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Old 06-07-2016, 04:45 AM   #1
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Adapter for 50amp cord to regular extension cord?

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Does anyone know of an adapter to connect an RV to a regular garden extension cord to get a little shore power to it from the back yard?
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:59 AM   #2
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Here's a 30 amp to standard 110 adapter. If you have a 50 Amp plug, you'd need a 50 Amp to 30 and then this.

I use this all the time to run the fridge and low power appliances


Amazon.com: Camco 55165 15M/30F 12" PowerGrip Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Handle: Automotive power adaptor&qid=1465297011&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:21 AM   #3
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The problem here is that a 50 amp plug is actually two circuits. The devices in the TT are split up between the two circuits, so you have to make sure both are powered in order to make sure everything is going to work. That being said, yes, there is a device: http://www.progressiveindustries.net...x-adt-230/ctjy You will need an additional 15 to 30 amp adapter.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:42 AM   #4
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You don't need a 100 dollar cheater box to plug in your MH.

Here is an adaptor that will work.

Just keep in mind that you will have limited power. Should be enough to keep the batteries charged and the fridge cold.

With the adaptor, you should pick up a heavy duty extension cord.

Look for 12 gauge wire printed on the wire itself.

A thinner 14 gauge will work but watch out for the light 16 gauge cords. You may end up with a low voltage condition.

http://m.campingworld.com/shopping/i...-adapter/74400
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:03 AM   #5
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You can easily make one.

A trip to most hardware stores.

Materials needed are simple.

A 10 X 3 contractor grade extension cord is best but smaller can work....

A "bell box" with cord anchor

A 50 amp outlet with cover.

Lop off the female end of cord or cut some length off so you can make another cord.

Insert into bell box via anchor and wire the safety ground to the ground connection and jumper to bell box.

White to neutral then black to one hot and jumper to opposite.

Using number 10 wire will allow for minimal voltage drop so one ac can be used.

It also means you may be able to leave rv cord inside rv and just use extension.
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I went simple, works like a charm, as above use a HEAVY extension cord, I use a 12 gauge 50' from Home depot.

Power Grip 15A to 50A Dogbone Adapter - Camco 55168 - Electrical Adapters - Camping World
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You're all making it too complicated. I have one of these. Think it came with the motorhome.



Home Depot 50 to 15 amp adapter
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That works fine but...

You still need to run an extension cord or drag out the shore line.

That and I would not want to pull much current through it.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:01 PM   #9
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You're all making it too complicated. I have one of these. Think it came with the motorhome.



Home Depot 50 to 15 amp adapter
I picked one up from the dealer when we took delivery of our brand new 50 amp '02 Dutch Star. Dealer used it to connect to shore power to check stuff out. Bought another one from Home Depot late last year just to have a spare. In fact I'm still using the original one right now as my 30 amp plug setup was damaged when our fence blew down early this year. Fence is fixed, wiring needs to be dug up and retrenched.
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This is what we use. Works great and just $24.

https://www.etrailer.com/Wiring/Camco/CAM55185.html
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Our 5er has a Marinco plug on the back wall so I bought one of these 50 to 30 amp adapters:

RV Power Cord Adapter 30Amp Male to 50amp 125 Volt Locking Female Connector | eBay

I then used a common 30 to 15/20 amp such as this:

RV Electrical Adapter 15 Amp Male to 30 A Female Plug Round Grip Motorhome | eBay

I use a 12 ga, 15 amp extension cord hookup at home and have for years. You just can't run the a/c in your driveway

A word about buying these adapters - make sure that the male/female end arrangements on each are what you need (yep, I know now)
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Watch out for demand from your battery charger. If your batteries are low when you plug in, the charger will go to full charge. My charger can draw about 12 amps at 110 volt on bulk charge. When I connect like this, I set the inverter/charger to power share at 5 amps. That way, the charger will only draw 5 amps from the 110 volt circuit connection. Learned this the hard way.
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Yep, have had to do that too, but only for the last 14 years.
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Woo! Driveway Power!

Thanks for all the replies you guys!
Got the adapters 50 to 15 and the 30 to 15 at Home Depot...and more...

Got home ans brought out the adapters...

Unfortunately, (user error) the actual connection to the RV was 30, not 50 amps.

Fortunately, I had picked up a 30 amp adapter

Unfortunately, the 30 amp was backwards (M/F) from what i needed.

Fortunately, the RV came with a giant 30 amp to 50 amp adapter cord and my 50 to 15 adapter fit!

Unfortunately the fit was crappy and the connection wouldn't stay up unless it was wrapped in Duct Tape.

Fortunately I have lots of duct tape.

So I had to add the RVs 50 amp cord into the mix, but we now have lights, music and cold beverages. Time to install some SOLAR! WOO!
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