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coacbcps
post Jun 3 2009, 09:45 AM
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[font=Comic Sans Ms]Hi everyone! I just talked my husband into buying a popup tent. We're brand spanking new to camping but I think my two girls will love it. Can anyone tell me what's the difference between 50amps vs 30amps (besides 20amps biggrin.gif )? Which is better any why?
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post Jun 4 2009, 11:01 AM
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30 amp service supplies a total of 30 amps of 120 volts AC on a single line.

So-called 50 amp power actually provides two independent 50 amp lines, for a total capacity of 100 amps, over three times the capacity of a 30 amp hookup.

That said, 50 amp power is only used on large RVs, not on pop-ups and smaller trailers and motor homes. 50 amp power is required only if you need to run two or more high-current items simultaneously, such as air conditioners, microwaves, space heaters, electric water heaters, etc.

Many RVs with 30 amp hookups provide a switch that toggles between the air conditioner and another device like the microwave to keep you from tripping the circuit breaker on the campground power pedestal.

20, 30, and 50 amp plugs are configured differently, so you can't plug in to the wrong one.

Whichever type of power you have in your new pop-up, it's good idea to carry adapters to allow you to plug in to any of the three types of receptacles. While the vast majority of parks will have 20- and 30-amp receptacles, and many have 50 amp power as well, occasionally you will find one with only a 20, only a 30, or (rarely) only a 50 amp receptacle. Any RV supply place can help you select the adapters you need.

Have fun in your new RV!


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coacbcps   50amp Vs 30amp   Jun 3 2009, 09:45 AM
John Blue   In a pop up you will have 30 amps only. You need ...   Jun 3 2009, 06:53 PM
Denali   30 amp service supplies a total of 30 amps of 120 ...   Jun 4 2009, 11:01 AM
Texasrvers   John and Denali have given very good (albeit somew...   Jun 4 2009, 02:13 PM
westernrvparkowner   There is no difference between the the actual elec...   Jun 4 2009, 09:55 PM
coacbcps   Thanks everyone for the information, both technica...   Jun 5 2009, 07:50 AM
tompegm   I don't even know if anyone will read this it...   Aug 17 2009, 10:30 PM
pianotuna   Hi, I'd suggest looking at "load shedder...   Aug 18 2009, 12:55 AM
Denali   I don't even know if anyone will read this it...   Aug 18 2009, 02:34 PM
RLM   coachcps> The advise about getting plug adapter...   Jan 6 2010, 10:12 AM
cruzncajn   There is no difference between the the actual ele...   Dec 30 2009, 10:42 PM
cruzncajn   There is no difference between the the actual ele...   Dec 30 2009, 10:56 PM
Kirk   As an electrician, I will tell you that it isn...   Aug 22 2009, 01:37 PM
Galli   [font=Comic Sans Ms]Hi everyone! I just talke...   Jan 5 2010, 10:46 PM
pianotuna   Hi Galli, I also have a 30 amp service. What I di...   Jan 6 2010, 01:07 AM
popup   One note of caution. Consumer and standard Commerc...   Jan 6 2010, 11:55 AM
John Blue   popup, Good information and most people do not un...   Jan 8 2010, 09:40 PM
archbarb   This probably has nothing to do with the question ...   Jan 21 2010, 06:21 AM
Galli   This probably has nothing to do with the question...   Jan 21 2010, 09:34 AM


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