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Old 07-05-2003, 06:56 PM   #15
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Greetings Chitown Airstreamers!

what about my cord-do I just get a new one with the funny looking three prong plug?
I am rather surprised that you '66 Caravel doesn't already have the 30 AMP cord and plug as my '64 Overlander has had the 30 AMP setup for as long as I can remember. The 30 AMP plug is the older industry standard and is typically supported by most campgrounds. Many of the current upscale RVs have a 50 AMP plug, but at the campgrounds where I have stayed the boxes that had 50 AMP outlets also had 30 AMP and quite often 15 AMP outlets as well. Most of the people with whom I travel carry an assortment of adapters to work with a number of situations. For instance I carry the following in my coaches:

1. 30-AMP to 50-AMP adapter - - for use in a campground whose electrical boxes do not have a 30-AMP outlet - - I haven't had to use this adapter - yet.

2. 30-AMP to 15-AMP (one block style and one "T"-cord style) - - used at most rallys where minimal electric is supplied - - always used at International Rally.

If you have trouble finding the 30-AMP outlets and corresponding boxes, I have found RV dealers to be a best-source alternative. In the rural area where I live, the electrical supply house counterperson gave me the strangest blank stare when I asked for a 30-AMP 120 Volt exterior outlet and box assembly - - was determined that it had to be a 240 volt application - - that is when I called my nearby Mallard dealer who sold me the necessary hardware that my electrician installed.


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Good catch, I missed the question on the cord end. It cannot be original, even the 65 Safari I had came equipped with original cord, 30 amp, and it was what was shown in the owners manual.

That could be more of the issue than anything else we have suggested. I would start with the cord. Who knows how much the spliced on end is creating in resistance. I think we all assumed that the cord had a 30 amp end.

The easiest way to replace it is to buy a 25 foot 30 amp extension cord from the local camping place and cut off the female end. You will need to follow the cord into the panel on the trailer and once again follow the wire colors. Depending on the local Home Depot they may have 30 amp RV ends. They run 10 bucks or so. Before you install it though, be sure it fits through the hole you feed your wire through this is the voice of experience speaking

This is something I usally have to do on every unit I buy. Ends get frayed, poor campground outlets overheat and cause the hot leg to melt in the end, wire spliced by PO with wire nuts and electrical tape. You get the picture.

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