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  • Power Cords

    Things you should know about your RV Power Cords

     

    Many appliances and systems inside your RV runs in a 120-volt power such as your air conditioner, TV, microwave, refrigerator and other devices. This requires you to connect your RV to a power source or a Shore Power with the help of your power cords. These power cords is a very important part of your rig’s electrical system since it is the tool responsible in acquiring enough electrical power for your appliances to function in your RV, Travel Trailers, fifth Wheels, Truck Campers and Tent Trailers.

     

    Difference between 30 amps and 50 amps in an RV

    Most RV Power Cords are equipped with two different kinds of amperes plugs, the 30 amp plug and the 50 amp plug. Your 30 amp plug is usually shorter and has 3 prongs. This kind of plug is used for RVs that requires lower power consumption, usually ones with only one RV air conditioning rooftop unit.  

     

     

    On the other hand the 50 amp plug is typically longer, has 4 prongs and is used for RVs that requires higher power loads. Most of the time, campgrounds offers power connections for both amp plugs but there are instances where in they only offer one type of power source usually 30 amp and this might not match with your RV’s plug.

     

    Useful RV Power Cord Tools and Accessories

     

    RV and Campground Plug Adapters

    In cases where your RV amp plug does not match with the shore power receptacles, you can use Plug Adapters to be able to plug it in. There are 50 to 30 amp or 30 to 50 amp adapters but it is important to take note that even if you use a 30 to 50 amp plug adapter you would still get a 30 amp power from your Shore Power while if you use a 50 to 30 amp adapter, you limit your power cord capacity and only get 30 amp power from it. Dogbone adapter or molded adapters are easily available from any electrical or RV shops near you or from RV online shops.

     

    RV Extension Cords

    These are useful if your power source is a bit far or for replacing old or damage power cords. Be advised however that this is not your typical household extension cords, so do not even attempt to use them with your RV power cords. You can find some trusted brands like Voltec, AP Products and other trusted brands to provide you with quality cable.

     

    RV Cable Accessories

    These items help you keep your cables tidy, neatly kept and in-place. It includes bag, cable straps, handles, wire looms and lubricants. You can also add here you locking reels, cord locks and boxes or cable storage products.

     

    RV Power Connectors

    Foryour safety, there are available accessories such as blade, bullet, butt and cord or electrical connectors you can purchase. There are also covers, caps, quick connect and disconnect terminals you can easily find. And of course, damaged cables hatches and electrical hatches should be replaced as soon as possible.

     

    Polarity Tester and RV Surge Protectors

    These tools are very important to test if the power source where you will plug your cord in, is wired correctly to avoid major electrical issues on your rig and to ensure the safety of the people inside your RV.  

  • Surge Protection

    You try your best to protect your RV, from covers to surface protection, but the part of your RV that can be damaged the worst is the electrical system. So help prevent surges and other damages resulting from inconsistent power flows with the surge protectors and voltage regulators that you can find right here.

  • Switches and Receptacles

    Switches and Receptacles – A Very Short Overview

     

    Switches and receptacles in an RV can be likened to a power network a dedicated RVer needs to take care of. One of the most important benefits (and one of the major uses) of an RV is to bring lights and appliances to work while you’re using it.

     

    If the system fails, you’d have power outage. Your RV can maybe run (it has its own motor) but the appliances and the things inside cannot work anymore. As the owner, your main work is to make sure your supply of power through your switches and in your outlets is fitted to your preferences.

     

    Suppliers can have selections of switches that can customize the interior of your RV, mostly for function. However, the receptacles (that house your outlets) can also be made special in that it won’t detract the aesthetics of your RV interiors.

     

    Electricity in the RV

     

    In high school electricity, the power you want in your RV is in wattage, the overall power (calculated in amperes multiplied by voltage). As long as you are within the amount of available wattage for your RV, your circuits will run. If it exceeds, it will trip the circuit and won’t run.

     

    The RV has a 120-volt electrical system and also runs on 12-volts powered by a battery (or a set of batteries). It powers in turn the refrigerator, the water pump, the furnace, water heater, and most of the lights and some others.

     

    RV Generators

     

    The generator (or an RV electrical hookup) powers up the 120-volt system. In turn it powers up such items as your TV, your kitchen appliances, and the other electrical appliances in the RV.

     

    The 120 volt system is powered by an RV electrical hookup plug or a generator, and it powers for daily use such items as kitchen appliances, your TV, and other electrical appliances.

     

    Inverter

     

    If you add an inverter to the system, it will convert the 12-volt battery’s direct current (DC) into a 120-volt alternating current (AC). You can then power up appliances that needs 120 volts and use the electrical outlets of your vehicle. The battery will eventually run out of juice and needs to be recharged.

     

    If your RV is plugged into a campground power source, your 12-volt battery automatically charges. If you are dry camping (boon-docking) and not plugged in, the battery is still usable to run anything that runs on 12 volts.

     

    All these will be working off in your switches and outlets. Overuse or faults (surges) in electricity can make these useless.

     

    RV Switch and Receptacle Maintenance

     

    Sockets and switches that are really dirty (and are outdated) need to be replaced immediately. You can have them replaced with the modern metal coated switches and receptacles (for the sockets). You can also choose to install those new water and dust-resistant switches for better life-span.

     

    Especially aimed for newbie RV owners, be sure to cut off all the power on your RV before plugging it in to a campground site for your power. (You can test the hook up first with a polarity tester before connecting with their system.) This ensures your switches and receptacles and your electrical system are protected.

  • Power Centers

    When it comes to your RV's power, you know you need the best of the best to get the most out of it. These power centers will provide proper power distribution within your RV and come with many different power ratings including 80 amp, 75 amp, 65 amp, 55 amp, 50 amp, 45 amp, 35 amp, 30 amp, 25 amp and 12 amp.

  • Solar

    Solar

    A solar power can power your RV as you go camping in boondocks. This is also because there is no electricity around. What more, this is appealing as it is totally silent once the solar panels have been installed. This is an even better option than a generator.

    Never let a solar scare you as this can actually last for ten years or more. And the freedom to travel anywhere you want without going limited in electricity is an amazing experience brought by solar power. No need to worry because there is no trouble when it comes to using solar power. The ability to have power while you get in touch with nature is possible with it.

    Below are a few of the solar power choices that you can choose for your RV.

    Charge Controllers

    An RV solar system features a charge regulator or charge controller. This is an essential part of the system that also serves as the heart of it. If this is not present, the batteries are not expected to charge properly. This may as well result in a short life span of the battery.

    Charge controller serves as the medium when connecting a battery pack to a solar panel. So, there is a need to choose the right charge controller. There are so many good products to find on the market. A few of the great ones are the Charge Wizard from Progressive Dynamics, 8Amp Charger Controller from RDK Products, 30Amp Controller from Zamp Solar, 200A Battery Guard from Samlex America, and Charger Controller 40Amp from Xantrex C40, and 40Amp from Zamp Solar.

    Power Center Parts

    Buy all the essential power center parts from the site. These can include the following: 300A Fuse Assembly, 100A Fuse Assembly, 100A Replacement Fuse, 200A Replacement Fuse, and 300A Replacement Fuse. Each of these has the core function to perform for solar power.

    Remote Controls

    Remote controls can usually be found in the RV that can save trouble and time of going to a compartment. These are used to verify the AC as off before one goes to bed. These will help save battery power and will show what system is exactly doing and what seems to be sophisticated.

    Their role is to tell more about the load amps, amps, charging, Amp hour values, and voltages on the graph or LED display. Just be extra careful as some models of remote controls are difficult to operate. It will be a lot better to buy from the site remote for battery chargers, Zamp 10Amp Waterproof Control, and 15Amp Waterproof Control.

     

    Solar Accessories

    If you’ve been thinking about solar power your RV, you need to first think of getting solar accessories. These can include 2W Amorphous Solar Maintenance Panel, 85W Crystalline Charger, 40Amp Smart Battery Charger, Charge Wizard, Adjustable Bracket 20 Pnls, Solar 20W w/ Charge Controller, 18W w/Controller & Powerbank, 8Amp Charger Controller, 200W Flexible Deluxe Solar Kit, Remote for Battery Chargers, 20W Panel w/ Plug, and 20W w/10Amp Controller.

    Solar Batteries

    Solar batteries are an effective tool that can maximize the life of a battery. These are safe and reliable to use to achieve electrical independence. These are properly installed and designed to extend the life of RV solar system. Better to buy 100Amp Hour Agmsolar Battery 12V that comes at an affordable price.

    Solar Kits

    Solar electricity can be a great way to power your RV home. This will benefit the environment as well. The set-up of the solar system will include solar kits like the 600W CPAP Station, 20W w/10 Amp Controller, 20W Panel w/ Plug, 200W Flexible Deluxe Solar Kit, 10W Panel w/ Plug, 100W Flexible Expansion Kit, and 20 w/1. 2 A Solar Kit w/ Controller.

    Solar Panels

    Solar panels are a renewable form of an energy source that can help you with diverse applications. These will also equate to low maintenance costs. And these will produce sustainable and unlimited energy. The following are the choices to have on your RV: Solar 20W w/Charge Controller, 18W w/Controller & Powerbank, 2W Amorphous Solar Maintenance Panel, 7 W Amorphous Solar Panel, Nature Power Camping and RV Solar Kit.

    Solar System Parts

    You will basically need essential solar system parts for your RV solar system. While some can be cost-effective, some also can be quite expensive. But, these will ensure you that your battery will achieve its maximum performance.

    Among those solar system parts to include in your list include 120” UV Wire w/Male SAE, Large Mount Ft (60-150W), Universal Mount Ft 5 10 20, Adjustable Mount Brackets, 15’ Extension Cable, 2Way Fm to Furrion Plug A, 14Ah All-in-One Emergency, and 400A Replacement Fuse.

    Now, you have learned more about solar power and all other accessory types to buy!

  • Generators

    Generators – Some Things You Need to Know

     

    Be ready for any power situation, whether it be a full outage or you just plan on running a few extra devices that would drain your RV`s power. Our selection of generators ranging from just enough power to more than you`ll need along with all the parts and accessories to deck it out the way you want, will have something for every demand and budget.

     

    One of the more endearing qualities of a recreation vehicle (RV, to many) is that among our possessions (apart from our homes), it is quite fully self-contained. The one thing that makes an RV self-contained is the work of a little-known but very important device, the generator.

     

    With its push-button feature, we would take a liking to the fact that we can produce instant electricity (or power) at the touch of a button.  At home, electricity is relegated to the sides because we don’t really work to get it, only pay the bill from the electric company that provides it.

     

    For owners of RVs, there is always the expectation that we can produce electricity just like at home. The problem is that this source of energy, the generator, needs a certain amount of care and maintenance.

     

    About generators

     

    Think about this every time: with generators, there is also carbon monoxide. The work is to inspect the exhaust system on the generator set before ever use. Never operate a generator with a damaged exhaust system.

     

    When you are using a portable generator, keep the exhaust pointed away from the camp area, away from people. Test your generator for carbon monoxide prior to using it.

     

    RV-supplied

     

    If a generator comes with the RV, it usually gets its fuel supply from the same fuel tank as the engine. When the fuel tank has only a quarter tank of fuel, the generator will shut down. This will keep you from using all the fuel without knowing

     

    The generator will either have some automatic transfer switch if it senses you are using shore power or the generator. It also will decide if you need to plug the RV power cord into a generator receptacle for use.

     

    Electric power

     

    Generators are usually rated in kilowatts (KW or a thousand watts), so a 4-KW generator is worth 4,000 watts. RV has either a 30-ampere or a 50-ampere electrical system. If you are plugged into a 30-ampere and 120-volt electrical source, you are using 3,600 watts of power.  (30 amps X 120 volts + 3,600 watts)

     

    Usually, RV systems are equipped with 4,000-watts generators. Those with 50 amperes usually are equipped with larger generators.

     

    Maintenance

     

    Generator maintenance is simple and straight-forward and with them, it can outlast the lifespan of an RV, given the care it needs. The first requirement is to exercise the gen set regularly. Gas and diesel generators need a monthly exercise where they are run for two hours at least, and with a load.

     

    This regular exercise clears out moisture build up, prevents carbon build up and lubricates the engine.

     

    Other scheduled maintenance

     

    You also need to change the oil and the filters regularly and for some seasonal changes, just like a car. The important thing is to use your generator with a load on it (for instance, turning on the roof air conditioner or putting some heaters on if it’s cold outside).

     

    Generators are designed to be used with a load on it. The exercise and preventive maintenance will keep the motor in tip top condition and adds years to its usefulness.

     

  • Transfer Switches

    Don't ever get left without power when you connect your back-up power with a transfer switch. We carry line generator switches, optional surge guard plus cables, auto-transfer switches, auto transfer relay systems and everything else you need to keep the power on.

  • Batteries

    If it wasn't for the batteries powering everything in your RV, your trip would be a whole lot different, so take care of your batteries with the accessories found here. We carry battery chargers, battery boxes, battery trays, battery straps, battery cleaners, battery protectors, battery isolators, battery watering systems, battery terminals, battery disconnects, battery switches, battery relays and starter cable wires to make sure you turn over every time you to fire your vehicle up.

  • Battery Boxes

  • Flashlights/Worklights

    There's plenty of situations where a little bit of extra light can really go a long way. So be ready for these situations with the flashlights and worklights found here such as wind-up flashlights, rectangular LEDs, lantern hangers and plenty of batteries to keep them all running.

  • Tools

    You never know when you might have to take something apart to figure out what's wrong, or put something together that didn't come with a screwdriver. Be prepared for these situations and others with our variety of screw drivers, interchangeable bits, crimping tools, screws, nut setters, torque wrenches, cable fasteners and more.

  • 12-Volt

    Your RV’s 12-Volt Power

     

    Knowing the type of battery you have in your rig is very important. It gives you vital information such as how long can you keep your lights and appliances on, how often do you have to recharge or even how long you can stay away from town, do dry camping and a lot more. Technically there are four types of batteries you can use to power your RV but the most common and affordable battery being used by many owners is the 12-volt.

     

    Benefits of 12-volt power

    This battery is common because it is a lot cheaper, easier to find and replaced than other RV batteries. It is perfect for camper trailers and small travel trailers that do not really need large amounts of power to keep it running and for those travel trailers that have easy access to different power sources. It also works in almost all kinds or RV, motorhomes, R-pod trailers, cargo trailers and others. This kind of battery can be considered as one of the most time tested battery available for RVs’ and it is easier to find the right tools and accessory for it since most of those readily available in the market are compatible for this power voltage. With proper care and maintenance they usually last around 3 to 5 years depending on usage and the temperature it is constantly exposed in.

     

    Getting the most out of your 12-volt power

    Your 12-volt power system is usually responsible for keeping your lights, slide outs, awnings, furnace and other devices that runs in a 12 voltage going. There are a lot of products that you can find form RV shops, RV supplies store or online shops to get use it efficiently. You can find items such as pop-up camper lift by Carefree or battery extension cords from Prime Products for your multiple battery set up. You can also choose from different brands of lights for your stop, tail, turn light colors and replacements. There are many RV appliances you can find such as 12-volt hair dryers, USB charges, fans down to the smallest Maxi Blade Fuse from Cooper Bussmann. Using your 12-volt power with other appliances that runs in different voltage is also possible with the use of power converter which is normally available but might have to purchase separately for older RV trailers.  

     

    Maintaining your RV Power Source

    If your RV is not plugged in any type of power source, you rely on your batteries for power so it is very important to keep it in its best shape in order for you extend its life and get the most of it. Depending on the type of 12 volt battery you have, there are some basic things that you have to remember.

     

    • Monitor and calculate your amps usage in order to know how much battery power you need and how long can you use them in every charge.
    • It is advisable not to drain your battery and charge them when it’s down to its 30 to 50% capacity.
    • Always charge them even if you are not using your RV especially during winter and monitor its water level regularly.
    • Disconnect your battery when not in use to avoid it from draining.   
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Electrical

Things to Know About your RV Electrical System

 

One of the best perks of being a camper and having an RV nowadays is the comfort of being able to use your appliances and other types of devices with the help of your trailers electrical system. Getting yourself familiar with the basics of this system helps a lot for regular tune-ups or if you might need some quick fixes on the road and no one is available to help. Here are t...

Things to Know About your RV Electrical System

 

One of the best perks of being a camper and having an RV nowadays is the comfort of being able to use your appliances and other types of devices with the help of your trailers electrical system. Getting yourself familiar with the basics of this system helps a lot for regular tune-ups or if you might need some quick fixes on the road and no one is available to help. Here are the basic parts of your Electrical System.

 

RV Power Cords

This is the part that you use to recharge and transfer power in and out of your trailer. It comes with two types of plug the 30 amp plug which has three prongs and usually have shorter cords and a 50 amp plug with four prongs and a longer cord. You might notice sometimes that some RV parks do not have 50 amp plug with them so it will be handy if you have a 50 to 30 amp power cord adapter with you which is available from JR Products, Voltec and other brands.

 

RV Switches and Receptacles

These include your light and appliances switches, charger outlets, cables and receptacles where your appliance and other devices are connected to access electricity. Make sure that these things are tightly attached from where it should be and no wire or screws are exposed or loose or there are no cracks or damage that might cause issues not just to your RV but most importantly to your safety. You can also use different tools to easily save electricity such as toggle switches from Wirthco and illuminated lamp from Diamond Group.

 

RV Surge Protection

These products provide protection and avoid damage for your electrical system. You can find items such as surge guards light, voltage regulators, voltage defender, remote display, power monitors and other safety hardware from Technology Research, Progressive Ind and more.

 

RV Power Centers

RV power center helps distribute electricity to you trailer and converts electricity to different amps or voltage for efficient electric energy consumption. Before doing anything else on it, always turn your electric power off first. You would know if there is something wrong with your power center if there are fuses and wires that are broken, burned or overheated.  

 

RV Batteries and Generators

These are the sources of your RV power. They keep your trailer running during your trips or when there are outages. Most RV batteries usually comes in 12-volt but you can use converters to change the current up to 120-volt for your other  appliances .There are also many accessories you can find to help keep the life of your batteries and generators longer such as cleaners, protectors, safety boxes and more.

 

Other RV Electrical Parts

Many environment friendly RV trailers now use Solar Panels to convert solar power to electric energy. Your electrical system also includes your lightings, transfer switches and other types of lights used inside the recreational vehicle.

 

Though it is tempting to do things your way sometimes, there are also things that you have to consult with professionals. If you notice that your fuse, wire and other parts of your electrical system and wirings are compromised, always think about safety first and have it fixed as soon as possible.

 

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