Sunday, October 14, 2012

DIY Roadrunner RV Campground and Resort

Over the last couple of months we have stayed with Pam's sister and brother-in-law (Joan and Mike).  Or rather we have parked the RV on a pad that Mike created a couple of years ago.

We have had 110 electric and that has been nice but we kicked it up a notch and got 50 amp and water put in two weeks ago.  Mike and Jim got us fixed up.
First, I did a little research.  I Googled "electrician, 50 amp, RV site, Maynardville" or something close to that.  Within 15 minutes, I had two phone calls from electricians.  Both came out and discussed my options.  Basically, I could dig a trench and run wire from the house (75 yards away) or set up a new Knoxville Utility Board meter up by where the RV is parked.

The cost was estimated to be anywhere from $1500 to $2500.

The next thing I did was go to my favorite RV Forum  I asked if anyone had ever had it done?  And, "Is there a tutorial or a set of tasks to accomplish to get it done?"
I got some great feedback:

  • We had it done and the electrician had never done RV hookups before.  We plugged in and it burned up $2500 worth of stuff!
  • See if this helps in your planning: 
  • If you need step-by-step instructions, then you should hire a professional.  A mistake could easily damage your MH or worse, it could kill you.
  • The most difficult part of the job would be digging the 75' trench.  If you could provide that part of the labor, a licensed electrician would probably do the rest of the job for about $300-$500 if you purchase all the parts.
  • The electrical box will cost about $50-$150 depending on if you want a box with a disconnect breaker or not.  The cost of the #6 THWN wire for use in conduit is also available of the web.  Normally you would use a red, black, green and white wire for the conductors inside the plastic conduit buried 18".  The wire will cost a little over a dollar a foot.
  • A dual 50 amp breaker must also be added to the existing breaker box. 
  • You should really hire a professional.
You can see why I love that forum - so great advice and info.

Next Mike and I went over to Lowe's and we bought a an electrical box with a circuit breaker, 50 amp and two 110 v outlets. We got some great help from the lady in the electrical department and bought 125 feet of wire.

We also picked up some conduit to run the wire about 18" in the trench.  Mike also picked up some PVC for the water connection from the line off his house.  

Then he rented a trencher and dug one for the water and one from the house to the RV.  
He laid the conduit and threaded the coil of wire through it and then covered up the trench with his Kuboda.  Pretty handy tractor/lawn mower.

The sad news was that we were in Henryville while all the excitement was going on.  When we returned two weeks later, all the work was done!  
All in all it cost us about $750.  We figure if we stay here 50 nights, we will break even.  10 down, 40 to go….

Thanks to Mike who did all the heavy lifting and Jim who did the electrical, we are all fixed up! 

We are very happy with how it worked out.  We haven't actually had a dedication and grand opening of the "Roadrunner RV Campground and Resort" yet, maybe will do that next season during a stop.

That's all for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles.  Thanks for joining us!  Until next time...


  1. Nice setup for a good price. You'll be much more comfortable might even come more often :)

  2. what a deal!..glad it all worked out, now you have a 'five star' place to stay!

  3. That is a nice remote base close to family. It appears to be a very nice setup. I bet you more than get your money's worth out of the changes. I would think I got lucky if work was done when I was away, but I bet you would have liked to do it yourself. The season is changing and we are in Connecticut, should be in Florida before the end of the month.

  4. Have done that several times for hunting camps. Digging trenches and getting heavy enough wire are the challenges and costs. Looks great though and will give you a long life of service.

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