Back to Basics - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-11-2017, 09:31 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: harrison township, Michigan
Trailer: 21' Escape 2017
Posts: 107
Back to Basics

What exactly so I need to buy to be able to plug my trailer into the outlet outisde of my house?
__________________

laurah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2017, 09:51 PM   #2
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,620
A plain old extension cord will work fine if you're not running the AC as everything else is low amperage. You will need an adapter from the 30 amp trailer cord to the 15 amp house outlet. Camco 12 in. Power Grip Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Easy Grip Handle-55165 - The Home Depot
__________________

__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2017, 09:55 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 11,801
Just an adapter, with a male 15 amp three-prong plug on one end and a female 30 amp socket on the other end. You will not be able to run as much in the trailer at the same time as if you were on a proper 30-amp supply, but if you're not running an air conditioner, heaters, electric water heater element, or electrical cooking appliances, then it will be fine.

There are some which are just a one-piece block, but the weight of the 30-amp cord tends to pull them out of the receptacle. The better design is the "dogbone" type (a very short cord).
Example of Camco product at Camping World:
Power Grip Adapter - 15A Male to 30A Female

Note on edit: Charlie hit "Post" first - it's the same adapter.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2017, 10:39 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
float5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denison, Texas
Trailer: 2015 21'; 2011 19' sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefour
Posts: 5,156
I don't know if you want 30-amp for the trailer but many people get that at their house.
__________________
Cathy. Floating Cloud
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.... "
Emerson
float5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2017, 11:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper (#083); 2017 Escape 21 (#053); 2016 F-150 5.0L FX4
Posts: 1,734
Laura, FYI, we got this screw-on adaptor from eTrailer so we could leave our nice 30 amp cord tucked away in the camper and not exposed to the elements while at home:
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Wiring/M...-1530DAVP.html
And then I picked up this 50 ft 12 gauge outdoor extension cord from Lowe's to run from the house to the trailer when 120V 15 amp power is needed in the camper while at home.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech-5...n-Cord/3203689
I don't care if it lays out in the weather when in use. Pretty easy to replace down the road.
Dale
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 12:36 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
arniesea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Bremerton, Washington
Trailer: 2019 5.0 TA
Posts: 794
I have 20 amp outlets in my garage so I use a heavy duty 50' - 20A extension cord with the 30 / 15 amp dog bone adapter at the trailer end. I can easily run everything but the AC. As noted by Charly, the AC requires 30 amps. (The 30 / 15 A dog bone adapter has 10 gage wire so it is not compromised on a 20a circuit.)
__________________
- Arnie & Paula
- Kizzy the rat terrier
- 2019 5.0 TA, 2017 Tundra Platinum.
- Bremerton, WA
arniesea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 12:45 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 11,801
Quote:
Originally Posted by War Eagle View Post
Laura, FYI, we got this screw-on adaptor from eTrailer so we could leave our nice 30 amp cord tucked away in the camper and not exposed to the elements while at home:
https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Wiring/M...-1530DAVP.html
That's a tidy setup, and very reasonably priced. Like others, I used a very short cord with a common female connector on one end and twist-lock connector on the other end, for the trailer we have with a removable cord.

Laura, did you get the optional removable cord (the system that Dale's adapter works with), or do (will) you have the standard fixed power cord?
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 12:46 AM   #8
Commercial Member
 
tractors1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 - "Felicity"
Posts: 2,620
If you have a 30 amp service installed by an electrician get the order in writing that specifies 30 amps @ 120V. Several have had their 30 amp receptacle installed with 240V supply line.
__________________
Charlie Y

Need custom storage to your design? Don't drill holes!
www.RVWidgetWorks.com
tractors1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 01:02 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,908
I use an adapter as referenced above with a heavy duty extension cord I have two 30 amp trailer cords I leave one at home and one stored in my trailer
Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 01:05 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 11,801
Quote:
Originally Posted by tractors1 View Post
If you have a 30 amp service installed by an electrician get the order in writing that specifies 30 amps @ 120V. Several have had their 30 amp receptacle installed with 240V supply line.
Yes, and specify a NEMA TT-30 receptacle, if you want the trailer's cord to work with it directly as it does with an receptacle in a campground. This style of connection is only used for RV's, so it's uncommon in residential and commercial installations, but the receptacles are readily available; Home Depot (in the U.S. but not Canada) even sells them in a campsite-style outdoor housing.

I assumed that Laura is planning to use an existing common household outlet, rather than one added specifically for the trailer.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 05:30 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: harrison township, Michigan
Trailer: 21' Escape 2017
Posts: 107
Thank you all. I don't have the removable cord so I have ordered the adapter to hook to my regular household outlet. When traveling should I also have an adapter to 50 amp or anything else?
laurah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 05:46 AM   #12
Site Team
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 5,764
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurah View Post
When traveling should I also have an adapter to 50 amp or anything else?
I've never run into a need for one.
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 06:13 AM   #13
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 19,409
I believe Escape provides 2 electrical adapters with the trailer which may also be useful.
__________________
Jim
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years Lincoln
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 07:24 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Notasulga, Alabama
Trailer: 2010 EggCamper (#083); 2017 Escape 21 (#053); 2016 F-150 5.0L FX4
Posts: 1,734
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurah View Post
Thank you all. I don't have the removable cord so I have ordered the adapter to hook to my regular household outlet. When traveling should I also have an adapter to 50 amp or anything else?
What Jim said. I believe ETI will provide you free of charge with one of the adaptors you need with your camper. Our camper came with a little gift box with several such useful items in it.
War Eagle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 09:33 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
arniesea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Bremerton, Washington
Trailer: 2019 5.0 TA
Posts: 794
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurah View Post
Thank you all. I don't have the removable cord so I have ordered the adapter to hook to my regular household outlet. When traveling should I also have an adapter to 50 amp or anything else?
I now carry a 30A > 50A adapter with me as well. I was at a State Park campground where the 30A leg didn't work but the 50A did. Borrowed an adapter from a neighbor camper then bought one for myself when I got home.
__________________
- Arnie & Paula
- Kizzy the rat terrier
- 2019 5.0 TA, 2017 Tundra Platinum.
- Bremerton, WA
arniesea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 10:33 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Vermilye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Oswego, New York
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21, 2018 Ford F150
Posts: 3,437
Quote:
Originally Posted by arniesea View Post
I now carry a 30A > 50A adapter with me as well. I was at a State Park campground where the 30A leg didn't work but the 50A did. Borrowed an adapter from a neighbor camper then bought one for myself when I got home.
I've done the same, plus I've been in 3 sites over the last few years that only had a 50 amp receptacle. Usually one night stops at parks that catered to permanent use...
__________________
Jon Vermilye My Travel Blog
Travel and Photo Web Page ... My Collection of RV Blogs 2018 F150 3.5EB, 2017 21
Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 01:08 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Olympia wa, Washington
Trailer: 5.0TA 2017
Posts: 1,908
i carry the 15 and the 50 just in case you never know what you might need on the road and they are small.
Fox hunt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 02:26 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Red Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Retired from Dallas & Full-Timing, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape as of 01/16/17
Posts: 1,106
Quote:
Originally Posted by laurah View Post
Thank you all. When traveling should I also have an adapter to 50 amp or anything else?

If I understand your question correctly, you are inquiring about taking 50 amp service and stepping it down to 30 amp service. If so, then...

I have had occasions where we camped at a 50/30 amp pedestal and the 30 amp had reverse polarity issues. I merely took out my 50amp-30amp adapter and continued setting up camp without delay.

I have also run into situations where the only available sites had 50 amp service only. Not a prob! Just whip out your 50amp-30amp adapter and you are good to go.

Something similar to this:

Camco 55175 PowerGrip Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Handle, 18-Inch, yellow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BUTDCA..._TNUpzbGT35WYT

Regards,


Fred M.
__________________
Fred M.

"Whoever said retirement was overrated...
...never had an Escape"
Red Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 03:13 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
float5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denison, Texas
Trailer: 2015 21'; 2011 19' sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefour
Posts: 5,156
We have had to use both adaptors mentioned above in rare cases but when you need one, you really need it.. Yes, believe Escape provides the 15 or 20.
__________________
Cathy. Floating Cloud
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.... "
Emerson
float5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2017, 08:55 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Red Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Retired from Dallas & Full-Timing, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape as of 01/16/17
Posts: 1,106
Quote:
Originally Posted by float5 View Post
We have had to use both adaptors mentioned above in rare cases but when you need one, you really need it.. Yes, believe Escape provides the 15 or 20.


Agreed! Best to be prepared!!!


Fred M.
__________________

__________________
Fred M.

"Whoever said retirement was overrated...
...never had an Escape"
Red Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×