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Old 06-11-2012, 08:19 PM   #15
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Keep in mind that in a busy campground, there is no saying their service can keep up with their promised pedestal amperage... with everyone using adapters to run their rigs, you can get some big draws on the system.

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:30 PM   #16
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You can use the 50 amp plug and you may get less voltage drop, but you will get no more amps inside than 30 because of the trailer voltage breakers.

If your shore power cable is rated at 30 amps and you plug into the 50 amp receptacle, if you start drawing more than 30 amps, you can damage the cable and a fire is possible. This is unlikely, but could happen. The breakers at the pedestal protect the cable and a 30 amp cable is not well protected by a 50 amp breaker.

We have the dogbone 50 to 30 amp adapter and have never had to use it. If we came to a CG with only 50 amp receptacles, I'd use it but wouldn't feel good about it.


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Old 06-12-2012, 01:41 PM   #17
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I don't think it is worth the upgrade. It really won't get you that much more. and you may not be able to use it half the time anyway.. Unless you like rewire stuff for giggles, then go for it...

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:48 PM   #18
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In the simplest terms, if you have two airconditioner units, you need 50 amp service, if only one, 30 amp is fine.

By the way, a 50 amp outlet at the pedestal is the same type circuit as your home AC dryer circuit (50 amp 240 volt), but it's wired as two independent 120 volt circuits inside the trailer.

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