Campground Electrical Services – The Difference Between 30 & 50 amp

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Learn everything you need to know about the difference in RV amperage from our resident RV expert in this video.

When looking at campground electrical services, what’s the difference between a 30 amp and a 50 amp RV electrical system? In this handy RV how-to video, Mark Polk explains why you can use more electricity in an RV with a 50 amp service then you can in an RV with a 30 amp service.

 

Top Tips From This Video For Using Campground Electrical Services

  • Plugs on RVs with 30 amp service and 50 amp service differ in design.
    • A 30 amp plug has three prongs – a 120 volt hot wire, a neutral wire and a ground wire – and is generally used on RVs with lower load requirements.
    • A 50 amp plug has four prongs – two 120 volt hot wires, a neutral wire and a ground wire – that supply two separate 50 amp, 120 volt feeds.
  • A 50 amp service RV provides a maximum 12,000 watts.
  • Even with an adapter, your 30 amp service RV won’t receive more power than the 3,600 watts it can handle.
  • Conversely, if you use an adapter for a 50 amp RV, you’ll be limited to 3,600 watts.

 


About the Expert

Mark Polk, RV Education 101KOA’s resident RV expert, Mark Polk, and his wife Dawn started RV Education 101 in 1999. Since that time RV Education 101 has helped educate millions of RV owners and RV enthusiasts on how to properly and safely use and maintain their RV. Mark’s favorite past times are RVing in their 35-foot Type A motorhome, and restoring vintage RVs, classic cars and trucks. For more information on using, enjoying and maintaining your RV visit RV Education 101.

 

This article was reprinted from KOA. And can be found on their KOA website!  Thank you!

This article was written by Robyn Chilson

Tim and Robyn Chilson are both Certified Park Operators (CPO) and have owned and operated Meadville KOA Campground since October of 1999. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.

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