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Old 05-13-2019, 04:51 PM   #1
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Commercial Ice Maker?

So we camp twice a year at the Coast. We usually stay for three weeks each trip. Our main thing is fishing. With our bait/fish cooler and our drink/food cooler we go through 30-40 Lbs of ice a day. Costing between $200 per trip. So I’ve been looking at smaller commercial ice makers for $350. They will produce 150 Lbs in 24 hours and hold 33lbs in the ice bin. Was wondering if anyone else has installed a commercial ice maker in their unit?
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:24 PM   #2
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Icemakers consume huge amounts of power. 40lbs. per day is continuous operation at about 15 to 20 amps. What is your source rating and what other appliances are you running in tandem? I have never seen supplied power above 50A for a campsite. That is barely enough for A/C, refrigerator, hot water(unless using propane), and other miscellany. All that load will inevitably drop the voltage along the circuit feeding your supply line. Adding a commercial icemaker would very likely begin tripping main breaker at supply. Be sure to understand your total electrical load for normal and peak trailer operational requirements and what the additional load of the icemaker would mean to the trailer. Trailer electronics are very sensitive to low voltage conditions and spikes. Also consider your neighbors. If you take down a feed for the line of trailers you are sitting on, they may not be so neighborly. Hopefully others can chime in with solutions.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response. The smaller ice maker runs on 110 and shows Ice making current - 3.5A and Ice storage current - 5.5A. So that’s approximately 9A. I think this should be ok plugged into 50 Amp service. ??????????????? All responses are appreciated.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:12 PM   #4
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I have been thinking about the same thing. The ones I see on Amazon are all in the 10A or less range. One shows using an 18ga cord.



To clarify on the power available. If your RV is wired for 50A service then you have 2 legs of 120v ea and each is 50A so you have 100A available.
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Ice machine production (lbs/24hrs) is for perfect conditions- 50 deg water and 70 deg air around machine, most of the commercial machines I work on don’t even come close to the ratings and produce lots of heat around them, so keep that in mind when considering buying one.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:35 PM   #6
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avvidclif ,
I believe that the campground service is 50A total, as that is what the breaker states. You must add the current draw on each leg and sum them. If you exceed 50A total, the campground service breaker will trip. Additionally, just like a home service, each leg in the RV has a breaker at 1/2 the total service rating. If you exceed either leg of the RV breaker - that RV breaker will trip. My home 200A has a 100A on each leg.
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avvidclif ,
I believe that the campground service is 50A total, as that is what the breaker states. You must add the current draw on each leg and sum them. If you exceed 50A total, the campground service breaker will trip. Additionally, just like a home service, each leg in the RV has a breaker at 1/2 the total service rating. If you exceed either leg of the RV breaker - that RV breaker will trip. My home 200A has a 100A on each leg.
Not correct. Each pole of a 2 pole breaker will carry the rated load. So a 2P50A breaker will do 50A on each pole. A breaker will only reliably carry 80% for continuous loads.
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I'm not an electrician, so I'm having some difficulty wrapping my head around just how you get 100 amps out of a 50 amp breaker panel.
Maybe somebody who is qualified could jump in here and explain this before we get a whole bunch of misinformation floating around on the subject.
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From what I understand a 50 amp RV has 2 - 50 amp 120 v lines. They are hooked to a double 50 amp breaker so if 1 line trips both lines trip thus limiting the RV to 50 amp max. Depending on how the RV is wired you "Theoretically" could use up to 50 amp on each leg making 100 amps. This is my understanding but I could be mistaken. I just googled 50 amp RV service.
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Each pole can be loaded up to 50A, but if one of them is overloaded it will trip both poles. The total available power available from a 50A RV circuit is 12,000W, and can be a combination of 120V & 240V loads because that is what voltages are available from the circuit. If the campground system is on a 3 phase service it gets more complicated. In that case, the voltages are 120/208V. So if all loads are 120V, you can still get 12,000W, but if they are all 208V, then only 10,400W are available.

A 30A RV circuit is 120V only & has a capacity of 3600W.
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