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How to make rv home camping Power

 How to make rv home camping
12V DC AND 120V AC POWER

What powers the accessories in an RV? Electrical power to operate lights, jacks, slide-outs and other 12V powered accessories comes from a 12V battery or a battery bank consisting of two or more batteries joined together. Microwave ovens, most TVs and VCRs, toasters, blenders and other 120V accessories must be powered by AC from shore power, a generator or from an inverter which changes 12V DC power to 120V AC power.

SHORE POWER

Most RV parks and campgrounds have AC power of various voltages available fro almost every site, except designated tent camping areas. A typical campsite’s power pedestal will have three types of plug-in receptacles: 15 amp, 30 amp and 50 amp. Most RVs can hook up to the 30 amp receptacle; larger coaches and fifth wheels require 50 amps, though adapters are available to allow them to use the 30 amp connection, with limited use of on-board accessories like air conditioners. Smaller RVs like pop-up campers may only be fitted for 15 amp household-type connections, though pop-ups now frequently sport rooftop air conditioners, just like larger RVs, and are wired for 30 amp connections.

No matter what kind of power your RV uses, always use a heavy-duty, outdoor grade, grounded electrical cord to connect between the RV and the power pedestal. If your RV is 30 or 50 amp, use a 30 or 50 amp cord to make the connection. Avoid connecting your 30 amp system to an adapter and a 15 amp extension cord to reach the pedestal outlet; use an approved 30 amp extension cord. The smaller cord can overheat, plus it cannot provide enough power to safely operate appliances like air conditioners without risking brown-out damage to compressors and motors. Brown-out conditions mean not enough electrical power is reaching an appliance to operate it at peak efficiency. Continuing to operate an appliance on too-low power causes overheating of components and premature failure.

When your RV is connected to AC power, a converter transforms the 120V AC to 12V DC power to operate 12V accessories, such as light fixtures and water pumps, inside the RV. Converters also recharge the RV coach battery whenever 120V AC is available.

GENERATORS
Gasoline, diesel or LP-powered generators are a source of 120V power when shore power is unavailable. Generator power gives you all the convenience of AC power for your accessories, whether you are sitting in the stadium parking lot before the big game or on the banks of your favorite trout stream. Portable generators give you power to go for use at home, at the jobsite or while camping. Built-in generators in an RV can power all its AC accessories. Motorhomes typically have large generators that operate on the same fuel type(gasoline, diesel or LP) as the engine. These generators can even provide AC power while the motorhome is traveling down the road, making it possible to operate air conditioners or other AC-powered accessories en route to your destination. Trailer and fifth wheel generators usually operate on LP. Today’s generators are lighter, quieter and more compact than ever before. There are even generators small enough to fit some pickup and van campers.

INVERTERS
Inverters draw 12V power from a 12V battery and convert it to 120V power, letting you operate AC accessories without shore power or a generator. Inverters operate quietly and without the exhaust of generators, providing AC on demand from your 12V battery without cranking the generator. Inverter/charger combos are engineered to not only provide AC power for appliances and accessories, but also DC power to recharge your battery when your generator is running or when you are plugged into shore power. Inverters come in a variety of power levels, from portables that plug into a 12V accessory outlet to power a laptop or game to inline models that power selected AC outlets in your RV.


SOLAR PANELS
You can help keep your battery bank charged so your inverter always has DC power available by mounting one or more solar panels to the roof of your RV. Solar panels convert sunlight to electrical power that can be used to charge batteries or operate appliances via the inverter. Like inverters, solar panel kits come in various sizes and configurations. Portable models are small enough to set on the vehicle’s dashboard and plug into the accessory outlet to charge the chassis battery while the vehicle is parked. Link two or more roof-mounted panels together to keep the coach batteries charged.
By combining DC and AC power sources, your RV can be self-sufficient when it comes to electrical power, giving you the freedom to take the comfort and convenience of home wherever you go.


RV home living

Have you ever thought about chucking it all and taking to the road full time? My husband and I have, although we can't seriously consider it until my daughter is out of high school in a few years. But if you're free to roam, you could join some 1.3 million Americans who are full-time RV'ers.

To find out what it takes to afford becoming a full-timer, I spoke with Kathy Huggins. She and her husband, John, have been "living the RV dream" for more than seven years and hosted a radio show by that name.  I interviewed Kathy for my radio show, "Talk Credit Radio." Here are the Huggins' financial tips for a life on the road.

Get organized

While you're traveling, you'll need to have someone receive and forward your mail to you. That could be a friend, relative or a mail service. The Huggins use a mail service located in South Dakota (more on that choice later) that forwards their mail twice a month.

They also rely on online banking and bill pay. Their phone, credit card and satellite dish bills are all paid online. If there is a bill that can't be handled that way ("a hospital bill, for example," says Kathy), "I leave them a note that I only get my mail twice a month, that I may be late and please do not charge me (a late fee)," she explains. She's never had a problem, she adds.
For banking, they use direct deposit and a debit card. To avoid ATM fees, they chose a bank that refunds ATM fees and often get cash back at the cash register when they make a purchase on their debit cards.

Have a (flexible) budget

Does living in an RV cost less, or more, than living in a traditional home? For the Hugginses, it's less. Kathy rattled off her monthly expenses: rig payment, phone bill and satellite television, for starters. Campsite fees can range from free to $60 to $70 per night, though she says they try to keep theirs at $20 per night.

To keep your electric bill down, avoid staying in one place for months, because long-term campers usually have to pay for their own electricity."Stay for less than a month, and they pay the electric bill," she says. Even when the Hugginses do pay for electricity, it's pretty inexpensive: about $40 per month, or $80 a month if it's cold and the electric heaters go on.
"Remember, we're living in 400 square feet," she adds with a laugh.
And while many campsites have free Wi-Fi available, the Hugginses spring for their own wireless Internet connection because they need Internet access for their website and blog.
Cooking their own food and limiting meals in restaurants also saves them a bundle.

As with any budget, there are always surprises. For the Hugginses, it's been rising gas prices, which went from $2.99 a gallon to almost $4 a gallon at the time we spoke. "That's been a big change in our lifestyle," Kathy says, "but we just spend more time in a campsite. We'll travel maybe 250 miles a day at the most, and we might stay (in one place) three or four weeks. We use our car, which we tow, to go see all the things that are around here."

Save up for your rig, shop for the loan

I asked Kathy what it costs to buy an RV that would be comfortable to live in year-round. She says a used motor home will run "right around $100,000 if it's a diesel pusher and about $80,000 for a gas rig. And they're pretty comfortable." The other option is to buy a "fifth wheel" that is pulled by a truck. "You're talking about $40,000 to $60,000," she says, but "then you have to buy a truck to pull it, which can be up to $40,000 for the truck."
Before hitting the road, the Hugginses sold their Florida home at the height of the market, which allowed them to get rid of all their debt and put a healthy down payment on their rig. Still, they took out a 20-year loan at 4.35% for the balance. That was a few years ago, though, and since then, full-time RV'ers have found it more difficult to get loans.
"Try a credit union," suggests Kathy. Or buy your rig before you quit your job. "If you're going to be a part-timer, they don't seem to have a problem giving you a loan," she notes.

Get a tax break

One of the advantages of living on the road is that you can call any state home.
The Hugginses, like many other full-timers, chose South Dakota as their home base because of the tax benefits. There is no state income tax and, as Huggins points out, no property tax since they don't own a home. "South Dakota probably has half a million people that don't live there but are full-time RV'ers because of taxes," she says, laughing. Tax rates and other details are available in the book "Choosing Your RV Home Base."

Bring in some bacon

You don't have to stop working when you start traveling. Many RV parks hire full-time RV'ers to handle reservations or park maintenance. When I interviewed her, Kathy was working as a reservationist while her husband was doing pool maintenance, which earned them a free site and an allowance of $100 a month toward their electric bill, plus enough spending money to cover their food budget.

Around Yellowstone, she notes, you can work at a hotel and have a parking spot for your RV while employed there. "Even Alaska has jobs for you," she says. "You (can) guard the schools during the summer. Park your RV in the schoolyard with two or three other RV'ers, and you just keep an eye for the schoolyard, and that's it," she says. She recommends the website Workamper com for employment opportunities.

Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as well and are limited only by your imagination. A couple that Kathy suggested: Watch other full-timers' pets while they fly home for holidays or take day trips. Or make jewelry to sell.

Don't wait too long

Do you have to be out of debt to take to the road? It helps, says Kathy. But even if you aren't, you may still want to find a way to make it happen.

"I think almost anybody can do it," she says. "The cost can range from $200 a month to $12,000 a month, depending on what you want to do and how you want to spend your money. That's the best part about this -- it's your choice about . . . how big of a rig you actually buy, how much money you want to spend."

The Hugginses' only regret? That they didn't do it earlier. '"When we first started doing this, we interviewed a lot of full-time RV'ers, and everyone said the same thing: 'I wish I'd done it 10 years sooner.'"

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Many Mansions RV Homes Park is one of the nicest, friendliest parks we have stayed in. The grounds are maintained is beautiful. The management, maintenance and office personnel are friendly and outgoing. They make you feel valued as a customer. They are always ready to oblige your needs. Many fun activities are scheduled throughout the month. We have been here since May 2011 and plan to stay since we feel "right at home"! - John, Joyce & Karson Baty

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Many RV trailers Mansions has been a great place for us in Winter for the past 12 years. We love revisiting with our Florida friends from all states and Canada each year. Many Mansions is dog friendly, has a comfortable lot size and a variety of activates to our interest. The nice and friendly people with reasonable rent keeps us coming back from year to year.- Nancy and Bob Rosera, Rhilander with Sophie and Sadie (our West Highland Terriers)

I have lived at Many Mansions RV Park for 4 years now. What initially attracted us to this park was the fact that it was the cheapest park located in the area we wanted to live. What keeps us at Many Mansions park is that the owners/managers are constantly making this a park we are proud to call our home. We also like the friendly residents and home. It is such a nice feeling.

I arrived from Western Canada, and expected to stay for a couple of weeks. I ended up staying for 2 months! I never had to "Join-In" the activities provided, I was automatically and immediately accepted as belonging. My highest recommendations-Many Mansions RV Park, Dade City, Florida- Laurel Lacroix.
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RV towable vs motorhomes

What type of RV? There are many, many types of RVs. We will cover the basics, but we will concentrate a little more on the RVs that are most suited to the full-timing lifestyle. RV trailers for sale
In this section, we will discuss what type of RV you should purchase. As with many aspects of full-timing, the options are numerous and the choice is quite personal. It is very difficult to provide recommendations because of personal preferences, budgets, and selections.
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Types of RVs

So here we will simply provide an education about the types of RVs and a few pros and cons about the most popular.
The basic categories of RVs are


  • Motorhomes (including Bus Conversions)
  • Travel Trailers (or towables)
  • Truck Campers
    Motorhomes are your vehicle and living quarters combined.
    Travel trailers must be towed by a separate vehicle.
    A truck camper is living quarters that sits in the back of a pick-up truck.

    Motorhomes

    Let’s start with motorhomes. Motorhomes are further divided into classes.

    Class A Motorhomes
    Class A motorhomes are the largest. They are the RVs most people think of when you use the term RV. Although different than Class A motorhomes, Bus Conversions are also large (and can be luxurious) and they are the rigs most often associated with stars and athletes that travel over the road from city to city.


    Class B Motorhomes
    Class B motorhomes are the smallest and are built on a van chassis. Although there are full-timers in Class Bs, they are generally too small to live in for long periods of time.


    Class C Motorhomes
    Class C motorhomes are also built on a van chassis and are often referred to as mini-motorhomes although they can be as long as many of the Class As. They are distinguished by an extended section over the cab which usually contains an extra bed.

    Travel Trailers (Towables)

    Towables include true travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-up campers, and all others that are towed. Though there are full-timers in all shapes and sizes of towable RVs, only travel trailers and fifth wheels are practical for long-term living for the majority of people.


    Travel Trailers
    Travel trailers are large trailers towed completely behind the tow vehicle. They are hitched to the back of the tow vehicle which can be anything that has enough power and torque to pull the trailer.


    Fifth Wheels
    Fifth wheels are trailers that have a gooseneck front section that extends over the bed of the pick-up truck (usually) tow vehicle. The hitch is located in the center of the truck bed, so fifth wheels can only be towed by pick-up or flat bed trucks.
    NOTE: Many full-timers choose to pull their trailers with, large, semi-looking Medium Duty Trucks (MDTs) or Heavy Duty Trucks (HDTs). For very heavy trailers, MDTs & HDTs provide more saftey in going down long, steep inclines and in stopping emergencies, but the trade-off is having to use them for store runs and exploring.

    Travel Trailers vs. Fifth Wheels
    Between travel trailers and fifth wheels, travel trailers are generally less expensive. Fifth wheels tend to have more living space and are easier to tow.
    With fifth wheels having much of their weight positioned over the tow vehicle, they are less susceptible to jack-knifing or fish-tailing. At least one source I have read stated that fifth wheels are the most popular among full-timers, but it seems to us to be about 50/50 between fifth wheels and motorhomes.


    Motorhomes vs. Towables

    Again, the type of RV you choose is largely personal preference. However, there are some basic differences that may help you decide.

    Motorhome Pros
  • Non-drivers can pursue other activities while on the road (although it is highly recommended that they stay seated with belts on).
  • You do not have to stop for bathroom breaks (but again, it is not recommended that you walk in the rig while in motion).
  • You do not have to go out in bad weather to get to the living quarters when you stop.
  • Many motorhomes have self-leveling jacks so there is no need to place boards or blocks under wheels to level.
  • Motorhomes are a little easier to move and set up.
  • Motorhomes allow you to tow just about any vehicle for exploring local areas.

    Motorhome Cons
  • If something needs to be repaired, your entire home has to go into the shop and you may have to find other accommodations until all parts are in and the problem is fixed.
  • Motorhomes tend to be more expensive than towables, even when factoring in a tow vehicle for the towable.
  • Motorhomes generally have less living space than travel trailers and fifth wheels.
  • Because Motorhomes have a lot of value tied up in the motor, they depreciate faster.
  • When towing a second vehicle, you cannot back up, you have the cost and maintenance of the second vehicle, and you are back to having towing and hitching hassles.

    Towable Pros (large travel trailers and fifth wheels)
  • They are less expensive and hold value longer.
  • They have more living space.
  • Because they require a tow vehicle, you can leave the RV and take the tow vehicle on short runs.
  • It is usually the motorized vehicle that needs repair, so if the tow vehicle is in the shop, you still can live in the RV.

    Towable Cons
  • Towing and hitching/unhitching large trailers can be a hassle (although our experience has been that fifth wheel hitching/unhitching is about as easy as it gets).
  • Due to overall length, parking and finding campsites can be a problem.
  • Non-drivers cannot legally be in the trailer while moving.
  • Depending on the size of the towable, the tow vehicle could be more expensive than the RV, and could make the overall cost rival a motorhome.
  • Because of the size of the tow vehicle necessary to pull a full-timing trailer, exploring the area may be a less comfortable ride than in a vehicle towed behind a motorhome.
  • If financing, the tow vehicle loan cannot be spread over a long term like RV loans; therefore, monthly payments could be higher on a trailer/tow vehicle combination than on a motorhome.

    Decisions, Decisions

    So how do you decide? Research, read, go to dealer lots, go to RV shows, and ask questions of full-timers that are on the road and on internet forums. You will develop preferences.

    Our Search

    When we started looking, we just presumed we would get a motorhome. But after looking briefly, we quickly determined that we wanted the living space of a fifth wheel, the safety and ease of towing a fifth wheel over a travel trailer, and the convenience of having a detachable tow vehicle with a fifth wheel.
    We determined that storage space, quality cabinets, counter space, and a bathroom set-up where the toilet was separate from the vanity and shower were the features we had to have. Attending one RV show allowed us to dismiss a large number of rigs.
    Of course we all have to keep our budget in mind. The consensus in the books I have read and the websites I have visited seems to be that full-timers should buy the largest RV that you can afford.
    This seems to be backed up by full-timer surveys. Rarely does one say their rig is too large, most say their rig is just right, but many say that they would get a larger unit if they could change anything about their experience.
    Again, budget and personal preference may determine whether you buy new or used. You have to weigh reliability, warranties, and the features you want against price.
    My preference on new versus used is quite different for a live-in RV than it is for a car. I can’t stand the depreciation factor on cars, so I tend to lean toward late model used cars. However, with a live-in RV and tow vehicle, I prefer new to ensure manufacturer warranties, safety, and the latest technology.
    Many full-timers would disagree, but I am not mechanically inclined, so the less worry I have with maintenance the more I think the extra costs are worth it for us.
    For those that are a bit more mechanically inclined, we have heard about tremendous deals on used RVs. Lots of people buy them and then do not use them as often as they thought. So low mileage, used RVs can be found at really great prices once you make a choice on what you want and are willing to do a little searching to find the deal.
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