Any RV worth its salt has an electrical service system already built into it. Typically, you can simply connect to the available hookup at your destination, which is typically a campground. What if you want to also have the opportunity to hookup your RV at your home or vacation property?
RV Hookups – Power Needs
Depending on the size and set up of your RV, your electrical power needs can vary from simple to major in demand. For example, drawing power to illuminate a single light bulb or bring power to a small radio takes only a minimal amount of electricity. On the other hand, if your RV has an air conditioner, refrigerator, or microwave that you intend to turn on, your need for electricity is much larger than it is to turn on a lamp. Additionally, you may have electrical power needs related to electronic products such as televisions, DVD players, VCRs, and even computers.
The greater the number of devices you have that require electrical power to run, the greater the number of amps your vehicle needs to be set up to draw. RVs have either 30-amp or 50-amp capacity. The four-prong plug indicates that it is set up for 50 amps, whereas a three-prong plug is for 30 amps. Most RVs with two air conditioning units are designed to feature 50 amps since they require more electrical power than a single-unit RV.
Surge and Brownout Protection for Your RV
It is important to ensure that your surge and brownout protection for your RV is in proper working order to prevent hazard to your vehicle. Any qualified electrician can handle this type of service for you.
Electrical Services for Your RV Hookup
If you decide that you want to be able to power up the electronics, appliances, and lighting fixtures in your RV while the vehicle is parked at home, you can arrange to have an experienced electrician install one for you. First, your electrician is going to determine whether you need 30-amp or 50-amp service. Next, he is going to obtain and install the proper outlet receptacle for you to plug in your RV. The electrician must connect your RV hookup receptacle to your existing electrical system, so safety measures and the proper equipment must be used.