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Old 11-06-2012, 11:27 AM   #1
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Shore Power Cord

The 30 amp shore power cord on my 1965 Safari has two straight blades set at an angle to each other, with an L shaped ground centered below. Grainger Supply's part number 1430P. On my first trip I visited three different camp grounds and found the shore power at each utilized a plug with the same two angled straight blades, however the ground was a half round style. Looks like a mouth frowning!
I do not really want to cut off my current trailer plug, although it might be necessary. I am wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase a adapter to convert the apparently older style to the newer? My trailer came with an adapter to convert my plug from the 30 amp configuration to the 15/20 amp wall plug so I was able to utilize the shore power.
I have searched this site and the internet, but have not yet been able to find one.

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:50 AM   #2
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Instead of cutting off your current plug you could make an adapter by connecting a receptacle to a short length of cable and the male 30A RV plug on the other end. However, I think I would opt to replace the plug with the correct one. The RV plug you described being compatible with the RV parks is the current standard. I don't believe I've ever seen the type on your trailer in use at any of the parks we've visited over the past many years.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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wrong shore line plug

Hi Stan, well, you have the "wrong" type of shore line plug. Obviously, you want to match the RV parks and for that matter, any 30amp 120VAC rv receptacle (many rv owners put such a receptacle at their storage place). You will find life much simpler if you convert the end of your shore line to the RV 3 prong (round grounding blade). Then all the "standard" RV adapters will match you up to whatever configuration you run across. Most box stores have the RV style of plugs and of course most stores similar to Camping World have them as well as all sorts of adapters.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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What you have (at least my best guess) is a dryer plug. They're the ones with the "L" shaped ground.

What you need is an RV plug. (OK, I linked to photos of the outlets because they are clearer than the photos of the plugs.)

It is important to note that dryers (and electric stoves which use a similar {but different nonetheless} plug to RVs) are usually wired to 220 volts. Plugging into these outlets can have dire consequences.
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Before you modify anything, take a look at this chart:
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and tell us which plug you actually have. This chart is the only one I found with the "L"-shaped grounding posts you describe.

As long as the plug you have is the one in the right-hand column, second from the bottom, then it should not be difficult to make a 30-amp to 30-amp conversion, or cut off the plug and attach a new one of the right configuration.

If your plug matches the 20-amp or 15-amp configurations with L-shaped grounds, though, then it wouldn't be as simple.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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Before you modify anything, take a look at this chart:
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and tell us which plug you actually have. This chart is the only one I found with the "L"-shaped grounding posts you describe.

As long as the plug you have is the one in the right-hand column, second from the bottom, then it should not be difficult to make a 30-amp to 30-amp conversion, or cut off the plug and attach a new one of the right configuration.

If your plug matches the 20-amp or 15-amp configurations with L-shaped grounds, though, then it wouldn't be as simple.
The locking outlets in the chart don't match his description,

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The 30 amp shore power cord on my 1965 Safari has two straight blades set at an angle to each other, with an L shaped ground centered below.
they have curved blades to allow them to be twisted into the locked position.

A dryer cord, on the other hand, has "two straight blades set at an angle to each other, with an L shaped ground centered below." It's also a lot more common cord than the locking ones. It's my guess that someone put a dryer cord on. Seems like stuff like that happens. I know I have seen dryers with stove cords and vice versa in houses.
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The locking outlets in the chart don't match his description,
You're right. I was more focused on the L-shaped ground, and missed the straight prongs. I stand corrected.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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You're right. I was more focused on the L-shaped ground, and missed the straight prongs. I stand corrected.
However, it's a great chart. There's good information there. Now I can see myself trying to find it again in six months or a year.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:38 PM   #9
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If you decide to replace the plug be sure you wire the new plug correctly. It should be marked with at least letters that show where the black and white wires terminate. This is very important.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:51 PM   #10
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Take a qick glance

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I think the chart looks like the faces of campers they start off looking all happy. and the more repairs you do the more convoluted they look. Or perhaps the change comes after a few of those fire side gatherings with fellow AS folks.
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You might think about just buying a whole new 30 AMP cord with the correct plug. They need to be replaced every now and then anyway and don't cost a lot.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:21 PM   #12
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I agree with Joe, just replace the entire thing with a new cord with the molded on plug. It hard wires in to a junction box.

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The 30 amp shore power cord on my 1965 Safari has two straight blades set at an angle to each other, with an L shaped ground centered below. Grainger Supply's part number 1430P. On my first trip I visited three different camp grounds and found the shore power at each utilized a plug with the same two angled straight blades, however the ground was a half round style. Looks like a mouth frowning!
I do not really want to cut off my current trailer plug, although it might be necessary. I am wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase a adapter to convert the apparently older style to the newer? My trailer came with an adapter to convert my plug from the 30 amp configuration to the 15/20 amp wall plug so I was able to utilize the shore power.
I have searched this site and the internet, but have not yet been able to find one.

Stan
When we bought our '66 Trade Wind over 6 years ago that's the plug that was on our power cord..it appeared to be original. I did not discover this until we were 'hooking' up at our first rally. We were nowhere to get an adapter so we dry camped that weekend. When home I bought a 30 amp plug and replaced the 'strange' one and also bought a 30 - 50 amp adapter.

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:46 PM   #14
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Replacing the cord is not a bad thought. I would certainly give it a good looking over and if I found any sign of worn or damaged insulation I would replace.
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