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Old 03-29-2016, 05:30 PM   #1
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50 to 30 amp plug

My 5th wheel is 50 amp and I want to wire (connect) a 30 amp cord to the 50 amp female plug. It's only a short cord so I can connect my camper at my house without having to drag out the long heavy 50 amp cord. I will not be using any large electrical devices while using this cord. Mainly just to charge the batteries and run the refrigerator. Looking how to wire this as a 50 amp has 2 "hot" wires and a 30 amp don't.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:40 PM   #2
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Don't wire it. Buy an adapter similar to this (or did I misunderstand something?):

https://www.etrailer.com/search/50a+To+30a+Adapter
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:26 PM   #3
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Adapter is too short. Wire needs to be 4 feet long so I can plug it in. I already have the wire and plug ends. Just need to know how to wire the 30 amp cord to the 50 amp female plug. Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:49 PM   #4
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There are no 240 volt loads in the RV so you can make up a cord that connects both hots on the 50 amp receptacle to the one hot on the 30 amp plug and then neutral to neutral and ground to ground. That's what the proper adapter does.

If you don't understand the above, you should get an electrician familiar with RV electrical systems to build it for you.

Be aware that with this setup you CAN run both A/C's, BUT you will more than likely overload the 30 amp circuit and trip the 30 amp breaker feeding the cord.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:55 PM   #5
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To second Bama Rambler's post, I invite you to see the diagram in post #35 of this thread:
Hw50 wired to 30 amp trailer
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:57 AM   #6
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Just want to wire a 30 amp wire to a 50 amp female plug.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:25 AM   #7
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Just want to wire a 30 amp wire to a 50 amp female plug.
It sounds like you want end up with a 4 foot cord that looks similar to this


In order to do that you have to pic up a female adaptor end

and start with a 4 conductor cord. (critical).
the other end of the cord you would attach an adaptor like this



As others have mentioned, you will need to wire the black and red hot wires from the 50amp side to the single hot on the 30amp side... Neutral to Neutral, Ground to Ground.

Am I understanding your situation correctly?
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Looks like you will need to make one to get the length you want. I found 25 foot 30 amp RV cords ( with and w/o female ends) for as low as $35 on E Bay and a 50 amp female RV connector for $15 dollars on the WalMart site. Cut the cord to the length you want than attach the 50 amp female as shown below.

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Thanks for everyone's help. Got it all wired up and it works great!
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Thanks for everyone's help. Got it all wired up and it works great!
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