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Old 06-30-2007, 06:14 PM   #1
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Do I really need one of these?

From a previous post, many of you know that I am launching into FT RVing on the 1st of August. I'm trying to take every REASONABLE precaution, that I can afford, to prevent unnessary grief down the road.

Here is my question. How mant times have you arrived at your camping site in your RV, that requires 30 amp service, only to find the 30 amp service inadequate, for some reason, and you whipped out your 30 to 50 amp adapter, plugged into the 50 amps and saved the day?!!

So.......do I really need a 30 to 50 amp adapter that costs around $20.00, plus shipping.....and just how often will I need to use it?

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Old 06-30-2007, 06:21 PM   #2
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if your 30 AMP service is inadequate you have other problems.
I have one, but not for the reasons you stated. I have arrived at a campground and the factory to find the 30 AMP outlet non-functional or unavailable. A 50 AMP was near by.
Get the adapter. It will avoid a headache down the road.
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:27 PM   #3
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I have never had the problem you described. On rare occations, I have needed a adapter 50/30 because the site only had 50 amp receptical avalible. If you unit is designed for 30 amps then it should never draw more than 30 amp. Two exceptions 1. If you have added a lot of electrical load like space heaters or 2. If the voltage in the park drops below 110. If the voltage drops, the current draw increases to produce the same wattage. Neither of these issues will be resolved by a 50 amp adaptor. Your units electrical system will be overloaded. You should be ok without spending the $$ for an adaptor, just watch out for the toaster oven and electric heater or A/C at the same time.
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Old 06-30-2007, 06:51 PM   #4
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Bill,

Most of the time you will not need the 50 to 30 adapter. If you normally only travel to the same one or two places you may never need it. I have travelled extensively. About 3 years ago after the second time I found myself needing one I bit the bullet and bought one. I have never used it!
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:07 PM   #5
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if your 30 AMP service is inadequate you have other problems.
I should have been a bit clearer. What I meant to say was that everything is OK in your RV, power wise, but the 30 amp service from the campground is faulty, for some reason or other.......but the 50 amp is OK. Hence, the 50 to 30 adapter saves you. How often have you had that happen? Bill
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How often have you had that happen? Bill
I needed one once, didn't have one, so I had to relocate to another site.
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:44 PM   #7
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I would not just run out and buy one! If you run into the situation you describe, then get one. Most 30 and/or 50 amp outlets also have 20 amp outlets so you would have power if you carry a 30/20 adapter (a $2.00 item) Just can't run the big loads i.e. A/C.

It's a real test to determine what to carry and what not when you travel. I've been RVing for about 45 years and still tend to carry to much. My rule is "if I have not used it in a year" get rid of it - of course, next time out I always need it. I tend to focus on out door items. A good folding chair, outdoor cooking stuff - bug spray
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:39 PM   #8
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I tend to focus on out door items. A good folding chair, outdoor cooking stuff - bug spray
Fortunantly, I have all those items covered. But, I'll check to see if Wal-Mart has the 30/50amp adapter, at a good price, and if they do, I'll invest in it as a "just in case" item. Bill
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this weekend i pulled into a site, and after circling a couple of times settled on a site i liked which happened to be 50amp. they had a 20 amp to plug into so used that. I thought this ok as i plug in at home using the 20 amp adapter. I manage AC, refridgerator, and associated lighting on this setup, but do wonder about a toaster, coffee pot and other stuff all going at once. I've wasted $20 on less useful stuff so will probably keep a 30 to 50 amp adapter in the back from now on. Take the one from your laudry room if you have to
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if your 30 AMP service is inadequate you have other problems.
I have one, but not for the reasons you stated. I have arrived at a campground and the factory to find the 30 AMP outlet non-functional or unavailable. A 50 AMP was near by.
Get the adapter. It will avoid a headache down the road.
I have pulled into some parks and found that the 30 amp plug was wired into a 20 amp breaker. This is more of a P.I.T.A. than anything.
What sucks is when they do something like this and then have no other high-amp outlets.
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Hi, I have the 15 Amp adapter and the 50/30 Amp adapter; I have only used the 15 Amp adapter when at home. I would buy the 50/30 Amp adapter just in case you ever need one. As a mechanic would tell you; "A twenty dollar tool is worth a whole lot more when you need one and don't have one to do the job." Chances are if you are camping and need one they won't have one or it will be double the price or more.
To me the 50/30 Amp adapter is like a spare tire, I hope I never have to use it, but it's there when I do. Just my opinion!
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Rbt is Correct. It only takes once to need it. I's rather spend the bucks and have it than to need it and be without.
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Well Bill, I might have one I could donate. Hmmm, now where might that thing be ??
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Well Bill, I might have one I could donate. Hmmm, now where might that thing be ??
Hey David.......I like "donate".......I'll pay the shipping! .......that is, if you can find it! Tightwad Bill
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