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Wait! Benefits? Different Types of RV Plugs (30 amp vs. 50 amp power)

•, Mike Wendland

A member of our RV Lifestyle Facebook group recently asked our community about the differences between plugging into a 30 amp vs 50 amp outlet.

Christopher asked: "So what is the benefit to plugging my 30amp RV into a 50amp outlet with the adapter? Will it allow me to run more appliances? Or be better for my air conditioner?"

He received some flack in the comments from people who apparently thought the answer should be obvious, but many new RVers have the same questions. Thankfully, many RVers did reply with helpful comments and pointed out some important differences between the types of RV plugs and electrical connections.

We will share some of the helpful comments as well as explain some things you need to know about your RV's electrical system.

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3 Main Types of RV Plugs

There are three main types of RV plugs: 30 amp, 50 amp, and 15 amp. Let's explain the differences between these plugs, and then we'll answer the most common questions regarding them.


A 30-amp plug delivers up to 30 amps of electrical power to an RV and is most commonly found in older and smaller RVs. It has 3 prongs: a hot wire, a neutral wire, and a ground wire.

The hot wire delivers 120 volts of alternating current (AC) power to the RV, while the neutral wire returns the current to the source. The ground wire provides a safe path for any excess electrical current.