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Old 03-26-2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Plugging my 30amp trailer into a 50amp pedestal -- any concerns?

Looks like the campground I'm headed to this weekend only has 50amp shore power. Other than buying the adapter for my 30amp cord, do I need to do anything else? Anything I should NOT do? Does the converter automatically handle the power?

Edit: sorry for the spelling of "pedestal" in the title!
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:30 PM   #3
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Looks like the campground I'm headed to this weekend only has 50amp shore power. Other than buying the adapter for my 30amp cord, do I need to do anything else? Anything I should NOT do? Does the converter automatically handle the power?

Edit: sorry for the spelling of "pedestal" in the title!
That's a switch from my experience so far - seems like some CG's have more 30 amp shore power than 50 amps.

As stated before - just get an adapter.
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I would like to add to my previous post that I found while looking in the Resorts Of Distinction and Coast To Coast catalogs that several of their CG's seem to have more 30 amps than 50 amps outlets.
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That's a switch from my experience so far - seems like some CG's have more 30 amp shore power than 50 amps.
You'd think right? Not the case this time though. Maybe we're just "spoiled" here in Colorado. Look at the right-most column:

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I would think that column would mean they offer up to 50 (including 30 amp) on that site. No?!?! Almost all the 50 amp poles I've seen usually have 30 as well. Maybe that's just down south though.
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I would think that column would mean they offer up to 50 (including 30 amp) on that site. No?!?! Almost all the 50 amp poles I've seen usually have 30 as well. Maybe that's just down south though.
Ah, I see! So the pedestal likely has both a 50amp AND a 30amp connection? Can you tell I'm new to a lot of this?
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I would think that column would mean they offer up to 50 (including 30 amp) on that site. No?!?! Almost all the 50 amp poles I've seen usually have 30 as well. Maybe that's just down south though.
That's been my experience too. Most of the parks that I've been to that offered 50amp, would also have a 30amp and a 20amp on the pole as well. I don't think I've even seen a box with just a 50amp. But then I don't hang out in the upper class neighborhoods either.
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30 amps versus 50 amps

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You'd think right? Not the case this time though. Maybe we're just "spoiled" here in Colorado. Look at the right-most column:

I see 7 out of the 7 on that page show 50 amps - what about the remaining 71 sites (96-25 = 71)?

I see 7 out of 7 on that page have 50 amps - what about the remaining 71 sites (96 - 25 =71)?
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This comes up fairly often.

The vast majority of power posts that have 50 amp sockets also
have a 30 and a duplex receptacle.
Once in a while you will find one that is just 50 amp and nothing more.

A 30 to 50 adapter from WallyWorld is a good thing to add to your
RV equipment list.

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