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Old 11-16-2015, 08:56 AM   #1
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Using 15 amp adapter?

Wondering if it's okay to purchase a 15 amp male to 30 amp female adapter to be able to plug into 110? I would not use the Air conditioner, but can I use the fridge, lights, and heater?
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Old 11-16-2015, 09:10 AM   #2
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They're fine for lower current items. Like you said, it is a good idea not to run your A/C. I've used them over the years until I melted one while using the A/C. Now I use one with a piece of cable in between the plug and connector.

If you're referring to the propane furnace as heater, then it's OK. If you're talking about an electric heater, it could draw as much as an A/C and wouldn't be a good idea.
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In my opinion there is nothing wrong with using a home receptacle with adapter to feed your trailer. All OEM equipment on a small(er) RV with the exception of the A/C and maybe a large microwave is a fairly low load.

As has been said, the A/C can be too big a load, but even that can be run from a receptacle wired and rated 20 amps. If you do run the A/C I recommend keeping cords as short as possible and checking the plug for heating. It will likely feel warm, it should never feel hot. If it does feel hot it is best to stop using it. I would define "hot" as not being able to comfortably hold the plug tightly in your hand.

I power my 23b with electric heater from home receptacles. The heater I use has a 750 watt and 1500 watt selection. I generally use the 750 watt option. With no other loads even 1500 watts at 12.5 amp/120 volt is ok on a 20 amp home receptacle circuit. For a 15 amp circuit 12.5 amps pushes the 80% continuous load recommendation on a receptacle.

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Old 11-16-2015, 10:42 AM   #4
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They're fine for lower current items. Like you said, it is a good idea not to run your A/C. I've used them over the years until I melted one while using the A/C. Now I use one with a piece of cable in between the plug and connector.

If you're referring to the propane furnace as heater, then it's OK. If you're talking about an electric heater, it could draw as much as an A/C and wouldn't be a good idea.
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Keep the draw low and you'll be fine.

IIRC a fridge is about 800W, so you many want to consider using propane for that when using a 15A supply.
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I power up both my 5th wheel and a my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer here all the time running from separate 120VAC 20AMP Garage receptacles. Works good for me. We run everything we run when camping. including the single air conditioner.

The thing is being only 20AMPS we have to watch what is running at the same time otherwise it will trip the garage circuit breaker...

We do use HD 10-gauge (10-3) 50-foot YELLOW extension cords however and the RV30A-15A LONG dogbone type adapter (WALMART)... The el-cheapo red/orange extension cord like found at WALMART will get hot on you and cause some damage.

As long as you make sure none of the connections get heated and the 120VAC line does not drop out of the safe zone then you should be ok to run all of your items.

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I use one at home.
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As long as you don't run the A/C or microwave or another high wattage appliance, a cheap 50' orange extension cord works just fine. I have used one for years every time I bring it home before a trip to cool both fridges. The cord never got warm, unless the sun was baking down.
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I plug into 20A at home but never run AC or heater or microwave.
Keeps my batteries charged all winter.
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I used the same setup for years in my yard and even camped a few times with one. Just keep your current draw below 15 amps.

This limits you a lot but is more than adequate for cooling the fridge and keeping the batteries charged.
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I plug my RV in at home that way all the time. As others have said it will run everything, but never all at the same time. I run the fridge all summer, a small space heater all winter. I cycle the AC on occasionally. 5 minutes only, and with everything else off.
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