Connecting a 30 amp Coleman to 50 amp power

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  1. TeamECKO

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    Hi All,

    I had a question regarding 50 amp power. I am going to a camp ground that has 50 amp service only, and will be taking my 2001 Coleman Santa Fe. I bought a 50 amp plug to 30 amp plug adapter and thought all would be well, but got to thinking when I saw a label on the side of the camper that had a warning about the camper being designed for 30 amp and to not supply power above that.

    Has anyone had issues connecting a 30 amp camper to a 50 amp supply? Or is all OK, as long as I don’t try to pull more than 30 amps?
     
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    Have done it many times with no issues.. trailers converter will only draw 30 amps.. Potential is there for it to draw more and power post cb wont trip until 50 amp draw is reached those are the only draw backs..
     
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    Potential is there for it to draw more and power post cb wont trip until 50 amp draw is reached those are the only draw backs..[/QUOTE]
    And this is why we have breakers in the convertor to prevent this from happening
     
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    True..
     
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    Great, thanks, that helps. I do have an in line surge protector in between the power post and my camper, so I presume if I was starting to pull more than 30 amps, the surge protector would kick in?
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    let's hope your PU's main 30A trips as designed.
     
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    Surge protector only protects from voltage spikes in the power grid. Your circuit breakers prevent excess current.
     
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    From what I've sceen, the 50 amp services usally have a 30 amp and reguler 20 amp plugs also. So it souldent be a problum. You can call and ask the campsite before you go.
     
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    I called the campground, they do have some spots that have the multiple power types, but the spots we have are solely 50 amp.
     
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    That sucks. You should be fine with the adapter, if you watch your power intake. Just dont use more power then you usally do, as a precaution.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    enjoy your trip
     
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    Plug in. Camp using your power as usual. You'll be fine.

    If you've never tripped a breaker while camping before, then you won't do so now just because you're plugged into 50 amps.
     
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    Thanks again to everyone for their advice, made it back without catching the PUP on fire :)

    Even had a movie night on the side of the PUP one night

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    Not all converters have a main breaker, mine didn't. The hot wire was connected directly to the bus with a 20 amp for the AC and a 15 amp for everything else. It now has a 30 amp main.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Just use a 50 to 30 adapter ......... camper will be fine, will only get 30 or less of power.
     

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