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Old 06-11-2017, 10:31 PM   #1
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What exactly so I need to buy to be able to plug my trailer into the outlet outisde of my house?
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:51 PM   #2
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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
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:55 PM   #3
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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.
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I don't know if you want 30-amp for the trailer but many people get that at their house.
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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.
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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.)
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:45 AM   #7
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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?
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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.
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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
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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.
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