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Old 04-05-2014, 06:19 PM   #1
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Where Did the 15 -20 amp Outlet Go?

Admittedly we have been out of the camping scene for 4 years now, but yesterday we pulled into a campground, got everything all set up and when I went to plug in the electric cord there wasn't any 15 or 20 amp outlets. Only 30 and 50 amp outlets. Normally this wouldn't be a problem except the power supply box was 70 feet away. I had 25 feet of 50 amp cord, and 50 feet of a 20 amp extension cord, but since there wasn't any 15-20 amp socket we couldn't use it.

Is this normal?

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Old 04-05-2014, 07:25 PM   #2
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The Power Box being 70' away Is Not Normal. Usually it is very close. There are Adapters on the market that let you jump down from 50 amp to a 30 amp an a 30 amp to 15 or 20 amp. Reminder using this limits you to 20 amps in the RV.

Only having 30 or 50 amps available is becoming more common.

The last time I was maybe 50 feet from a post was years ago when we parked in a field.

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Old 04-05-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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Wow 70 ft is a log way from the MH. I carry 2-25 foot 50 amp cords but have never used the second one. Don't ask me why I bother to carry the second one. But I do carry a 50 ft extenstion cord and an adapter from 15/20 amp. to 50 amp. I only use that cord for outside elect. lighting etc.
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Old 04-06-2014, 06:08 AM   #4
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I have an adapter to go from 20 amp to 30 amp, and one that goes from 30 to 50, but never thought I would need one to go from 30 to 20.

According to a regular here at Carter Caver State Resort Park, the older area has post with only 20 amp outlets, and the older rebuilt area has 20 and 30 amp outlets and the newer rebuilt area has some with three 30 amp outlets, some with two 50 and one 30 amp, and others with one 50 and two 30 amp outlets. He said the site we were originally in was supposed to be rebuilt and extended back to the electrical box, but they never got around to that.
Each electrical post serves two camp sites.

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I would say 15-20 is the way of the past 30-50 is necessary for newer rigs to operate. I can't image a (resort) running your pedestal 70 ft away.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:15 AM   #6
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Ran into a park in Canada last year that had the pedistals at every second site. So you needed extensions for everything.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:34 AM   #7
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You need to carry one of these for a 30 AMP to 20 AMP cord

In over 15 years of Full Time I have never needed to use over 50' of cord.

I have been in campground that have had 50 AMP only, 30 AMP only, 30 AMP with 20 AMP, 50-30 with 20 AMP but none with 50-30 with no 20.
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:48 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Tha_Rooster View Post
I can't image a (resort) running your pedestal 70 ft away.
It's a 'resort park', one of the nicer state parks in Kentucky, with a focus on the nature side of things rather than RV park types of activities. Power is an issue in some of our state parks, primarily due to their age and the poor state budget for public spaces. In their defense, the distance to each type of hookup is available online or from the rangers at the check-in gate.

I've seen this at a state park in Indiana as well, some of the spots have electric that far away, and water is only available at a central location - you just fill your tanks on the way in rather than have an unlimited supply. I've never run into any state or national park that offers power that did not have a 15/20 amp outlet, but I can certainly see it in an RV park. Its always a good idea to have adapters on hand...

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