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tealboy

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Posted: 03/07/18 06:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As a soon to be or wanna be rv-er, wondering if I should pick up this pigtail I saw on clearance at Walmart for $5. Seems cheap enough and something I will eventually need but not sure. It is 30amp male with 18 inches of cord connected to a 50 amp female.

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Posted: 03/07/18 06:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you buying a rig with 50A service?


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I have stayed in a number of locations that did not provide 50A service and had to use a 30A to 50A adapter. I am assuming the original poster intends to purchase a 50A RV.....


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Can’t go wrong for $5. Whether you ever need it or not.

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Posted: 03/07/18 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“Seems cheap enough and something I will eventually need..” Possible but are you putting the cart before the horse?


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Posted: 03/07/18 06:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

tealboy wrote:

As a soon to be or wanna be rv-er,


Yes. In some situations you will need it.....IF and only IF you get an RV that is equipped for 50 amp service.

Then....you need to understand that "50 amp service" really is TWO 50 amp feeds for a total of 100 AMPS. So if you plug a "50 amp" RV into a 30 amp feed, you likely will NOT be able to use all of your 110 V stuff at the same time. Like only one A/C for instance.


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Posted: 03/07/18 08:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have them all, but never have used them. I'm either on 50 amp or gen-set.
our kids are a 30 amp trailer, they often only see a 50 amp service, so they use a 30 to 50 connector


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If you are buying a 50 amp RV, then yes. If you are buying a 30 amp RV you should get one with 50 amp male and 30 amp female instead. (And a 15 amp male to whichever rig you buy.)


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I have used both the 50A receptacle to 30A trailer (when I had a 30A trailer) and the opposite - 30A receptacle to 50A trailer. Usually I've needed these when either the needed receptacle wasn't working, but in some cases, it wasn't available. As I can run all but the 2nd AC unit on the 50A and draw only 24A or so, the 30A works pretty well for me when needed.

I have a 30A generator, so the adapter is useful there as well.

I also have a 15A -> 30A adapter; I can charge the mobile house batteries while the rig is parked at the fixed house. [emoticon]

You never know when you'll be in a "situation", so flexibility is a good thing.


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Posted: 03/08/18 05:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Appreciate the feedback. For 5nucks , I think I will buy it. I am anticipating I will end up with a DP, 3-5 years old in the $175-225 range so 50 amp svc

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