AC throwing breaker on generator

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    I hooked up my pop up to my 5500 watt generator to the 220 hook up, turned on the AC full cold, about thirty minutes later the 20amp breaker popped. Switched it back, had it running on low ac, popped in about five minutes, did this 2 more times with the same result. Breaker seemed loose at times but after moving it up and down a couple times would return to its correct positive to allow power again.
    We go camping for the first time July 5th to Fort Wilderness, so I really need to make sure AC is working consistently. Any suggestions would be received with great thankfulness!!!!
     
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    220?
     
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    Oh I didn't have the battery plugged in, the fridge may have been on but that's a different breaker. Nothing else plugged in
     
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    The big round plug, not the smaller 110 plugs but the larger 220
     
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    It's the 30amp 4 prong plug in on the generator
     
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    I certainly hope it's not 220
     
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    What do u call it, the smaller plugins are 110 correct? Then aren't the larger ones 220? Electrical isn't my thing
     
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    The big plug on the right
     

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    Ok guess it's 120/240 30amp plug in. Either way, it should run the AC, any thoughts on why the breaker is popping?
     
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    Starting by cleaning the condenser and evaporator, don't see anything concerning yet
     
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    Plug it in the 110 side of the gen and report back
     
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    i previously had it on the 110 side and it popped the breaker, I just figured it didn’t have enough amps on that side. Just cleaned the condenser, waiting for the rain to pass in order to clean the evaporator, the PO didn’t have a filter on the unit so I’m sure the evaporator has some gunk on it
     
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    What I’ve read is if these aren’t clean it will overheat the compressor causing too much amp draw. At least that’s the way I understood
     
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    I think I found my problem, previous owner had dogs and didn't have a filter on the intake, setting up to test things out
     

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    A 30 amp camper plug has a hot, a neutral, and a ground wire. I can't zoom in, but it looks like a 220v receptacle on the generator. It should have 2 hots, a neutral, and a ground wire. Are you using a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter?
     
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    It's a 30amp adapter, it's up and running presently for the last ten minutes, colder and smells nicer then before. We shall see if it's still running in twenty more minutes
     
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    Ran perfectly for over an hour, simple fix, thank you Jesus!!!! We certainly were praying
     

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