My doggies and I have a wonderful old van with Refrigerator, Microwave, TV, and either a portable heater or portable A/C depending on season. We usually plug into the two 20 amp standard 3 prong RV outlets with two 25' #12 extension cords. We have never tripped a RV hookup breaker so 20 amps is plenty adequate. But we are running into lots of places we want to go that have ONLY 30 amp and 50 amp hookups. So I need to turn a 30 amp hookup into two 120v 15 amp outlets: one for fridge, microwave, tv and the other for either heat or A/C.
I have a 30' outdoor electrical cord with a 30 amp male on one end and 3 #10 wires coming out the other end. I want to attach a subpanel box with two 15 amp breakers, then come off each breaker with #12 wire to a single standard 120v 15amp outlet. What kind of breaker box do I need that can be wired as a subpanel with two 15 amp breakers and is as tiny as possible? A Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon, or eBay Part Number would be greatly appreciated. Should I store the subpanel box inside or outside our van? I could mount it on a stake to put near the van.
Also what is the best/cheapest tester to make sure the 30 amp RV hookup is properly wired? I want to test the 30 amp RV hookup, plug in my 25' cable+breaker box unit, then test each of the 15 amp outlets before plugging anything in. Again, a Part Number and source would be nice.
Any ideas or suggestions are welcomed (especially inexpensive/cheap ones). We are three Shih Tzus and a nice old lady who travel the south for Agility Trials in our wonderful old 1999 Econoline Conversion Van. And, yes, we have a top-of-the-line smoke detector and I check it every time we hook up our van. Thanks loads for any help anyone can offer.
Izzy, Bob, Buffy . . . and Mom