An RV Education Guide to RV Living on 30 Amps



Are you a new RVer? In this RV video Mark Polk, with RV Education 101, discusses what RV owners need to know about camping in an RV with a 30 amp electrical system. In the video Mark demonstrates basic electrical formulas, how and why circuits in the RV are overloaded and what the capabilities of a 30 amp RV electrical connection at the campground are.
It doesn’t matter if you own a travel trailer or a motorhome, this video is for you.
To learn more watch 30 Amp vs 50 Amp Video: https://youtu.be/GoOR2AJGjOI

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29 thoughts on “An RV Education Guide to RV Living on 30 Amps

  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Beautiful :-)) so crystal clear . I've tried to read a lot of books about Electricals . This is the first time I understood it …Lol….. thank you sir :-))

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    VG. I would imagine the the 30 amp system would get aggravating if you run the AC continuously.
    I'm wondering how much extra a 50-amp-er would cost.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    So in other words, 30 amp won't cut it. I have two 30 amp circuits on my boat with one for AC/heat only. It works pretty well even with a 1200 watt water heater.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    I try to tell people that they only need 60 amps 480 volt three phase for their home. More current more danger!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    This explains so incredibly much but so incredibly simple. I've known a lot of this stuff all my life but never tied it together like this until just now. Awesome.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    This was an excellent tutorial and was easy for me to understand. It's extremely helpful as my wife and I get ready to embark on our maiden RV voyage. Thanks

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    remember things like AC units have a start surge of amps. also every RV should have a AC voltmeter measured inside. as voltage drops some appliance draw more amps. and 50 amp RV is 240V 2 legs of 120V 50 amps.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Great explanation Mark , this simplifies why we have issues overloading circuits .

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Great video. This helps a lot. Now to also figure out 2000 w inverter and 400 solar panels lol

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    We live in an rv with 30 amps. We have to turn off the air conditioner (20 amps) before turning on the hot water heater (15 amps). To fix it, I took the hot water heater out of the rv electrical system and put it on a dedicated circuit that you plug into the 20 amp plug that is usually on the power pedestal using an appliance extension cord.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    I got a 30 amp travel trailer, lesson learned..next time I buy a 50 amp !!

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    So i trying to hook up my 32ft 30amp 5th wheel camper to live in..my house is condemned..the closest i could put the 32ft camper to my electric pole is around 200ft..im no genius..but even i know i cant run two 100 ft extension cords together..even though im doing it..im only running a couple lights and a newer tv once in awhile..anyway..im living on a very little fixxed income..so i cant afford an electrician or the power company to put me a pole down by my camper..ive worked construction all my life..havent done too much electrical..but i know how and understand the importance of doing things proper..i just need to know what the proper way to hook it up my self..with as little cost as possible and to b safe and be able to use my frdge and stove and heater and or ac all at once if i wanted…can someone plz help..ty

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Great video, very informative. Saw a similar video on YT a few years ago and had my RV's electrical service upgraded to 50 amps and had a few more electrical outlets and USB outlets installed.

    Very big difference between an RV with 30 amp service and an RV with 50 amp service.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    Well done. It's easy to see how you can overload the circuits with only 30 amps when they count on you not maximizing it. I would prefer some kind of automatic warnings. Most likely some RV manufacturers play the electrical closer to the wire, literally.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    I just zoned out for ten minutes.
    Sucks traveling as a woman and not understanding why I need to know this.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    You sir, explained this the best I've seen. This is a very clear and easy explanation for this new RV owner.
    Thank you.

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  • October 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm
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    i got one for you..my 99 chieftain 35c is a 30 amp rig..but it has a onan 7000 marquis..the watts/voltage formula gives me 63 amp @110 volts..or 58 @120 volts..no one has a clue why its in there.. :/

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