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Old 05-13-2016, 08:17 AM   #1
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Any reason not to use a 15/30 AMP adapter?

Hi All,
I bought one to run a dehumidifier in the TT when parked in the driveway and have lights when I'm tooling around in there (I think it may keep the battery charged as well as a bonus). Since I don't have a 30 amp receptacle (yet), I just use the garage 120/15 amp and plug the extension cord into the 15/30 amp adapter. I don't come anywhere near the 15amps.

The dealers say no sweat, but Jayco says no way. Any opinions?

Thanks for any replies,

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I use mine all the time at home and some camp sites that don't have 30amp
You just have to watch your load use
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I've done this with 3 different TT's and my current MH and have never had any issues. Did you ask Jayco why?
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They said something about fluctuating power draw...didn't really get it. The manual also warns against it...
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I use the 15 amp at home for when I am getting the trailer ready to go. I use the yellow outside heavy duty cord with the shortest run possible to my trailer, 15 foot. Along with that, I do not use my A/C or microwave. Never had any problem.
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I think you're fine as long as you don't try to run the A/C.
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I think you're fine as long as you don't try to run the A/C.

For sure regarding the A/C. Won't be much left of your adapter, I was lucky that it fried the adapter and not the A/C. Now that I think about it, that A/C went out a few weeks later.
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Probably a CYA as there is really nothing you can hurt. Just make sure there are good clean connections and do it. As I type this, our 5er is connected with a 50 to 30 to 15 amp home service via adapters and when we travel, I almost always use a 50 to 30 adapter (only one a/c until next week) instead of dragging that beast of a 50A cord out.
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Any chance you have or could install a 20amp outlet? With that you could easily use your AC as well. That's what I do.
Also, you could plug in a Kill-a-watt meter to help monitor what the amp draw is.
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Go for it. Not a problem.
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Please 'copy/paste' and then post EXACT warning Jayco expressed in their manual!!!


Never seen anything in writing.


I have a 50A 5th wheel......bought it in Nov. 2006 for FT living/travel.
We lived in it from Dec 06 thru Mar 07 along side of house using a 50A to 30A adapter and a 30A to 15A adapter plugged into a 15A outlet.

House was empty (had an Estate Sale to get rid of our 'Stuff') and we were waiting on close of Escrow.

15A provided enough to maintain batteries via converter/charger and 2 TVs .
We used propane to cook, heat, fridge and water heater-----city water was only Non-self contained item we used.

Used same set up couple times while traveling for 7 yrs were 15A AC was all that was available.

Thought that was what those adapters were for........and 'UL Certified'

I prefer the better 'dog-leg' VS the 'puck' style.
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Hi All,
I bought one to run a dehumidifier in the TT when parked in the driveway and have lights when I'm tooling around in there (I think it may keep the battery charged as well as a bonus). Since I don't have a 30 amp receptacle (yet), I just use the garage 120/15 amp and plug the extension cord into the 15/30 amp adapter. I don't come anywhere near the 15amps.
The dealers say no sweat, but Jayco says no way. Any opinions?
Thanks for any replies,
Dave
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I doubt that running a both your dehumidifier and your inverter/charger from a 15A receptacle will cause you any problem.

Whenever my 50A coach is at my house it's plugged into a 15A garage receptacle via a 50 foot 12/3 extension cord and a 15A to 50A electrical adapter....(has been for 20 years).

My inverter/charger runs continually and maintains the batteries... and I sometimes also run a 1500 watt space heater... OR the refidgerator.... OR a Vacuum cleaner... OR the satellite receiver/TV.

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Any chance you have or could install a 20amp outlet? With that you could easily use your AC as well. That's what I do.
I do that also.
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If you are using a 15 amp outlet (15 amps at 120 volts is 1800 watts), and use the proper wire size for the length of the run of any extension cord you might use, you could use the 15 amp outlet to:
- run the lights
- run the water pump
- run a fan to circulate the air, which might help the dehumidifier work better
And ...
- run the fridge (The Norcold manual I have doesn't tell me what the power draw is on AC, but it has an 8 amp fuse on the AC line)
- run the microwave (1200 watts at 120 volts is 10 amps)
- run the electric side of the hot water heater (if equipped, mine claims to use approximately 1400 watts at 120 volts which is a little less than 12 amps)

But I can't use the air conditioning.
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