Dealing with Utilities (Electric Power)
What do I need to know about temporary electrical connections?
- Connection to the power grid is required.
- A 15 or 20 amp connection with a 10 gauge cord, less than 100 feet from a weatherproof power connection is acceptable TEMPORARILY. (These cords are 3/4 of an inch diameter.)
- A 30 amp connection is required for extended occupancy beyond 30 days in most locations. (Some municipalities accept generators or renewables like solar.)
- This link to our RV Electric Usage Guide (LINK COMING SOON) will provide guidance calculating your power usage and explaining the difference between the 15 and 30 amp connections.
I want to use a generator. What advice do you have?
Generators are wonderful for emergency power, but safety and noise are factors with their use.
Beyond the first 3-4 months, we do not endorse the use of on-board RV generators due to noise and smell, unless you have a lot of space with your neighbors. Another important fact is that generators are not designed for long-term daily use, which may lead to maintenance problems.
If you use generators:
- Be mindful of hours of operation because sometimes they are noisy. Mutual consideration is encouraged, if no other option is possible, with quiet hours between 11pm and 7am.
- Never connect a portable generator directly to your building’s wiring system. (Professionally manufactured RVs are OK, if they have a power management system which most do, because they are designed to not feed power back into the grid.)
- Your generator must ALWAYS be fixed to a surface. If not, the vibrations can cause it to walk and it may start a fire!
For more information on generator safety, visit the information on this topic provided by PG&E.