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Old 12-27-2018, 11:12 PM   #11
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If you are going to be plugging in sensitive electronics then, yes, you want a Progressive EMS unit. At a bare minimum, you want:

20' of sewer hose
2 25' water hoses
Plug converters (dogbones)
2 25' extension cords
bucket

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I have forgotten some things. A more specific list can be developed if we know what your RV is
What are the extension cords and bucket for?
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:16 PM   #12
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Site Admin wmtire often recommends this thread to new RVers ==> New to RV's helpful hints.
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Old 12-27-2018, 11:59 PM   #13
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What are the extension cords and bucket for?
Those would be the in case you need an extension cord or a bucket items. The bucket is also a handy item to help store some loose items. In regards to your earlier plugging in question, yes you will need an adapter to run 30A on a 50A pedestal. Check with the campground first though as most that offer 50A usually have both available.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:24 AM   #14
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Is 50a better than 30a, if available, or does it really matter?
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:38 AM   #15
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Is 50a better than 30a, if available, or does it really matter?
50a is better if you have a 50a shore power service in your R/V!

Other than that, the only time 50a is 'better' is if you have a 30a service and the 30a outlet is worn in the pedestal (from overuse) and it creates a loose plug-in connection. But then you will also need an 50a to 30a adapter to take advantage of it.

You are going to learn a lot and asking questions is good.
Just be careful of the "is this better" or "what's the best" questions.

EVERYONE has an opinion as to what is best for them.
It may not be for someone else.
Learning how to wade through opinions on a R/V forum is part of the learning curve as well.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:40 AM   #16
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I have a 2016 Sunseeker 3010DS. Water heater works on propane or electric, or both for quick recovery. Fridge goes on Auto, will run on electric and will automatically switch to propane when 120v is not available. Furnace runs on propane, with 12v for control and ignition. Stove is propane. To plug to 50a, you will need a 50a male to 30a female adapter, for RV. If your's is 30a, which the Sunseeker motorhome usually is, don't use 50a unless there is no 30a outlet. Get an EMS, not just a surge protector. Run the water heater when needed, turn off when not necessary, water will stay hot for a long time. Do not try to run a/c, water heater (on electric), and microwave at same time, you will trip the breaker. Enjoy your travels.
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Old 12-28-2018, 12:05 PM   #17
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I have a 2016 Sunseeker 3010DS. Water heater works on propane or electric, or both for quick recovery. Fridge goes on Auto, will run on electric and will automatically switch to propane when 120v is not available. Furnace runs on propane, with 12v for control and ignition. Stove is propane. To plug to 50a, you will need a 50a male to 30a female adapter, for RV. If your's is 30a, which the Sunseeker motorhome usually is, don't use 50a unless there is no 30a outlet. Get an EMS, not just a surge protector. Run the water heater when needed, turn off when not necessary, water will stay hot for a long time. Do not try to run a/c, water heater (on electric), and microwave at same time, you will trip the breaker. Enjoy your travels.
What is reason for not using a 50a, if can be avoided, if RV is 30a? Just trying to understand everything.
Thank you everyone for your responses, it is so helpful!
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Old 12-28-2018, 12:11 PM   #18
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There are pros and cons to each choice.

30A Connection
Pro: Using 30 Outlet eliminates one connection ( potential failure mechanism).
Con: 30A outlet normally sees higher usage and hence sees more wear.

50A Connection
Pro: 50A outlet usually sees less wear
Con: Adds one connection in power line. Requires an adapter


You also said "New to me" I am assuming that means previously owned. As mentioned above, I strongly recommend spending a night or two locally or in the driveway getting used to the RV. A substantial trip to a cold area in a new RV is not the best place to start. Take extra blankets and warm clothes in case you have heat issues. Is the RV winterized? If so you need to address that before you go.
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Walmart has the adapters you need. I carry them just in case, they also have a few other things you will need, check out the other posters recommendations on first time rving
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Old 12-28-2018, 02:44 PM   #20
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If your trailer is FR you can download a manual from their website. These manuals are very generic and are only marginally helpful. You should be able to get manuals for the appliances from their manufacturers website. I would recommend staying in the trailer at home one night (camp driveway) before leaving for your trip. That way you can figure out the various systems in the trailer and determine what you will need. Be prepared to spend some additional $$ to outfit the RV. For the water filter, I use the camco inline water filter from Wal-Mart. I use the BioPak drop-ins for the black tank.
Is the biopak dropins all that is needed for the toilet/septic?
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