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Old 10-06-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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Weird shore power adapter needed help find?

Hi - I am new - brand new I just got a 65 Caravel, I need to make the vintage plug plug into my house plug - or a regular grounded house plug. Some one suggested any RV supply would have this but I have not seen any quite like the Caravel plug config - if the photo is dark please look - the top pin is more like an "L" shape and the two bottom pins are longer than most -
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:04 AM   #2
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That's a 220V clothes dryer plug.

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Old 10-06-2016, 11:11 AM   #3
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The plug, as Tim noted, is a 220V Dryer Plug, know as a NEMA 10-30 plug.
It is not compatible with the receptacle which is a NEMA TT-30 Travel Trailer receptacle.

The person who suggested you go to a RV store is correct. Get a RV 30 amp cord and an adapter to plug into a house outlet. You can also find RV cords at Walmart or Home Depot.
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The previous owner must have made a home made extension cable and had a non-standard plug put on the house. I would not use any of these components as they could easily mistaken and plugged into a standard 220 volt outlet that would cause you about $1000 of damage.
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In any electrical application, you hafta be careful with power supply plugs vs cords. They may look alike. But they're oh, so different.

Electrical engineers created subtle plug-in differences for good reason. They make plug-in's idiot proof to prevent serious mishaps, like plugging your 110 volt cord into a 220 volt outlet.

Another example: Although they're both 220, clothes dryers and electric stoves have different power supply plug configurations; 30 amp vs 50 amp, with amperage stamped on the outlet.

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Is the bottom pic of the receptacle on the coach? If so that is wrong as well. It should be a male connection where the female plugs into it. Otherwise a male connection is required which is very dangerous.
Tell us what you have and want to do. The dryer plug is the WRONG plug.
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I bet the cord is connected so you will get 30A 120V out of any 3wire dryer rec.
By connecting green and white to the "L" shape prong.
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Connecting the green (ground) and white (neutral) together is entirely incorrect. This should only be done in the main panel.
The black, white and green wires on an RV plug or receptacle are terminated independent of one another.
The receptacle is clearly marked as to what wires go where. The plug is also marked if it is one you install yourself.
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Weird shore power adapter needed help find?

Another case of needing to do it right, or not do it at all.

Electrical stuff can and will bite you if you don't do it right. The original connector is jury-rigged and a hazard to life and limb.

Cut it off and wire the correct plug properly. Isolated neutral and safety earth (green ground) must be in the right places on the correct plug, and wired correctly to the AS power panel.


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Didn't say it was safe! Just an educated guess as to what it is, worked for the PO .he most likely didn't camp and just kept it in his yard....if you were to open the cap ( plug) I will bet the green and white are connected together. And yes you could get a possibly fatal shock off the skin of the trailer in certain conditions, like bare feet in the rain. So pick up a rv plug and put it on and move on to the next problem!
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Weird shore power adapter needed help find?

I'm often amazed at some of the weird electrical stuff I have found in homes. It seems even professional electricians will miswire or forget to tighten wires occasionally. I recently replaced an outlet where the hot wire jumped off when I pulled the outlet out of the box. The screw was not even tightened!


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