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Old 02-07-2020, 05:10 PM   #21
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Re: RV Power Pedestal Conduit


Chally, if you get a chance, check out RVtravel.com. There is an electrical guy on there, Mike Sokol, that has written many articles on what you are doing. In fact, the NEC actually quoted him, and his writings, on how pedestals at RV parks are installed, etc.
From the light reading I did, he was opposed to installing GFCI's on 50A circuits at RV hookups.
Take a look at that site, and see what you think.
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Hey RE,

Appreciate the suggestion. I came across Mike during an earlier internet search, and it helped me get this kind of lined out!
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Related question:

I need to get power to my treehouse. About 210 feet away from the house/panel. I will bury the line.

Maybe a 50 amp load Max? A microwave, a radiant electric heater, Lights and outlets. No WH. Itís all wired 110.

Would 10 gauge wire be sufficient?
What are Advantages of conduit?




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Related question:

I need to get power to my treehouse. About 210 feet away from the house/panel. I will bury the line.

Maybe a 50 amp load Max? A microwave, a radiant electric heater, Lights and outlets. No WH. Itís all wired 110.

Would 10 gauge wire be sufficient?
What are Advantages of conduit?




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Can't feed #10 with a 50A breaker.
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You'll need a #4 probably, to cover voltage drop.

And a 50A sub-panel in the treehouse.
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Yes, I think I have 100 amp panel in the treehouse, everything electrical works.


I have a 12 gauge extension cord running to it from an exterior outlet 50 feet away. The outlet itself is probably 100 feet from the house.

Lots of line loss, and I havenít turned on everything at once, cause I know it wonít support it.





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So is there an advantage to direct bury versus conduit?


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Protection and ease of replacement if ever needed

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Does the panel in the treehouse have a main breaker, or is it MLO (Main Lug Only)?

If it has a 100A main, you'll have to either replace that, or upgrade your feed and breaker at the main panel.

I usually use #2 for 100A panels (copper, it'll be larger if you want to use aluminum), but you'll probably have to go even larger than that to compensate for voltage drop.

On a long run like that, you might want to look into aluminum. It'll save you a buck or two.

And to clarify Mike-b's post above, that advantage he mentions is if it's in conduit, not direct burial.

Direct burial is easier and cheaper to install originally, but is more subject to damage, and it's not possible to upgrade/replace.

One idea is to put a conduit a size or two larger than you need, in case you ever want to put in a larger panel, plus a smaller one along side, for future data cables.

Not much more money, and you need a trench whether you're doing direct burial or conduit.

PVC conduit is cheap.
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Yes, I think I have 100 amp panel in the treehouse, everything electrical works.


I have a 12 gauge extension cord running to it from an exterior outlet 50 feet away. The outlet itself is probably 100 feet from the house.

Lots of line loss, and I havenít turned on everything at once, cause I know it wonít support it.





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PVC conduit is cheap.
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I refuse to dig a trench in the Texas hill country and not install conduit

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Pretty rocky?
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What does everyone like for large dia cable strippers?

This one seems handy:
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