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Old 07-17-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
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Question Surge Protector

We are looking to purchase a 2012 StarCraft Autumn Ridge 278BH and have been reading hints about what you should initially purchase. I have been looking at surge protectors and they have for 30 Amp and 50 Amp. I initially thought all TT would be the same voltage. So, how do you tell which one you have?
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If you have a 30amp trailer get the 30amp surge protector. Same for the 50 amp.
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Yes, I already knew that, but how do you tell which one you have????
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3 pin = 30 amp, 4 pin = 50 amp.
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Okay, gotcha. Thank you very much. Why are all not the same ?
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30 amp (3 pin) is a single 120V 30 amp circuit.
50 amp (4 pin) is 2 - 120V 50 amp circuits. This provides the power for two air conditioners and 240 V capability for an RV with a clothes dryer.
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:23 AM   #7
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Now I understand

Thank you for the explanation. I suppose most TT are 30 amp then. The larger ones and some of the massive Motor Homes are probably the 50 amp. Thanks again for the quick and detailed answer.----Mike
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Cobblestone,

Many folks on this site have suggested picking up a 50Amp male/30Amp female "dog-bone" type adapter, as well. Because most trailers have 30A systems, the 30A receptacles at campgrounds can get worn and loose-fitting. As a result, the connections can get hot and damage your shoreline plug. Many folks will use the dog-bone and plug into the less-worn 50A outlet, instead. You'd then plug your 30A EMS into the 30A side of the dog-bone. You can find them at CW, Wally's, and most big-box hardware stores for around $20.

Just passing along the suggestion.
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I'd like to second Brownie's excellent suggestion. I have used our 50 to 30 amp adapter many times because the 30 amp outlet, as Brownie said, was burnt or loose or just looked funky.

With a 30 amp trailer - as mine is - it is often necessary to manage the electrical load. For example, for our trailer if the air conditioner is on and the refrigerator and water heater are on electric, we can't run the microwave. What we will do is to turn off the water heater electric until we're done with the microwave.
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Thank you guys for the suggestions. As always, any and all are most appreciated......
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