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Old 12-02-2015, 01:41 PM   #21
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As said those 30 and 20 adapters won't work if the 20 is a gfci. I got around that by using a double ended (male ) extension cord that I plug into a 20 amp receptacle that is fused to a outlet inside so that I can use an electric heater plus my fireplace, and w/h on electric. Run the fridge on propane just to be safe. The outside receptacle is a standard weather proof one from Lowes. Everything came from Lowes and have maybe $25 in everything except the extension cord which I have at least a dozen being a contractor. Yes FUSED, just like the old days.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:43 PM   #22
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Those of us who can handle wiring all use them, but double ended male cords are not for the faint hearted!
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:46 PM   #23
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Those of us who can handle wiring all use them, but double ended male cords are not for the faint hearted!
They are called suicide cords for a reason...

There are safe, code compliant ways to provide additional power - backfeeding through an outlet isn't one of them.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:46 PM   #24
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You can not count on 50A ( 30A + 20A) from a 30A pedestal. Many parks are wired in a tree configuration where 3 30A sites are protected upstream but a 100A breaker. If the two other sites sharing your 100A breaker are at 30A you might get 40A if you are lucky. If anyone on another site on your branch is doing the same thing you are doing, none of you will have power long. Every campground lists their amenities before you make your reservation, if it doesn't fit your needs go elsewhere or accept the limitations.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:48 PM   #25
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They are called suicide cords for a reason...

There are safe, code compliant ways to provide additional power - backfeeding through an outlet isn't one of them.
if you notice, I never said that they were acceptable or safe OR LEGAL, but I did say that there are times that they are used anyway.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:00 PM   #26
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Where have you bought the adaptor to run a 50 amp RV on 30 amp service?
Like this one?


Available on Amazon HERE.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:04 PM   #27
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Use my 50 amp fiver all summer on a 30 amp pedestal

Our seasonal campsite on the Ohio River near Cincinnati does not have 50 amp service. I use a 50/30 adapter and we have learned to watch power consumption to not exceed 30 amps. On occasion the DW forgets to be thrifty with power and dumps the 30 amp pedestal breaker. The last few times I made her reset the breaker in hopes that there is a lesson to be learned.

I would not use the 30/20 in hopes I could get 50, our power system would not handle this very well. When 3 campers are pulling near 30 amps the voltage sags to 105 or lower. I use an autotransformer to keep my voltage above 112. The campground is old and overhead feed lines appear to be 6 gauge wire and 8 gauge near the end of the campground. The whole system is too light for modern campers.
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Bit OT but I thought the auto formers had their own issues of taking the available power from the neighbor's? Now potentially damaging their stuff.

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Where have you bought the adaptor to run a 50 amp RV on 30 amp service?
You can get them at Amazon.com Joe:

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55185-Po...30+Amp+adapter
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Don't really appreciate that! I'm a contractor and Licensed Electrician and certainly know what's what. Been at this since '80 and just because you "think" it's unsafe, doesn't make it so. If you plug into the trailer first, which is separate from everything, you can hold right onto the "suicide end because there's nothing there. There is no "back feeding' anymore than hooking up the standard 30 amp cord.
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