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Old 02-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #1
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I'm having issues locating the right kind of converter to plug my trailer into a house outlet. The trailer plug has two straight prongs (in an L) at the top and a round prong at the bottom (see picture) the trailer adapter plug I ordered off of eBay however has the same two straight prongs (in an L) at the top but a half round prong on the bottom. Does anyone know where I can find a 15 amp male to 30 amp female adapter for the correct prongs? Thanks for the help!
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The one in your photo appears to be correct one to go from 30 amp RV to 20 amp household. Those adapters are available off the rack at most Wal-Marts.

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The only thing wrong with the adapter I have is the half round prong hole ( the trailer plug is a full round prong) I can't insert the round prong in the half round hole, it just won't go in
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The only thing wrong with the adapter I have is the half round prong hole ( the trailer plug is a full round prong) I can't insert the round prong in the half round hole, it just won't go in
Cant you just buy the right plug and swap em out? I made a 50 amp 30' cord that way.
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If that lower photo is not for a 30 amp RV, I don't know what it could be for. There is no other similar outlet that I am aware of.

Both of my adapters look just like yours. You have the correct adapter. It looks like the round prong on your RV plug might be a little bent out of line.

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Ok, let me ask anyway. Did you check CampingWorld? Under "electrical converters?
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If that lower photo is not for a 30 amp RV, I don't know what it could be for. There is no other similar outlet that I am aware of.

Both of my adapters look just like yours. You have the correct adapter. It looks like the round prong on your RV plug might be a little bent out of line.

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Brian.

DO NOT use the right hand adapter, IF your going to run the AC.

It will melt and possibly catch on fire, as they ave many times in the past.

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The only thing wrong with the adapter I have is the half round prong hole ( the trailer plug is a full round prong) I can't insert the round prong in the half round hole, it just won't go in
I have run into this problem on the older AS which use the round ground plug pin. The newer standard is the D shaped ground pin. You may have to do some looking to find an adaptor which will take the round pin, and I can't suggest a brand, but there are some out there.

You also can replace the plug on your power cord with a newer one which has the D shaped ground. Since your plug is 35 + years old, might not be a bad idea anyway.
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Brian.

DO NOT use the right hand adapter, IF your going to run the AC.

It will melt and possibly catch on fire, as they ave many times in the past.

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Andy, I never use the air conditioner or heat pump with any 30 amp to 20 amp adapter. What I was pointing out is that the OP has the correct adapter already for what he is trying to do.

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Thanks for the replies, I have checked camping world but no luck...
Any tips on or links to threads dealing with replacing the plug?
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The round and D-shaped terminals are supposed to be interchangeable. You could try using a little grease, or try cleaning up the ground pin with some emery cloth. I use the electrical grease sold in home centers for use with aluminum wiring but ordinary chassis grease or vaseline will work. You might have to use a little force and rock the plug in a circular motion while pushing it in. Also the connectors tend to shrink in cold weather (below 30 degrees) and become difficult to connect, and while I see you say you're in the bay area that could be a factor if you were trying this somewhere cold. Finally it may just be that the adapter you got was poorly made -- trying another style or brand might help.

Replacement plugs are readily available and are not difficult to install for someone who has electrical experience. I don't suggest trying it without supervision if you haven't replaced plugs on things like extension cords or power tools before. Here is one source:

Power Grip Replacement Plug - 30A - Camco RV 55245 - Electrical Adapters - Camping World
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