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Old 05-16-2016, 04:38 PM   #1
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30 amp to 20 amp adapter question

If I take my 2004 Safari with a 30 amp system to a park that only has 20 amps of power what kind of adapter do I need (if any) to make my electric system work (albeit without AC or microwave)? 30 amp female/20 amp male?

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Old 05-16-2016, 04:49 PM   #2
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You do need an adapter. You need the one that you can plug in your 30 amp cord from your Airstream into one end and the other end had a male standard household plug. Some or these have a short piece of cord in between. Other are direct plug ins. Your can buys the adapters at Wal-Mart.

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You got the sex right.

The micro will work just don't have everything else in the trailer on at the same time.
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Old 05-16-2016, 05:25 PM   #4
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"You do need an adapter. You need the one that you can plug in your 30 amp cord from your Airstream into one end and the other end had a male standard household plug."

Ah, sounds like the one I already use to hook the rig up to the standard household three-prong (grounded) outlet. Yes?
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"You do need an adapter. You need the one that you can plug in your 30 amp cord from your Airstream into one end and the other end had a male standard household plug."

Ah, sounds like the one I already use to hook the rig up to the standard household three-prong (grounded) outlet. Yes?
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Let's take this one step further.
If I have a 50 amp trailer, would I use a 30 amp converter plugged into a 20 amp converter to run off standard household outlets (20 amp)?
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Let's take this one step further.
If I have a 50 amp trailer, would I use a 30 amp converter plugged into a 20 amp converter to run off standard household outlets (20 amp)?
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Yes, you can do this, or you can buy a 50 amp outlet, an electrical box, some 12ga. wire, and a grounded 20amp plug and make your own.

This will be fine for battery charging and other light duty use. If you turn on the roof AC you may melt the adapter before the breaker trips.
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Just a notr from my recent experience:
Make sure the adapter you buy has the polarity correct.
Mine was wired backwards from the factory (50 to 30 amp adapter) and had the hot wire to neutral and the neutral to hot, which means everything still works, but there's major wiring problems.

Use a multimeter to check continuity once you're plugged in.
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If you decide to run the air conditioner watch that adapter closely for signs of overheat. On my Safari with the 13.5 A/C I used an adapter plug to run off my garage outlet. What happened after a day of running was the adapter plug got very hot and started to partially melt down. Needless to say a lesson was learned and obviously there are adapter plugs out their that are using improper gauge wire which will generate heat under load. I'm glad I caught my issue prior to a potential fire.

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Plug your 30amp cord in and plug this in the other end and then a utility extension cord into the campground circuit.

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55233-El.../dp/B00192QB3I
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