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Surge Protectors. The first and most surprising thing about 50 amp vs 30 amp is that 50 amp RVs get more than 3 times as much power as 30 amp RVs. If you look at it in terms of watts, 30 amp RVs receive 3, watts and 50 amp RVs get 12, watts. The reason for this is the power delivery system.
A 50 amp plug has 4 prongs and 2 of them give 50 amps of power each. While a 30 amp only has one prong of power. A 30 amp RV will barely be able to run one air conditioner and the microwave at the same time. A 50 amp RV can run 2 air conditioners, the microwave, a washer or dryer, and a TV all at the same time with no risk for tripping the breaker. A 50 amp RV has basically two 50 amp circuit breakers 4 wire systems because two of the wires supply 50 amps of power. For instance, a small 13, RV AC commonly found in 30 amp trailers will use around 1, watts when running and even more when starting up.
A microwave will use around watts when running. If you have your water heater on electric as well, it will be using around watts, and you will have gone over the capacity of your 30 amp power center. A 30 amp trailer will have fewer outlets than a 50 amp one and even if you were to upgrade your 30 amp trailer to 50 amps the amount of electricity that can be drawn from the outlets is still limited.
The plug to a 50 amp RV has 4 prongs because they use a 4 wire system. There are two prongs that run 50 amps of power each into your RV which greatly increases the maximum watts that can be used at a time in your RV. You can use an adapter to plug a 30 amp RV into a 50 amp outlet because the 30 amp power cord is only capable of drawing 30 amps of power from the outlet. Everything in your 30 amp RV will run as if you were plugged into a 30 amp outlet. You can also plug a 50 amp trailer into a 30 amp outlet using an adapter but things will run much differently in your RV.
It will be as if you suddenly have a 30 amp trailer and you will not be able to run the same amount of appliances at the same time as you normally would. If you have two AC units you will not be able to run them at the same time. There are many benefits to having more power in your RV, travel trailer, or 5th-wheel especially if you are a full-timer who travels to different campgrounds that have full hookups.
If you currently have a 30A RV and are finding yourself wanting more power. The good news is it is possible to convert to a 50A system or do other things to get more power. People who do this conversion often find that individual circuit breakers flip because the outlet system was only deed to handle 30 amps. If you upgrade your RV to 50 amps you will need to add more outlets that are on their own circuit to be able to use more appliances.
Some people add another 30 amp panel and change the main power cord to a 50 amp one. They add more outlets that run off the other 30 amp panel for extra appliances. This can be a more affordable way to make your RV capable of running more appliances at the same time.
Hiring a d electrician to do the swap or give advice on how many outlets you should add and how you should transfer the power will be the safest way to turn a 30 amp RV into a 50 amp RV. Some RV parks and campgrounds will say that they have amp service and you may be wondering what kind of RV they are for. After all of these years, it has now been pointed out to me that amp service means the power pedestal has 50 amp, 30 amp, and 20 amp outlets. Surge protectors will stop most kinds of power surges from frying your RV electrical system and appliances.
For more information on surge protectors like how they work and what outlets you can use them on, plus some of the best options on the market today, check out this article here. I would like to recommend to edits to this post. I am an electrician and some of the information is incorrect in the post. The 50amp plug is a 4-wire v plug. Total all those together and you get amps. Also surge protectors will prevent surges from happening but can not guarantee it will stop every single surge.
I took a look at the article and made the proper changes. Thanks so much for the input and the clarification, I really appreciate it. Hate to break it to you but you do get 50 amps per leg on a RV. The RV splits the two legs so they are used independently….
You do get amps from a campground pedestal with a single 50 amp RV plug. The campground system supplies volts at different current phases or circuit legs. The 50 amp RV plug delivers 50 amps on one phase and 50 amps on a different phase or leg. On most RVs roughly half of the RV connections are on one leg and roughly half on the other so each half has 50 amps available to it. While volts can be available to the RVs circuitry, typically none of the RV circuits combine the two phases or legs to get volts to any appliance or outlet.
RV 30 Amp vs. The Power Centers Are Different. The Plugs. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you? The wattage for the 30amp plug is correct. As well as the wattage for the 50mp. The RV splits the two legs so they are used independently… Reply.
Does this mean that the neutral wire in a 50 amp system could potentially carry amps?30 amp vs 50 amp rv hookup
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The Surprising Differences Between 30A & 50A RVs