How To Plug 30 Amp RV Into 50 Amp Service (And 50A to 30A)

You Can Plug 50A Service to 30 Amps but won't get 50 Amps

Quick Answer

Can you plug a 50 Amp RV into 30 Amp service plugs?

Yes, just know it takes a 30A male to 50A female plug adapter. The service decreases to 30 Amps.

The male (30 Amps) goes into the power station or generator and the female (50A) goes into your regular RV cable.

Can you plug a 30 Amp RV into 50 Amp service plugs?

Yes, just know it takes a 50A male to 30A female adapter. The service stays 30 Amps.

The male (50 Amps) goes into the power station or generator and the female (30A) goes into your regular RV cable.

Your RV will not receive the normal 50 Amps it is designed for, so not all applications may run at the same time (there’s less power, after all).

Try not to run both AC units at the same time because it’ll probably trip the breaker.

Full Answer: How to Use RV Adapters

You can use 30 to 50 and 50 to 30 Amp adapters to convert between the two. Both wires downgrade the 50 amperage current to 30.

For 50 Amp RV to 30 Amp Service Use This Adapter

Camco | 30 Amp Male to 50 Amp Female
  • Handles make unplugging easier
  • 30 AMP (TT-30P) male to 50 AMP (14-50R) female
  • 125V / 3750W
  • Handles are molded and made of heavy-duty polyvinyl plastic
  • 180 degree turn from male end to female end reduces stress

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For 30 Amp RV to 50 Amp Service Use This Adapter

Camco | 50 Amp Male To 30 Amp Female
  • Handles make unplugging easier
  • 50 AMP (14-50P) male to 30 AMP (TT-30R) female
  • 125Vs / 3750Ws
  • Handles are molded and made of heavy-duty polyvinyl plastic
  • 180 degree turn from male end to female end reduces stress

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Camco | 15 Amp Male to 30 Amp Female
  • Safe and Durable Construction: Adapter cord is constructed with 100% copper wiring coated with a heavy duty flame retardant, heat resistant PVC sleeve that serves as protection from outdoor elements, wear and tear. Listed with CSA
  • Rated for 125 Volts and 1875 Watts
  • Hassle Free PowerGrip Plug with the patented PowerGrip handle
  • An Internationally Certified Product: Product is certified for use in both the US and Canada.Handles are molded and made of heavy-duty polyvinyl plastic. Frequency: 60 Hertz

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The male end of the adapter goes into the service outlet (whether the campground power station, your own home, or a generator).

The female end of the adapter plugs into your RV cable that would normally go directly into the outlet. (That’s why the adapter wire is so short).

Why Camco Adapters?

We recommend the Camco brand for extension cords and adapters for a few reasons.

First, they have built-in handles that deter people from unplugging the plugs by pulling from the cord. Over time this will invariably damage the cord.

Second, they are a reliable, popular brand who’re good at what they do. If you don’t believe me, read the 2,100+ reviews those adapters alone.

They’re also very power of their “Heavy Duty RV Dogbone Electrical Adapter with Innovative 180 Degree Bend Design and Easy PowerGrip Handle”

Summary

Don’t forget: 50 Amperage Service to 30A OR 30 Amps to 50A, the service is 30 Amps.

For 15 Amps to 30 Amps, the service is only 15 Amps. It is important to know the power entering your RV (or other machine) is only 15 Amps (at 120V).

Any decrease in amps mean you may not be able to run all your electrical demands simultaneously.

Especially if you downgrade from 50 Amps (in a 240V split volt system), do not run more than one air conditioner at once. It’ll more than likely trip the breaker.

To learn why, read more about adapters, and RV electrical wiring, read our Ultimate Guide To RV Plug Wiring.

50 Amp vs 30 Amp - Male vs Female - RV Plug Wiring

Here’s a youtube video that does a good job of explaining what the adapters do.

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