By Melissa Popp. Have you ever noticed an RV sitting in someone's driveway and wondered if you could live in it that way? Well, the answer is yes - sort of! An RV can be hooked up to a home's electrical system, but there are some things you must know. While it's not suggested to live in an RV outside a home for an extended time although they can be insulated for longer-term efficiency , short trips will be fine for keeping the lights on during your travels.
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How Does It Work? Most motor homes have 2 batteries; one standard vehicle battery and one deep drain battery. The vehicle battery is used for normal engine operations while the deep drain battery is used to power the various electrical devices within the motor home, such as interior lights, the water pump, refrigerator, etc. The vehicles engine while driving charges this battery. To use systems that require greater power, such as air conditioners or microwave ovens, an external power source is needed, such as an electric hook-up or generator.
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.
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