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Old 07-11-2012, 08:18 AM   #15
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one of the main issues is whether you are getting 30 amps of power from the 30 amp outlet. ive stayed in fairgrounds, old campgrounds, and behind fire stations, and used electric at fmca/good sam rallies. . just because you have a 30 or 50 amp outlet doesnt mean you are getting that amount of amperage. old undersize wiring, too many people on the same supply gives you less amperage. 10 people on a 50 amp service line cuts the available amperage way down. if i have a choice, i use 50 amps everytime. while i may not get the full amps, i at least get more than 30.
everytime i get asked by a campground "how old is your rv?" i ask how old is your campground. if its older than 10 years, i ask when they upgraded their electric. especially in the summer. its important to me, maybe not to others.
if they cant answer, i move on.
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This is why it is important to monitor the line voltage with 30 or 50 amps. We frequently camp at Corps of Engineer campgrounds and over the past few years, I have noticed them converting 30 amp stations to 50 amps. They change the outlet, and install a wider pedestal, but no wiring changes, which works well until they get a bunch of sites changed on that old infrastructure, then the water pressure drops. Wonder if there are any engineers in the Corps of Engineers? Last week were camping at such a site and with the temp at 108, you can guess what happened.
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