Originally Posted by JimandCindy
I am being "forced" to plug into a buddies outside receptacle (on his RV) for about a week or so. I am currently plugged into a house outlet (15 or 20 amps) and can get by decent enough. I have learned that I can run everything I need on electricity except the following combinations:
water heater and microwave
water heater and elect space heater
microwave and space heater
I haven't messed with the A/C yet, but don't forsee the need for it anytime soon.
My question is, should I see much of a difference plugged into another RV vice plugging into the house?
The short answer is NO, and that is because the receptacle that you are connected to on your buddies RV will likely have the same size breaker (15A) that he'll have in his home.
Your power consumption current can not exceed 15 amps as long as you connected to the other trailer. That is why you can't use some of your appliances. You appliances have the following current requirements: Water heater--->10 to 11 amps, Mircrowave--->8 to 10 amps and the space heater--->10 to 12 amps. The one load that everyone forgets is the converter and it draws anywhere 5 to 8 amps. So you can see why you'vebeen unable towork the combinations of appliances that you listed. If you need hot water, put the water heater on gas. If you need heat to warm up the trailer, use your gas furnace to raise the space temperature quickly and the electric space heater to maintain the temperature. With only 15 amps of power available, it's a matter of time sharing and substitution. Also remember, if your buddy is using his trailer at the same time then you may not have 15 amps available to you.
By the way, don't consider using the A/C because it's a sure bet that you'll trip the 15 amp breaker in your buddies trailer.Edited by: Hamops