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Old 12-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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50 amp v 30 amp service

I am hoping someone can help answer a simple question for me. I am making some reservations for campgrounds for this summer and some of the sites have 50 amp services. I only have a 30 amp system. Can I use the 50 amp service with an adapter on my pigtail without damaging my motor home?
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:37 PM   #2
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Yes. Get a 50-30 dogbone and you're good to go. Also note, most sites with 50, also have a 30a plug. All of them I've stayed at did.

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Thank you sir. I thought they would have both but when I called the campground the young lady wasn't sure. It is a state park so ip wanted to be sure we were good to go. I may buy a pigtail adapter just in case!
I appreciate your time.
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Old 12-19-2014, 12:50 PM   #4
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Generally speaking, the amp rating stated is the max available. I have seen many parks with some 30A max and some 50A max sites. well over 90% of the places I have been have a power pedestal which looks like the attached photo and has 50A 240 VAC, 30A 120 VAC and 20A 120 VAC receptacles. You can always get yourself a good quality 50A to 30A adapter, just in case.
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Thanks Mr. Hoffman. I will buy an adapter just in case the pedestal only has the 50 amp.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:42 PM   #6
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MEhoffman has it correct. That said, an adapter to allow you to plug in the 50 amp circuit will give you the full 30 amps you can use. Usually the 50 amp plug (outlet) is less used therefore in better shape electrically speaking than most of the 30 amp plugs (outlets).
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:55 PM   #7
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Yes. Get a 50-30 dogbone and you're good to go. Also note, most sites with 50, also have a 30a plug. All of them I've stayed at did.

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MEhoffman has it correct. That said, an adapter to allow you to plug in the 50 amp circuit will give you the full 30 amps you can use. Usually the 50 amp plug (outlet) is less used therefore in better shape electrically speaking than most of the 30 amp plugs (outlets).
Good point. I never thought of that.
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:27 PM   #9
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adapters, extra water hoses, extensions for both all come in handy. Don't need them all the time but as little as we camp I've needed 110, 50amp converters as well as extra long water hoses. Probably could use a 30amp extension as well.

Not sure who lays out some of the camp spots out there but some are horrendously bad.
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Excellent example of why it is good to always carry adapters.
And as I found out on my last trip, carry an extension cord rated for you service!
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