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Old 01-11-2014, 04:18 PM   #1
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"Dogboning" to my House

I am trying to step down from my 50amp RV to our 15/20amp home circuit. I have a 50/30 dogbone and a 30/20 dogbone. When I plug this array into the house circuit through an extension cord, it pops the circuit breaker instantly. Am I missing some trick in this process? I will say that a friend brought her RV with a 30amp circuit and had no problem using our house power.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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I would open all breakers into your trailer panel, then close main breaker and other ones one at a time. You might have too much load when you connect. Make sure water heater is off. Hope it will stay on.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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I am trying to step down from my 50amp RV to our 15/20amp home circuit. I have a 50/30 dogbone and a 30/20 dogbone. When I plug this array into the house circuit through an extension cord, it pops the circuit breaker instantly. Am I missing some trick in this process? I will say that a friend brought her RV with a 30amp circuit and had no problem using our house power.

Jim, a few questions please:
1.Are any of these dogbones home made, or are they store bought?

2. Are you plugging into a 15/20 amp GFCI outlet at your house?

3. What kind of extension cord are you attempting to use....and is it store bought or home made (or has had an end replaced)?

4. Is anything turned on in the RV?

Pics of 1-3 might help too.
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No homemade dogbone nor extension. Yes I am attempting to plug into GFCI outlet (those are what I have externally). I don't think anything was turned on in the RV, but these big devils hold many secrets.
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No homemade dogbone nor extension. Yes I am attempting to plug into GFCI outlet (those are what I have externally). I don't think anything was turned on in the RV, but these big devils hold many secrets.
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Try to plug inside house to a non gfci receptacle to see if doing same. If house breaker still trip, then look at loading in the trailer.....
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Okay! I'm on it. My only fear is burning down the house and the RV at the same time. I will really need a place to live; but, oh well. Thanks for all your help.
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I have plugged a 30 A camper in to a 20 A outside outlet at my house using a dogbone without any problem. I just couldn't run the compressor on the camper's AC. It would trip the breaker if the connection got wet. I was able to get the camper close enough to the house that I did not need an extension cord, though.
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Im not sure why you guys are calling your household outlets 20 amp because they are not unless they look like the one in the picture I've provided.

Just to be clear.....



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Im not sure why you guys are calling your household outlets 20 amp because they are not unless they look like the one in the picture I've provided.

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Is the voltage 110, 115 or 120 I have seen these three used the most, just to muddy things up...
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