How to test the A/C before buying

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    Maria MM New Member

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    Hey everyone! A/C is pretty much mandatory down here in Florida and I want to be sure it works before I buy a used pop-up. How can I check that it functions without a hook-up nearby? I've seen some adapters but am a little worried that the (hypothetical) seller would be unsure about using it. Any other suggestions?
     
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    No way other then to plug it in.
     
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    Welcome to the Portal. Take a generator with you.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome! That's a great idea. Now to find a generator to borrow....;)
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    ACs can pull about 12-16 amps. Some generators can struggle to supply that.
     
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    I'm a little concerned that it might pull too many amps even with an adapter. Admittedly, I don't know enough about electricity to figure this out. Do you think a 30 to 15amp adapter would be safe, for both the a/c and home, if I brought a 12 gauge extension cord?
     
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    It will work fine if the outlet has nothing else on it. And you dont run anything else but the lights. Dont put like 3 extention cords to span 200 feet either. The longer you go the bigger the cord needs to be. But to run the ac and lights you will be fine. Better if you change the lights to leds. You may be able to run more stuff , but i never took a chance that i could break the ac. There $$$.
     
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    If you cant test ot, ask about withholding the money for a new unit. So, ac costs 600 or so , used value 400. So with hold the 400 on an agremenr that the ac works. This would be a prudent idea, in any other environment but covid. So it could cost you the sale, but if you dont ask, you will never know.
     
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    I'll just agree with the others... if you have 20A service, you can use the 15A adapter and run the A/C as long as you don't turn anything else on. Did that many times. It even works with my TT but my TT is small enough it still has the same size 13.5K BTU unit a popup would.
     
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    Personally, I’d go with 1) the adapter and extension cord, 2) borrow a generator, 3) hold back some $’s from the sale, and lastly 4) rent a generator- in that order.

    A lighter gauge extension cord will work for a brief test, but you can expect it to begin to produce heat shortly. Still wold prove the function of the unit without damaging anything. Better a 14ga extension cord at 25ft than a 12ga at 200ft.

    As already said, power is required to test AC.
     
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    How old is the camper?
    Even if the owner says it works.
    Theres a difference between working and working well.
    If the camper is 20 yrs old (just a estimate btw).
    Maybe a new ac should be figured in the budget.
    If the seller cant show you it works use that as a way to drop the price.
    With covid the seller will surely be able to sell it even with a questionable AC.
    If i was looking at a 15 or 20 yr old pop up and everything else was nice i would just figure a new AC would probably be necessary in the future.
     
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