Can you plug 30 amp into 50 amp service?

Asked By: Fabienne Grazioli | Last Updated: 12th April, 2020
Category: travel camping
4.9/5 (1,130 Views . 21 Votes)
The answer is yes, you can quite safely plug your 30 amp RV into a 50 amp socket, you'll just need to use 30 amp to 50 amp Adaptor. These adapters feature a 120 volt 50 amp male plug and a 120 volt 30 amp female socket.

Click to see full answer


Regarding this, can I plug my 30 amp RV into a 50 amp plug without damage?

ANSWER: Hi John 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.

Furthermore, what is the difference between 30 amp and 50 amp service? A 30 amp plug has three prongs – a 120 volt hot wire, a neutral wire and a ground wire – and is generally used on RVs with lower load requirements. A 50 amp plug has four prongs – two 120 volt hot wires, a neutral wire and a ground wire – that supply two separate 50 amp, 120 volt feeds.

Similarly, you may ask, how does a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter work?

With an adapter, you can plug a 50-amp RV cord into a 30-amp power pedestal at a campground. The female end of the adapter will plug into your RV cord, and the male end will plug into the power pedestal.

Can I plug my RV into my dryer outlet?

No, you can't. The dryer outlet is a 240 volt, and the 30 amp RV plug is a special 120 Volt outlet.

29 Related Question Answers Found

Can I plug my RV into a regular outlet?

The plug on your RV is a large three-prong, heavy duty 30 Amp, 120-volt plug. If you go to a campground that has a regular house type outlet there are adapters that you can use to go from your RV plug to the house type outlet. When you do this you are plugging into a 15 Amp or 20 Amp power source.

Can I run my RV AC on 30 amp?

In most cases it is not possible to run both ACs on an RV that is connected to a 30 amp circuit. If you are using your AC on a 15 or 30 amp circuit it will turn off (shed) other appliances so that you do not trip the circuit breaker on the power source.

Can I plug my 30 amp RV into my house?

You can go the expensive way: have an electrician come out and wire a plug for your RV, either 30 amp or 50 amp service. Remove the 30 amp plug from the generator plug, like you would at an RV campground. Then plug it into this adapter. Then you can plug the adapter into your heavy duty outdoor extension cord.

Is there an RV adapter from 50 amp to 30 amp?

ANSWER: The good news is: Yes, you can safely plug your 50 Amp Motorhome into 30 Amp Electrical Service. All you need is a 50 amp female to 30 amp male electrical adapter (also known as Dog Bones) that will allow you to plug directly into 30 amp shore power at a campground. Using 30 Amps will not damage your RV.

Are 30 amp RV plugs 220?


The 30-amp service for an RV is 120-volt with a 3 prong receptacle and a single 30-amp dedicated breaker. The 30 AMP is a standard ANSI C73. 13, TT-30P (plug) / TT-30R (receptacle). The TT–30 is a 30A, 120-volt recreational vehicle standard sometime it is called simply RV 30.

Is a 50 amp RV plug 220 volts?

Is it the same as a 220 outlet? THe short answer is both yes and no. 50 amp outlets come in several different arraingments.. But this is a 4 wire 50 amp 240 volt with neutral and ground.

How many amps does an RV refrigerator use?

On an average a running refrigerator will need around 2-4 amps. When defrosting the amps drawn by the rv fridge will be around 1.20-2 amps.

Can I plug my RV into a 110 outlet?

While you can hook your RV up to a home's electrical system, you won't be able to run every appliance or use the electricity 24/7. You will most likely need to set your RV up to be able to connect to the standard 3-prong household plug you use at home.

What will 30 amps run?

In a typical RV with a 30 amp electrical service some of the power hungry appliances and portable devices are the air conditioner, electric water heater, microwave, coffee maker, electric skillet, hair dryer, space heaters and a toaster.

What size generator do I need to run my 50 amp RV?


So, what size generator for 50 Amp RV? We would recommend a 4,000 watt generator at a minimum, but your requirements might differ based on how many appliances you're using at any one time. If you're running a microwave, TV, refrigerator, AC, while charging a laptop, you might find your wattage requirements are higher.

How many watts can a 30 amp breaker handle?

A 30-amp outlet supplies 3,600 watts (30 amps multiplied by 120 volts). Therefore, the breaker on that outlet could meet code and still trip anywhere between a total load of 2,880 watts (80 percent of 3,600 watts) and 4,320 watts (120 percent of 3,600 watts).

What size wire do I need for 30 amp RV service?

Wire: A GFCI will need 12-2 wire, a 30 amp outlet requires 10-2, wire and a 50 amp outlet will need 6-3 wire.

How is a 50 amp RV plug wired?

Locate an unused double-pole 50 amp breaker, or install a double-pole 50 amp breaker in a vacant location. Connect the red wire to one terminal on the outlet side of the breaker, and connect the black wire to the other terminal on the outlet side of the breaker. Connect the white wire to neutral bus-bar.

How do you wire a 4 prong plug to a 3 prong plug?

Connect the New 4-Prong Cord
  1. Connect the green cord wire to the ground screw.
  2. Connect the white cord wire to the center neutral terminal.
  3. Connect the black cord wire to either the left or right terminal, next to the center neutral.
  4. Connect the red cord wire to the other hot terminal.

How do I know if my travel trailer is 30 or 50 amp?


ANSWER: Hi, the easiest way to tell is by looking at the plug on your RV. Take a look at the pictures at the top of this page and it will soon become apparent whether your RV is 30 or 50 Amps.

How many amps does an RV air conditioner draw?

A larger fifth wheel or a class A rv generally uses 50 amp capacity. An air conditioner on an average needs around 12-16 amps. The exact value depends on the BTU and the mode in which it is operating. A 15,000 BTU air conditioner in rv on an average draws around 12.5-13 amps.

What is the difference between 20 amp and 30 amp?

Re: 20amp versus 30amp
A 20A outlet is what you have in your house, while a 30A outlet is larger. If you need an adapter to use a 20A household outlet, then your trailer is wired for 30A. You can use any campground 30A outlet, or 20A with the adapter.