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Old 05-03-2017, 01:57 PM   #1
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OK so being a newby to this stuff... which electrical adapters for ya'll normally carry with you? Currently we have a 50amp line.. also best places or prices to get them at? I guess they are also referred to as dog bones?
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I have many permutations of adapters (dog bones) because you never know what you're going to need. I have the following

50 to 30 amp,
30 to 50 amp,
15 to 30 amp,
and a 25' 30 amp extension cable.
I also carry a couple of 50' 12 awg extension cords.

I also recommend all dog bones instead of the small plug adapters.

Since you have a 50 amp unit, I suggest you having a 50 amp female to 30 amp male, and a 30 amp female to 15 amp male as a minimum. That will at least get you hooked up to some power most everywhere.
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I guess they are also referred to as dog bones?
The adapters they call the dog-bones are the type that look similar to a dog's chew bone when laid out flat, which have large ends and a middle to them, kinda like this:



They also make a straight plug type adapter, similar to this below:







Many prefer the dogbone type, as it will allow you to close the pedestal cover when using, whereas the straight type will not as it sticks out from the pedestal outlet too far. Also the straight type have a lot of weight put on them when you plug your RV's power cored directly into them, which can sometimes try to pull the adapter out of the outlet.

Either the dogbone type or the straight type perform the same function..... and it's just a terminology thing.
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Forgot to add, if you have a 50 amp RV (4 prongs on the power cord) I would recommend at a minimum getting a 50 amp female to 30 amp male dogbone... so you can plug your RV into campground outlets that may not have a 50 amp outlet in the pedestal. Just keep in mind, when you have to do that, you are now limited to 30 amps of total power.

I suggest reading this article to understand, which also explains that adapter use:

https://www.rvtechmag.com/electrical/chapter3.php

I also would recommend getting a 50 amp female to 15 amp male adapter (or you could just get a straight 30 amp female to 15 amp male adapter, and plug it into the first adapter above. This setup allows you to plug into your houses 15 amp outlet and recharge your batteries on the RV via your converter...both explained here:

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

You can get these adapters off amazon, camping world, rv stores, and even at Wal-Mart in their RV section in automotive.
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:55 PM   #5
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don't know what model you have but at 50 amp it is possible you have a residential refrigerator. as mentioned you need 50 amp female to 30 amp male to plug into a 30 amp pedestal. then a 30 amp female to 15 amp male to plug into a household circuit. plus a couple of extension cords. we had to convert from 50 amp to 15 amp in order to keep the refrigerator running while we had the trailer in a storage area for a several days.
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I have many permutations of adapters (dog bones) because you never know what you're going to need. I have the following

50 to 30 amp,
30 to 50 amp,
15 to 30 amp,
and a 25' 30 amp extension cable.
I also carry a couple of 50' 12 awg extension cords.

I also recommend all dog bones instead of the small plug adapters.

Since you have a 50 amp unit, I suggest you having a 50 amp female to 30 amp male, and a 30 amp female to 15 amp male as a minimum. That will at least get you hooked up to some power most everywhere.
I now have about every configuration of dogbones made. I have a 50amp Progressive EMS surge protector that I always want to use but have found that dealing with the 50 amp "anaconda" power cord to be too much if we don't need both AC's, so I also have a 30 amp cord and need to get up and down from 50amp to 30 connections. Also, make sure you get a "Non Contact Voltage Tester" for checking the power pedestal before you touch it.
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electrical adapters

I have a ton of them, but admit electrical items are a thing of mine. I have a 50 amp rig and have the following (I think this is all of them):

30 to 50
50 to twin 50
50 to twin 30
15 to 50
Twin 30 to 50
Genny 30 twist-lock to 50
Genny 30 to quad 15
Multiple 50 cords
Multiple 30 cords
Various camper twist-lock to 50
Various 90-degree for camper connection (15/30/50/genny)
Couple of genny neutral-ground bonding plugs
15 to 30
30 to 15
I'm sure I have others, but can't remember.
Couple of 10 gauge extension cords with 15 amp ends.

My PI 50 amp EMS is a hard-wired unit installed with plug and receptacle for easy removal (mainly for the purpose of easy bypass if something goes wrong).

I also have a Hughes Autoformer that I sit under the camper when plugged in.

On the pedestal I plug in a PI 50 amp surge protector.

Stuff all in a big plastic bin in the bunkhouse for travel.
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I have a ton of them, but admit electrical items are a thing of mine. I have a 50 amp rig and have the following (I think this is all of them):

30 to 50
50 to twin 50
50 to twin 30
15 to 50
Twin 30 to 50
Genny 30 twist-lock to 50
Genny 30 to quad 15
Multiple 50 cords
Multiple 30 cords
Various camper twist-lock to 50
Various 90-degree for camper connection (15/30/50/genny)
Couple of genny neutral-ground bonding plugs
15 to 30
30 to 15
I'm sure I have others, but can't remember.
Couple of 10 gauge extension cords with 15 amp ends.

My PI 50 amp EMS is a hard-wired unit installed with plug and receptacle for easy removal (mainly for the purpose of easy bypass if something goes wrong).

I also have a Hughes Autoformer that I sit under the camper when plugged in.

On the pedestal I plug in a PI 50 amp surge protector.

Stuff all in a big plastic bin in the bunkhouse for travel.
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I have 30 amp service.

I carry a 25 ft extension cord. It gets used a lot

Adapter to plug into 50 amp service
Adapter to plug into 20 amp service.
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