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Old 07-09-2015, 02:59 PM   #51
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I keep mine off the ground, by attaching it to the ladder. Never have had an issue with ants or other creepy crawlers. Lucky I guess..
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:02 PM   #52
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No need for a moderator. Pretty much everyone is being respectful in their disagreements on the subject. There is only one person who is insulting and degrading others, but hey, I've been married 35+ years, I've been insulted worse...
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Well nothing was meant to insult you or degrade you But when someone says they have a BS in engineering and makes a statement like you did that it is ok to use a under-rated device and protect it with a higher rated device does not show very good common sense. And to be honest even though you feel your are safe there are others that may read this forum and get the impression by your statement that it is perfectly ok to do something that most people say not to do And that would be the person that has something go wrong and cost him his RV because his insurance refuses to cover the damage due to his neglect and you giving the OK to do it.
As stated before being you have a BS and I don't that you must be correct and the rest of us are wrong.


And by the way what does marriage have to do with this.


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Old 07-09-2015, 04:58 PM   #54
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Interesting...

I never thought about pulling out the entire cord. I just take out what I need to reach the outlet... is this a problem? The rest of the cord stays coiled in it's galvanized steel box. Several of the units we looked at even have cord winders built in to the motorhomes, and they advertise only pulling out as much as is needed.

It's very confusing...
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I agree. I'm confused now too. Heck I leave the Autoformer in the compartment b/c I don't want anybody walking away with it. Now I'm thinking that might be folly too.
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Good point Jopopsy,

I'd never leave the surge protector out... it would grow legs and walk off before I could get back from my nap! :-)
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I have a surge protector too, but I have one of those plastic lock hasps with a combo lock on it. Minimal protection I know, but enough to make somebody spend time to rip me off.

I run pedestal --> surge --> camper power cord --> Autoformer --> 5' power cord from Autoformer install kit --> RV
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No worries Bedrck. Dozens of companies manufacture them, and thousands of companies sell them, and have for 30+ years. And, the ONLY INTENDED PURPOSE is for adapting 50A to 30A exactly as we are discussing. As far as I can find, there have been zero issues. No insurance company would ever deny a claim for using a product EXACTLY as it was intended. A short in the cord would trip the 50, and anything beyond that is protected by the 30 in the unit. Is there a 1 in 10 million chance there could be some partial short that only drew 49 amps, and caught my cord on fire? Sure, but if that is your big worry, perhaps you shouldn't leave your house. It's a dangerous world out there...
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Actually Tim I have seen issues, but your right, MOST of the time it's not a problem. But I doubt anyone would recommend to use a dog bone as a regular normal procedure.. Also most campgrounds will have more people using 50 to 30 amp dog bones rather than 30to 50...50 amp hook ups are always in demand, so when they are not available a big rig will use the dog bone to connect to a lower amp receptacle...which presents no problem to the cord or plug...but does to using everything in the rig.
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I would agree with that Wags999. I don't always use it. If I plug in the 30, and it falls out, I go to the adapter. I have yet to do this and find a worn out 50. I feel it is better, and SAFER to do this than use the worn out 30A, as with the poor connection, I am sure there is lower than optimal Voltage for my AC compressor etc, and I feel safer knowing there is a solid ground connection. Ironically, when searching the web for issues, the ONLY one I found was a fire in a cord compartment when a 30A to 50A was used in a large MH. I do NOT understand how that happened at all. It sounded to me like they used a 30A cord, and then had the adapter to their 50A shore cord in the compartment, and it shorted. But again, with the 30A CB on the pedestal, I don't get it???
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