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Old 08-10-2014, 09:23 AM   #11
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My previous TT was 30 amp service. We had a few issues at times with the campground electrical. With the 30 amp service being used more. They wear out faster. I started to use the dog bone 30-50 amp and plugging into the 50 amp every time. Just make sure that when the campground ask. Always say 30 amp service as that's all you will use. And will save you money
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:41 AM   #12
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X'S 2 This is a very good explanation...
Thanks, I tried to keep it simple without many technical words.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #13
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30 50 amp question

The only danger in connecting 30 amp cord to a 50 amp outlet is the cord is not protected. If there is a partial short before the on board breaker or the on board breaker fails could cause a fire. But the probability of that happening is low. FWIW

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The 50A sockets always look less worn at campgrounds, so I use a 50A to 30A dog bone whenever possible followed by a 30A Progressive surge protector. Whenever I have only the (worn) 30A connector at the site the campsite breaker sometimes trips when the A/C and microwave are both running. If the campsite connectors are worn, your TT will draw more amps through their breaker & any arcing can damage your cord. I would rather replace a short dog bone cord vs. my TT cord or surge protector plug...
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Old 08-10-2014, 08:31 PM   #15
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Timely thread...spent the past week in a CG for family camping week. My new 5er has a 50A cord and plug, old TT was a 30A plug, and so is my surge protector. So I used a 50 to 30 adapter, plugged into the 30A outlet, and all was OK for 2 days. Only one AC on the 5er, running, and electric HWH element, the main fridge, and a mini fridge in the garage. After 2 days, the 30A breaker on the pedestal tripped. I went out to reset it, and it was actually loose in the box! Fast forward to yesterday afternoon, 84 degrees and everyone in the park using AC. I returned to the camper to find the breaker tripped again. Reset it, the surge guard was reading 110V and 29A use! After about 10 min, it tripped again, and when I went out to the pedestal, it was smoking! So I undid my adapter and surge guard and plugged into the 50A plug, and all was well after that. I was a little apprehensive about no longer having a surge guard in place though.

Even if I was pulling more than my 30A, it still should have just tripped the breaker, not fried it! Told the CG staff about it, they were apologetic, just glad it didn't damage any of my equipment. Ordered 50A surge guard shortly after this whole episode...
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Which surge protector to get? My new 5'er is 50 Amp service. I'm looking at getting a surge/protection device, but am confused with prices ranging from 400$ to 100$. What do the experts here recommend brand-wise?


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Old 08-10-2014, 09:43 PM   #17
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Which surge protector to get? My new 5'er is 50 Amp service. I'm looking at getting a surge/protection device, but am confused with prices ranging from 400$ to 100$. What do the experts here recommend brand-wise?


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Get o be that has both over and under protection. Progressive industries has a lifetime warranty. Surge guard is also considered good. Hardwired is good as it is not as easily stolen but is more expensive. Portable works well and you can get a locking gasp or lock the power pole cover closed. We went with the Surge guard 34750. It is 50 amp portable with over/under protection.
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