Living with 30-Amps

RV Education 101

This week Mark and Dawn Polk from RV Education 101 show us why living on 30-amps involves a little planning and self discipline.

Being out in an RV is not quite like being at home where having 50-amps and running a toaster and air conditioner is not a problem.

But once you know the rules and maybe after a few trips to the circuit breaker, you’ll get the hang of it. And once you do….. you won’t even think about it again.

Check out Mark and Dawn's tips and suggestions. You’ll save yourself a lot of aggravation. After all, isn’t that why we like learning from the pros?

2 Responses

  1. Avatar Brian

    Excellent explanation. I would really enjoy an explanation on a 50amp RV plugged into shore power at a 30amp post and managing the all electric aspect. Should certain breakers be turned off – am I risking damage to appliances and other equipment – what are those risks?

    • Hi Brian, thanks for asking!

      In most situations when 50 amp service is not available you use an adapter to plug in to a 30 amp receptacle. This only gives you 3600 watts whereas 50 amps gives you 12,000 watts. The 3,600 watts is split between the two legs going to the power distribution box in your RV. This severely limits what you can use in the RV. There are electrical adapters that allow you to plug into both the 30 amp and the 20 amp outlets at the campground. With the this type of adapter you have 3600 watts from the 30 amp plug and 2400 watts from the 20 amp plug for a combined 6,000 watts going to the RV. The combined 6,000 watts is split between the two legs going to the power distribution box in your RV so rather than having 6,000 on both sides (as with a 50 amp connection) you now have half or 3,000 watts on each side. The 20 amp adapter is simply adding 2,400 more watts so you can use a little more in the RV.