If you are looking for electrical service requirements for a mobile home, then this blog post is perfect for you. We will discuss the following topics:
- what kind of outlet do I need?
- what type of breaker do I need?
- how many amps should my breaker be?
- how many breakers can my panel handle?
- why are there two main types of panels? etc.
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Electrical Service Requirements For Mobile Home in 2021
Our goal with this article is to help people who are in your position find answers that they need quickly and easily without having to go through tons of research or read an entire book on electrical installation requirements.
This will be a short and to the point post that should answer all of these questions.
What kind of outlet do I need?
The type of wiring you need is called “NEC 2014” for mobile homes, making it different from other RV parks because NEC (national electric code) changes as you can see here. This code deals with branch circuits, feeders, service entrance conductors, and raceways.
What type of breaker do I need?
For a mobile home, you will need a 20 amp breaker and outlet.
Why is this? The reason for the 20 amp breaker is that it allows for two 10 amp outlets to be used at the same time without overloading the circuit.
You might be asking yourself why there can’t just be one 20 amp outlet instead of two 10 amp outlets. Well, the answer to that is that appliances such as air conditioners or microwaves can draw more than 10 amps when they are running, so by having two separate outlets you are creating a safer environment for your home.
How many breakers can my panel handle?
Most panels can handle up to 12 breakers, but it is always recommended that you consult with an electrician to find out for sure.
Why are there two main types of panels?
The two main types of panels are called “main lug” and “main breaker”. The main lug panel has a series of lugs on the back of the panel where the wires from your service entrance cable are connected.
The main breaker panel has a large breaker at the top of the panel which acts as the main disconnect for your home.
Most mobile homes will have a main breaker panel because it is more common, but there are some cases where the main lug panel can be used. It is always best to consult with an electrician before making a decision.
We hope that this article helped answer some of your questions about electrical service requirements for a mobile home.
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