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Old 08-29-2013, 05:40 AM   #1
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30 amp Camper 50 amp Campsite ??

Folks, I have a Roo17 camper and we are going to a park with 20amp and 50amp service. Can I plug my camper into 50amps with an adaptor plug?

Any help is appreciated.


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Old 08-29-2013, 06:13 AM   #2
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Yes, but there's a little risk involved. The 50 amp receptacle on the pedestal is limited to 50 amps of current by its breaker. The 30 amp breaker in your camper protects your camper, so the wiring in your camper would never reach 50 amps. Your shore line is rated for 30 amps, so it is not fully protected from the pedestal to the camper's breaker. In a way, it is protected because the camper's breaker will trip at about 30 amps and prevent the shore line from being overloaded, but if there is a short or current leakage to ground in the shore line or connections, the current could rise above 30 amps.

However, this situation is no different from a light fixture, table lamp, or portable fan in your house. You have a 15 or 20 amp breaker on a receptacle, but the device's internal wiring or cord is usually 18 gauge (and some seem to be smaller), which is not rated for anything close to 15 or 20 amps. The breaker is to protect the house's wiring, not the device plugged into it.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:17 AM   #3
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Yes, ant RV store will have the needed adapter. Here's a link to camping world

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...h-handle/57723
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Thanks for the replies folks, is this true for all camper electrical systems as my sister has a Coleman and will be going on the same trip.
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Thanks for the replies folks, is this true for all camper electrical systems as my sister has a Coleman and will be going on the same trip.
Yep.
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Thanks for the replies folks, is this true for all camper electrical systems as my sister has a Coleman and will be going on the same trip.
Yes it's true. I will add, all sites I've ever been at, that had 50a also had A 30a plug in as well
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I was at a commercial site 3 weeks ago that only had 50 & 20.
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Yes it's true. I will add, all sites I've ever been at, that had 50a also had A 30a plug in as well
Not (ALL) campgrounds have (30A) plug! Most (Not All) campgrounds with this setup will (Rent or Sell) you a (50 to 30) adapter. Youroo!!
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That is why I never leave home without an assortment of adaptors.

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Not (ALL) campgrounds have (30A) plug! Most (Not All) campgrounds with this setup will (Rent or Sell) you a (50 to 30) adapter. Youroo!!
Yes, and I've been to one that actually LOANED an adapter to me. Told me to drop it by the office on my way out.
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