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Posted: 02/26/12 09:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

NewsW wrote:

The limitation is the output of your genset and / or the on shore plug.

Do you have 50A output there?

If not, you are wasting your money.


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ASPENMAN wrote:

keep in mind that if you go to 50amps - you will also have to upgrade to the larger generator. Additionaly most CG's now charge extra for 50amps. To me it's a question of if you can afford the cost of the 50amp upgrade and the cost of the generator upgrade - go for it. Will you really need it??????????
I decided not to do the upgrade on my NEXUS.


Getting a 50A system will not require you to upgrade the generator. You will be just limited to using electricity at the lower rating of the generator. If normally running two A/Cs on a 50A system, you would just have to limit yourself to only one A/C when running a 30A generator.

True, most campgrounds charge more for a 50A site. You don't have to use a 50A site though. You can always use a 50A to 30A dogbone to connect up to the 30A pedestal.

Some RVers with 50A systems also carry a 30A cord so they won't have to wrestle with the 50A cord when they are able to connect to a 30A pedestal. Better quality 50A cords are available that are more flexible in cold weather.

Getting the optional 50A system now will be far less expensive and easier than upgrading later if the OP's power needs should change in the future, such wanting to run more electrical heat instead of burning propane in the winter or adding a second A/C.

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Well if you upgrade to a 50amp service this must mean you need a 50 amp service so of what value would a 4.0 gen be - it won;t support 50 amps.
If you upgrade to 50amps then an upgrade to 5.5 gen is needed. Is it mandatory - NO - is it sensible - YES.


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ASPENMAN wrote:

Well if you upgrade to a 50amp service this must mean you need a 50 amp service so of what value would a 4.0 gen be - it won;t support 50 amps.
If you upgrade to 50amps then an upgrade to 5.5 gen is needed. Is it mandatory - NO - is it sensible - YES.


not needed. you can always fire up the 4.0 genset at a rest area to run microwave, run one AC, etc.
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randrx2 wrote:

Just make sure you buy a 30A to 50A dogbone (yes that is what they are called). Make sure it is a 30A FEMALE to a 50A MALE. There is another one that allows a 50A coach to plug into a 30A receptacle, you don't want that one.


I find some confusion here. a 50A male to a 30 amp female allows a 30 amp coach to plug into a 50 amp receptacle. a 30 amp male to 50 amp female lets you plug a 50 amp coach into a 30 amp outlet.
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That's what I said. She has a 30A coach. What is confusing?


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In other words limp by as best you can - makes no sense IMHO - If you are going to do something - do it right - don't cheapen the effort.

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randrx2 wrote:

Bumpyroad wrote:

randrx2 wrote:

Just make sure you buy a 30A to 50A dogbone (yes that is what they are called). Make sure it is a 30A FEMALE to a 50A MALE. There is another one that allows a 50A coach to plug into a 30A receptacle, you don't want that one.


I find some confusion here. a 50A male to a 30 amp female allows a 30 amp coach to plug into a 50 amp receptacle. a 30 amp male to 50 amp female lets you plug a 50 amp coach into a 30 amp outlet.
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That's what I said. She has a 30A coach. What is confusing?


MY bad, the OP was considering a 50 amp coach. in which case a 30 male to 50 female would be required.
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