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Old 02-06-2019, 08:38 PM   #1
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This is my first time to have an RV and actually I have never even taken it anywhere yet. But I want to and I scheduled a stay.
The question is my trailer has a 30 amp plug in for electric and this camp site says they have 50 amp sites. Do I have a problem when I go? Do they make an adapter some how?
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:46 PM   #2
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there are prob 100 different adaptors. More then likely there would be a 30 amp and 50 amp plug but not always. If they have 50 amp service only you will need an adaptor. You can also get a 30 to 15 amp adaptor so you can plug in at home and charge batteries and run small stuff.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:51 PM   #3
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This is my first time to have an RV and actually I have never even taken it anywhere yet. But I want to and I scheduled a stay.
The question is my trailer has a 30 amp plug in for electric and this camp site says they have 50 amp sites. Do I have a problem when I go? Do they make an adapter some how?
Maybe this .......
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:52 PM   #4
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Here is an example of what adapter you would need....

https://www.rvpartscountry.com/12-Ad...FVYdgQodsToKMg
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:11 AM   #5
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The afore mentioned adaptor is called a Dog Bone. They come in various styles. You will need a 50 to 30 dog bone. You will be plugged into a 240 volt 50 amp service but you will only have 120 volt 30 amps available to you trailer because of your 30 amp main breaker. Sometimes you will find a 30 amp plug worn out and a loose fit. That's when you will pull the same dog bone out and have a good connection.

As mentioned you can also adapt 20 to 30 for use at home. You will only get 20 amps of power because that is all your are plug into.
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As the OP is not familiar with the intricacies of electric wiring it might be worthwhile pointing out that while the 50A connection can deliver 240V, the way it is delivered to an RV is 2 x 50A at 120V. The adapter connects one of the two to the 30A plug.
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this camp site says they have 50 amp sites.
You've already been given the solution... so this is a comment on 50 amp sites.
Usually campgrounds charge more for 50 amp sites. So if you get a choice in the future, take the 30 amp site. The good thing about 50 amp sites is that they are usually larger to accommodate a bigger rig.
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Old 02-07-2019, 05:38 AM   #8
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As the OP is not familiar with the intricacies of electric wiring it might be worthwhile pointing out that while the 50A connection can deliver 240V, the way it is delivered to an RV is 2 x 50A at 120V. The adapter connects one of the two to the 30A plug.
That is exactly how it is delivered to your house also. 2 hots, 1 neutral, and 1 ground. 50 amp 240 volts for RV is the same as a 50 amp 240 volt range outlet in your house. Or a 200 amp 240 volt electric panel service.
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BTW, if you plug up at home on either a 15 or 20 amp circuit, you will have the power to run the A/C while you're working on it, as long as you don't run the fridge, microwave, water heating element, etc.

BUT, you could end up with a low-voltage situation coming out to the trailer, depending on how much stuff is being run in your house. That low voltage could ruin the A/C.

My rule of thumb is to never run the A/C in that situation (plus I use one of these when at the campground).

If I ever find a new house to move to with a place to park my camper, I'll get a 30 amp outlet installed, just for the camper.

YMMV, and I'm sure others will say they do it all the time. Just be aware of the potential problems.
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Old 02-07-2019, 08:23 AM   #10
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call the campground and ask if that is 50 amp only (you will need an adapter) or both 50 and 30 amp (will not need an adapter). the adapters are available many places. they are most likely at walmart but i do not know that for certain. take it out and go have an adventure!
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