# Question: How do campers get power?

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Almost all RVs come with a power cord to plug into the electrical pedestal at a campground (developed campgrounds with available hookups, anyway). This is also known as a “shore power” connection. These power cords come in two amperages: 30-amp and 50-amp. A 30-amp cord has three prongs, and a 50-amp has four.

## How are campers powered?

RVs use both AC, alternating current, and DC, direct current, to power the components of your electrical system. The 12-volt DC system runs the electrical components of the engine and battery of your ride while the 120-volt AC system runs all the typical appliances and power outlets found on most RVs.

## Do campers need electricity?

Your RV actually has three separate electrical systems. You must have a 120 Volt AC power source if you are going to use the microwave, roof air conditioner, the refrigerator in the electric mode and the 120 Volt electrical outlets. For the most part everything else in the camper works off of 12-volt DC power.

## How do campers get power and water?

They either can be connected to them at campgrounds with hoses and electrical wires, or they can use their own sources such as generators, inverters, batteries, solar panels and propane gas. All recreational vehicle have their own, built in utilities and plumbing systems.

## Do camper outlets work on battery?

One of the questions that crop up is: Do RV outlets work on battery? Our answer is yes and no. Technically, the outlets when correctly wired will perform as expected. However, there are usually two distinct electrical systems (12-volt and 110-volt/120VAC) in an RV, trailer, or camper.

## What kind of battery does a camper use?

lead acid batteries Batteries used in RVs are lead acid batteries, which means they have several cells connected in series. Each cell produces approximately 2.1 volts, so a 12-volt battery with six cells in series produces an out put voltage of 12.6 volts.

## Can I leave my travel trailer plugged in all the time?

You can leave your RV plugged in all the time while in use or for short term rentals as weve discussed. Long-term use and storage are only possible if you use an RV battery tender or have a newer RV converter with a smart charging system to maintain optimal voltage.

## Is it OK to leave camper plugged in all winter?

Yes, you can leave your rv plugged in all winter. There are several reasons you may want to leave it plugged in such as leaving the refrigerator on, charging batteries, keeping the RV heated or cooled so you can take it out in the winter months.