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Old 03-19-2010, 12:39 PM   #1
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I'm putting in new mobile in old park with aluminum wiring. Wiring from pedestal to mobile will be new, non aluminum and up to code. Manager says that 220 dryer not allowed because it puts too much stress on park wiring, that I must use 110 dryer. Is this true that 110 dryer stresses their wiring less than a 220 dryer? Does it really make any difference to their system? Thanks

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I'm putting in new mobile in old park with aluminum wiring. Wiring from pedestal to mobile will be new, non aluminum and up to code. Manager says that 220 dryer not allowed because it puts too much stress on park wiring, that I must use 110 dryer. Is this true that 110 dryer stresses their wiring less than a 220 dryer? Does it really make any difference to their system? Thanks
110 volt(actually 120 volts) means a gas dryer. Yes a 240 volt dryer uses more power than a 120 volt one.

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I would think for the same wattage element load (say X watts), a 220 v dryer would use 1/2 the current (amps) of a 120 v dryer. All told, the power requirement would be the same X watts wouldn't it?
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I would think for the same wattage element load (say X watts), a 220 v dryer would use 1/2 the current (amps) of a 120 v dryer. All told, the power requirement would be the same X watts wouldn't it?
You are correct. A 2000 watt element would draw 1/2 the current at 240 volts as the same 2000 element would draw at 120 volts. I don't think youy'll find a 240 volt dryer with the same element as a 120 volt dryer.
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They make 120 volt electric driers.

Your park manager, is incorrect.

A 240 volt electric drier will tax the electrical system less then a 120 volt will.

On 120 volt, all the current is through 1 wire. With 240 volt, its spread across 2 wires.

The element of a 120 volt drier is lower then on 240 volt models. But your still drawing 1440 watts.
And running much longer to dry the clothes.
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240 volt dryers average 4500 watts not 1440 watts.
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240 volt dryers average 4500 watts not 1440 watts.

Sorry. I was referring to the wattage of a 120 volt dryer.
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The 240 volt dryer probably has a 120 volt motor, connected across one side of the line, so the 240 volt circuit is not quite balanced; one hot leg will be supplying perhaps one ampere more than the other.

We could construct a 120 volt dryer with a heating element somewhat less than half the wattage of the usual 240 volt element so the total current draw is less than that of a 240 volt dryer and you could use a 15 amp circuit.

We could construct a 120 volt dryer with a heating element about half the wattage of the usual 240 volt element and the dryer would draw roughly the same current from one leg as the 240 volt dryer draws from each leg, and the drying time will be a little shorter than for the previous example but still somewhat longer than for the 240 volt dryer.

We could construct a 120 volt dryer with the same heating power as the 240 volt dryer and the current draw will be about equal to the sum of the (unequal) current draws from both legs for the 240 volt dryer. If you put a center tap on the existing heating element of a 240 volt dryer, connect that to neutral, and connect both ends of the element to the same side of the line, you get a 120 volt dryer of this kind. I am guessing that the total current draw would be greater than 25 amps so you need to run an appropriate sized line (8 gauge, 40 amp breaker?), and use appropriate plug and receptacle for that current.
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I'm putting in new mobile in old park with aluminum wiring. Wiring from pedestal to mobile will be new, non aluminum and up to code. Manager says that 220 dryer not allowed because it puts too much stress on park wiring, that I must use 110 dryer. Is this true that 110 dryer stresses their wiring less than a 220 dryer? Does it really make any difference to their system? Thanks
If each mobile home have it own electrique meter then the park manager is full of Conneries due the code many modern mobile homes are required have at least 100 amp meter socket there I know there are few older mobilehomes have old 30 or 50 even 60 amp meter socket due the old power feed cable is typically 16mm˛ {#6 AWG }.

I have see brand new mobile home a quite a bit of them do come with 200 amp main breaker inside nowdays so we will sized the underground feeder to proper size to hook up correct.

With 60 amp main breaker I know if you have electrique dryer it will have no issue at all due it will run on 240 volts it will not really affect the system not very much unless your park have very old system in there which it may due for upgrading the network { that something between the park manager and POCO to deal with it } but from meter socket to your mobile home it can be your cable depending on the lease it stated.

And I have see few mobile home that have 60 amp service they ran electrique waterheater plus dryer it did not trip the main breaker / fuse unless you got the electrique stove going then it may trip

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