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Old 09-11-2017, 05:32 PM   #1
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How do I plug in when at home?

There's a 220v extension cord on my new 1999 travel trailer which apparently powers everything inside. I'm wondering if there's a way to plug into 120v when my camper's parked at home so the nephews or other family can use the camper when visiting at my house.

There is no practical way to get 220v from my dryer out to the camper.

Any ideas?

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How many prongs does your cable have? if there are 3 then it's a 120 volt 30 amp RV. Very few TT's were 50 amp back in '99
Adapters, available even at WalMart.
Don't plug into your dryer outlet unless you verify that it's not a 220 volt 30 amp plug for the dryer.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:39 PM   #3
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There's a 220v extension cord on my new 1999 travel trailer which apparently powers everything inside. I'm wondering if there's a way to plug into 120v when my camper's parked at home so the nephews or other family can use the camper when visiting at my house.

There is no practical way to get 120v from my dryer out to the camper.

Any ideas?

Thank you,
Tom
If you plug your coach plug into the dryer or stove outlet, power won't be a problem but a fire from all of your now fried electronics and electrical systems might be. Your system is either 30 or 50 amp 110 volt .
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:40 PM   #4
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They sell an adaptor for 50 amp to 15 amp so you can plug into a standard outlet. Wal-Mart or any camping store will have it. Its often called a dog bone.

Keep in mind that you can only run limited stuff on 15 amp 120 volt service.
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There's a 220v extension cord on my new 1999 travel trailer which apparently powers everything inside. I'm wondering if there's a way to plug into 120v when my camper's parked at home so the nephews or other family can use the camper when visiting at my house.

There is no practical way to get 120v from my dryer out to the camper.

Any ideas?

Thank you,
Tom
So much scarieness in one post.

If your "new" 1999 RV has a 50 amp connector it technically does carry 220 VAC, but nothing in the RV runs on 220 VAC, it is all 120 VAC.

Most electric dryer connections are 220 VAC, not 120 VAC, and your dryer plug is not compatible with your RV plug.

Except for running 2 Air Conditioners, you can get a "dogbone" adapter for your RV plug which will allow you to plug it into a standard 120 VAC 20 amp household plug.
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Do a search on this forum -- covered many times and many ways. First--a dryer plug ain't the same as an RV plug so don't even go there. Normal 20 amp plug in your garage won't power much in RV--also, GFI plug doesn't always work either. If you do go with 20 amps, then you need "extra-heavy" duty extension cord to use max 20 amp draw. Need at least 30 amps to run A/C and anything else, which means special plug, wiring, breaker, and cord....
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I have an issue with this laptop doing editing. A google search will get you reams and reams on information.
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I use the Walmart adapter to knock my 30 amps down to 15 amps when it's at home in the drive way for packing/unpacking. That gives the fridge a jump start and makes sure the battery is full. However, it is not good for the air conditioner to be run on less than the full 30 amps. All other appliances should be fine, but you may be limited on how many other things can run at a time
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There's a 220v extension cord on my new 1999 travel trailer which apparently powers everything inside. I'm wondering if there's a way to plug into 120v when my camper's parked at home so the nephews or other family can use the camper when visiting at my house.

There is no practical way to get 120v from my dryer out to the camper.

Any ideas?

Thank you,
Tom
I suspect you have either a 30amp (3 prong) or 50 amp (4 prong) plug on your shore line for the TT. If it is a 3 prong 30amp plug, don't just plug it into a clothes dryer outlet. A clothes dryer outlet is truly wired for 220V and a 30 amp RV plug is wired for 120VAC. So you need to have a 30 amp outlet properly wired for RV's.

With appropriate adaptors, you can connect your RV shore line to a standard 20 amp duplex receptacle.
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Wow, such great information and so fast, thank you all! I went out and looked at the plug and it's the 3-prong type. I had thought those were 220 plugs. The guy I bought it from said that the trailer has some sort of converter that changes the electricity, so that's what I thought was going on.

So, I will take all your (all y'all's) advice and look for an appropriate adapter. My gosh, so much to learn!

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It's a pretty easy task for a qualified electrician to ADD either a 30A or 50A breaker (as needed) into your existing house panel. From there they can run a dedicated circuit to a location convenient to where you park the TT and wire up a compatible receptacle. If you go that route, you can power up everything, including AC's in case you use the rig for visitors.
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The converter the previous owner told you about, converts the 120 volts coming into your trailer to 12 volts. That 12 volts powers your interior lights and other items in the trailer that run on or require 12 volts as an ignition source
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Take a look in all the compartments of the trailer. Most people want an adapter, and seldom take them out of the rv when they sell it. You might already have one. It will have a female end that your cord plugs in to, as well as a standard plug that will plug into your home outlet.
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Something like these will work for getting power to the trailer. One end into the standard household outlet, the other to the trailer 30 amp plug. These will only provide 15 amp service which is good for converter/charger. Lights and refrigerator will run fine. Running the roof top air conditioner would be iffy as it requires a fairly large current draw at start up.


or,,,,, (these are usually less reliable)

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