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Electrical Power Circuit For An RV

Electrical Circuit Power Requirements for an RV Circuit – RV units have either a 30 amp or 50 amp electrical hookup connection. The power connection at the RV location should be a 30 or 50 amp RV pedestal outlet.

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  Electrical Question: I am trying to connect my 1995 Coachmen RV, located at a remote hunting camp, to a 100 amp service box that is approximately 120 ft. from the RV. I need approximately 30 amps to power the A/C + water pump, lights, microwave, and etc.
I have read that in order to carry 30 amps over 120′ I would need to utilize #6 AWG copper wire. My question is how do I go about connecting this heavy wire to the service panel and also to the RV? The RV currently has a 3-prong cord that is used to connect to a power source/outlet.

This electrical wiring question came from: Tom, a Homeowner from Eatonton, Georgia
Additional Comments: I am very thankful that there is someone like you to help with electrical questions as electrician resources in my area are extremely limited.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Tom.

Electrical Circuit Power Requirements for an RV Circuit

Tom, generally the RV units have either a 30 amp or 50 amp electrical hookup connection. The power connection at the RV location should be a 30 or 50 amp RV pedestal outlet. Due to the distance involved, the dedicated circuit should should be designed after making a complete listing of the electrical loads that will be connected and the approximate usage of these electrical devices.

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One Response to “Electrical Power Circuit For An RV”
  1. Scott Frith says:

    I need to hook up a 50 amp outlet from my breaker box at the pole so I can power up my schoolbus (rv). how should I do this?

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