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What amperage is your camper?
It’s important to know that because you don’t want to plug your RV into 15 amp power. That would not be good. Your camper is most likely either 30 amp or 50 amp because those are the standard amperages all campers come in. So, how do you know which one it is? Here are a few ways.
Like other things in life, there are two types of electrical outlets: 50 amp and 30 amp. Have you ever wondered what the difference is? If so, you're in the right place!
The number of amps coming into your RV is important to know because certain appliances and devices require a certain number of amps to run correctly.
For instance, if you have an air conditioner that requires 15 amps to run, but your electrical outlet at a campground is only providing 10 amps, your air conditioner will not run correctly.
Campers and RV's can be either 30 or 50 amp. They use different plugs but the same wires. To determine if your camper is a 30 or 50 amp, check the electrical box for a tripped breaker that looks similar to a common house breaker.
If your camper is not 30 or 50 amps, it may be a "small" camper that is only 20 amps, which means you will need to use an adapter to connect to both 20 and 30 amp power sources.
Amps measure how much electricity flows through a circuit at one time. The more amps you have the more electricity flows at once. Electricity is measured in watts, so if you have 10 amps flowing through a 120-volt circuit, you are using 1200 watts of power. If that same amperage is flowing through a 240-volt circuit, you are using 2400 watts of power (10 x 240 = 2400).
Hopefully, this has answered any questions you might have had about what a 50 amp camper hookup looks like. And it should also help you better understand why and how campers are rated as 30 amp or 50 amp hookups. If not, please feel free to get in touch with additional questions. I’m happy to help.
This is one of those things people don’t know much about. When it comes to campers, 50 amp power is typically the standard for wilderness and off-grid living. However, a lot of campers such as the well-known Coleman are still made with 30 amps. It all comes down to the size of the draw on your camper. Do you have a large outdoor kitchen or do you have many lights in your camper? If so, you’re more likely to need 50 amp power. But if you’re simply using it for sleeping, a 30 amp system will do just fine.