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Old 08-25-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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Just bought a 1999 National Tropical. We took our first trip this past weekend at Joe Pool Lake in Texas. Just wanted to check and see what the home would do and not do. I discovered that if you have a 50 amp, that you do not want to go somewhere that just has 30 amp! Hope there are more Tropical owners out there.
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Hello,
Just bought a 1999 National Tropical. We took our first trip this past weekend at Joe Pool Lake in Texas. Just wanted to check and see what the home would do and not do. I discovered that if you have a 50 amp, that you do not want to go somewhere that just has 30 amp! Hope there are more Tropical owners out there.

Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang here!

You can get an adapter, commonly called a dogbone, that will allow you to plug into a 30A pedestal!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Check out Camping World (www.campingworld.com). They carry most every kind of adaptor you can imagine needing. If you don't have a brick and mortar store nearby, you can just order it off their web site or other similar sites. The only downside of adapting from 50A down to 30A is you might not be able to run both A/C units while the fridge and water heater are pulling amps, too. That's just an example, don't know your specific power needs. People with 30A campers often adapt down to a standard 15A wall outlet when backyard camping at home, and it all works out as long as you don't turn on every high amp appliance at the same time. And if you try to pull too much power, your electrical breakers are there to protect your system. I'm sure others on this forum (electrical engineers and such) can give you the more technical side of the issue, if you feel you need all that info....
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Glad to have you here with us. Whenever you have a problem with the power pedestal bring it to the attention of the park management. They would have been able to recommend a fix for you. Or just ask in here. You'll get a response very quickly.

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You can use a 30 amp service with adapter but must manage your power usage. 2 Air conditioners won't work. 1 air and all other stuff will work.
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I'd have to agree with getting some adapters as well.
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Welcome! You found a fun forum here. May you have many wonderful journeys in your RV!
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

You have discovered why we always look for 50 A.
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Welcome to the irv2s gang! Congrats on your Tropical purchase; sounds like you have already had some fun with it! Glad you decided to get onboard.
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Welcome to the Forum and we hope you have many great camping adventures. Best of luck.

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