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Old 05-09-2017, 06:21 PM   #1
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Check the back of your 30 amp plug in inlet

I added a 15 amp power inlet today for an extra outlet that I can power without using the 30 amp.
While I was under the bed I noticed a lot of light coming from the 30 amp . I looked closely and it looked like it was exposed to the outside. So we closed the cover and ran water at the outside roof line.
No leak, opened the cover and ran water, again no leak. Plugged a cord in and tried it again. Water dribbled in. I sealed it and will test it again tomorrow but I'm sure it will not leak anymore.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:36 PM   #2
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I hope you put an isolotion / transfer switch between the 30 amp and the 15 amp inlet. If I understand you correctly you have created a double ended feed for your trailer , which if installed improperly creates a hazard . The same reason you have a transfer switch when you have an inverter. You don't want to back feed the 120 VAC from the inverter into the utility lines.
This is the reason a trailer only comes with one inlet or service cord and you don't find one on both sides of the trailer even though it would be more convenient at times.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:45 PM   #3
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I hope you put an isolotion / transfer switch between the 30 amp and the 15 amp inlet. If I understand you correctly you have created a double ended feed for your trailer , which if installed improperly creates a hazard . The same reason you have a transfer switch when you have an inverter. You don't want to back feed
the 120 VAC from the inverter into the utility lines.
The 15 amp is completely separate. It runs to one outlet and no further. Its main purpose is to power a dehumidifier so we do not get mildew growing in the trailer. But others who have them also use them as additional power, lets say you have the air conditioner and microwave running and want to also run something else.
I've always installed one in my trailers and run a dehumidifier during the summer.
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Maybe I read it wrong but I thought that by "extra outlet" he meant one that was only powered by a 15 amp cord and not in any way tied into any other circuits.

If that's the case, I have the same set-up. I use it to power my heat source in the winter while all the other circuits etc. aren't connected to shore power.

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Maybe I read it wrong but I thought that by "extra outlet" he meant one that was only powered by a 15 amp cord and not in any way tied into any other circuits.

If that's the case, I have the same set-up. I use it to power my heat source in the winter while all the other circuits etc. aren't connected to shore power.

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I evidently misread the intent of the OP's post. Back during Y2K there was a huge problem with homeowner installed generators backfeeding into the utility grid and creating a possibly deadly condition. Now we are seeing the same issue with solar and inverters.
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Hopefully ours is the only trailer that had a potential leak. It's a easy fix at least, just seal the lit area on the back of the 30 amp inlet. I'm going to repeat the water test tomorrow but it should not leak anymore. .
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So basically you are using 45 amps at the cg, do you pay for the 50 amp uncharge or just hook up both and hope for the best, some camp ground charge more for 50 amp service, like the big buses with 2 air conditioning units and rightfully so since they are using a lot more electricity.
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So basically you are using 45 amps at the cg, do you pay for the 50 amp uncharge or just hook up both and hope for the best, some camp ground charge more for 50 amp service, like the big buses with 2 air conditioning units and rightfully so since they are using a lot more electricity.
Nope, I'm using 15 amps at the house. The new part is for a dehumidifier when it is setting at home.

But I can see it's waste to show anything with all the self appointed experts so I'll cease posting.
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Nope, I'm using 15 amps at the house. The new part is for a dehumidifier when it is setting at home.

But I can see it's waste to show anything with all the self appointed experts so I'll cease posting.
Thanks for the info. Looks like more Proflex.
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But I can see it's waste to show anything with all the self appointed experts so I'll cease posting.
If all people ever posted was , we'd be bored to death and learn nothing.
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