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Old 09-05-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Benefits of 50 Amp service

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to RV'ing and looking to purchase my first travel trailer. I've been looking at Forest River Surveyor models 32BHDS and 294QBLE. The 32BHDS that I've been looking at comes with 50 Amp service and is wired for a 2nd 13.5k A/C unit in the master bedroom. The 294 QBLE comes with 30 Amp service and one A/C.

Besides the second A/C unit, is there a benefit to going with the 50 Amp travel trailer over the 30 Amp? It would be nice to be able to add the 2nd A/C in the future, but not sure if it's worth the difference in cost of the two trailers.

I've searched this topic, but didn't see the benefits of 50 amp over 30 amp - only questions around connecting 30 amp trailer to 50 amp campground service.

Thanks for the help,

Eric
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Old 09-05-2015, 02:02 PM   #2
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2nd air conditioner is all that I can think off, so I believe you're right on track. As to adding a 2nd AC in the future, IMO pay the extra in the beginning, with my Windjammer I can't imagine not having two AC's..even though they are ducted...
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A person with a 30 amp service could do what Turbs did to add a 2nd a/c......If you camp in hot/humid areas, you'll find out why rather quickly.
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50 amp service is 2 circuits of 50 amps each. 30 amp service is 1 circuit of 30 amps and can limit your usage of say, A/C and hot water anything else would trip the breaker. With 50 amp you can run both a/c units and everything else in your RV at the same time. Can't do that with a 30 amp service.
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On the 50 Amp, is everything interconnected on the same circuit or is A/C, Microwave, and bunkhouse on one circuit and everything else is on the other? Can you overload one circuit individually?
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Old 09-06-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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It is very easy to overload a 30 amp unit. As stated, you have to "manage" what is running for fear of tripping the breaker. I have had both types and would never go back to only a 30 amp unit. You would be surprised at the power you are actually using in your normal everyday activities. On a 50 amp unit one A/C is on each circuit and the rest of the coach is divided (usually front and back) between the 2 50 amp breakers. It is hard to overload the main 50 leg of that circuit. You will usually overload one of the feeders off that main leg..ie; the GFI circuit or your wall receptacles or something like that. If you are tripping that main 50 breaker, you have bigger problems than just overload...better to go big than have to stay at home...
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I am of the opinion that the 50 amp is the only way to go. In our TT 30 amp we occasionally would trip breaker with AC and everything else running on electric. On our 5er with 50 amps we can run everything on electric without any problems. As to the second AC would not have another unit without 2 AC. We use both to cool down quicker but also had a trip where the main AC was tripping its breaker but we were able to run the 2nd AC and finish our weekend. Either way you go hope you enjoy it.
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It is very easy to overload a 30 amp unit. As stated, you have to "manage" what is running for fear of tripping the breaker. I have had both types and would never go back to only a 30 amp unit. You would be surprised at the power you are actually using in your normal everyday activities. On a 50 amp unit one A/C is on each circuit and the rest of the coach is divided (usually front and back) between the 2 50 amp breakers. It is hard to overload the main 50 leg of that circuit. You will usually overload one of the feeders off that main leg..ie; the GFI circuit or your wall receptacles or something like that. If you are tripping that main 50 breaker, you have bigger problems than just overload...better to go big than have to stay at home...

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Old 09-06-2015, 04:49 PM   #9
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With 30 amp a/c or heater, add a blow dryer or micro it pops. If your purchase is on the long term side, then go 50. In Fl or out west in summer, a 2nd a/c makes makes being inside bearable. Ours 30 amp unit never shuts off in those locations.
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This is a topic that is like gas vs diesel. Once you switch over you'll never go back.
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