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    Posted: 17 Oct 2013 at 2:50pm
Question...Can we hook up to a 50 amp electric with the pod?
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Yes, that's fine. You won't hurt the rpod by connecting your 30A RV to a 50A outlet. You will need an adapter because the outlets themselves are different. Here's the one I have:


When upgrading or installing new electrical service in some MI parks, they don't even install a 30A outlet anymore, just 20A and 50A.
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I carry the same adapter "just in case".  I actually needed it this past summer when we stayed near Graceland - the RV park had all of the 30 amp outlets installed upside down near the edge of the box, where the cord got in the way if you tried to plug in.  We could have survived on the 20 amp outlet but this way we didn't need to turn off the A/C to run the microwave.
 
The same goes for a 30-amp RV extension cord.  You don't often need them in the US (I've only used mine 2-3 times), but I've read of Canadian parks which have the power pole 75+ feet minimum from the parking pad.
 
One caveat on using the 50-to-30 adapter.  If you can, buy one that includes a 30 amp circuit breaker right on the adapter.  Not many have them.  You are really tapping into a 120 volt 50 amp circuit which means you could theoretically overload the power cord between the power pole and the pod's converter.  Having the 30 amp breaker on the adapter will prevent that.
 
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Ok, thanks!! So if I understand correctly, the pod can only draw up to 30 amps, but I can hook up to any power supply with the proper connecter?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote HuronSailor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Oct 2013 at 6:01pm
Originally posted by wingnut2312

I can hook up to any power supply with the proper connecter?

Any 110V outlet can be used. Anything less than 30A won't provide enough power to run everything in the pod all at once but if that's all ya got that's all ya got.
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Originally posted by HuronSailor

Yes, that's fine. You won't hurt the rpod by connecting your 30A RV to a 50A outlet. You will need an adapter because the outlets themselves are different. Here's the one I have:


When upgrading or installing new electrical service in some MI parks, they don't even install a 30A outlet anymore, just 20A and 50A.


In early Oct we stayed in a nice township park in the Apostle Island Lake Shore of Lake Superior
(For those close enough to know it's Russell Township Park between Bayfield and Cornicopia).

They had nice double electrical posts but along with the couple standard 20 amp outlets there was one 30 amp and one 50 amp. Had it been busy and/or crowded we may have been stuck with the 50 amp or 20 amp.  I broke down and bought a $9-10 adapter next opportunity.

For anyone going that way it's a nice small park (especially for a township) 35 sites with gravel parking pads along with a separate tent area. The Feds take care of the flush toilets, sinks and the town takes care of the double $2 pay showers.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wingnut2312 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2013 at 9:49am
Doug-Do you know where I can get one with a breaker? Looked at camping world and a couple others with no luck.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote techntrek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2013 at 8:59pm
Sorry, I haven't looked in a while.  Like I said they are rare.  I'll see if I can find one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sleepless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2013 at 9:50pm
Doug, wouldn't the main breaker (30 amp) in the pod protect the power cord?  I don't have access to my pod right now, but I am assuming there is a 30 amp breaker through which all incoming power is channeled.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith-N-Dar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Oct 2013 at 6:03am
Unless the short circuit happened between the pole and the pod's breaker. In most cases you would be fine, but a breaker on the adaptor is a bit safer.
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