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ZZSPIRAL1

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Posted: 03/25/13 11:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably a dumb question. I locked up a reservation at SILVER STRAND SB, CA. Let me just say reservations for 5 nights in early July on the beach is tough, so I was in a hurry. Anyway, Reserve America shows all of their sites as 50 amp, but my trailer is 30 amp. Two questions for the green RVer known as me.

1. Does 50 amp generally mean they can provide 30 amp from the same site?

2. Is there an adapter of some sort that's safe to use for conversion?

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There is an adapter commonly called a "dog bone" which converts 50AMP service to 30AMP service. Available online at many places, and at most Wal-marts.


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robsouth wrote:

There is an adapter commonly called a "dog bone" which converts 50AMP service to 30AMP service. Available online at many places, and at most Wal-marts.


I was just looking at Amazon. I assume they're safe.

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In this country you may assume that the electrical devices you buy will be safe.

50 to 30 UL listing

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The "dog bone" will give you 25 amps not 30 as it uses one leg of the 50 amp service. Most places that offer 50 amp service also have a 30 amp plug in the service box. But having the dog bone adapter is a good item to have, a few times my surge protecter showed a problem on a 30 amp plug and I used my adapter to run off of the 50 amp plug.

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xPIXx wrote:

The "dog bone" will give you 25 amps not 30 as it uses one leg of the 50 amp service. Most places that offer 50 amp service also have a 30 amp plug in the service box. But having the dog bone adapter is a good item to have, a few times my surge protecter showed a problem on a 30 amp plug and I used my adapter to run off of the 50 amp plug.


Noted. I don't have a surge protector. I should probably invest in one.

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xPIXx wrote:

The "dog bone" will give you 25 amps not 30 as it uses one leg of the 50 amp service. Most places that offer 50 amp service also have a 30 amp plug in the service box. But having the dog bone adapter is a good item to have, a few times my surge protecter showed a problem on a 30 amp plug and I used my adapter to run off of the 50 amp plug.



Just for correct info: Actually a 50 - 30 dogbone will supply 50 amps available on the one leg it taps. The 50 amp socket has a 50 amp breaker on each hot leg. Not a big deal because your 30 amp system should have the required internal 30 amp main breaker for your protection.

* This post was edited 03/25/13 11:58pm by tomousecap *


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Posted: 03/26/13 04:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ZZSpiral1, yes, invest in a surge protector. It's an inexpensive ($129.00) insurance policy.

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Posted: 03/26/13 04:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is what a RV50A-30A "DOGBONE" adapter looks like...


This is what a RV30A-15A "DOGBONE" adapter looks like...


Another item you should have in your trailer somewhere where you can glance at it is this RV120VAC plug-in VOLTMETER. The beauty of this 120VAC VOLTMETER is it has the safe "GREEN" scale shown on the meter panel.


Yet another MOST USEFUL item to have aboard is a good quality 10GAUGE (10-3) heavy duty extension cord. (Mine is 50-foot long) You can probably get away with a 12GAUGE (12-3) extension cord for this purpose but DO NOT rely on the most common 14-GAUGE (red-orange) you find at most stores like LOWES and WALMART.


These items are almost a must have have addition to your RV TOOL BOX for having the right adapters on hand for shore power hookups when you are on the road camping.

Works good for me at any rate...

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ZZSPIRAL1 wrote:


Noted. I don't have a surge protector. I should probably invest in one.


you should NOT invest in a surge protector. you SHOULD invest in a multi function surge protector. do not throw 90$ away, spend $250 and get a good one.
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