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Old 11-03-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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I have an adapter queation. We just got a 66 Caravel and would like to plug it in. No having a out let that matches the trailer plug I'm looking at 15a/30a adapter. The web site says it's OK to charge the battery but there is a warning that it is dangerous to draw more than 15 amps from a 15 amp outlet.
Does anyone have any advise as to what I should avoid doing to stay with in the 15 amp limit?
Also my trailer plug appears to be missing what I'm assuming is the grounding prong.
Do I need to replace the plug or can I fix it?

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Old 11-03-2010, 07:33 PM   #2
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I would definitely replace the plug or go for a new cable with a molded plug.

Don't try and run the Air Conditioner with the 15 amp adapter. That should be the only big draw item in your trailer.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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That plug has to be replaced NOW. That is the ground terminal and without it the trailer is FLOATING and any problem will result in 120 trailer to ground which may be you standing outside.

I don't generally get excited with a lot of the precautions that are posted here but this one warrants attention before you go any further.
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That plug has to be replaced NOW. That is the ground terminal and without it the trailer is FLOATING and any problem will result in 120 trailer to ground which may be you standing outside.

I don't generally get excited with a lot of the precautions that are posted here but this one warrants attention before you go any further.
Thanks for the warning. Currenly just using the battery. I won't plug it in untill I find a plug replacement. Will start looking for one.

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In the mean time just use a battery charger plugged into the house to keep the battery up.
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I'm a fan of the molded end cables but you most certainly can replace the plug and reuse cable if it is still serviceable. The plug you'll need a NEMA TT-30P.

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