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Old 02-13-2014, 04:03 PM   #1
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Hookups at home

When you are putting in hookups at home do you put in 30amp or 50amp?
How much do you use them? If you have extra company do they stay in the RV?
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:08 PM   #2
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50amp since it's not much more expensive than 30 if you are starting with nothing. I use my hookup anytime the coach isn't out on the road - it stays plugged in. And Yes, extra company loves staying in it... and sometimes it's great place to stash away those "in-laws" who come over to stay awhile.. you know, the ones you love being around so much? ;-)
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:11 PM   #3
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I just used a 15 amp and never had any problems in 30 years. Unless you plan to run an AC 15 amps will keep the batteries charged and run the refer to cool down before a trip.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:15 PM   #4
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If you are located in an area that requires heat or a/c a 50 amp hook up is preferred. However, you can get by with a 30 amp if temperatures are not extreme at either end of the thermometer. Fifty amp hookup is considerably more money and therefore they should be really good friends, that are visiting, to warrant the additional costs. We are fulltime and prefer/insist on sleeping in our own bed when visiting sticks and bricks friends. Note..... any friends that have a 40'+ driveway move to the top of the list.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:23 PM   #5
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50 amp, if you ever need it you have it.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:32 PM   #6
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We have two homes. At the one we keep the rv most we have 50 amp hookup. At the other we just use 15 amp to keep the batts charged and the fridge on ac. And no, I wouldn't let guests stay in our rv. We've always had room enough for everyone to stay inside, but if we didn't, we'd stay in the rv before we'd let guests.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:44 PM   #7
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50 amp is the way to go. Running the wire and mounting the box are the same amount of work as a 30 amp service. The extra expense for the heavier wire and box are worth it.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:08 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the great replies. The reason I wanted to know we are a full timer, and
our son is buying a new house and I wondering which outlet and box to give him for a nice house warming gift. LOL
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:16 PM   #9
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I've bought cable to add a 30amp box to our house. It's a fairly long run from our breaker box to where I'll be installing the outlet - about 80' - so I opted for an oversize cable to run @30amps. The cost for adding a 50amp outlet was noticeably more and while our coach is a 50amp coach, we can easily run a single a/c on 30amp if we need to while it's parked at home.
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I agree that 50a covers all bases right up front, and gives you more options. AND, an RV 30a stands a very large chance of being mis-wired as a 240v/30a rather than 120v. Our coach is plugged into 50a when parked under the home cover. We have stayed in it there, and have parked visitor rigs in front of and let them use the 50a while swapping our coach to the 20a outlet beside it.
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My coach is 30a, as was my previous coach. So installed 30a and 15a several years ago. That said, when I do plug in I usually just use the 15a because it's enough for charging, lights, tools, etc. - no A/C of course. However, I seldom plug in, rather let the solar on the roof do its job. The solar controller is a better charger and saves a few bucks in electricity from the POCO.

Now if I were wanting to run A/C and support guest RV's, I would install 50a and 15a, and likely put a 30a jack as well.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:31 PM   #12
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I have a 30 amp system and a 30 amp circuit at home. I fried a 20 amp circuit before I got smart. I will use the mh as a guest room when required. It has a better bed in it than in the guest room.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:51 PM   #13
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I would DEFINITELY get the 50A. A lot harder to upgrade that later on.
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I would also recommend 50amp if it would not be cost prohibitive. I know when we visit my SIL's house often, they have a 30amp outlet for us and I often wish I had offered to pay the difference for them to have installed a 50 amp. With a residential fridge, 3 AC's/heat pumps 50 amp is nice.

I have 50amp at home for the coach.
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