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Old 04-10-2017, 04:02 AM   #1
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I plugged in my camper to house power so the batteries don't die. I have a 30amp power cord that the rv came with, but the cord doesn't reach my outlet to the house. I have a extension cord that is a 16gauge 13amp 125volt. Is this safe to plug in??? Also are these dog bones good??? Pics are attached Click image for larger version

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I've used a similar setup to prep for a trip but I made sure not to run major loads while connected with an extension cord to prevent it from getting too hot. Now with my 50 amp wall plug in my garage it's a different story.
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As long as you dont run the AC, or any other high draw device, it will be fine. I'd suggest a larger gauge cord just for poops and giggles.

You should get a stand alone trickle charger though instead of putting unneeded use on the converter for keeping the battery topped off. I assume you have a WFCO converter and they're not the greatest for charging or quality.
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I plugged in my camper to house power so the batteries don't die. I have a 30amp power cord that the rv came with, but the cord doesn't reach my outlet to the house. I have a extension cord that is a 16gauge 13amp 125volt. Is this safe to plug in??? Also are these dog bones good??? Pics are attached Attachment 134285
You "could" be OK as long as you only are keeping the battery recharged via the converter. How long is this extension cord, which is also important somewhat?

Out of curiosity, how short are you being able to reach your houses outlet with just the RV's power cord?
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Only if it is short and you do not run micro or AC.
You will want to replace that cord ASAP. Buy a 30 amp RV extension cord, you might need the extra cord to plug in a campground someday just to reach a pedestal.
If you need a longer cord, you can buy a 10/3 heavy duty cord.
YES. The adapters are ok to use. Some are better than others, watch for melting.
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I won't be utilizing the camper. Just wanted the batteries to stay charged
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As long as you dont run the AC, or any other high draw device, it will be fine. I'd suggest a larger gauge cord just for poops and giggles.

You should get a stand alone trickle charger though instead of putting unneeded use on the converter for keeping the battery topped off. I assume you have a WFCO converter and they're not the greatest for charging or quality.
No clue what a wfco converter is lol...I'm new to the camping world.
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You "could" be OK as long as you only are keeping the battery recharged via the converter. How long is this extension cord, which is also important somewhat?

Out of curiosity, how short are you being able to reach your houses outlet with just the RV's power cord?
Extension cord is probably 8ft and I'm about 4ft short to my house power
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Extension cord is probably 8ft and I'm about 4ft short to my house power
Gotcha. Wal-Mart stores usually have a small RV section near automotive. They many times stock a proper RV 10/3 30 amp extension cord that is 25 feet I think. Just something to know in case you ever want one.

Even with that proper extension cord, you still would be limited to the 15 amps that your house outlet is providing...so you still wouldn't want to use an A/C even connected that way.

One day, if you ever get a really wild hair and decide to install a RV 30 amp outlet at your house so you can utilize your RV to it's fullest electrical extent (like as a guest house for company), then you may want to print this out or bookmark it. You wouldn't believe how many people and electricians wire it wrong and damage their RV:

http://www.myrv.us/Imgs/PDF/30-amp%20Service.pdf
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Sweet thanks for the help!
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I plugged in my camper to house power so the batteries don't die. I have a 30amp power cord that the rv came with, but the cord doesn't reach my outlet to the house. I have a extension cord that is a 16gauge 13amp 125volt. Is this safe to plug in??? Also are these dog bones good??? Pics are attached Attachment 134285
It sounds like it may be good that your rv power cable doesn't reach the house outlet. Unless you installed a new outlet specifically for your rv the one in the house is 220 volts. The existing outlet is typically for clothes dryers and such. Of course if you installed the new outlet disregard.
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It sounds like it may be good that your rv power cable doesn't reach the house outlet. Unless you installed a new outlet specifically for your rv the one in the house is 220 volts. The existing outlet is typically for clothes dryers and such. Of course if you installed the new outlet disregard.
Where in the world did that 220 Volt scenario come from? Youroo!!
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You're right should have said 240 volts.
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You're right should have said 240 volts.
I think the consensus is where are you getting that the member plugged into a 220/240 volt outlet anywhere

Maybe the confusion is caused by the member stating "dogbone" and then the pic he posted being a straightline adapter.

I think the member is calling the adapter wrong, and thus you may think he using an adapter, plus a dogbone adapter looking at the pic.

My take is he has his RV power cord plugged into the yellow straightline adapter, then into the orange extension cord, and then into his houses standard 15 amp outlet..... no dogbone is used.
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The member is new to rv's and he stated that his "30 amp rv cable" would not reach his house outlet so he used an adapter to plug into a 120 volt outlet instead. I was just commenting that the house outlet that couldn't be reached was probably a 3 prong 240 volt outlet. I'm not confused but could also be wrong in my assumption concerning the unreachable outlet.
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The member is new to rv's and he stated that his "30 amp rv cable" would not reach his house outlet so he used an adapter. I was just commenting that the house outlet that couldn't be reached was probably a 3 prong 240 volt outlet. I'm not confused but could also be wrong in my assumption concerning the unreachable outlet.
Understood, but his pic shows him adapting to a 120 volt 15 amp cord/plug.

I believe he is meaning his RV power cord would not reach his house's 120 volt 15 amp outlet, where he would have used the adapter sans the orange extension cord.
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It sounds like it may be good that your rv power cable doesn't reach the house outlet. Unless you installed a new outlet specifically for your rv the one in the house is 220 volts. The existing outlet is typically for clothes dryers and such. Of course if you installed the new outlet disregard.
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The member is new to rv's and he stated that his "30 amp rv cable" would not reach his house outlet so he used an adapter to plug into a 120 volt outlet instead. I was just commenting that the house outlet that couldn't be reached was probably a 3 prong 240 volt outlet. I'm not confused but could also be wrong in my assumption concerning the unreachable outlet.
I'll bite.. Who puts a dryer outlet outside? Maybe a welder plug in the garage? But there again, looking at the picture, it is definitely a 120 volt cord... In case the 30 amp description was missed..
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I have a 30 amp unit that is sometimes in our driveway. I ALWAYS plug in to house power using an extension cord and a 30amp to 15amp adapter. I only run lights, keep the batteries charged and occasionally a Keurig.



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Getting back to the original posters question, I strongly suggest you get a 30 amp extension cord. Walmart sells them, good prices on Amazon, and every camping store has them. You are almost certain to need it from time to time when camping. The electrical pedestals are often in the wrong place for your needs.
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I'll bite.. Who puts a dryer outlet outside? Maybe a welder plug in the garage? But there again, looking at the picture, it is definitely a 120 volt cord... In case the 30 amp description was missed..
I did miss ops post #8 and yeah who puts a clothes dryer outlet in a garage. That's just plain dumb.
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