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Old 01-16-2019, 05:50 PM   #1
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30 or 50 amp?

Sorry, first post and dumb question. The last time I owned an RV was 20 years ago, a Fleetwood Prowler TT 19E. I'm finally retired and it's time to buy another TT. After more than a year of internet research, I have finally settled on a Forest River Surveyor Legend 19 BHLE.
I am attempting to find out what kind of electrical service this unit has, I assume it's 30amp since it only has one AC. And if that's the case, is the outlet on the left side of the trailer a male 30 amp "plug"? Or is the 30 amp cord stored in a compartment like my old Fleetwood? If it's an outlet, does FR supply the cord that goes from the outlet to the RV park pedestal?
On the subject of pedestals, do most RV parks have three outlets? 50, 30 and 20amp? What is commonly found out there when traveling?
I like to dry camp but the dang CPAP has me tied to a cord.
I know I can ask my FR dealer/salespeople these questions but I am trying to avoid contacting them until I'm ready to purchase.
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any rv should come with a shore cord, no worries....

no, 'most' campgrounds and rv parks don't necessarily uphold any 'standards', though many do have the 50/30/20 'big box' for connections, while many others have only a single 30amp outlet with nothing else at all, and still some have only a 15/20 GFCI outlet, or even nothing at all.
Some parks even have electrical only only some select sites, or 50amp on some, 30amp on others, and none on 'tent' sites. etc.,,,,

you'll find it's different almost anywhere you go... have fun.
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any rv should come with a shore cord, no worries....

no, 'most' campgrounds and rv parks don't necessarily uphold any 'standards', though many do have the 50/30/20 'big box' for connections, while many others have only a single 30amp outlet with nothing else at all, and still some have only a 15/20 GFCI outlet, or even nothing at all.
Some parks even have electrical only only some select sites, or 50amp on some, 30amp on others, and none on 'tent' sites. etc.,,,,

you'll find it's different almost anywhere you go... have fun.


X2 your new TT will come with a power cord. Don't worry too much about what type of power is on your site. As long as it has a minimum of a 30 amps you're good to go. If it's something else (20 or 50), adapters, 30 to 20 & 30 to 50, are available so you can still plug in & still use minimum A.C. power in the case of 20amp.
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I would bet it's a 30 amp trailer, just like my 192RBS of the same size.

You will have to learn power management whenever the A/C is running, because it uses more than half of the total capacity.

Lots of Youtube videos available on the subject.

https://youtu.be/mRD-baSYyUM
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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Most reservation systems will list the type of services available. Usually if there is power there is a 15/20A outlet along with the 30 or 50A service.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:07 PM   #6
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30 Amp is fine

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Sorry, first post and dumb question. The last time I owned an RV was 20 years ago, a Fleetwood Prowler TT 19E. I'm finally retired and it's time to buy another TT. After more than a year of internet research, I have finally settled on a Forest River Surveyor Legend 19 BHLE.
I am attempting to find out what kind of electrical service this unit has, I assume it's 30amp since it only has one AC. And if that's the case, is the outlet on the left side of the trailer a male 30 amp "plug"? Or is the 30 amp cord stored in a compartment like my old Fleetwood? If it's an outlet, does FR supply the cord that goes from the outlet to the RV park pedestal?
On the subject of pedestals, do most RV parks have three outlets? 50, 30 and 20amp? What is commonly found out there when traveling?
I like to dry camp but the dang CPAP has me tied to a cord.
I know I can ask my FR dealer/salespeople these questions but I am trying to avoid contacting them until I'm ready to purchase.
check with your manufacturer of the CPAP.... I have a Respironics Dream Station and I have the 12 volt adapter for it... I think it cost me about $39.00 when I bought it....Put a second battery in parallel so that you can have plenty of reserve....
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:18 PM   #7
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I also have a cpap with the factory 12 volt cord.

My dealer added a plug near the pillow area of our fiver for $150.

Just get the max battery set up you can. Again my dealer took care of it. We have 4 6 volts. Really try to get two sixes. That will get you several nights.

Avoid the residental fridge unless you can plug in every day.
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Old 01-17-2019, 11:42 AM   #8
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thanks for the replies, I will look into a 12 volt plug for the CPAP machine.
I will also invest in one of those 30 amp circuit protection devices for the power.
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thanks for the replies, I will look into a 12 volt plug for the CPAP machine.
I will also invest in one of those 30 amp circuit protection devices for the power.

We have a couple big batteries in our 5er and I added a 600 watt pure sine wave inverter and a 120v outlet in the floor of the bedroom on my wife's side of the bed. This is where her cpap plugs in. Her particular model that we use when travelling did not have a reasonable 12v option for power. The 600 watt inverter does great for powering it.
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thanks for the replies, I will look into a 12 volt plug for the CPAP machine.
I will also invest in one of those 30 amp circuit protection devices for the power.

Be sure you gat an EMS and not just a surge protecter.
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Be sure you gat an EMS and not just a surge protecter.
Apologies, I've been out of the RV scene for 20 years, what's an EMS?
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Apologies, I've been out of the RV scene for 20 years, what's an EMS?
Electrical Management System...... mine is made by Progressive Industries.
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Apologies, I've been out of the RV scene for 20 years, what's an EMS?

Here’s info on what they are, why you should have one, and links to buy:
http://learntorv.com/what-surge-prot...est-for-my-rv/
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And do your own research and make YOUR OWN decisions on whether you 'must' have one.

Thousands of folks successfully camp without an EMS with no issues whatsoever. Others never go camping without one.

It's kind of like an extended warranty policy... some swear you'll need it... others, not so much.
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And do your own research and make YOUR OWN decisions on whether you 'must' have one.

Thousands of folks successfully camp without an EMS with no issues whatsoever. Others never go camping without one.

It's kind of like an extended warranty policy... some swear you'll need it... others, not so much.
Yep...basically an insurance policy. Is spending $200 worth saving $2000 or more?
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This is a great company to deal with.

https://www.progressiveindustries.net/our-products
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