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Old 06-06-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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20 amp service?

So I am planning my trip to Calgary (thanks for the help Cooper!). My wife is making the arrangements and asks what do you want, 15 amp or 20 service. HUH? My Denali is 50 amp, I have an adapter to 30 amp service for our regular camping spot. What is it with Canada, does everything have to be different? Can I step down from 50 to 15? Will I be able to find an adapter to 20 amp? Will I need 3 adapters to plug in? Anybody done this already? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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Welcome to Canada! Sadly, our RV parks (although often spectacular for scenery) are often not up to what is typical in the US as far as facilities are concerned. I do find it very unusual, though, that a campground would have only 20-amp service - 30-amp is far more typical. Regarding connection, the 20-amp plug is the same as your standard 15-amp wall outlet. I plug into this at home if I want to run the fridge or charge the batteries in my trailer. I use 2 adapters - one to go from 50 to 30, and another to go from 30 to 15 (or 20).

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Typically a resort-type of place (like a campground at a fishing lodge) is 15-20 amp while a proper RV park is 30-50 amp.
Shop around for different parks, I don't have any problem in Canada getting 30 amp (which is all my rig has).
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I do the same as kevinmiles... 50 to a 30 adapter... then a 30 to 15 adapter. Works fine, you just won't be able to run all of your electronics simultaneously.
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Once again, thanks forum members. I may have been a little Canada biased on this one. I should have known 20 amp would be just like plugging in at home before we leave, my bad. It will be my first trip to Canada and I am promising to make it great and give your fair country a chance. Now if they pick on me at the border I may have a gripe (haha).
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Border people, whether US or Canada, are rarely known for their bubbling personalities! Just abide by the rules and answer questions honestly and you'll be fine. Oh yeah ..... and don't bring any firearms across the border!
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firearms can be brought across the border if the proper paperwork has been established. Just a clarification. When leaving the USA its best to declare your firearms on the US custom forms so when you return to the USA with the firearm there will be no problem entering the USA with the declared firearm.
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Jlew127......hey you will be fine. We have a 30 amp service and have no issues.....we are different...but a "NICE" Canadian different..and if we weren't different what would we be??

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Old 06-10-2013, 02:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the reassurance. I made reservations, we're going by Crater Lake in Or, on to a rest stop called PeachBeach in Id, and then Blackwell Island in Couer d'Alene. Then we cross into Canada and on to Calgary. On the way back we're going to base in Canmore for a couple of days to see Banff and Lake Louise. Unfortunately we couldn't get Jasper into the itinerary. I think we will go from Canmore towards Kamloops and the boss has scheduled, "Zip lines" somewhere near Kamloops, maybe? See you soon Canadians!
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I have purchase a selection of power adapters at to fit my needs based on my
trailer and common site configuration. I carry them in my TT coffin so I have them as needed. We found surprising one of the best price places was wal-mart belive it or not.
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