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Old 03-23-2014, 09:23 PM   #1
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Graduating from 30A to 50A

So DW and I are purchasing a new camper. The TT we're trading in has a 30A electrical cord, so I had the electrician wire up a 30A outlet on the side of my garage. Of course, fast forward one year, and the new 5-er uses a 50A cord and outlet. So my question is: will I harm anything by using a 30A male to 50A female adapter and continuing to use my 30A outlet? I know I'll only be getting 30A to the camper, so I can't run the AC and micro and power the DJ system all at once, but are there any other dangers inherent here? Or should I just call the electrician back and have him re-do it with a 50A outlet? And what about those times when I'm running off a generator and need to plug in to a standard, 15A or 20A outlet? Advice please!
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:29 PM   #2
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I put myself in same situation 3 months ago. Got the adaptor and the new 5th wheel has been plugged in ever since. I doubt you will be using many things at once at home so shouldn't be a problem. If you want a new outlet, will mean heavier wire to breaker box also $$$$$
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:30 PM   #3
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I would think if you just use the 50 amp female to 30 amp male you will be fine a lot of us do it all the time when only 30 amp is available
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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would be just like camping at RV park that has only 30 amps. just can not run everything at once. why would you need to run off your generator unless you need to run everything?
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:38 PM   #5
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There are times that I dry camp at the off road park, and we use generators to power us for the weekend. So there's definitely no 50A (or even 30A) outlets to plug into, just the standard house-type 15 or 20A outlets. So I'm assuming that I won't hurt anything as long as I don't try to run too much stuff at once...?
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:50 PM   #7
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Yep, just plug in and go with it. If your home 30A was wired properly then you'll be just fine running the AC and even the microwave at the same time. If you have dual AC units then you will need to monitor voltage if running both.
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