RV Living on 30 Amps


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.
To learn more watch 30 Amp vs 50 Amp Video: https://youtu.be/GoOR2AJGjOI

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39 replies
  1. Pat St. John
    Pat St. John says:

    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.

  2. Bob Aery
    Bob Aery says:

    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

  3. Jack Brown
    Jack Brown says:

    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.

  4. Stephen Powdexter
    Stephen Powdexter says:

    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.

  5. ferrelx
    ferrelx says:

    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.. :/

  6. sgj4aj
    sgj4aj says:

    I must be the odd one out, I never worry about electrical usage. If I think I am using too much, I turn something off. At a camp ground I also run an extension cord (12 gauge wire) from the 20 amp to run things like electric cookware outside.

  7. Deborah Font
    Deborah Font says:

    I have a 30 amp, in Florida I could run ac, induction on 1200 and rice cooker plugged in the same outlet, no problems. I get to Arizona and I can run the ac no problem. I try to run my induction and rice cooker, flips breaker. I run induction at 1200 and the ac, it flips the breaker. It has even flipped the breaker with ac and 700 w. Microwave. What gives?

  8. Outdoor Adventurer
    Outdoor Adventurer says:

    Great video. I wish our travel trailer had 50 amp service, we have been using many of the tips in the video to ensure we are not overloading our breakers since we have owned it. The moral of the story is the AC and the microwave can't be used at the same time. Thanks for posting.

  9. Virgil
    Virgil says:

    I bought a Progressive Industries surge guard that shows the actual load on the display. When my a/c is on, it shows about 15A being used if nothing else is on. If the Hot water tank on electrical to and heating, that used 12A. So then my display shows using 27-28A. So when using a/c i put the hot water tank on propane, so then when things like the microwave is used, or a kettle or toaster, it doesnt trip

  10. H.C. Shannon Batt
    H.C. Shannon Batt says:

    I also watched Mark's video about 30 amps versus 50 amps. In that video he stated that using a 30-50 amp converter does not mean you are using more than 30 amps. Based on what I learned in this video, I infer that is because of the individual amperage on the breakers in the RV itself. SO- here is the Q- If the RV is plugged into a 30-50 amp converter- can you use higher watts on a continuous basis? It seems logical that the 50 amp power source will carry the individual breakers longer. Or, am I just really confused still?

  11. William Ingram
    William Ingram says:

    If at home I have a 50 amp and use an adapter to use a 30 amp cord to either my 30 amp or 50 amp rv will I still have 30 amp service in the rv or should I install a 50 amp and a 30 amp receptacle ?

  12. Studa Baker
    Studa Baker says:

    I found out the hard way not to run too many things. The trick now is to get my wife to understand that we can't run the ac, tv, and microwave at the same time. It can be a pain but it's easy once you get the hang of it.

  13. Capt. Sirk
    Capt. Sirk says:

    After reading several comments below I'm still not clear if I can plug my 30 amp cord into the outlet my dryer is plugged into or not. Any advice would be appreciated thanks

  14. Gene Harmon
    Gene Harmon says:

    I wish I’d had you teaching me electronic principles in tech school back in 82 at Chanute AFB. Your explanation was a lot simpler that the MSgt I had. LOL GREAT VIDEO!

  15. terry waller
    terry waller says:

    You can buy adapters that will let you plug a 30 into a 50 or a 50 to a 30 even let you connect your 30 to a standard 120. If you try to ioverdraw into your system circuit breakers will pop.

  16. Mona Melte
    Mona Melte says:

    The campground has a 50 A service panel and I have a 30 A camper. What I want to know is if I can split it at the panel with a 'Y' cord, 50A male to 30A (female) and a standard 110 (female), thus having a separate power source for an additional appliance. Can the power by split like that thus allowing me to have more power??


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