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Can I Plug My 30 Amp RV Into A 50 Amp Plug Without Damage?

by John
(FT..Myers, FL..)


Can I with an adapter plug my 30amp unit into a 50 amp plug without damage?

John

ANSWER: Greetings John thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

If you are talking about plugging your 30 Amp RV into a 50 Amp plug at an RV campground, then yes you can safely do it. All you need is a 30 Amp To 50 Amp Adaptor which has a 120 volt 50 Amp male end and a 120 volt 30 Amp female end. You just plug your 30 Amp RV cord into the female end of the adaptor and plug the male end into the campground's 50 amp service plug.

If you are talking about plugging your 30 amp RV into a 220 volt 50 amp Welder plug then no that will not work. Read the answer I gave to Can I Plug My RV Into The 50 Amp Service For A Welder?.

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The video below gives some more importan information on what you should consider before plugging your RV into an power source.


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Here are some of the items mentioned in the video:

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To the person with the blown GFCI
by: Anonymous

Check outdoor plugins. I had my GFCI blow, and it took me several hours to figure out why. Then for some reason, the outdoor plugin was full of crud. When I cleaned it out, everything was fine again. Go figure.

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Can I Plug My 30 Amp RV Into A 50 Amp Plug Without Damage?
by: Anonymous

Yes. Think about this...You can pug a 5 amp vacuum cleaner into a 20 amp outlet without problems right? The 30 AMPS is the max rating of the coach, meaning your coach COULD draw 30 AMPS, (but more than likely not)The 50 AMP curcuit will allow UP TO 50 AMPS to be drawn from it, it will handle 30 AMPS just fine and your breaker panel in the coach won't know the difference. Now going the other way is different (plugging into a 20 AMPS circuit)

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maybe
by: Anonymous

Do not do this unless you control your electrical usage. I have a 30amp rig, when plugged into 50amps the on board computer cannot sense the usage difference ad you WILL blow your surge guard.

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GFCI
by: Anonymous

Ron, I belive a GFCI will not trip due to overload...only when approx 40ma is not returned to neutral. You must have a dead short somewhere.

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Plugging in a 30 amp campert to 50 amp outlet at an rv park
by: Robert

Can I plug my 30 amp camper into a 50 amp at an rv park? and is it safe? and Will I gain more power by doing so?

Thank you,
Robert

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additional 50 AMP to 30 AMP question
by: Ron

I have a '95 Winnebago Adventurer with 30 AMP service. I recently had a 50 AMP electric service installed (with coach upgrade plans in the future) at the driveway where I park. I use the adapter and I can run the air and the TV with no problem. When I turn on my refrigerator, (with the other two turned off at the time) my GFCI breaker trips in the house. Any ideas why? Thanks.

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