how to make 220v/30amp work

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    nolefan9399 New Member

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    I am registered for a camping trip in August to a fairgrounds area that only has a 220v/30amp hook up. Can I make this work on my pop-up? If so what kind of adapters do I need? Thanks.
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    What style outlet is it? The only 30 amp ones i have seen are the typical rv/camper ones with two slanted blades and a ground pin. Otherwise i have seen the 50 amp 220V outlets if thats what you mean, then you just need a 50amp to 30amp RV adapter.

    I did see one campground that had a 30amp twistlock on a couple poles, those were the usual L14-30 receptacles like you have on a generator.

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    No idea what the box looks like. I registered on line and it said that it only had a 220v/30amp connection. Even if it is 220 instead of 110 all you need is the adapter to go down to 15 amps??

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    Hi,

    I would give them a call - it has to be a 30A, 120V connection if its a place for RV's. If they have a standard RV plug wired for 220V, DO NOT plug in - it will toast the wiring in your camper. 220V is typical for your home's dryer or range. It is also available in a 4-pin 50A service for large TT's and MH's.

    This is why it is good to have a multimeter on board to check your power supply before plugging in. I have experienced standard Edison outlets having 140V due to a transformer starting to die......it blew up several folks computers before someone had the bright idea to check the outlet.

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    you plug into 220vac say good buy to the pup.

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    I cannot imagine a commercial campground (or a public access fairground) with a standard 120V/30A receptacle being wired for 220V. Local building codes would never allow such.

    Most campground service boxes have 1 - 120V/30A receptacle (3 wire), 2 - 120V/15A receptacles (3 wire, like in your house). Some have 1 - 220V/50A (4 wire) receptacle for motorhomes.

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    I'm thinking that must have been a typo on the part of someone that isn't too familiar with electrical.

    I wouldn't worry about it though, just bring your 15-30amp adapter and if you have a voltmeter keep it with as well. I keep a small one in the camper, got it from a local hardware store for $10, not the most impressive piece of test equipment i own but all i need it for is a quick voltage check.

    I also installed panel meters in my camper to monitor the incoming voltage.

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