The RV electrical system is to RV travel what the Sun is to Earth—without the energy provided by the former, the latter could not exist. A well-maintained and fully functional RV electrical system is essential for an enjoyable road trip for many reasons, most notably that you need a capable battery to produce electricity and power the stuff under the hood.
But what about the other jobs required of onboard RV electrical systems? From the generators that fuel handheld electronics to the distribution center that feeds energy to such vital components as headlights and A/C units, the RV electrical system is responsible for so many aspects of a reliable and comfortable RV journey.
Because the electrical system is so important, we created a series of expert tutorials on maintaining and repairing the components that make up your RV electrical system. With these simple walkthroughs, you’ll learn about a variety of RV electrical topics, including how to extend the life of your RV battery, when to test your RV power converter, and why you should consider upgrading your RV inverter. Pay proper attention to your RV electrical components, and your travels will forever be safe and powerful.
The typical RV will be equipped with a 30-amp RV distribution panel that has 120 volts coming into the unit. Power comes in into the RV distribution panel via the power cord or “shoreline” cord from an outside electrical supply or onboard generator. The 120-volt AC appliances are protected by residential style circuit breakers. The… Read more »Watch Now >>
It is important to have a full understanding of how different RV electrical systems operate, including the different outside electrical sources available at campgrounds. With the installation of more residential appliances, RV electrical systems need power to keep everything running smoothly. 50-amp power cords may be needed to meet the demand of RV electrical systems… Read more »Watch Now >>
A 5th wheel has its RV service center on the driver side, non-curb side, of the unit. This is where you can connect your unit up to city water, disconnect the house batteries, and fill your unit’s fresh water tanks. The RV service center has a city water connection that you can attach a hose… Read more »Watch Now >>