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Old 02-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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I want 50 amp, water and sewer at home. Any thoughts or pointers?

Hi. I am a newbie (to the sight and RVing). I would like to park my RV next to my garage. I have a landscaper giving me a quote for putting in a gravel pad with railroad ties for edging. I also want to have an electrician install a 50 amp service at the back of my house to plug my RV into. I also need to have a plumber another faucet run to that corner and see if I can get a sewer line outlet run over there as well. Does anyone have experience getting this done and would be able to provide advice and/or pointers before I start calling around to get this done?

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Welcome to IRV2. There are some electrical concerns that I'll leave to some of our better equipped members to answer.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:27 AM   #3
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he is having an electrician install the box so should not be a problem...
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Unless you plan on running all the electrical appliance's while parked you really do not need 50 amp. 15 or 30 amp should be plenty to keep the batteries changed.
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he is having an electrician install the box so should not be a problem...
I wouldn't bet the ranch on that.
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All good ideas, just make sure you electrician knows how to wire for a RV plug, I'm sure this will be repeated by future posters to your question. It's 50 Amps 110V, not 50 Amps 240V. A very important distinction. You didn't indicate what part of the world your in, so if you live in an area with a winter climate make sure your plumber uses a Frost Free Hose bib with Anti-Syphon. If you live in the South just Anti-Syphon is fine.
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All good ideas, just make sure you electrician knows how to wire for a RV plug, I'm sure this will be repeated by future posters to your question. It's 50 Amps 110V, not 50 Amps 240V. A very important distinction.
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Thank you. That's the exact part I couldn't remember. Not all electricians know this. You may pay a price , if you assume they do.
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50 amp RV service seems to always cause confusion.

Respectfully, the poster above is incorrect.

The service is indeed 50 amp. 240 volts. It's a standard 4 wire service. Nothing special or tricky.

Your motorhome will use 120 volts from each leg at 50 amps each for a total for 100 amps.

It's all explained here.

http://www.myrv.us/electric/
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I think a few of us may be thinking of the dangers of installing 30 amp at the house.
http://www.myrv.us/electric/ click on the 30 amp tab on left side.
I know I was guilty of that. :(
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This is what I received from Fleetwood:

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jeez so i dont think he is talking about getting a fly by nite that his normal job is a dentist.....around here i built homes for 30 yrs and never found an "electrician" that could not handle a normall job...

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I had an electrician put in my 50 amp service for 350 bucks...wanted 50 amp so we could run both ACs when we are loading up for the next trip...summertime gets hot here...guess he knew what he was doing...works like a champ ;-)
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I had an electrician put in my 50 amp service for 350 bucks...wanted 50 amp so we could run both ACs when we are loading up for the next trip...summertime gets hot here...guess he knew what he was doing...works like a champ ;-)
Jim is right. Also it helps when trouble shooting 120 volt problems.
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Only thing different is one more wire, the breaker and a less expensive outlet, all about a couple dollars different in the end, labor will be same, do 50 period.

Better to add additional 120 outlet on seperate circuit while at it, handy to have!

Sewer may be issue, may need permit, city/county may have issue.
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