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Old 07-16-2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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30a or 50a ?

Are most class A's 30 amps or 50 amps and I have noticed some camp grounds charge for 50 amps, does anyone know what they charge on average?
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If you have 2 A/C units and want to run them both, you will most likely need the 50 amp service. Some 30 amp coaches have a 30 amp energy management system to stagger loads and also shed loads when you are approaching 30 amps total load.

The charge is EXTRA for the 50 amp service since you have th epotential to use more power.

A 50 amp coach actually has two 50 amp curcuts for a total of 100 amps. The 30 amp coach only has 30 amp capacity.

I would opt for the 50 amp coach so that you can run everything you want and not worry so much about power.

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If you have 2 A/C units and want to run them both, you will most likely need the 50 amp service. Some 30 amp coaches have a 30 amp energy management system to stagger loads and also shed loads when you are approaching 30 amps total load.

The charge is EXTRA for the 50 amp service since you have th epotential to use more power.

A 50 amp coach actually has two 50 amp curcuts for a total of 100 amps. The 30 amp coach only has 30 amp capacity.

I would opt for the 50 amp coach so that you can run everything you want and not worry so much about power.

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Do you know what campgrounds charge for the 50A Service ?
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Some campgrounds don't charge extra for 50 amp while others do. It is about $2 more. The 50 amp service is worth it to me.
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The difference some campgrounds charge for a site($25-$36 average) is more difference then what some charge for 50AMP service. Not very many anymore, have extra charge for a 50 amp site.
So us 30AMP users are help paying for them in site rent.

Mine has the 30AMP energy management system. And I can run 2 13.5K AC at the same time. But only need to use one until it gets over 90 outside sitting in the sun.
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You know, if $$$ are that tight, you can pay the 30 amp rate even if you have a 50 amp rig. Just plug into the 30 amp receptacle with a 30 to 50 dogbone adapter. You'll be compromised on available wattage (3600 watts vs 12000 watts), but at least that way you have the potential to use 50 amp service to its full capabilities when needed and when 50 amp service is available.

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Are most class A's 30 amps or 50 amps and I have noticed some camp grounds charge for 50 amps, does anyone know what they charge on average?
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If you're asking about all A's on the road, I would guess 30a. Only because there are a lot of older ones out there. I will say all but the very small or low end coaches made today are 50.

Since I have 30, never been charged for 50. However, most CGs we encounter that charge for elec, charge all by the kilowatt hour. In Fl last season it was $0.14. Turned out to be about $70 @ month.
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The differences in charges I have seen range from $2 to $10 per night.
The previous owner of my TT was a high voltage lineman, and tended to overthink / overdo things. He changed the power cord from 30 amp to 50 amp 'just because' - trailer breaker panel is still 30 amp but the bus bar has been separated to two separate lines in. I can plug into 50 amp service, but will never draw more than 30 amps. Some CGs don't like adapters going from 50a down to 30a and I have had to show them the mod and power distribution panel and where the original owner marked 30 amp on everything. PITA only once so far, but getting a free 50' extention cord that I'll never overload along with a deal of a lifetime on the toyhauler, I don't have much to complain about if I get charged extra for 50 amp service.
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Do you know what campgrounds charge for the 50A Service ?
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Tom

Since you are new to this, I know you are serious. With a guess of 50,000 campgrounds in N.A., hopefully you can see how strange this question is.

There are many options available to seek out campgrounds (books, websites, smart phone apps, ect). All of these usually include about all the info you need to make a decision, including any elec charge. If it's not clear, their phone number is always listed to call and ask.
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Since you are new to this, I know you are serious. With a guess of 50,000 campgrounds in N.A., hopefully you can see how strange this question is.

There are many options available to seek out campgrounds (books, websites, smart phone apps, ect). All of these usually include about all the info you need to make a decision, including any elec charge. If it's not clear, their phone number is always listed to call and ask.
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