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Old 01-10-2017, 08:39 AM   #1
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30 Amp Home Supply challenges.

Just realized that our new 17B trailer due at the end of the month will require a 30 Amp power supply to plug in to at home and we don't have one. Adding one would require a fair degree of effort, because it means adding a new circuit to the main electrical panel, adding a receptacle to the outside wall of the house, as well as a 50 foot run of the appropriate gauge cable extension cord as the only convenient external wall to the electric panel is nowhere near where the trailer will be stored.

Thinking about the power draw of the systems that the trailer uses, the only two high power users would be the water heater and the AC. As our trailer does't have AC and we wouldn't be using the trailer's water heater at home, the only power being used would be to keep the batteries charged, for lighting or maybe the fridge just prior to taking off for a trip. I am thinking that maybe to avoid a huge effort to install a receptacle, I could somehow construct an electrical cord with a 30 amp female plug at one end, that plugs into the 15 Amp receptacle that I currently have where the trailer will be parked when not being used.

Does anyone have any experience with this? I recognize that this is probably not ideal, but might work as a reasonable alternative.

Thanks Much.

Chris
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:44 AM   #2
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Just realized that our new 17B trailer due at the end of the month will require a 30 Amp power supply to plug in to at home and we don't have one. Adding one would require a fair degree of effort, because it means adding a new circuit to the main electrical panel, adding a receptacle to the outside wall of the house, as well as a 50 foot run of the appropriate gauge cable extension cord as the only convenient external wall to the electric panel is nowhere near where the trailer will be stored.

Thinking about the power draw of the systems that the trailer uses, the only two high power users would be the water heater and the AC. As our trailer does't have AC and we wouldn't be using the trailer's water heater at home, the only power being used would be to keep the batteries charged, for lighting or maybe the fridge just prior to taking off for a trip. I am thinking that maybe to avoid a huge effort to install a receptacle, I could somehow construct an electrical cord with a 30 amp female plug at one end, that plugs into the 15 Amp receptacle that I currently have where the trailer will be parked when not being used.

Does anyone have any experience with this? I recognize that this is probably not ideal, but might work as a reasonable alternative.

Thanks Much.

Chris
Hi Chris, they sell just what you're looking for at Walmart or Camping World. Also available on Amazon.
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:45 AM   #3
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You do not need 30 amp, I'm using a 15 amp outdoor receptacle and have been for past 6 years. I leave the trailer plugged in 24/7. Other than the a/c there is no issue and I have used the a/c occasionally. Make sure it is a GFCI outlet with a cover, I use a 10' extension w/and adapter. like one of these https://www.amazon.com/NU-SET-dogbon...15+amp+adapter
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ETI will (or used too) supply you with a 30 to 15 amp adapter for the end of your cord. If not you can get one at Wal-Mart.

It will look something like this.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-55223-1...amp+rv+adapter
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:54 AM   #5
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Whew - this question prompted me to check the electrical panel in the basement. I learned that we have the capacity to add a 30 A circuit in the garage, using existing lines (two conductors, 40 A per conductor).

We don't have AC in the house, but on the rare occasion when it is >35 C and we are not camping, we're likely to retreat to the trailer for its AC.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:00 AM   #6
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Or pick up one of these for about $5.00 next time you're at Walmart:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Road-Powe...apter/16817350
But that leaves your camper's 30 amp cord exposed to the elements when in use.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:17 AM   #7
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I use a 30amp ext. cord with adapter for 20amp plug. You can buy the 30 amp cord from Walmart or Amazon for $30- $50 bucks. Then i take it with me when camping, just incase. Carl
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Or pick up one of these for about $5.00 next time you're at Walmart:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Road-Powe...apter/16817350
But that leaves your camper's 30 amp cord exposed to the elements when in use.
Unless I'm missing something that is the wrong adapter. You need 30 amp female (to accept the trailer plug) to 15 amp male to plug into the extension cord end like the one Kountrycamper linked above.
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ETI will (or used too) supply you with a 30 to 15 amp adapter for the end of your cord.
I got one when I picked up our trailer on Black Friday. It's in use right now.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:46 AM   #10
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You do not need 30 amp, I'm using a 15 amp outdoor receptacle and have been for past 6 years. I leave the trailer plugged in 24/7. Other than the a/c there is no issue and I have used the a/c occasionally. Make sure it is a GFCI outlet with a cover, I use a 10' extension w/and adapter. like one of these https://www.amazon.com/NU-SET-dogbon...15+amp+adapter
Please make sure the outlet is GFCI as Jim indicated above. Be sure to test it! The electric water heater element burned out and failed hot-to-ground on our trailer which electrified the frame. Coupled with a damaged ground prong on an extension cord and plugged into a regular outlet the trailer was allowed to operate and my father became the ground path and was shocked on the stabilizer. As soon as the trailer was plugged into a GFCI outlet it would trip which is exactly the protection it is supposed to afford and tells you that something is wrong. Anyone that says it is normal for a trailer to trip a GFCI outlet is not correct. I think the water heater element failing as it did is a strange exception but weird stuff can happen with electricity nonetheless.
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