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Old 09-10-2020, 04:05 PM   #1
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Picking up my Micro Minnie 2100BH next week. Newbie to RVing. Should I buy a variety of power cords to be prepped for different configurations at campgrounds, like 30 and 50 amp converters? The possibilities of electrical options are mind boggling. Hope the dealer will have time to explain everything! Thanks!
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I had 30 amp service on my other rig. Bought 30/50 amp adaptor as well as 30/15 amp adaptor for home use. I now have 50 amp service so have 50/30, 50/15, etc. can never have too many adaptors. Be prepared for Both 50 and 30 amp service at the campground. Would also invest in a surge protector/circuit analyzer.
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I have never found a campground which only had 50 amp service so we have never carried one for that since we are 30 amp but I do use the 30 amp to 15 both at home and we have occasionally used it on the road, like places in hospital lots where they may be set up for visitors and do have limited service. I think of it as more common to have only 15 and 30 but if they have 50 they also have the other two with 50 being the more expensive to wire.
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I have never found a campground which only had 50 amp service so we have never carried one for that since we are 30 amp but I do use the 30 amp to 15 both at home and we have occasionally used it on the road, like places in hospital lots where they may be set up for visitors and do have limited service.
I just signed up for a state park spot that only had 50 and 15. I thought that odd. In Washington you can search for 15, 20, 30 and/or 50, so they apparently have some 20s in places too.
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Picking up my Micro Minnie 2100BH next week. Newbie to RVing. Should I buy a variety of power cords to be prepped for different configurations at campgrounds, like 30 and 50 amp converters? The possibilities of electrical options are mind boggling. Hope the dealer will have time to explain everything! Thanks!
I'm going to assume that comes with a 30 amp service, so at a minimum you need a 15 to 30 adapter.

Personally I do not like 50 to 30 adapters because they are technically an unsafe design--having a 30 amp cord connected to a 50 amp breaker. I have bought an in-line breaker device, but have not tried it yet. I'll probably try it at that state park I just mentioned, but only use it for any time if the 15 amp doesn't work. At the time of year I'll be there I should be fine with 15 amps.

You should also consider getting a circuit/voltage tester because a lot of campsites are mis-wired and supposedly some go under voltage at times--not sure how common that is.

Finally the thing you need to know is a 30 amp service is a poor design that only exists by historical accident. It's real each to trip the main breaker in your unit (or on the pedestal) by running too many devices at once, particularly if you're running A/C and/or a water heater. Either of those with a hair dryer would probably blow the main.
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I have been to one campground in WA, Midway RV park in Centralia, that had only 50 amp service. They would provide you an adaptor if you had a 30 amp Plug.
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Picking up my Micro Minnie 2100BH next week. Newbie to RVing. Should I buy a variety of power cords to be prepped for different configurations at campgrounds, like 30 and 50 amp converters? The possibilities of electrical options are mind boggling. Hope the dealer will have time to explain everything! Thanks!
There are many different "dog bones" to choose from. I carry a selection with me. Never know when you will need to help a neighbor. Here are some examples:https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=rv+powe...nb_sb_ss_i_2_9
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We bought a long sewer hose because the one that comes with the unit is very short. Also a long potable water hose (we got 50' but probably would have been fine with attaching 2 25' ft hoses together - the unit came with a 25'). We also bought a surge protector and now I'd like to get a water filter, but in the meantime I just carry my Brita with us. Some campground water tastes really bad. We picked up our RV in June and have been out (on and off) for 6 weeks. We were absolute newbies and now feel like old pros!
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Didnít see this one. You might want to buy a 30amp extension cord. It has come in handy when the power pedestal was way at the back of the site. My power access point on my 2012 Access is at the front of my rig
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I'm going to assume that comes with a 30 amp service, so at a minimum you need a 15 to 30 adapter.

Personally I do not like 50 to 30 adapters because they are technically an unsafe design--having a 30 amp cord connected to a 50 amp breaker. I have bought an in-line breaker device, but have not tried it yet. I'll probably try it at that state park I just mentioned, but only use it for any time if the 15 amp doesn't work. At the time of year I'll be there I should be fine with 15 amps.

You should also consider getting a circuit/voltage tester because a lot of campsites are mis-wired and supposedly some go under voltage at times--not sure how common that is.

Finally the thing you need to know is a 30 amp service is a poor design that only exists by historical accident. It's real each to trip the main breaker in your unit (or on the pedestal) by running too many devices at once, particularly if you're running A/C and/or a water heater. Either of those with a hair dryer would probably blow the main.
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I also have a 30 amp RV. I carry a 30' 30a extension cord, a 50a-30a dogbone, a 30a-15a plug, and a 50' 12ga 15a extension cord.

For water I have a 50', 2 10' and a 5' water hose and a 15' slinky extension. I have an in-line water filter and also carry a water bandit.
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... Some campground water tastes really bad.

For that very reason, we bring bottle water for drinking and bring two 5 gal water containers filled from our well for cooking.
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Good idea! We use a Brita water jug and bring an empty bigger jug to fill it. Saves on weight while travelling!
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