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50 amp shore power questions

Postby norgewizard » Thu May 11, 2017 8:36 pm

I am currently building out a 32 ft gooseneck toy hauler to do some traveling in. I also have a tee shirt and embroidery business that will travel with me....hence the 50 amp service.
I will have a propane/electric fridge...gas hot water heater....1 ac unit ..microwave...coffee pot ...and a shirt press (15 amp) in the back when I am printing shirts...
I also plan to have all led 12v lights and a few usb outlets and of course a couple of power vents.
Also a couple of 6v batteries in series.
I would like to be able to overnight while traveling and have all the comforts just using my batteries. I realize I could not use the ac or anything that would require shore power, but that's ok.

A few questions:
Do campgrounds charge more for the 50 amp spots?
How available is 50 amp service on the road?
Is it more economical to wire in a house panel and a converter and battery charger for my 12v stuff.. ? or to go with one of the all in one Progressive units?
Anyone done this?
A little background......I am a retired home builder and Lionel train collector, so I have lots of electrical experience with wiring 240, 120, and 12v dc.
I posted this here (even though it's not a tiny trailer) because it looks like this gang has a good electrical section with a lot of member participation.
Thanks in advance...........Tim
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Re: 50 amp shore power questions

Postby H.A. » Fri May 12, 2017 3:56 am

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Re: 50 amp shore power questions

Postby troubleScottie » Fri May 12, 2017 11:37 am

The major benefits of the progressive or similar are
compact size
built in battery/DC connections
built in charger and connections to battery
ease of access to the AC/DC breakers and fuses

I am not sure what is needed/happens if you want multiple battery chargers eg you have 4 or more 6V batteries.

If you are using your trailer at an event/business show, I am not familiar with what power options are available. There are adapters from 50A coupler to one or two 15-20A outlets. I am not sure how the power is divided at the distribution panel ie are all of the breakers still hot if you use a particular adapter.

Similarly you do not have 220 service like you might have in a house.
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Re: 50 amp shore power questions

Postby norgewizard » Fri May 12, 2017 6:08 pm

Thanks for the replies.just ordered the progressive 4590...has converter and charger built in.
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Re: 50 amp shore power questions

Postby norgewizard » Fri May 19, 2017 10:01 am

I am guessing the ground on this unit needs to be frame grounded? Anyone have any pictures of their install?
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Re: 50 amp shore power questions

Postby troubleScottie » Fri May 19, 2017 11:04 am

Search for "PD4045 Step by Step - Second Draft" Fairly complete.
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