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Old 10-23-2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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30 amp in a 50 amp site

Greetings from Poulsbo Wa. We put our down payment on the 19. I have a question. When camping with a 30 amp plug, what happens when the site only has 50 amps.
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:04 AM   #2
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Greetings from Poulsbo Wa. We put our down payment on the 19. I have a question. When camping with a 30 amp plug, what happens when the site only has 50 amps.
You need a dogbone. Its a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter. Should be standard equipment for any 30 amp RV. You never know when you might need it.

Its ok to hook up a 30 amp trailer to a 50 amp site, because you can't draw more than 30 amps anyway with a 30 amp main breaker.

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Old 10-23-2014, 01:10 AM   #3
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Chris, welcome neighbor to the Escape family. I think Walmart in Poulsbo has the adapter and I know that Clear Creek RV in Silverdale has the adapter. If you have any questions on the 19 (I'm a former 19 owner) or just want to BS, let me know (I'm in Silverdale)
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Old 10-23-2014, 01:29 AM   #4
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Thanks for all the info, from the newest newbee.
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Old 10-23-2014, 06:33 AM   #5
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Chris, if you can't get the adapter at Walmart or the "local" RV outlet, they also have them at Csmping World.
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I have not seen an "exclusive 50 amp campground" but do see "50 amp sites available" which implies that in addition to the 30 amp hookups there are 50 amp hookups, both at the same pedestal. So you should be fine staying there with your stock power cord.
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Yeah, what Jim said. Any site with a 50A hookup I have seen, also has 30A, and 15A too.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:10 AM   #8
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We stayed in a 50A-only park near Bardstown KY once. They happened to have a supply of adapters behind the counter to sell. To their credit, they did try to let people know when making reservations. That's probably the only place we've needed to use a 50 to 30 Amp adapter.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:13 AM   #9
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I would disagree with the statement that it is ok connect a 30A Trailer to a 50A connection at the site unless you are 100% sure that all of the wiring leading up to the 30A main breaker is rated for 50A or there is a 30A breaker built into the 50A to 30A cable at the post. The 30A main breaker in the camper will not protect against a partial short in the wiring leading up to it.
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I would disagree with the statement that it is ok connect a 30A Trailer to a 50A connection at the site unless you are 100% sure that all of the wiring leading up to the 30A main breaker is rated for 50A or there is a 30A breaker built into the 50A to 30A cable at the post. The 30A main breaker in the camper will not protect against a partial short in the wiring leading up to it.
I agree in theory, but not in practice. By the same logic you should never plug a 16g extension cord into a 15 or 20 amp outlet. And your big screen TV with a (probably) 5 amp internal fuse/breaker should never be plugged into a 15 or 20 amp circuit.
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