomas - both very tempting!
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Jim and Thomas - both very tempting!
I'll call you from the airport.

But seriously, if this is only an occasional need I'd look into just using an additional extension cord.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:06 AM   #20
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My guess is that since you used the heater on "low" you stayed within your 15 amp limit, and that's why everything was fine the next day.

A space heater on "high" can consume as much as 12 amps, and your fridge needs more than the three left over....the circuit tripped when it attempted to draw more.

Sounds normal to me for a 15 amp system... fridge on propane is my usual solution.

Francesca
The refrigerator on propane sounds like the inexpensive solution. I just filled the tank. Any idea how fast a fridge goes through a tank?
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The refrigerator on propane sounds like the inexpensive solution. I just filled the tank. Any idea how fast a fridge goes through a tank?
I get over two weeks running the fridge constantly and cooking with gas on a 20# tank..
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I'll call you from the airport.

But seriously, if this is only an occasional need I'd look into just using an additional extension cord.
it is packed just in case! Thanks.
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I get over two weeks running the fridge constantly and cooking with gas on a 20# tank..
Me, too...and when wintercamping and using heat (16 hpd), I get about six days.

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Gas fridge, weeks. Gas furnace, days. Even with the dog along. (Dog puts out a lot of heat) Raz
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Thomas, Francesca and Raz, thanks! Problem solved!
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As circuit breakers age they start tripping at a lower and lower current. Your 15 amp breaker may be tripping at as little as 8-10 amps. I'd suggest you try a new circuit breaker first.
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Thomas, Francesca and Raz, thanks! Problem solved!
Does this mean I should cancel my airline reservation?
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