2008 Forest River Wildcat LSBS

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by yazookid1987, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. yazookid1987

    yazookid1987 New Member

    I am a new comer to travel trailers so please be patient with me! This may be too long but i need help! First of all i think i made a very bad mistake buying a Fifth wheel with 30 amp service but we cannot go back! I have had a/c breaker problems since trailer was brand new!
    A/C pulls around 13 amps or so i am told. hot water tank pull around 11 amps and converter pulls around 8 amps! I am no rocket scientists but this is too much for a 30 amp service! contacted Forest River and they originally said to run hot water heater off gas! What a solution to the problem! That is unacceptable! what is in a trailer from the factory should run off 30 amps! Am i right or wrong! This is ridiculous! I need input from others on this so please help! Jason
     
  2. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: 2008 Forest River Wildcat LSBS

    Welcome to the forum Jason. Now the question becomes...who is going to be first to tell him. Not me.
     
  3. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum, Jason. Just do a search here for "Forest River" for more information.

    However, we operate our LP ONLY hot water heater only when we need it. It takes 5 or 10 minutes to get enough hot water for whatever we need hot water for. We call it Energy Efficiency! :clown:

    You've run into one of those things that some manufacturers do to please their customers. (I think you'll run into a few more of these things before it's all over, too.)
     
  4. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

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    Jason, welcome to the forum.

    Now, your trailer has a 30 amp service. That is it. Mine does also and I would venture to say that 99% of travel trailers and MOST 5th wheels run off 30 amps. Larger 5th wheels will use 50 amps, but certainly not the majority.

    You know what certain things use in amperage and that is good, so now you know what to cut off when your wife uses the hair dryer, curling iron or coffee maker. You have 30 amps of service, use them wisely and you will get along just fine.
     
  5. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    Most ever rv with 30 amp service will run into this problem sooner or later. You are ahead of the game by knowing what each circuit will draw. You would think the rv mfg would take this into account and only add what the 30 amp would carry but then no one would but the rv if it had no microwave oven or plugs for hair dryers etc. Take care of your rv and enjoy. welcome to the forum.
     
  6. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

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    ROTATE, ROTATE, ROTATE. When required run the hot water heater or refrigerator on gas. I spend half the morning rotating from gas to electric power when I'm perking the coffee, heating the water for a shower, running the TV and trying to heat the RV with a portable electric heater. I know it's summer, but on the coast of Oregon it's very cool in the mornings. Heck you won't get bored if you have to think about what power source you will be using next.
     
  7. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    See how the pros do it Jason. Even DL who is always high on Diesel fumes can handle it. Welcome to the world of adapting to rving :approve: :laugh:
     
  8. RvRover

    RvRover New Member

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    I would imagine you could replace that thirty amp with a forty, but then that might overload the wires and cause a fire. Like some of these guys said, you will have to limit what you use your thirty amps for. Also look for items which use less amps or alternative power supplies like batteries and such. A few solar panels on the top might help to if your parked in the sun.
     
  9. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

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    Solar won't help unless you have a big expensive Inverter. Also you are still limited to 30 amps usage. The RV will only handle a maximum of 30 amps without tripping the 115 V AC breakers. It would need to be totally rewired for 50 amps.
     
  10. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

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    There is also no such thing as a Camper with 40 amp service. It is 30 or 50.
     
  11. SnowbirdInFlight

    SnowbirdInFlight Senior Member

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    We have a 20/30/50 amp plug that came with our travel trailer. Whenever possible we always hook up to a 50 amp service. When we do that, we can run the AC, fridge, HWH, microwave, and hairdryer all at the same time. When we can only get 30 amp service we can run the AC, fridge, and HWH on electric but have to turn off the AC when using the microwave or hairdryer. When we are only hooked into the 20 amp, we run only the AC on electric and the fridge and HWH on gas, turn off the AC when using the microwave and let our hair air-dry. ;)
     
  12. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    better watch ou the 30 amp rv wiring is made to handle 30 amps. Was at a campground where a camper had done this and melted his camper wires. lucky he did not burn it down. Know some have done it without a problem but I would never do it JMO
     
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

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    well nash ,, i rewired mine for 50 amp ,, but the second 120v leg is only for the rear a/c unit ,, and that's it ,, but i found out that alot of new rv's are being wired for 50amps ,, but have a 30 amp plug ,, the FR class c i have now is like that ,, but the 20 amp is only for the a/c ,, i was kinda confused for a bit by it ,, cause the load center is 50 amp ,, but plug is 30amp ,,, but after i got into it more i seen what they did ,, and btw the converter should be here by next week ,, man FR was NO HELP AT ALL ,, they pushed it off on the converter company ,, didn't even want to discuss the prob with me ,,, but i'll keep my mouth shut ,,, and this was on an 08 model ,, but the FR dealer could not look at it till maybe the 1st of sept ,, and the customer wanted to use it by then ,,, oh well ;) :approve: :) :) :) :bleh: :bleh: :bleh:
     
  14. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    I agree with the way you did yours Rod and if the newer models are wired for 50 that would be ok also but the one I was talking about was an older unit so maybe the rv industry did see a possible problem and went ahead and wired them as they should be wired. Not the first report of no help from FR that I have heard but maybe they are just mad cause you are not a dealer :eek: Might think about adding that line just to @@@@ DL :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  15. Guest

    Guest Guest

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    well ,, nash ,, this was on a class c ,, and i know that SOME tt's and 5er's are only 30 amps ,, which is ok by me ,,, but i have seen a few 5er's that were 50 amp ,, but they are the high end ones ,, u know ,, well i am to wired to got to bed ,, i have a new tech starting friday ,, so i'll see how he does ,, i hope GOOD ,, i hate working weekends :eek: :laugh: :approve: :approve: :approve: :evil: :evil: :evil:
     
  16. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

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    What did I hear somebody mumble something about FR. That's a no,no. Isn't it?

    Good luck with your new guy Rod.
     
  17. Guest

    Guest Guest

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    i hope he does good ,, Gene was a hard one to replace ,, he even taught me some stuff ,, but this guy is older ,, and been in the rv repair buss. for many yrs ,, so maybe i'll learn more stuff ,, and have weekends off :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    Thanks ,, DL
     
  18. Guest

    Re: 2008 Forest River Wildcat LSBS

    Wow, you guys must be settling down, I don't see anyone telling the poster what a bad choice he made in his RV purchase. I'm impressed!
     
  19. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

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    We are not alway baaaadd. He asked an honest question, and we answered him, but notice he has not come back to see what we have said.
     
  20. Guest

    Re: 2008 Forest River Wildcat LSBS

    Just because he hasn't replied doesn't mean he hasn't read the responses. And if he searches forest river on the forum as suggested he will see the way the owners of these products are viewed. I do believe there is a vast amount of knowledge to be tapped here but sometimes the attitude leave something to be desired. And yes I am a satisfied owner of a product built by Forest river, something rare according to numerous people here.

    "That's all Folks"

    Padre
     

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