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Does an RV Battery Charge When Plugged In?

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Last Updated on July 23, 2022 by Jessica Lauren Vine

If you don’t want to run out of RV battery power, you’re probably asking, “Does an RV battery charge when plugged in?”

Yes. Your RV battery charges when it is plugged in to “shore power.”

Shore power means AC power from the electrical grid. This might be at your house or at a campground.

You don’t have to do anything special to charge your battery when you pull up to your next camping spot.

Keep in mind that plugging your RV into shore power isn’t the only way to charge your RV battery. Other ways to charge your RV battery include:

  • Your vehicle’s alternator
  • Solar power
  • Wind power

Most people don’t pay attention to other ways to charge their RV battery but there are more and more people embracing the power of solar for their mobile RV lives. That’s a good way to avoid having to go find shore power to power your RV and can allow you to camp off the grid for as long as you want.

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