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Old 05-14-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question 30 amps vs 50 amps @ Rv parks

Why do RV PARKS have 30 amps or 50 amps electrical connections for trailers? So, with my BAMBI, I require a 30 amp connection, I think. If I go to an RV park that only has a 50 amp available, what do I do!? Do I need a 50 amp adapter? Will it hurt my BAMBI?

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:18 PM   #2
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It is an evolutionary thing.
The first offering of electricity that campgrounds offered was 15 amps. That was for those who did not have a Coleman lantern and could not find their pants in the morning in the tent. Next came 20 amps for the first trailers with air conditioners. Then came 30 amps for the boxes that had air conditioning and electric hot water heaters. Now we have 50 amps for those who have 2 or more air conditioners, 2 or more 50 in. tvs, electric base board heaters, and of course a hair dryer.

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:20 PM   #3
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Yes you need to carry an adapter for these circumstances....and no it won't hurt your Bambi.

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:23 PM   #4
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Yes on the adapter, and no it won't hurt your trailer as long as the pole is correctly wired. You just won't blow your fuse if you go over 30 amps draw. Every day you plug items into electrical circuits that are rated for higher than their actual draw (for example, your hair dryer that Howie mentions above ).
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:33 PM   #5
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Kind of depends on where you like to go. Up here in high country, the need for 50 amps is pretty low, so we've not bothered to go switching bunches of sites over to that direction. Even in those cases, though, the box includes both a 50 and a 30.

There will be some high-end parks around that try to appeal to a higher-end crowd and may offer only 50 or 100 amps, no 30 amps. If your intent is to visit one of these, then your best bet is to get yourself one of the adapters. Here's the doo-dad on Amazon, but you'll be able to pick one up at lots of places:

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
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Sometimes, Lynn, it's not a choice. I have only needed mine a couple of times while pulling off the road for a quick overnight and the only spots available were 50Amp only.....A/C was needed to sleep. The first time, I got to buy my adapter at an inflated price at the campground store. I now carry it always and have had to use it again.

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:59 PM   #7
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Welcome! As stated, the more power you "need", the higher / bigger the AMPs. Our 34' AS was 30 Amp when built from 1999 till 2013 when I purchased and became caretakers #3.

We immediately realized one AC would not be a complete solution for "Texas Summer". That meant AC#2 and I had to improve the elec service from 30 to 50 AMPs in order to "operate" both simultaneously.

The bonus... My wife can run both TV for grandkritters, both ACs, the Microwave (MW), coffee pot, mixer, hair dryer, curling iron and water heater... And no breakers "Pop"!!!!! Momma happy!

Now, I can "camp" with no electricity.... Or running water... Heck I could even sleep "out", But it does act on my allergies a bit...

So, I try to keep the bedroom AC temp above 40 degrees when she isn't looking and pretend to be "upset" over the extra stuff.... Yup, I'm just a guy....
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:23 PM   #8
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Don't most 50 amp posts have the 30amp connector also? I've never found one that didn't.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:13 PM   #9
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I have seen one 50-amp only connector in my very limited experience with campgrounds. Having the adapter saved our trip that time. Our first site there was 30-amp, but it was wired incorrectly and we refused it. Only alternative was this 50-amp only site. Fortunately we had the adapter and it worked out OK.
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If you go to Alaska take your 15 amp adapter they don't have thirty that I found.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:26 PM   #11
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The 50 to 30 amp adapters mentioned should only be used if your camper has a 30 amp MAIN circuit breaker.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:26 PM   #12
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We stayed at a Washington State Park on the coast last year, and the campsite had both 50 and 30 amp sockets. However, the 30 amp was corroded; and the contacts were burned so badly that they had sprung and had no pin retention. Consequently, our shore power connector wouldn't stay plugged securely in the socket.

We were about to see if we could move to another site, when I remembered I had a 50-to-30 amp "dog bone" that was purchased at Walmart years ago and never used. I checked the 50 amp socket in the post, and it was brand new and looked like it had never been used.

So, that dogbone finally came in handy by saving us the hassle of moving to another site.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:08 PM   #13
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In our fairly extensive camping experience, we have found 50 amp only connections twice.

Also, all should be aware that at the Teraport sites at the Mothership, there is one electrical box that is shared by two sites. These boxes have one 30 amp and one 50 outlet. If you are second to arrive and the 30 amp outlet is already in use, you will need a 50 to 30 adapter. If two 50 amp Airstreams show up at the same power pole, it could create a problem.

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Old 05-15-2015, 05:01 PM   #14
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I've only been to two parks that only had 50 amp and 110 outlets and (surprise, surprise) they were both Motorcoach resorts. I remember talking to people about 100amp hookups not being too far off in the figure. I need 50 amp to run my 2nd AC. I also cannot sleep when it's too warm (1sf world problem much?) so I get pretty miffed when I show up to a park that advertised 50amps with nothing over 30 to be found.

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