By Melissa Popp. Well, the answer is yes — sort of! While it's not suggested to live in an RV outside a home for an extended time although they can be insulated for longer-term efficiency , short trips will be fine for keeping the lights on during your travels. 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.
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. Want to learn more about living on 30 amps? Check out this video for tips for RV living on 30 amps. Each month, direct to your email inbox, we'll send the best camping news, tips, recipes and more, to enhance the camping lifestyle you love so much. A 30 amp plug has three prongs — a volt hot wire, a neutral wire and a ground wire — and is generally used on RVs with lower load requirements.
Above is exactly how I felt before our first trip, I knew everything would work out but at the same time I had no idea what I was doing. The first thing I do when I pull into our new spot is make sure our RV is leveled out and secured. As you can see from the picture above, this campground has both 50 and amp service. A lot of campgrounds, especially State Parks have amp service.
When parked at a campground or home the electrical needs of a recreational vehicle, or RV, are usually supplied through a shore power cord. Typical RVs with a single air conditioning unit and more modest standards of provision need a 30 amp service. All RVs need an electrical hook-up box, sometimes called an outlet or receptacle, to plug into. Decide what level of provision the electrical hook-up box must answer.