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Old 07-17-2016, 04:22 PM   #31
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[QUOTE=Summer2Go;1259817]I have a bunch of old adapters I used to use at home with extension cords. Is a household extension cord 20 amp, maybe?

Get a 10 or 12 gauge extension cord from the Home Despot to reduce the chance of overheating.

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Old 07-17-2016, 04:31 PM   #32
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The 15-30 convertor will handle 20amp
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:31 AM   #33
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My extension cord is 13 amp at home. Isn't that close enough?


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Old 07-20-2016, 08:39 AM   #34
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You can run 100 amps through a 13 amp cord if you really want to, BUT, it run through it for very long!!!
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My extension cord is 13 amp at home. Isn't that close enough?
The best thing to do is, if possible, not use an extension cord at all. The shorter the wire, the better. If you can, put the adapter directly on your 30A RV cord and plug it into the pedestal.

If you HAVE to use an extension cord....get a better one.

In your scenario, the pedestal will be 20A, your trailer will be 30A, and your wiring will be 13A. You never want your wiring to be the weak link. It'll possibly catch on fire before your breakers will trip. Adding 25-50 feet of cord makes that worse, as the smaller cord will warm up due to resistance.

Now, if all you were doing is running lights and such...not so much of a problem. Try to run your AC or microwave, etc. and you may very well put yourself at risk of a really bad time.
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As long as you stay below 12.999 amps...

I use 10 gauge and 12 gauge cords exclusively for everything I do. Learned a long time ago it is cheaper to buy the heavier cord than make a second or third trip to the hardware store for another 14 gauge cord that got burned up.

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Thanks, I haven't spent too much time studying up on the electrical stuff yet! I don't know what I would do without this forum!


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