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Old 09-26-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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30/50 amp needs

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Showing my in-experience here. Asking to ensure I have the proper equipment for the first trip. I have a 15 amp to 30 amp converter. Should I another converter if the camp spot only offers a 50 amp? If so, what should I get?

Thanks, Craig
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Hello,

Showing my in-experience here. Asking to ensure I have the proper equipment for the first trip. I have a 15 amp to 30 amp converter. Should I another converter if the camp spot only offers a 50 amp? If so, what should I get?

Thanks, Craig
In 35,000 miles travel only had one place not have 30 AMP hookup. They only had a 50 and they loaned me an adapter.
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I have a 30 to 15 amp & a 50 to 30 amp adaptor.
As we speak I am using my 50 to 30 amp adaptor
Don't use it often but it is nice to have.
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I have a 30 to 15 amp & a 50 to 30 amp adaptor.
As we speak I am using my 50 to 30 amp adaptor
Don't use it often but it is nice to have.
15A to 30A, correct? With 30A being the load side.

I have not been to a lot of campgrounds with hookups, but we did stay in a 50A site, and they still provided 30A and a 15A duplex plug. Is this not common?
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15A to 30A, correct? With 30A being the load side.

I have not been to a lot of campgrounds with hookups, but we did stay in a 50A site, and they still provided 30A and a 15A duplex plug. Is this not common?
Yes 15 amp on the line side and 30 amp on the load side.
The campgrounds we are currently in is set up for Class A RV's
so only 50 amp is available . The park used to loan out 50 to 30 amp
adaptors but so many disappeared that they stopped doing it.
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15A to 30A, correct? With 30A being the load side.

I have not been to a lot of campgrounds with hookups, but we did stay in a 50A site, and they still provided 30A and a 15A duplex plug. Is this not common?
I haven't stayed in a large number of 50 amp sites, and with our motorhome we actually want the 50 amp connection so I might not notice whether or not there is also a 30 amp, but...
I don't recall ever seeing a 50 amp site which also had a 30 amp outlet. It is common for campgrounds (such as Nk'Mip) to have some 30 amp sites and some 50 amp (at a higher price), so people who don't need 50 amps may not often face this issue.

I have adapters in both directions for both 15-30 and 30-50 combinations.
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I'm sure Nk'Mip site were were just at had 50 and 30 amp on the same post. It was in the older loop. I've never had call for a 50 to 30 converter, but haven't staying in that many full service sites. They are cheap enough. Guess I'll get one.
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It is not a bad idea to purchase a 50 to 30 amp converter, but the simple answer is if all that is available is 50 amp and you do not have an adapter, find an alternate campground with 30 amp. Although I have an adapter, I have never had to use it.
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Cap4hire,
I was able to get all versions of adapters I need at Harbor Freight at reasonable prices. What I have needed most commonly this last trip is to be able to plug in to a 15amp duplex outlet at friends' houses and some campgrounds-- so 15amp being plugged into with my adapter, and my 30amp cord into the adapter.
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There are a couple of reasons to carry a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter:

While it is unusual, I have run into a few sites that only had a 50 amp receptacle on the pedestal. No 30 amp, no 15 amp. In that case, the 50 amp to 30 amp adapter is necessary if you want AC.

Another place the adapter is useful is when the 30 amp receptacle is badly worn & provides a poor connection. The 50 amp connector is usually used less, and may be in better shape. Lastly, when the campground electrical system is overloaded, and the voltage gets down to levels that may damage your air conditioner, there are times that the 50 amp receptacle will provide higher voltages. I've even met individuals that carry two 50 amp to 30 amp adapters, each connecting to a different leg of the 50 amp connector hot connections. They check both to determine which leg has the highest voltage...
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