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nena lynn

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As said above, no real standard but after the early 2000s most except for the least expensive models in the lineup were 50 amp.

We got along quite well for 11 full time years with a 30 amp unit that had a load shedding energy management system. With that system we could run two ACs at the same time. The system would shut down the rear AC if we turned on the microwave so it wasn't a problem. I would have preferred to have 50 amp though

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The correct answer is, yes. There are models which are 30a and others that are 50a. The power rating has no connection to the fuel that powers the chassis but is just a matter of design. Some manufacturers build their upper models at 50a and some offer the 50a choice as an optional upgrade. There is little reason to go to the expense of 50a system if the RV has only one air conditioner and very few builders offer that for the smaller RVs. As an example, Newmar only installs 30a service in their Bay Star (lowest priced) but installs 50a service in the Canyon Star and above. For Winnebago, the lowest price models are 30a and the next up the choice is 30a with optional 50a. You probably will find few if any RV manufacturers who offer a class A of less than 35' length with 50a service.

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I'd go for the 50 amp service if it was available, we like to run the air conditioner or an electric heater while also running the microwave, electric water heater, the fridge on electric and all our electronic gear. That almost always took us over the power you can get from a 30 amp hookup at some point when too many things tried to run at once.

 

Sure you can start flipping switches to manage your power use but we found it aggravating, even more aggravating when we got it wrong and had to go reset a breaker.

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I'd go for the 50 amp service if it was available, we like to run the air conditioner or an electric heater while also running the microwave, electric water heater, the fridge on electric and all our electronic gear. That almost always took us over the power you can get from a 30 amp hookup at some point when too many things tried to run at once.

I agree with this view. We have had it both ways and much prefer 50a.

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As already said - no standard....whether it's a motor Home, Travel Trailer, or 5th wheel.

 

Usually there is no extra cost for 50amp when ordering a *new* RV.

(with the exception of small -very small- RVs like slide-ins, pop-ups,, etc. Then it may not even be an option)

 

For a used RV purchase - it would be "nice" but not essential.

 

*If* you have a choice.....think resale value.

 

(IMO) Most folks would prefer to have 50amp over 30amp

 

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Pappy Yokum, on 17 May 2016 - 12:46 PM, said:

 

 

Usually there is no extra cost for 50amp when ordering a *new* RV.

 

 

But there is often an extra charge for 50-amp service at RV parks.

 

When we had 50-amp RV's, if we were at a park that charged extra for 50-amp, we got a 30-amp site unless there was some reason why we "needed" a 50-amp site.

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