By Melissa Popp. Have you ever noticed an RV sitting in someone's driveway and wondered if you could live in it that way? Well, the answer is yes - sort of! An RV can be hooked up to a home's electrical system, but there are some things you must know. While it's not suggested to live in an RV outside a home for an extended time although they can be insulated for longer-term efficiency , short trips will be fine for keeping the lights on during your travels. Let's look at how to hook an RV up to your home and what factors to consider when doing so.
Can You Hook an RV Up to Your Home's Electrical System?
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Dan has been a licensed journey-level electrician for some 17 years. He has extensive experience in most areas of the electrical trade. Whether your RV lives at home all year or only for short periods while you prepare it for either summer use or a camping trip, have you ever thought it would be nice to have an outlet to plug it into? It can keep batteries charged and healthy during the winter and can provide a much more pleasant environment while working. Air conditioning is available while plugged in, the refrigerator can be operated and stocked for a trip, and tools from a vacuum to a drill can be used.
How to Install an RV Home Hookup
The safest and simplest way to install a home hookup for a recreational vehicle, or RV, is to use a supply pedestal manufactured for the purpose. Supply pedestals are similar to the hookups at most campsites, typically made with one built-in amp outlet, one amp outlet and one or two amp outlets. Appropriately sized circuit breakers are preinstalled, and some feature a usage meter and a switched light for using the pedestal after dark. They are weatherproof and entirely self-contained, set up so that one amp connection to the pedestal supplies all the outlets with their correct voltages.
You know what is pretty awesome about a part-time or weekend RVer? You can store your extra tools. You have a full kitchen and laundry room. All the awesome things about a house that those full-timers miss.