Installing Our Winter RVing Secret Weapon!



We’re spending the entire winter in a cold climate, but on a 30-amp site with no propane readily available. We’re installing a new secret weapon for winter RVing, heating only with electric power.

See the planning video here: https://youtu.be/ggWhFZPAmig

Even though we usually snowbird in the winter, there are lots of reasons that RVers don’t always head south when the temperatures drop. We want to be comfortable, and we’re installing a new mod for our rig that will make this a warm winter for us, even up North!

Check out our previous video, where we planned this all out and explained why & what we’re doing: https://youtu.be/ggWhFZPAmig

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28 thoughts on “Installing Our Winter RVing Secret Weapon!

  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Thanks, great video. Question- Where in New York and we're thinking of leaving in January to go to Florida. We want to boondock about 2-3 nights on the way down and use our propane heater in our 29' class C Sunseeker. I'm more concerned about how much battery power we need to go all night. Will that completely drain our house batteries? If I get low on propane, I could just refill it the next day, but do you think I can go all night using my house battery power before recharging with the generator or driving?

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    I wish I knew More about electricity!! I've never studied it much…..But I dont understand how you can add more electricity to limited electricity!! Yet I dont think it would be that complicated to understand if I had a good video to explain it! Maybe I can find one!!

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    I live in an RV park that is wired for 30 amp service. The owner had to remove the boxes 20 amp circuit. It was never intended to draw 50 amps by running both circuits. The 20 amp plugs were a convenience when you wanted to use the electricity outside. I would think many RV parks that say 30 amp means not to draw more than 30 amps by using a secret trick or you might over stress the 30 amp design.

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    CLEAR step by step install for extra extension inlet for aux heater in trailer where no permits required, and no working with Live Elect.

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    This was extremely helpful. I'm adding an electric fireplace to my old 30 amp fifth wheel. I have already added a combo w/d. I was worried about only being able to run one at a time. This is the solution I didn't know I needed. Thank you! You guys are awesome!

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    YOU ARE RELYING ON THE INTEGRITY OF THE CIRCUIT BREAKER IN THE PEDISTAL(S). TO BE SAFE I WOULD REPLACE THE INLET BOX WITH THIS: "G.E. TL240SCUP" MINI SUB PANEL.

    HERE IS THE OTHER ISSUE:  YOU ARE ALSO RELYING ON THE INTEGRITY OF THE GROUND BEING INTACT/PRESENT AT THE PEDISTAL(S).  INSTALLING THE G.E. MINI SUB PANEL REQUIRES YOU TO PICK UP A SYSTEM GROUND AND BOND THE CAN THEREBY GROUNDING THE CIRCUIT KEEPING YOU SAFE.  (CONTACT THE SUB PANEL MANUFACTURER FOR THE CORRECT GROUND BAR AS IT IS USUALLY SOLD SEPARATE)   ……..CHEERS!

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Best DYI video of any kind! So thorough. Good job!

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    you can also use this to power a SECOND AC unit. you could have a window AC that's powered by this or if you wire up an outlet like the video, you could just plug AC in.

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    12-2 will handle 20 amps….. After all 12-2 is code, 10-2 is a waste of money especially on a short run like that

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Wow. This is so awesome. I was prepared to get my 30 amp rv upgraded to 50 amp ($$$!!! 🥴), as I am not a fan of propane at all. I’m not one to do any electrical, but I can show it to the mobile rv repair guy I hire to do most of my projects. Thank you! 👍👍👍 😊

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Why use 10(orange)wire rated for 30 amp. 12(yellow)wire is for 20 amp. You’re using 20 amp outlets and power source is 20 amp. ????

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    I would do that on his rv.
    There is an easier way to do it. Just wire a extension cord to the outlet box, in the rv.
    Also some places have separate breakers for each outlet on the pole. That means you can use 40 more amps, just run a separate cord.
    Make sure you use good, heavy duty 20 amp cords, the cheap ones are not worth it.

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Of course you can also do what I do: Just run an extension cable through a front or side window and use it for the 2nd heater. Yes there's a slight opening when the window is closed back up but a little fresh air never hurt anyone.

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    One question.. Most 4 season rv's have the water lines and tanks running along the heat ducts to keep them from freezing. If you dont use the furnace have you ever run into a problem with freezing of lines or tanks?

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    Can you direct us to a video on keeping black and grey tanks from freezing? I know your rig is okay, but is there a product for other RVs?

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  • January 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    If you aren’t using your onboard heating system, how are you keeping your pipes from freezing? Typically the furnace heat spills over onto the plumbing.

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