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Old 06-19-2016, 10:54 AM   #1
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10 gauge extension cord, dog bone and surge protector..

If I purchase all of these, can I use them together without surge protector tripping off electricity?
10 guage 30' ft extension, dog bone 30 amp to 15 amp?
Going to stay with friends and need to know if this is doable.
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Are you going to use the 30' 10 gauge cord as an extension on your RV shore cord? Are you going to use air conditioner or other high amp devices? The 10 gauge 30' cord is good to about 15 amps, which is about what an RV rooftop A/C uses. In addition you'll have a converter/charger and perhaps other draws, so you're maxing out the cord. The dog bone 15 amp plug is also a limiting your power draw.

You'll be fine as long as you don't try to run an A/C, toaster, hair dryer, etc.
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Your cord gauge is just fine for 30 amp, but since you are pluging into 15 amp service, that's your limit. We have 20 amp service and just enough for us to run the a/c if we have too , but even then the voltage is just adequate ! Check you voltage !!!
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A 10 gauge cord is rated for 30 amps. The 15 amp outlet is your max. Running a 13k BTU AC will be pushing it even if everything else is turned off.
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If I purchase all of these, can I use them together without surge protector tripping off electricity?
10 guage 30' ft extension, dog bone 30 amp to 15 amp?
Going to stay with friends and need to know if this is doable.
Thanks
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I have had no problems plugging my 50A coach into a 15A outlet, using a 50' 12 gauge extension cord and the required adapters, when storing my coach.
However not very much can be used in the coach with only 15A of power.
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If I purchase all of these, can I use them together without surge protector tripping off electricity?
10 guage 30' ft extension, dog bone 30 amp to 15 amp?
Going to stay with friends and need to know if this is doable.
Thanks
So... as others have said, you'll be good up to the 15 amp (or maybe 20 amp) limit of the 3 prong 15 amp plug. It will maintain the RV but not allow for A/C or other high amp devices.

Your surge protector won't trip if things are wired properly. According to what type of protector you have, it only clamps down on surges, it doesn't shut down when amperage is more than the cords/plugs can handle. If it's an EMS, it also monitors low/high voltages, wiring issues, etc.

Plugging in to a house, don't assume a 3 prong plug looking like your 30 amp RV shore cord. It likely is a 240 dryer or range outlet. Check before plugging into any outlet that isn't a dedicated RV outlet.
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