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Old 07-28-2003, 10:51 AM   #1
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Question power cord end

my '73 Overlander has a 15amp breaker inside. What I would like to know is since by dogbone (the reducer from huge plug to regular 110 household plug) is shorting out, could I just cut off the big male plug end on the cord and replace it with a household male plug end? If I do this will I need an amp reducer to plug into a 30 amp power supply (because I have a 15 amp breaker inside my trailer)?

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The cord is a 30 amp cord, therefore you could safely put an plug up to a 30A plug on it. A regular 110 household plug would be just fine.

The 30A to 15A adapter is ordinarily not a really good idea since there is a weak link (the regular 110 household plug) between the 30A breaker in the campground supply and the cord. Lots of people do it, though, especially older popups and get away with it.
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Old 07-28-2003, 12:02 PM   #3
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power cord end

I need to put a new end on my power cord. What kind of male plug end should I get?

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You will have to read the fine print, but the larger home improvemnt stores sell a replacemnt end for around 10 bucks US.

You need to be sure it say recreational vehicle use on it, otherwise you have a 220 Volt end and the color codes may not match.

Another option is to buy a new 30 amp extension cord from the local camper store and cut off the female end and wire it into the main panel on the trailer. This leaves you with a female end that you can add a 15 amp plug to for a dogbone, just remeber not to cut it too short!

If you are not comfortable with the process or electricity in general get a pro to do it. The cost is minimal compared to the damage or injury that can occur if not done properly
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The cord is a 30 amp cord, therefore you could safely put an plug up to a 30A plug on it. A regular 110 household plug would be just fine.

The 30A to 15A adapter is ordinarily not a really good idea since there is a weak link (the regular 110 household plug) between the 30A breaker in the campground supply and the cord. Lots of people do it, though, especially older popups and get away with it.
I use one too, just not with the A/C running!

I am eventually going to have a 30a line pulled through the conduit I have going to my detached garage.
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Some owners that have had the 30 amp plug go bad, have opted perhaps for a better solution than changing just the plug.

They purchase the Canadian 36 foot cable, and use it to replace the original 25 foot cable.

Provides an extra 11 feet of cable (lord knows, we all needed an extra couple of feet cable or so once in a while), along with a new cable.

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