Can you hook 30 amp RV to 50 amp service?

Asked By: Laine Urruchi | Last Updated: 20th February, 2020
Category: travel camping
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The answer is yes, you can quite safely plug your 30 amp RV into a 50 amp socket, you'll just need to use 30 amp to 50 amp Adaptor. These adapters feature a 120 volt 50 amp male plug and a 120 volt 30 amp female socket.

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Correspondingly, how does a 30 amp to 50 amp RV adapter work?

With an adapter, you can plug a 50-amp RV cord into a 30-amp power pedestal at a campground. The female end of the adapter will plug into your RV cord, and the male end will plug into the power pedestal.

One may also ask, what is the difference between a 30 amp and 50 amp RV hookup? 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.

Then, can I plug my 50 amp RV into my house?

You will most likely need to set your RV up to be able to connect to the standard 3-prong household plug you use at home. Since your RV will need at least a 30/50 Amp hookup to power the rig, you'll be limited in what you can run connected to a home's 15/20 Amp electrical outlet.

Can I plug my 30 amp RV into my house?

You can go the expensive way: have an electrician come out and wire a plug for your RV, either 30 amp or 50 amp service. Remove the 30 amp plug from the generator plug, like you would at an RV campground. Then plug it into this adapter. Then you can plug the adapter into your heavy duty outdoor extension cord.

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Can I plug my RV into my dryer outlet?

No, you can't. The dryer outlet is a 240 volt, and the 30 amp RV plug is a special 120 Volt outlet.

Do you really need a surge protector for your RV?

RV surge protectors are an entry-level way to protect your rig. They protect your RV from shore power problems at the pedestal and shut down if power supply is dangerously low or high. If you have 50 amp service, buy a surge protector for 50 amp RVs.

Are 30 amp RV plugs 220?

The 30-amp service for an RV is 120-volt with a 3 prong receptacle and a single 30-amp dedicated breaker. The 30 AMP is a standard ANSI C73. 13, TT-30P (plug) / TT-30R (receptacle). The TT–30 is a 30A, 120-volt recreational vehicle standard sometime it is called simply RV 30.

How many amps does an RV refrigerator use?

On an average a running refrigerator will need around 2-4 amps. When defrosting the amps drawn by the rv fridge will be around 1.20-2 amps.

Can I plug my 50 amp RV into 220v?


No you cannot plug your RV into a plug designed for a welder. The plug for the welder is 220 volts. Our RV has 50 amp service, but when our RV is at home we use a 50 Amp To 30 Amp Adaptor and use the the 30 Amp to 15 Amp adapter to plug into our house.

What size wire do I need for 30 amp RV service?

Wire: A GFCI will need 12-2 wire, a 30 amp outlet requires 10-2, wire and a 50 amp outlet will need 6-3 wire.

How do you hook up an RV generator?

How to Connect a Portable Generator to an RV
  1. Drive the grounding rod into the ground at the location you wish to place the generator.
  2. Connect the copper wire from the grounding rod to the portable generator.
  3. Route the portable generator's exhaust away from the RV.
  4. Plug the RV's generator connector cable into the portable generator.

How do you hook up a 50 amp breaker to an RV?

Locate an unused double-pole 50 amp breaker, or install a double-pole 50 amp breaker in a vacant location. Connect the red wire to one terminal on the outlet side of the breaker, and connect the black wire to the other terminal on the outlet side of the breaker. Connect the white wire to neutral bus-bar.

Can I run my RV AC on 110?

Running the ac should be ok, however you will most likely not be able to run much else. Good power management is important when plugged into standard 110. In keeping apples to apples. Here in North America, all RV shore power (save a rare few) is 120 volts.

Is a 50 amp RV plug 110 or 220?


THe short answer is both yes and no. 50 amp outlets come in several different arraingments.. But this is a 4 wire 50 amp 240 volt with neutral and ground.

Can you hook up an RV to a house sewer?

All you need to do is to connect the RV to your house's sewer line. You won't need to use a hose which is always what puts many RV owners off when it comes to emptying of RV holding tanks. This is because of the need to clean the hose after every emptying session.

How do you recharge an RV air conditioner?

How to Recharge an RV Air Conditioner
  1. Lower the power that is supplied to the air conditioner before beginning to work on the unit.
  2. Determine the specific kind of refrigerant that should be purchased in order to recharge the RV air conditioner.
  3. Remove the lid of the RV air-conditioning unit.
  4. Use a refrigerant gauge to check the level of the refrigerant.

Can I run my RV refrigerator on propane while driving?

The fact of the matter is that there is no simple answer, and most RV owners run their propane while driving. However, leaving your propane on does expose you to some risks. Shut your propane off entirely and run your fridge on 12 volt DC power. That's what it's there for.

Do outlets work in an RV while driving?

each trip will make you appreciate the movie "RV" even more. It's normal. Outlets don't work unless you're connected to shore power or running the gen. OR you have an inverter and batteries to supply it.

Do RV batteries charge when plugged into shore power?


When plugged into shore power at the campground, presumably the AC to DC converter will charge the auxiliary battery bank. All the lamps, fans, water pump, etc., still operate on 12-volts DC, just that the DC electricity is provided by the converter instead of the batteries while plugged in.

How many amps does an RV air conditioner draw?

A larger fifth wheel or a class A rv generally uses 50 amp capacity. An air conditioner on an average needs around 12-16 amps. The exact value depends on the BTU and the mode in which it is operating. A 15,000 BTU air conditioner in rv on an average draws around 12.5-13 amps.

How do I know if my travel trailer is 30 or 50 amp?

ANSWER: Hi, the easiest way to tell is by looking at the plug on your RV. Take a look at the pictures at the top of this page and it will soon become apparent whether your RV is 30 or 50 Amps.