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    Default Adding power to a remodeled 5th wheel as perm placement office?

    So . . . I got a 5th wheel camper that's been stripped on the inside free. Yay!

    I want to park it perm next to my mobile home/trailer. I'll put it on concrete blocks and level it as best I can, then I want to run power to it.

    I plan to run a computer and it's accessories, a largish flat tv (lcd), and an 110 window unit in it. Maybe a space heater once in a while, but this is LA (not L.A.) so it doesn't get real cold usually. Maybe one day I'll get fancy and put a small water heater in too.

    My question is - would I run this from the main panel inside the trailer and back out, or from the panel just under the meter at the service pole?

    I figure I'll need at least 2 circuits - the a/c & water heater and everything else. Honestly, I'd prefer three. a/c & water heater (unless they demand sep circuits?), Computer stuff, 'other stuff'.

    Oh, damn, almost forgot about a light circuit! Although I'm thinking LED ropes. They could go on the 'other stuff'.

    So, obviously I know jack shit about designing. But I can replace outlets, install ceiling fans & lights, dig trenches & pull wire thru conduit. To be perfectly honest, I don't care about code here (it's pretty damn lax), but I DO care about doing it safe & smart (which is often better than code).

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    I would suggest installing a small 60 amp panel in the trailer. Most of them have slots for up to 8 breakers. That should be plenty for your needs.
    AC and water heater on separate circuits.
    Two circuits for the other stuff should be good.
    I can't say where to connect it in. I think both places are OK by code. I would probably go for the easier one.
    Operation Overlord.

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    You don't run the power to the 5th wheel and back out. You want to power it from a 30 to 50 amp double pole breaker in some panel that can take the extra load. The size wire you need to run will be determined by the size breaker you choose.
    Mark
    Kent, WA

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    Quote Originally Posted by suemarkp View Post
    You don't run the power to the 5th wheel and back out. You want to power it from a 30 to 50 amp double pole breaker in some panel that can take the extra load. The size wire you need to run will be determined by the size breaker you choose.
    Not sure why you thought I wanted to run power to the trailer & back out. I know this will essentially be a leg from one of my mains.

    I think ChrisB is dead on - and kinda what I was thinking. As this trailer will be blocked and never moved until Demo'd, adding a panel and just feeding it with wire that can handle 50amps min should do me fine. I'll conduit & bury it most likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tymanthius View Post
    Not sure why you thought I wanted to run power to the trailer & back out. I know this will essentially be a leg from one of my mains.
    Because you said this: "My question is - would I run this from the main panel inside the trailer and back out, or from the panel just under the meter at the service pole?". Wasn't sure what you were getting at, so I thought maybe you meant into the 5th wheel and back out to something else.
    Mark
    Kent, WA

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    Ah - sorry 'Inside the HOUSE trailer'. 2 diff kinds of trailers here.

    Finally stopped raining here, but I didn't get a chance to go look at my service pole hook up to see if that would be easier or not (although I suspect it will be).

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