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Can You Hook an RV Up to Your Home's Electrical System?
By Melissa Popp. Well, the answer is yes — sort of! While it's not suggested to live in an RV outside a home for an extended time although they can be insulated for longer-term efficiency , short trips will be fine for keeping the lights on during your travels. You will most likely need to set your RV up to be able to connect to the standard 3-prong household plug you use at home. If you are visiting a place often, it may be worth it to install a hookup for your RV at the destination. Ideally, you want this extension cord to be as short as possible going from your home to your RV to prevent it from overheating. If successful, your setup properly; if not, your breaker will trip before you even head back to your RV. If the breaker trips, unplug everything and venture inside your RV to ensure all appliances are in fact off, and nothing is plugged in using power anywhere in your rig. Try the above steps again. To operate within safe parameters, you will only be able to use one appliance at a time in most cases.
Compared to tent camping, one of the best perks to camping with an RV is that you get to live like a king or queen on an electric throne. But first, you have to connect to the site power. RV electrical hookups are either 30 amp or 50 amp. An easy way to tell which amperage your camper uses is that a 30 amp cord has three prongs and a 50 amp has four. Find the RV electrical plug it looks like a washing machine plug.
Above is exactly how I felt before our first trip, I knew everything would work out but at the same time I had no idea what I was doing. The first thing I do when I pull into our new spot is make sure our RV is leveled out and secured.