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Old 11-05-2017, 02:00 PM   #1
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50 to 30 amp Adapter

About 5 years ago I purchased a 50 to 30 amp adapter and have never used it during the 40 or so different public campsites we've visited. When we've encountered sites with 50 amp services, they have always had 30 amp in the box too.

Has anyone been to sites where 50 amp was the only service available?
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Old 11-05-2017, 02:03 PM   #2
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Has anyone been to sites where 50 amp was the only service available?
Once or twice. The ones we've encountered were both at "RV resorts" which seemed to cater to the larger rigs - not our favorite places to camp anyway.

It's still a good idea to carry one though. You might also find a spot where the 30 amp receptacle doesn't work but the 50 does.
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It's still a good idea to carry one though. You might also find a spot where the 30 amp receptacle doesn't work but the 50 does.
Good point. I'll leave it inside the hatch.
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Once or twice. The ones we've encountered were both at "RV resorts" which seemed to cater to the larger rigs - not our favorite places to camp anyway.

It's still a good idea to carry one though. You might also find a spot where the 30 amp receptacle doesn't work but the 50 does.
Same thing for me. In fact, here at the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, I got the last available site last Tuesday & the 30 amp connection had an open ground. I used the 50 to 30 amp adapter & all is good!
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Same thing for me. In fact, here at the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, I got the last available site last Tuesday & the 30 amp connection had an open ground. I used the 50 to 30 amp adapter & all is good!
Double ditto! In August our assigned campsite at Crater Lake Resort had only 50 amp.at the box. Then last month at Lake Bistineau S.P., Louisiana, the 30 amp receptacle had broken plastic around the edges and I didn’t trust it. Used the 50 and all was good!
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50 amp

We have seen in the SE that most have a 20 amp and 30 amp . A 20 amp will run everything on a 21 .It you put your water on propane .We carry a 30 amp surge protector and an extra 25 ft 30 amp service cord .(10GA) and another 25ft (12 ga) standard extension cord with 30to 20 adapters.
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Needing the 50 amp connector isn't common. I found this compact 50 to 30 amp connector though that doesn't have the short wire section, so it fits nicely into the small zip log bag where I keep my 15 to 30 amp connector, so I carry it regardless, just in case.

Edited: changed to 15 amps.

https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-I...dustries+30+50
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I believe ETI provides this adapter with your new trailer.
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Old 11-06-2017, 11:12 AM   #9
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I believe ETI provides this adapter with your new trailer.
They only provide the 15A to 30A one, so you can easily plug in at home or wherever there is no 30A plug available.
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... my 20 to 30 amp connector...]
Are you referring to a 15A to 30A? A 20A plug will not fit into a 15A outlet, though you can do the reverse.
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Are you referring to a 15A to 30A? A 20A plug will not fit into a 15A outlet, though you can do the reverse.
You are correct, I should have said 15 amp, since that is what it is rated for. Inserting it into a 20 amp receptacle and using the same would likely work, but would be out of spec, so should not be done.

I edited my earlier post to reflect this.
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You are correct, I should have said 15 amp, since that is what it is rated for. Inserting it into a 20 amp receptacle and using the same would likely work, but would be out of spec, so should not be done.

I edited my earlier post to reflect this.
Plugging a 15 amp adapter or appliance into a 20 amp receptacle is safe, legal, and, if you have a modern kitchen in the US that meets NEC, is something you do all the time. Kitchens require two 20 amp receptacles branch circuits with #12 wire.

The "T" shaped slot in a 20 amp receptacle will accept either a 15 amp or 20 amp plug. The non "T" slot (vertical) in a 15 amp receptacle will not accept a 20 amp plug. This is to protect you from overloading the #14 wire & 15 amp breaker protecting it with a 20 amp appliance. It is also why you should not use a "T" slotted replacement receptacle on a 15 amp circuit.

Just to add to the confusion, it is legal & acceptable code to put 15 amp receptacles (as long as there is more than one on the branch circuit) on a 20 amp breaker wired with #12 wire.
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