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stressmaster

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The plug in camper says 30A but I found a adapter that plugs into 15A. Is this safe? Also should I get a 50A to 30A adapter when out camping? Not sure what campsites have for hookup now days.

Also looking for a extension cord. Obviously a normal one even the heavy duty probably would not be safe.

Has fridge, microwave, heater, AC, A inverter somewhere as also has a old tv and 120v plugs

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Try to pick adapters that are "dog bones". They are safe. I carry a 15 to 30, a 50 to 30, and a 30 to 15.

For extension cords use ones with #10 wire.

If plugging into a 15 amp shore power #12 may work well. Just don't exceed 1800 watts of total demand.

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Yup, with a 30 amp RV, the following adapters are a good idea, ALONG with the knowledge to know how that limits your use of 120 VAC electrical loads:

15 male to 30 female adapter-- limits max 120 VAC load to 15 amps.

50 amp male to 30 amp female-- the 30 amp breaker in your RV still limits your max 120 VAC load to 30 amps.


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Most parks have 30 amp. Get out a few times and see what goes. Adapters and extensions are available on the road. You may not need anything for quite a while.


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pianotuna wrote:

Try to pick adapters that are "dog bones". They are safe. I carry a 15 to 30, a 50 to 30, and a 30 to 15.

For extension cords use ones with #10 wire.

If plugging into a 15 amp shore power #12 may work well. Just don't exceed 1800 watts of total demand.

I love my kill-a-watt meter.


Oh I love this explanation! And everyone should own a kill-o-watt meter lol

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time2roll wrote:

Most parks have 30 amp. Get out a few times and see what goes. Adapters and extensions are available on the road. You may not need anything for quite a while.


Good to know. Was worried that they'd be like 50A standard.

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Were would be a good price place in usa for #10 wire extension cord and what is recommended length?

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stressmaster wrote:

Were would be a good price place in usa for #10 wire extension cord and what is recommended length?


Use your favorite voltage drop calculator. Mine is:

https://www.southwire.com/ca/en-ca/calculator-vdrop

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pianotuna wrote:

stressmaster wrote:

Were would be a good price place in usa for #10 wire extension cord and what is recommended length?


Use your favorite voltage drop calculator. Mine is:

https://www.southwire.com/ca/en-ca/calculator-vdrop


I'll give it a try but not sure what i'd need to look for as far as voltage drop.

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stressmaster wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Try to pick adapters that are "dog bones". They are safe. I carry a 15 to 30, a 50 to 30, and a 30 to 15.

For extension cords use ones with #10 wire.

If plugging into a 15 amp shore power #12 may work well. Just don't exceed 1800 watts of total demand.

I love my kill-a-watt meter.


Oh I love this explanation! And everyone should own a kill-o-watt meter lol


what is the purpose of getting 15 to 30 & 30 to 15?

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