Scamp 13 a/c power requirements (amps)

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Mustangcats
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Scamp 13 a/c power requirements (amps)

I picked up my 2022 Scamp 13 a couple of weeks ago, and during the orientation I was told that the a/c will only operate if plugged into a 30 amp service.  I questioned then why is the a/c protected with a 20 amp breaker, and I could not be given an answer.  I was looking at the spec sheet for the a/c units and it appears the compressor has a rating of 13 amps and the motor about another 3 or 4...so that would total below 20 amps.  So, have any of you run the a/c on 20 amp power (assuming no other electrical devices are being used)?  I have a 20 amp outlet on my garage, but it hasn't been warm enough to test if it will run the a/c.  I think the worst that could happen is that it would trip the breaker inside my garage.

Dennis U
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I have run an RV air

I have run an RV air conditioner on a 20 amp circuit and not blown a circuit  breaker. Thirty Amps is required so you can run more than the ac at any one time. 

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power

Once the AC  is running may only draw 10-12 amps but the start current is much higher.  .  And Once operating and cooling it will even operate on a 15 amp  circuit.  . Maybe the person was referring to the 30 amp plug/service and cord  and not specifically the AC load 

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Mustangcats
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That's what I thought

Scamp leads us to believe that it absolutely must be plugged in to a 30 amp electrical box, when it would be more accurate to say a 20 amp service is adequate...provided no other electrical devices are being used.  I think they are being overly cautious in telling us what we can and cannot do.

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No long extension cord.  The

No long extension cord.  The voltage drop will damage the compressor.

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I had no trouble test running mine on  2200 Honda BEFORE I installed the Easy start. I have had no long runs on hot days but it has run fine in the test runs. I think Scamp is just preventing phone calls from people that try to run the A/C, watch TV and microwave dinner all at the same time.

 

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i don't have the Scamp issued

i don't have the Scamp issued AC, just a window unit but i run it and the rest of my scamp power safely and consistently on 20amp circuits.

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