It will keep cool longer and taste better, and you will refill it less often. . Ultimately, Finch asks owners of 50-amp rigs to consider the economics. The minute you use the microwave or the electric water heater turns on. What do I need to do and will everything work properly? It is made to do this. My wife and I settled back, in our lounge chairs, enjoying the shade at our campsite, commenting on how well this was going to work out. Said another way, they are both on the same leg.
This new routine would allow the major appliances to continue to operate efficiently for us throughout the worst parts of the day. I've since changed out the power supply to a new one with a 30 volt cord, and I bought an adapter going the other way in case all I have is 15 amp power. Most everything in a camper or motor home is wired off the 30 Amp side. It's cooler, and it's a great chance for social interaction with family and friends. Keep in mind many campgrounds charge extra to utilize 50 amps so if you can get by on 30 amps you can save money.
Something similiar to this-- The converter is just to fit the plug to the 0utlet. Hello Mike, If you have a 50-amp trailer and 30-amp service is the only service available at the campground post, can you show me a wiring schematic of the adapter pigtail I would use to adapt from 30-amp service to a 50-amp trailer. If someone could shed some light on this issue I would greatly appreciate it. And since the fridge door doesn't close itself, it was also open. I just thought I would share this information in case it happens to you. I have also learned how long my 50 amp cable reaches forward on my rig up to my water heater and keep this in mind when parking next to an electrical pedestal.
Thank you for your time, and again thanks for the book! The 20 amp side is usually used by a second air conditioner or heater. That means the 30 amp receptacle may really be beat up or even broken or chipped. So the perceived increase from 30 to 50 doesn't sound like very much but the real increase from 3,600 to 12,000 puts it into a more realistic perspective. Use Your Grill Whenever possible, prepare dinner outside and cook on your grill. If you have a 20 amp load on a 120 volt L1 breaker and a 15 amp load on a 120 volt breaker on L2, 15 amps of power will shuttle back and forth between them. We haven't taken it out yet and am trying to learn as much as I can first. Screw the interchangeable red and black hot wires to their marked terminals, the neutral wire to the white-painted terminal and the ground to the green-painted terminal.
Yes, apparently my camper is wired for 15 amps! If this is the only thing running that current will then get drained back to the power utility via the service's neutral wire. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. A 50 to 30 amp adaptor plugged into a 30amp power pedestal only gives you 30 amps total. For the Original poster: They sell these 15 to 30 amp adapters at WalMart. Does this mean it just has a plug in for 50 amp or is there one for 30 amp too? The campsite I am going to only had 30 amp sites available so I booked one of them. You will see a 15 amp duplex outlet on a 20 amp 120 volt breaker in most pedestals. Not really, according to code.
In the above diagram we can see that the ends of these windings are identified as L1 and L2. Electric current is measured in Amps. They use ammonia, so if you ever smell ammonia in your camper it probably means you'll need to replace your fridge. The most convenient way to establish these supplies is to wire a campsite hook-up box, called a supply pedestal. Some devices run quite well on very little power, while others are big draws on your available power.
This is a 3 prong plug that consists of a 120 volt hot wire, a neutral wire, and a safety ground wire. We changed our camping routine to level out our power usage during the peak usage parts of the day. . If you had 20 amps running on each phase you would see zero amps on the neutral line. In your case something like this will do the trick.
But what happens when you don't have a 50 amp service available? The real first question you need to answer is whether your pop up is wired for 20 amps. They must have been referring to some gigantic refrigerator. Each leg of a 50 amp service will allow 50 amps at 120 volts, 120 volts between either hot and the neutral or 240 volts between the 2 hots, all this is controlled by the 2 pole 50 amp breaker in the power pedestal. They did say that what will damage it is power spikes or surges. That is to say, leg 1 and 2 when added together cannot exceed 30 amps. Here is a listing on Amazon.
On our rig we have a programmable battery charge rate that allows us to restrict the amount of power used by my battery charger. I bought a used pop up last year. The same principle applies to the design of electrical circuits in commercial buildings and campgrounds. But if you test L1 to N or L2 to N you'll see 120 volts. And I was considered pretty stupid for the next 15-years or so. Your book explains that 50-amp and 30-amp pedestals are more than just a difference in plugs.