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.