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Old 01-05-2011, 11:46 PM   #1
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Power Supply 50A 125/250V -

We just purchased a 2006 CArdinal T31RKT, and didn't realize the diff power need. Can someone tell me what appliance(s) might need this extra boost? Our previous RV ran on the 30A -- so just inquiring.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:27 AM   #2
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50 amp just lets you be able to run more stuff if its hooked up to a 50a circuit. ex- water heater (electric) and the AC and a microwave.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:39 AM   #3
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The 50 amp gives you alot more power options than the 30 amp. If you have two AC units you will be able to run them at the same time on 50 where with 30 it would be a chore. As mentioned the use of elect. water heater. Now where I go camping it seems I have to use the 50 to 30 adapter more than the straight 50.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:39 AM   #4
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Now where I go camping it seems I have to use the 50 to 30 adapter more than the straight 50.
I am not sure I understand this. What do you mean?

Yikes! Dan was right! I need another cup of coffee. Sorry.

As indicated, most campgrounds only have 30/20 amp services unless they have upgraded to 50 amp. I fully agree having a full compliment of pigtail converters is VERY handy. I have a 30 amp camper and routinely carry both 50 -> 30 and 30 -> 20 adapters. If I had a 50 amp service rig I would be carrying 20 -> 50; 30 -> 50; and that special one that has a Y connection that uses 30 + 20 -> 50.
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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Realizing that our MH doesn't always need 50 amp service at a premium cost.............what is the next most popular service offerred otherwise........20 or 30 amp? Is the standard offerring different between US and Canadian campgrounds? I have an adaptor for 50 to 30 amp, but not an adaptor for 20 amp. Maybe it's something I should invest in?
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You already have the 50 to 30 adapter so you'd just need
the 30-20 version. In the US we can get that at Wal-Mart
in the RV isle for under $10.

I have only been to 1 or maybe 2 campgrounds that just had
20 Amp standard household outlets.
All the rest- if they had 30 they also had a 20 beside it and
the price was the same.
The extra price came with the 50 amp sites.
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So I'm safe to use the 50>30 adapter and use the 30A plug we have installed at our home for plug in? That's what I was hoping, as didn't want to get an electrician out again... Yikes! Thanks for all the comments -- love this site! We only have 1 AC, so should be ok for use. If we overload we'll look to upgrade outlet to 50A.
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Just remember to watch your current draw. You can easily trip your breaker if you don't watch it; especially if you are trying to get more than the pedestal can deliver. I have also found that 30 amp only campsites that see a lot of 50 amp traffic have pedestal breakers that have been tripped so often they are "weak" and blow even when the draw is "in limits."
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