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LeafPowerIsIxE
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Charging at an RV Park?

Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:16 pm

Has anyone had experience with a charger (Juicebox, Chargepoint, etc) that I could plug in at an RV park to charge my Leaf? Most parks have 30a/50a power stations. I have the 120v unit that came with my Leaf, but that is a slow process.

Thanks in advance...

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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:51 pm

You will most likely need to bring your own level 2 charging station with a NEMA 14-50 plug (RV park standard). Our garage Clipper Creek charging stations have these type plugs, but we have never used them at an RV park.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:23 pm

Check with the RV park before you go. Need a '50 amp' site to have a NEMA 14-50 connector.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:19 pm

LeafPowerIsIxE wrote:Has anyone had experience with a charger (Juicebox, Chargepoint, etc) that I could plug in at an RV park to charge my Leaf? Most parks have 30a/50a power stations. I have the 120v unit that came with my Leaf, but that is a slow process.

Thanks in advance...


30 Amp is "TT-30", or 120V at 30 Amps. Only a few charging cords will advertise the higher current at 120V, and you only charge a bit over twice as fast.

50 Amp is 240V, and a wide range of choices.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:43 pm

@LeafPowerIsIxE The Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE does everything you are looking for...

I am able to charge via:

  • the NEMA 14-50 plug on the Zencar for 50A service (max charging rate of the LEAF is 6.6 kW)
  • a 14-50R to TT-30P adapter cable I made, for 120v @ 24A charging
  • a TT-30R to standard 120V plug, for 120V @ 12A charging

In short, I can always charge at the highest rate provided by the RV park supply. Note that this is only possible with an EVSE that provides multiple amperage set points.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:21 am

LeafPowerIsIxE wrote:Has anyone had experience with a charger (Juicebox, Chargepoint, etc) that I could plug in at an RV park to charge my Leaf? Most parks have 30a/50a power stations. I have the 120v unit that came with my Leaf, but that is a slow process.

Thanks in advance...


I have used my evseupgrade unit with the 14-50 adapter at a local campground that has RV hookups. You just need the proper adapter. I have had the unit for 3 years with no issue and the price is hard to beat for L2 charging. The only downside is that it is limited to 20amps at 240V which is about half of what the onboard charger can handle with a more powerful unit.

http://evseupgrade.com/?main_page=index&cPath=1
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:59 am

Clipper Creek will install the appropriate plug on any of their charging stations when you buy one - I think for free, but I'm not certain. Their L-2 stations start at $395 or so, last I checked, for a 20A unit.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:57 pm

As others have said call ahead to reserve a “50 Amp” site. At peak RV travel times or in snowbird country, expect to pay the daily rate if you displace a camper. I have paid as much as $60 flat-rate and $20 an hour at different sites (cheaper than a tow). At low demand times you might get more reasonable rates and better availability. Mid-day access seems the most available. Check on Plugshare and filter for NEMA 14-50 connector sites to get recent site reports. I have used ClipperCreek, EVSEupgrade, OpenEVSE, and Juicebox EVSE units on trips. I have seen others use ChargePoint, Siemens, AeroVironment, Tesla, Jesla, and Bosch. All have worked well.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:23 pm

You have to be careful at a RV park. Not all 14-50 outlets are wired for 240V or 208V. Some have 120V across both L lines to neutral. Yes it is not correct bur check. You can get a cheap Harbor Freight meter for any purchase frequently with a coupon. Buy a $.80 paint brush for your purchase.
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Re: Charging at an RV Park?

Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:34 pm

The actual car does not care about voltage. If you can set your EVSE for the current you are good to go. I forced an OpenEVSE unit to L2 to get the current. It was just a test since I have 240V available. On OpneEVSE units the L type is strictly cosmetic. A basic Leaf will charge at 16A or an enahansed one at 27,5A @120V.

Obviously 240 is twice as fast but 120 also works. Just slower. The car respects the pilot so the included EVSE is 12A period.
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