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Old 07-10-2015, 06:21 PM   #1
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30amp/15amp pigtail adapter will this work?

I have a 50amp plug on my fifth wheel. My state parks all have a 30amp and a 15 or 20 amp plug at the box. Camper World has a 50 to 30amp and 15 amp all in the same y adapter. My question is could I plug both into the box at the park and gain any amps. Sounds good but?? Has anyone tried this.
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:42 PM   #2
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I think that I understand what you're looking at but I don't think that will get you much ---- maybe not anything. So you'll take your 50 amp male and plug it into this "y" adapter 50 amp female. Then you'll plug in both a 30 amp RV plug and a 15 amp house plug at the campground power pole. How is this "y" adapter wired??? One of you RV circuits will get 30 amps and the other will only get 15 amps??? What's on the 15 amp circuit??? Hope not your AC or your heater.

Wold you not be better off with just a 50 to 30 adapter where both of your RV circuits get potentially 30 amps??
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:58 PM   #3
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It seems likely depending on what you were pulling through the 15 amp side that you could end up burning up the 15 amp recep and that side of your new adaptor. Sometimes because companies make a product doesn't mean its a good idea. 5th wheel to gooseneck adaptors for example.
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Old 07-10-2015, 11:21 PM   #4
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When a campground only has 30 amp sockets it is because they didn't run a big enough wire to the power pedestals. No matter how you slice it there is only 30 amps available. Now you might get just a little more usefulness out of have some items on the 15 amp line and not overloading the 30 amp and tripping a breaker. Correct me if I'm wrong but don't most 50 amp setups have the extra air conditioner on the second leg of the 2 legs for a 50 amp service and only that second air unit? So I don't think that that second leg being on the 15 amp breaker will do you any good.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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You could run a separate extension cord to the 15 amp and use that for a single separate load
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Old 07-11-2015, 02:50 PM   #6
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This is a Y that has a 50amp female and 2 30amp males with a 15-20amp adapter for one of the 30amps. I haven't seen one before but just got to thinking (I know that is dangerous!) what would I get plugging them both in to feed the 50amp plug?
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:13 PM   #7
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Well, I don't want to burn anything up this is a new 5er and my first time on 50amps (15 and a13.5 air conditioners) Been on 30amps for many years and even just 15 amps before that, not many air conditioners back then. Been camping 40+years.
Thanks for all the replies and I am still open to more!
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I've shared this before, but we kept our 30A RV powered up in the drive on a standard 15A outlet for years. Biggest load it had was the AC, which it handled just fine, even with the TV and lights on. The only gotcha would be the microwave; can't do it and the AC together. As far as the heater, we used the furnace, which is LP and actually runs on 12V, not 110V.
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:44 PM   #9
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A thought: it might be possible there is more than 30 amps available at the power pole but the campground limits useage by having only 30 amp sockets and breakers. Campground and power poles might have been built long enough ago that 30 amps was all anyone needed. There may be just enough amperage available to run what you need or almost everything you need. You can try it but I would absolutely monitor your voltage to be sure you don't run an air conditioner on too low a voltage and burn it up. Do you have a power management center like a Dynamics industry unit? From what I know about how the power is spit up in a 50 amp trailer a lot of the stuff and one air conditioner is on one of the legs and the other air conditioner is on the other leg but I may be wrong. Someone who knows 50 amps systems should chime in here.
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Old 07-11-2015, 04:12 PM   #10
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Many parks wire three 30A pedestals ( campsites) through at 100A breaker further upstream. If the other two sites on your 100A breaker are using less than their 30A allocation, you may get 30A via the 30A plug and another 15-20A on the household outlet. But that is a crap shoot,
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