What’s in your RV electric kit? Here we discuss RV surge protection & essential electric adapters to convert 30 amp, two 30 amp, even a standard 20 amp household plug to a 50 amp connection. We also show our RV electrical connection we use when the 5th wheel is parked at our home.
RV Surge Protection Benefits
We have had a number of instances where our RV surge protection saved our electrical appliances and air conditioners. From sever lightning storms where others around us experienced damage (by the way, they didn’t have a surge protector) to those times when we had park electrical problems, our Technology Research surge protector saved us. As an example, we were recently in an RV campground, where one of the 50 amp legs would drop voltage. This was during a warm period and would have ruined an air conditioner compressor. We had another instance, where we had 50 amps when we arrived at an RV park and later that hot summer night, we dropped one of the 50 amp legs. Again, this could have damaged an air conditioner. One may flinch at the cost of slightly over $300 for either the 30 amp or 50 amp RV surge protection model, but when you consider the cost of replacing a TV or more so, an air conditioner, this is cheap insurance.
Essential RV Electric Adapters
In the video below, we cover a number of essential electric adapters. We use each one several times a year depending on where we stay. State and Federal RV campgrounds often have only one or maybe two 30 amp connections at a site. We address adapters that convert these connections to a 50 amp power cord. One bit of clarification. Event if you do connect a 50 amp power cord to one of these adapters, you will not have two 50 amp circuits. Power management is important to make sure you don’t blow the park circuit breaker. You’ll never be able to run a hair dryer and the air conditioner, or a microwave and the toaster. You can still have a positive camping experience, but remember 30 amps of AC power creates 3600 watts, about the amount required to start a 15,000 BTU air conditioner.
Lastly we show a 20 amp to 50 amp adapter. Perfect for drive way surfing or keeping the batteries charged at home. One tip – don’t use some cheap extension cord. The cheaper cords have small gauge wire and will not carry 15 or 20 amps over much distance. Make an investment in a good quality 10 gauge extension cord rated at 20 amps. Again, power management is key – a 15 amp AC breaker only provides 1800 watts and a 20 amp breakers provides 2400.
We hope you find these RV surge protection & essential electric adapters helpful.
Below is a list of the products we mention in the video along with links describing each:
50 Amp Surge Protection – https://amzn.to/2WySccA
30 Amp Surge Protection – https://amzn.to/2ChZr1X
30 Amp to 50 Amp Adapter – https://amzn.to/3iHbipH
15 Amp to 50 Amp Adapter – https://amzn.to/3fWHeVj
Twin RV 30-Amp Plug to 50-Amp Adapter – https://amzn.to/2EFVULW
15 foot 50 Amp Extension Cord – http://amzn.to/2ufWVDA
25-ft 20-Amp 110-Volt 10-Gauge Extension Cord – https://amzn.to/3h0Hxj9
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