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Old 07-28-2016, 10:11 AM   #1
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Is it possible to use a 50 amp pedestal with a adapter plug with a 30 amp system?


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Is it possible to use a 50 amp pedestal with a adapter plug with a 30 amp system?


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Absolutely.

Although the 50 amp 120/240 volt pedestal has two 120 volt lines, the adapter terminates one of the legs in the adapter, and thus only one is available to your RV, as in a normal 30 amp outlet....so they just use the adapter and plug into the 50 amp outlet.

Many people do this when at campgrounds that don't have a 30 amp outlet, or many times the 30 amp outlet is weak/damaged due to it being used a lot more often than a 50 amp outlet.

You can get these adapters off Amazon, Camping World, just about any RV dealer, and even at Wal-mart stores in the RV section.

I prefer the dogbone type adapter (it looks like a dogs chew bone when laid flat), as it allows you to close the pedestal cover....whereas the straight plug type adapter usually will not.


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Old 07-28-2016, 01:07 PM   #3
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Yes, I do it several times a year.

I have 30 amps in my Mirada, Occasionally when I plug into a pedestal, the 30 amp connector will seem loose. If they have 50 amps, I'll use my 30 to 50 adapter and plug into the 50 instead.

Bad / loose pedestal connections will damage your connector.
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[QUOTE=wmtire;1273466]Absolutely.

Although the 50 amp 120/240 volt pedestal has two 120 volt lines, the adapter terminates one of the legs in the adapter, and thus only one is available to your RV, as in a normal 30 amp outlet....so they just use the adapter and plug into the 50 amp outlet.

Many people do this when at campgrounds that don't have a 30 amp outlet, or many times the 30 amp outlet is weak/damaged due to it being used a lot more often than a 50 amp outlet.

You can get these adapters off Amazon, Camping World, just about any RV dealer, and even at Wal-mart stores in the RV section.

I prefer the dogbone type adapter (it looks like a dogs chew bone when laid flat), as it allows you to close the pedestal cover....whereas the straight plug type adapter usually will not.


Thanks for the great advice - I didn't know that and have wondered what to do in the case of some sites that have only 50 amp outlets!
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Thanks for the input.


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