Originally Posted by GregandTeresa
And my second question is, is there anything else on the camper that I should not try and run when plugged into the home outlet?
The main thing that I would want to do when plugged into the home outlet would be to cool the fridge
down before heading out on a trip. ...
is no problem. In fact unless you run multiple things at the same time, the A/C is probably your only real concern.
What I would suggest depends on the rating of the outlet you are planning to use.
IF 15 AMP
: I would buy a Kill-A-Watt
and use it to monitor the load. Plug it into your outlet, then plug the 30f-15m adapter
into the Kill-A-Watt, and plug the 30 amp shore cord into the adapter. You can turn things on one at a time and make a note of the amp draw. Then add together the draw of whatever you want to run and make sure it adds up to less than 15 before turning them on. In fact, if it were me, I would keep the load below 12-13 amps as a safety margin since the Kill-A-Watt and your outlet are only rated to handle 15 amps. Don't forget that your converter is normally on all the time and it will add to the load.
I would not use roof A/C on a 15 amp circuit but many people do. Most roof A/C units call for a 20 amp circuit (breaker and wiring). Scamps had 15 amp circuits in the past for A/C but now installs 20 amp breakers for roof A/C as suggested by the manufacturer. That should tell you something. Even roof air will show less than a 15 amp draw when it is running but the reading that you see does not show the surge current.
IF 20 AMP
: I would find a 30f to 20m amp RV adapter
*. They are not as common but can be found on Amazon. Using an adapter rated at 20 with a 20 amp circuit will give you a safe 20 amps to work with. I do it this way and I do run my roof air from it, however when the A/C is on (using the 20 amp circuit) then everything else in the camper is off except maybe some LED lights
. This includes the converter - I flip the breaker for it off.
Do not use the 15 amp Kill-A-Watt unless you are very careful to not exceed 15 amps (preferably less). Also note the the adapter will not plug into 15 amp outlets, so carry a 30f to 15m adapter also.
If 30 AMP
: If you are lucky enough to have (or get) a 30 amp RV outlet at your home then it is the same as being at camp with 30 amps.. but having an electrician put in a 30 amp circuit will be expensive.
* Note that the Amazon listing says Generator
adapter in error.