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Key Takeaways

  • You should not plug your RV directly into a dryer outlet since the volts and amps of the outlet won’t match the needs of your RV.
  • Plugging your RV into a dryer outlet could cause injury or damage to your RV and home’s electrical system.
  • A power adapter is a quick and affordable way to connect your RV to your dryer outlet at home.
  • Adding an RV-specific electrical hookup can be an effective way to streamline your RV charging process.

If you’re looking to charge up your RV at home, you might be wondering if you can plug your RV into your home’s dryer outlet.

You should not plug your RV directly into a standard dryer outlet since the amp and volt requirements of the RV and dryer outlet typically don’t match. Power adapters are available that can convert your dryer outlet amps and volts to meet the needs of your RV.

When I first became interested in RVs many years ago, I thought the electrical hookups in an RV could simply be plugged into a power outlet in my house. Even though an RV can’t be plugged directly into a standard dryer outlet, there are other ways to charge up your RV at home.



Why You Shouldn't Plug Your RV Into A Dryer Outlet

Charging my RV at home has been a great way for me to power up lights, televisions, and other appliances before a long trip.

Finding a place to charge up our RV away from home can be tough, so being able to plug it in at home has saved me loads of time.

One of the first things you should know about charging a standard RV is that the amps and volts of your RV typically won’t match the amps and volts of your power outlets at home.

Even though your dryer outlet might seem capable of charging your RV, plugging your RV into your dryer outlet could actually cause serious damage to your RV batteries and home electricity.

In some cases, plugging your RV into a dryer outlet could cause major sparks that lead to fires.

Mismatched electrical connections can cause much more damage than other RV connections such as water and sewage hookups.

Excess electricity won’t simply spill on the ground the way an overflow of water and sewage might.

Volts and Amps Don’t Match

Before I go more into volts and amps, you should know there may be exceptions when it comes to a dryer outlet working with your RV.

Though common RVs can’t be plugged directly into a standard dryer outlet, an RV can be plugged into a dryer outlet if its amp and volt specifications happen to match that of the outlet.

While I don’t recommend plugging your RV into a dryer outlet, I can’t say I know the amp and volt needs of every RV in existence.

You should reference your RV’s manual or contact your RV manufacturer to see if your particular RV can be plugged into a dryer outlet.

Like many RVs, my RV requires a 30-amp connection with a 120-volt electrical outlet.

Standard dryer outlets have 240 volts, which is way too much for the needs of my RV.

Also, the prongs on my RV plug don’t match the prong pattern of my home’s dryer outlet.

How Can I Charge My RV At Home?

Compared to when I bought my first RV, there are many more charging stations around the world today.

Though I appreciate that I can charge up my RV at more places, the convenience of charging my RV at home can’t be beat.

One of the main priorities I had when charging my RV at home was to find a safe solution that was relatively standard practice.

I didn’t want to use a workaround hack solution that might damage my RV or electrical outlet.

Power Adapter

The easiest solution for me to connect the electric plug of my RV to a dryer outlet was to use a power adapter.

One end of the power adapter fits the plug of my 30-amp RV, while the other end fits into my home’s dryer outlet.

If you have a larger RV, your RV may require a 50-amp adapter to be connected into a dryer outlet.

A 30-amp RV plug typically has 3 prongs where the 2 non-ground prongs are in a slanted position.

A 50-amp RV plug typically has 4 prongs where the 3 non-ground prongs are in a straight position.

I purchased an affordable high-quality adapter from my local hardware store, but adapters these days can also be found at stores like Walmart or online shops and marketplaces like Amazon and eBay.

Power adapters for an RV and dryer outlet come in many shapes, sizes, and prices.

I use a power adapter that has several inches of cord, which makes it easier for me to connect my RV and dryer to it.

The cord provides flexibility for me to get it into tight spaces around my dryer outlet.

If your RV is parked relatively far from your dryer outlet, you should consider getting an extension cable that matches the distance as much as possible.

I once used an extension cable with my RV and drying outlet that was much longer then the distance I needed.

The cable constantly got tangled up and made it more stressful for me to keep things neat and organized.

However, a long extension cable can be useful when you need to hook up other items around your house such as power tools and lawn equipment.

If you plan to use an overly long extension cable with your RV and dryer outlet, you should think about getting a cable holder to prevent large amounts of cable lying around.

You can simply wrap the extension cable around the cable holder similar to a water hose.

Electrical Hookup For Your RV

After years of using a power adapter with my RV and dryer outlet, I wanted to install a more streamlined charging solution.

The demand for electric outlets around my house can be high at times, so I felt having an RV-specific electric outlet would come in handy when my dryer and other appliances need to be used.

Since working with electrical wiring and other components can be dangerous, I’d highly suggest hiring a contractor to install an electrical hookup for you.

If you’re comfortable with this type of work, you should be able to install an electrical hookup without any major problems.

Depending on the method you use to add an electrical hookup, the entire process could take less than a day to complete.

You would simply need to add a post near your RV parking spot and then attach the electric outlet to the post.

Though I like the idea of having a post close to my RV, I decided to add an electric outlet for my RV in the side of my garage wall.

This method took more than a day to complete, but it was worth it due to how smoothly it blends in with my house.

Since I had small children when I installed the electrical outlet for my RV, I figured using a post would make the outlet easier for my children to access and get hurt.