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Old 06-29-2017, 06:41 AM   #1
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Verification: 50amp to 30amp Dogbone

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Looking for verification that I can use a 50amp to 30amp dogbone when connecting to shore power without damage.

My camper is 30amp. From shore power I would like to remove my surge protector (it is 30amp rated), connect the 50amp to 30amp dogbone, and then plug in 30amp camper connection.

If I have read all of the electric schematics and understand the wiring, I should have no issue using 50amp shore power.

Correct?

Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:46 AM   #2
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Correct... The only difference with using the 50A with the 'Dogbone' vs. a dedicated 30A connection is that you're connection to the trailer is breakered at 50A instead of 30A. Once in your trailer, the 30A main breaker is there to protect everything.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:49 AM   #3
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You can still use your 30A surge protector.
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Old 06-29-2017, 06:51 AM   #4
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no issues. I don't understand why you want to remove the surge suppressor, it would just go between the adapter and the camper.

you are still limited to 30 AMPS in the camper.
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Old 06-29-2017, 12:40 PM   #5
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Smart move is to upgrade your camper to 50 amp. Then you are good to go and safe too.
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Old 06-30-2017, 04:17 PM   #6
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Smart move is to upgrade your camper to 50 amp. Then you are good to go and safe too.
Except not all power pedestals have 50-amp receptacles, which would then possibly limit available choices.

I once considered doing what you describe, but decided against it for the reason I mention.

30-amps is enough for me, though I do carry a dogbone and use it in a 50-amp socket if available, as those are usually less used and a tighter connection.

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Old 06-30-2017, 05:52 PM   #7
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It's better to use a dog bone to hook a 50 amp camper to a 30 amp pedestal than the other way around. No reason your choice of pedestals should be compromised. I even hook my 50 amp to a 20 amp if that's all that is available.
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