plugging in 30 amp pop up into 50 amp at CG?

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  1. leningradka

    leningradka Spending a small fortune to live like homeless guy

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    Hi, Just booked a beautiful camp site but it has 50 amp service. I am reading conflicting info, so I figured I would ask the experts. All I need is an adaptor, correct? It will not damage my electrical systems to plug in my Coleman into a 50 amp service, is that right?
     
  2. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    A dog bone adapter will work just fine. You can’t plug into a 50 amp without it. 50 amp have four prongs, 30 amp have 3.
     
  3. Toedtoes

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    Correct. Use a dogbone adapter not a puck style. And remember that just because you are plugged into a 50 amp pedestal, you still only have 30 amps - don't try to use more power than usual.
     
  4. leningradka

    leningradka Spending a small fortune to live like homeless guy

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    Thank you. Is there anything particular I should look for in an adapter, or just anyone that fits the bill on Amazon?
     
  5. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    Dogbone is the big deal. The ones with handles are nice and usually not expensive.
     
  6. tenttrailer

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    That is true just the adaptor will work fine. But do remember. When connected to 30 amps, your service wire is protected to it's rating 30 amps via the post circuit breaker. When connected to 50 amps your service is not protected to it's rating of 30 amps because the post has a 50 amp breaker. Normally not an issue unless you are doing some heavy use of electric heaters and other electric things running off different breakers in the camper.

    Example running a heating element in your AC (1500w), running a 1500w heater on an outlet, running the fridge on AC, running your water heater on the 1300w elec water heating element, charging a low battery and miscellaneous other things like lights, etc.. If they all are running at the same time you are most likely drawing about 45 amps which should trip a30 amp post breaker. With a 50 amp breaker you would overheat the service wire unless you have a 30 amp main breaker in your fuse power distribution box.
     
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  7. Snow

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    I would suggest that you get the 50/30 amp adapter as well at the same time get yourself a 15/30 amp adapter. Get both of them in the dog bone style.
     
  8. Balthisar

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    You might call the campground. In my state parks (Michigan), all of the 50 amps stands also have both 30 amp connectors and 20 amps connectors, too. You might not need an adaptor at all.
     
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  9. leningradka

    leningradka Spending a small fortune to live like homeless guy

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    thank you all, Balthisar, great idea!
     
  10. Snow

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    Even if this campground offers 50/30/20(15) amp service on the post many places are slowly upgrading the posts to accommodate larger 5th wheels and MoHo's that run 50 amps. Seen it here in Ontario at a number of campgrounds, where 1 post is shared between 2 sites and that post now has 1-30 amp, 1-50 amp and 2-20(15) amp plugs, first come first serve to the 30amp plug.. So I would still buy the dog bones (50-30 and 15-30) just incase, I would rather have them and hardly (never) use them then need one of them and not have it. My [2C]
     
  11. Rusty2192

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    I’m with you on this. I keep a 50-30, 15-30, and a 30-15 all in the pup just in case. There are generic Chinese ones online for $15 a piece or less all the time or the Camco ones run on sale pretty often to that price.
     
  12. Toedtoes

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    I agree. They aren't expensive unless you wait until you are at a park and have to buy one from them.​
     
  13. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    We have been very lucky or the areas we camp its not a problem. In 2011 or 2012 I bought a 50 to 30 amp adaptor when I ran across one for about $8 on clearance. But have never used it and we camped those year I had it anywhere from 35 to over 70 nights a year. But had a need once before I bought it, and sure I will need it in the future.

    We are camping about 70% of the time with electric and 99% in State or federal CG's. Primary in the following states (OH, MI, IN, PA, NY, VT, KY, TN,WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA)
     
  14. PopUpSteve

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    Always a good idea to be prepared for all power options at a CG.
     
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  15. BillyMc

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    We have a 15-30 puck that's been used for lighting to work on the camper at night. We now have a 20amp outdoor outlet so I bought a 20-30 dogbone adapter. I have checked out one CG that has some sites with only a 50amp connections so I'm watching for specials on 50-30 dogbones.
    *edited to correct my error
     
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  16. Snow

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    Just an FYI.. befor confusion starts. The dog bone and puck adapters are done male end first. i.e 50-30, 15-30 etc.. people get confused when all of a sudden they see someone type them backwards..
     
  17. BillyMc

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    In that case I have a 15-30 puck and a 20-30 dog bone and in the market for a 50-30. The 20-30 allows me use the AC while packing cleaning or working on the PUP. I used the puck for testing the AC, but it started getting warm after a few minutes. I've run it all day on the 20-30 dog bone without it warming at all.
     
  18. Dback2k4

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    Every 50amp pedestal I've ever seen always has 20 or 15 amp service, but that doesn't help if you need to run 30. As previously said, use the dog bone style. I've got a 15 to 30 Puck for charging batteries at the house but I wouldn't use a puck where somebody else could potentially plug something in that would overload the circuit.
     

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