Electrical Dog Bones

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I love your subject line!  I was picturing what an electrical dog bone might look like and what it might do to the poor doggie attacking it.  ;) ::) ;D  Sorry, I just couldn't resist!

ArdraF
 
ArdraF said:
I love your subject line!  I was picturing what an electrical dog bone might look like and what it might do to the poor doggie attacking it.  ;) ::) ;D  Sorry, I just couldn't resist!

ArdraF

You weren't the only one.
 
Sure it can be done, though I suggest using actual dog bone style adapters, not those small hockey puck 30 to 15 amp adapters.
 
It can be done, but a long term plan should be to acquire the proper adapters. Each connection is a potential point of failure, and adapters aren?t expensive.
 
Agree with Isaac-1.  The hockey pucks types tend to heat up if the amp load is near their limit (common when plugging a 50A rig into 15A outlet).  The bone type separates the receptacle from the plug by some distance and lets each shed heat more easily.
 
Thanks all!  I do have the dog bone type albeit the Walmart brand; 50 to 30; 30 to 15.  I've never seen the puck type but then again we're new to all of this. 
 
Isaac-1 said:
Sure it can be done, though I suggest using actual dog bone style adapters, not those small hockey puck 30 to 15 amp adapters.

Agreed... The only "puck" style adapter I occasionally use is a 20 amp female to 30 amp male adapter that I've used as an auxiliary source when there's a 30 amp outlet available but no 15/20 amp utility outlet.
 
A lot of things CAN be done.
But, SHOULD they?
One of my Electrical Engineering instructors, A former Air Force guy, had a name for that - "Kluge"
 
I think there is a gray area between practical use of standard adapters and "kluge".  A perfectionist with lots of money would no doubt have an adapter custom made for every situation. Even more likely, he would re-engineer every power pedestal so that no adapter at all was needed.  Those of us who are a little less OCD use standardized adapters, especially for temporary or occasional use.  ;)
 
Gary RV_Wizard said:
I think there is a gray area between practical use of standard adapters and "kluge".  A perfectionist with lots of money would no doubt have an adapter custom made for every situation. Even more likely, he would re-engineer every power pedestal so that no adapter at all was needed.  Those of us who are a little less OCD use standardized adapters, especially for temporary or occasional use.  ;)


:)) :)) :)) :D
 
Gary RV_Wizard said:
I think there is a gray area between practical use of standard adapters and "kluge".  A perfectionist with lots of money would no doubt have an adapter custom made for every situation. Even more likely, he would re-engineer every power pedestal so that no adapter at all was needed.  Those of us who are a little less OCD use standardized adapters, especially for temporary or occasional use.  ;)

In my family, 'Kluge' was SOP
Only we called it "Georgia Engineering"

But, true. Expediency often overrides Extreme Caution. (you should see my current Electrical hook-up. Eh, it works ;) )
 
LarsMac said:
Expediency often overrides Extreme Caution.

I hear that.  A while back I was staying on site while volunteering at a railroad museum and replied to a post asking what was needed to power an RV at a house.

I revised my answer when it dawned on me that for the past week both my neighbor and I were managing quite nicely on 100 ft. orange extension cords running to the same 20 amp outlet.
 
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