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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, 09:55 PM
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There is no difference between the the actual electricity in a 30 AMP service and a 50AMP service. Amperage is the actual volume of electricity that can be sent at any one time. Your popup is designed to use less than 30 AMPs of electricity at any one time. Hence it has a 30 AMP service cord. If you were to plug in many items at once, you will trip one of the circuit breakers. RVs that have more electrical systems than your popup (2 air conditioners, more lighting, larger TVs, Powerful stereo systems, full size refrigerators etc) require more electricity at any given time, so they have a larger electical system and hence a higher amperage cord. I occasionally have guests at my campground who want 50 amp service because they believe the electricity is better, it is not. Electricity is not like liquor, Higher amperage does not indicate a higher strength, like higher proof in liquor does. It is more like the difference between a garden hose and a fire hose. The water that comes out of both is the same, but the fire hose puts out a lot more at any one time. Your RV does not need fire hose to supply the water, a garden hose is fine and does not need the 50 AMP service for the same reason, a 30 AMP service will supply all the electricity you will need.
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post Jun 5 2009, 07:50 AM
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Thanks everyone for the information, both technical and layman's terms. Westernrvparkowner, thanks for the analogies, and you're absolutely right. When I was looking at campgrounds 50amps did sound as if they would be better than 30amps and I'm sure many newbies probably think that way at first. I'm glad to know I'm not "missing out" on anything by being plugged into the correct amps for my popup. biggrin.gif
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post Aug 17 2009, 10:30 PM
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I don't even know if anyone will read this it's been awhile since it has been active but here goes. Does anyone know how to change a 30 amp service into a 50 amp service as my coach needs it unless it is too much to handle for me. Thanks tom
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post Aug 18 2009, 12:55 AM
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Hi,

I'd suggest looking at "load shedders" rather than trying to upgrade a 30 amp to a 50 amp. I saw one on an RV store website.

Changing to 50 amp means almost totally rewiring your RV.

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I don't even know if anyone will read this it's been awhile since it has been active but here goes. Does anyone know how to change a 30 amp service into a 50 amp service as my coach needs it unless it is too much to handle for me. Thanks tom



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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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