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No, you may drive a motorhome using your standard driver’s license. Most all rental companies require the drivers to be at least 25 years of age. Back to Page Top 3 Do I have to buy special insurance to rent a motor home? You will need to have insurance in order to rent an RV. This insurance can be purchased from your agent or you may be able to secure insurance from the rental company. You can often have your auto insurance extended to cover an RV rental. Check with your current auto insurance agent to see if you are covered in these types of rental vehicles. Your agent may be able to sell you special one-time or additional coverage to protect you and your occupants. If you cannot secure your own insurance for the RV rental, you will need to get insurance from the RV rental company. Most RV rental companies do not allow pets in the units.

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Posted on Sunday December 14, Douglas Keister provides us an informative and entertaining History of RVing in this one-hour documentary. If left unrepaired, a potential safety defect could lead to injury or even death. Safety defects must be repaired by a dealer at no cost to you. Your RV unit uses heat to start a chemical reaction which, through evaporation and then condensation, cools the cold box.

The primary heat source for RV refrigerators is a small propane burner. Many units include a volt AC electric heating element for use when the RV is hooked up to curbside shore power.

It’s not my intention here to write a book on AC electricity, but to cover those aspects that are peculiar to RV use. “RV Electrical Systems” (mentioned above under Sources and References) is your must-have reference for all things AC.

Camper Water Hookup Instructions Recreational vehicles are designed for “boondocking,” or camping without hookups. A fresh water tank, volt battery-operated appliances and holding tanks allow most RV travelers to disconnect from utilities for a few days. Hookups provide increased comfort, including the ability to use unlimited water and run items that draw a great deal of power such as televisions and air conditioners.

Most RV parks provide either partial hookups, which include electricity and water, or full hookups, which add sewer service. Some deluxe parks also include hookups for cable television and telephone lines. Electricity Requirements Some RVs, including pop-up campers and most travel trailers, use amp electric power.

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This should be a great addition as we plan to again winter in the southwest where there are many opportunities like the ones we had a brief chance to explore last year boondocking in Quartzsite, Arizona. The system upgrade is now just about complete and here is a functional description along with a full set of schematics and blue prints that I created and then followed for the installation. If you plan to do any boondocking or dry camping whatsoever, you will likely need a portable gasoline generator.

Even with solar there are inevitably times when you need some extra juice to run appliances and recharge batteries.

There are millions of people around the world who use Dometic products. You all have one thing in common. You’re going somewhere – whether you’re an RV user, a boat owner, a truck driver or just a lover of the great outdoors.

Yes, like any other product out there the manufacture is on the look out to keeping costs down and leave it up to the customer to add on or improve some things. Drawing from my experience RVing full time here are a few of my upgrade ideas for you new RV folks, especially if you plan to do some dry camping with out the convenience of electric hookups. Batteries Most new RVs come with a single 12 volt deep cycle battery to power the electrical when not hooked up to shore power.

This is usually sufficient to power things for a few nights while dry camping. Adding an additional 12 volt battery or installing a pair of six volt golf cart type batteries will double or even triple the power capacity allowing for longer periods of RVing without power hookup or give the ability to run more of your electronic gadgetry. The more batteries the better for power, but space and weight has to be considered when upgrading the battery bank.

Your RV has a max weight capacity and only so much precious cargo space. Batteries are heavy and bulky so you have to weigh the pros and cons of adding them. I also added in a battery switch to separate the 6 volt batteries from the 12 volt forming 2 banks. Check out my setup. When boondocking I use the pair of six volt batteries and keep the single 12 volt one as a backup. Inverter Now that you have the extra 12 volt power storage capacity the next upgrade that is nice to have is an inverter.

Inverters basically take the 12 volt DC power a battery has and changes it into volt AC power like in your house power outlets. The inverter allows you to run things like TVs, small appliances, satellite boxes, etc.

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Tweet This page is part of a sequence of questions on our RV electrical systems section. You can browse the rest of the related questions at the bottom of this page. The answer to this question depends on whether your RV has 30 amp or 50 amp capabilities. You may have already read this from a previous question in this series, but you can easily know which you have by looking at your power cord. A large plug with 3 prongs is most common and is 30 amps. Bigger and newer RVs could have a 50 amp plug which is large and has four prongs.

Hi Mike, I need to add a foot extension cord to my shore power cord to reach the outlet in my garage while my RV is parked in the driveway. I don’t need 50 amps since this is just for charging the batteries and running the air conditioner when the kids want to hang out in the RV.

Multiplex lights with two pad locations. Surge protector for v systems. The only in the industry. Laminated wall, ceiling and floor structure is exceptionally strong. Standard battery box can hold 6 batteries or specify any size needed. Air conditioners have condensate pumps so no water dumped on roof. Refrigerators are RV unless optioned as Residential.


Testimonials This is an introductory guide to RV volt troubleshooting. First and foremost safety precautions should always be exercised when working with electricity, particularly VAC because it can not only cause serious injury but it can also kill so volt troubleshotting should not be attempted by the inexperienced.

For those who are not experienced with electricity its as simple as getting help. Most likely you have a friend or acquaintance who would be glad to show you the “do’s” and “don’ts” of AC troubleshotting or you could take a course at a local community college or vocational school.

Medium Inverter Generator If you own a travel trailer or a pop-up camper, you probably don’t have an RV generator compartment. Instead, you’ll need a portable inverter generator with at least 2, watts to jump start your rooftop air conditioner.

The volt system is generally used to run the microwave oven, TV and RV air conditioner. Some lighting may also be volts. To use the volt appliances in your RV you’ll need an external power source campground or home outlet a RV generator or inverter. The power for the 12v system is supplied by an onboard RV battery or batteries. The RV’s 12v system provides power for most of the lights, the water pump, furnace, radios, vent fans, power jacks and stabilizers, and sometimes the refrigerator.

The 12v system is a big part of what makes your RV ‘self-contained’.

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Welding cable comes in larger sizes, but is expensive as many times you have to buy a whole spool. If there is a supplier near you, see if they will sell the short lengths that you need instead. You might get lucky at your local welding shop. There are several possible ways to wire your inverter. Whichever option you select, you can do the wiring with standard 14 AWG, household type nonmetallic cable. However you do it, you absolutely must ensure that you do not have your converter turned on when the inverter is on.

Choose from over 10+ Full hookup RV parks in Moab or Dry camp with 60 gallon water supply and generator. RV is 37 Ft long so you will need RV spot that can accommodate this NOT include cost of RV park or camping spot.

See the FAQ for more information on this very cool feature! You should see your gravatar displayed in all it’s glory over in the sidebar. Don’t have a gravatar? It’s free and once you do, your new gravatar will appear in the sidebar and in the comments you make on any mod. See the FAQ for more information. Oftentimes, the question will arise on how to run a coffee pot or a microwave without a generator or other VAC power source to the RV.

On the one side, you have those who prefer to just use a good old coffee percolator over an open flame. On the other side, there are those who would prefer some of the conveniences of home when camping, i. Whatever the case may be, there are a multitude of ways and costs to accomplish what you want. Since inverters come in all shapes, sizes, and efficiencies, choosing and installing the right one can be a daunting experience. In an RV, an inverter is connected to the battery and provides VAC for running appliances, like a coffee pot, microwave, or electronics like a TV, satellite receiver, computer, or cell phone charger.

Depending on what you want to power, there are many sizes available, from 50 watts all the way up to watts.


We should avoid those places and if enough of us do, the owners will be incentivized to correct the defects. RV Staff April 16, at 8: Schake April 16, at 8: I, too, would like to see names and places identified. Keep up the good work!

Installing the hard start capacitor into my RV air conditioner was super easy! All you need is a Philips screwdriver and the ability to get up on the RV’s roof. I also used a couple of zip ties and a few dollops of clear silicone adhesive.

One thing I can’t stand is to be HOT! You see, I grew up in the South, and we didn’t have air conditioning until I was 18 years old. Now I just don’t like to sweat, especially when I sit down to dinner. So our dry camping options were limited by climate. Our goal was to follow the “good” weather around and never have to use the AC. Of course, plans don’t always work out.

The brand name is TurboKool and was previously called the Rec-Air. If you’re not familiar with them, a swamp cooler correctly called an “evaporative cooler” is a simple appliance. It pulls in hot, dry, outside air through a water soaked material and the evaporation of the water causes the air to be cooled. The chart on the right shows how cool.

It only works in low humidity, but you’ll find low humidity all over the Southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. If you visit that part of the USA you’ll see a swamp cooler on the roof of most every house.

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Electrical, this is one of, if not the most, important systems in your RV. Without it you are camping in a large wooden tent with windows. Whether you are looking for RV electrical supplies like autoformers, power outlets, inverters and converters (do you know the difference?), we have you covered.

It includes a thermostat, a condenser, and an air handler with a heat source. The heat source for a basic AC system can include heat strips for electric heat or even a hot water coil inside the air handler that is fed from a water heater. All the relays in the system have volt coils. Circuit boards or printed circuit boards found in modern systems utilize volt control which originates from the control transformer.

Typical systems that do not use volt control are window unit air conditioners, ductless mini split systems, and baseboard electric heating systems. If you are unsure about the control voltage of your system consult an HVAC professional as some appliances use high voltage and this can be dangerous. Standard 18 gauge thermostat wire is used for all control wiring. The W terminal is for heating including the heating for gas furnaces, electric furnaces, boiler systems and the backup heat for heat pumps.

The G terminal is the blower fan located in the air handler. It is the fan that circulates air throughout the ductwork system. The Y terminal is the terminal that will turn on the air conditioner and typically is terminated at the compressor contactor in the condensing unit located outside. It will be one of the few control wires thermostat wires that will terminate at the condenser in a split system air conditioner and heating system.

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