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Old 01-11-2019, 01:04 PM   #1
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Campground 50amp service

Hello Everyone!

Last year we purchased a 2018 Chaparral 336TSI and we love it. We have been seasonal campers for the past 4 seasons and are enjoying it. We do miss the road and hope when DW retires we can do a cross country trek.

Prior to purchasing our Chaparral, we had a 30am travel trailer. Our 5th wheel now is 50aamp. Unfortunately, our seasonal site only has 30amp. Our first season due to fluctuations in electric during holiday weekends, and other times, we had to continuously monitor our electric. At times of low voltage, we had to shutdown our AC (we couldn't run both). It was very frustrating.

We have approached our campground, and was told that they would upgrade over the winter. I am planning on including a letter with our deposit indicating that we are renewing with the hopes of having 50amp electric service.

I am putting feelers out there to see if this is something I should or shouldn't do such not to cause any problems.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:26 PM   #2
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I would advise you to get a 50 amp EMS unit. Link:
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:31 PM   #3
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I would advise you to get a 50 amp EMS unit. Link:
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Thank you, I plan to do that once I get 50amp service. I need to find out now if its advisable to send a letter with my deposit reminding them of the 50am installation as promised.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:34 PM   #4
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Are you looking for advice regarding moving up to 50A or regarding sending the letter?

We upgraded from a 30A TT ot a 50A 5th wheel while we were on a 30A seasonal site as well. We spend one year on the site before moving to another CG and have had 50A ever since then. It's so much more enjoyable being able to run just about anything we want, including both ACs at the same time and not worrying about tripping a breaker.

As far as the CG upgrading your site, I hope they are able to. We've been to a few places where they promise the world and then after you sign the contract, the work never gets done.

We are in a good place now where when the CG manager says he will get something done, he makes sure it gets done.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:40 PM   #5
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Thank you, I plan to do that once I get 50amp service. I need to find out now if its advisable to send a letter with my deposit reminding them of the 50am installation as promised.
Didn't see this until after my post above.

It really depends on the people you are talking to and what you are willing to deal with. It's possible they'll promise to do it and then it never gets done. It's also possible that they'll say sorry we don't take demands. Or it's possible that they'll get it done right away and you'll be perfectly happy.

I can't say for sure either way. I don't know that I'd send a letter. You just have to decide whether or not you're willing to deal with another year of 30A if it doesn't get done. We've changed CGs 2X because we didn't like the way things were going.

After all, it's your money and if they promise things and don't follow through, you're only recourse is to find someplace else.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:48 PM   #6
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Agree with Wiscampsin that whatever you end up doing, get an EMS...especially if the power is fluctuating.

I installed one inside our Chaparral, lots of room to work with behind the basement wall.

Regarding whether you choose to stay at that park with dirty/insufficient power on holiday weekends is your call. We had a brownout once in the middle of a summer night in South Texas...not fun. We like our creature comforts...and something less than 95% humidity when sleeping.

If the question is 30 vs 50amp service, again, you have to determine if the sacrifices are worth it to you remaining in that location. We can manage 30A in the winter no problem but it is a deal breaker for us in the summer--there is a reason we have 2 ACs.

Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:52 PM   #7
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Thank you, I plan to do that once I get 50amp service. I need to find out now if its advisable to send a letter with my deposit reminding them of the 50am installation as promised.
My recommendation: Don't wait on the EMS. I was surprised to see how bad the 15A power was in my storage location (I hook up the day before to pre-cool my fridge). I have more instances where the EMS shuts down power to my camper due to sagging voltage (105v) or excessive voltage (134v).
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:54 PM   #8
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you really have no way to 'make' them upgrade to 50amp RV service(100amps), but you COULD ask them to install another 30amp outlet at your site in order to allow you to use both, with an adapter, for 60amps into your coach. Adding another 30amp outlet would much easier and less expensive for them... especially if you pitch in for some of the costs.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:59 PM   #9
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What are you hoping to accomplish with the letter?
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:14 PM   #10
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Moving from 30 to 50amps does not seem like much, but it very much is. It will more than likely need all new wiring run. SO I'd not hold my breath and I am sure they will guarantee nothing. If you have a 30 amp plug and a 15 amp normal outlet that IS NOT on the same circuit they do make a 30 / 15 plug that goes to a 50 (45amp in the end) plug.

My guess is you will not ever see 50amps more than likely but who know. You will probably just need to learn to use less power. I've stayed at many a 30amp site, even when busy weekends, and used both A/C (both 15k units) and just limited other things. No A/C water heater, only propane, shut off one AC to run the micro. I think you will just need to adapt or move.
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