How To Reset Power In RV (Easy and Straightforward)

Camping out in the wilderness and suddenly you have your RV power surge? Or simply plugging in the coffee maker cut the power? Well, it’s all very common. Even the simplest thing can go wrong with electricity. Which is a bit frustrating, but fixable if you know what you are doing.

Most of the time, it just requires a power reset of your RV. But how to reset the power in the RV? Well, it’s easy as cake. You just open your main circuit board and flip the main breaker. Also, disconnect the shoreline and battery in the process. And then reconnect all of them back. And turn on the breaker. Simple.

There is also 3 types of breaker in an RV. So depending on which power you need to reset, we will include all of them. 

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5 Easy Steps To Reset Power In Rv

The first things first. To reset your power in the RV, you have to follow the steps below. Yes, it goes for all breakers. And yes, it works for all auto, manual, GFCI, and AFCI breakers.

Step 1: Locate Your Rvs Electrical Panel Board

The electrical panel is quite easy to find. It will be labeled as ‘Electrical Panel’. Open it.

Step 2: Locate The Main Circuit Breaker And Turn It Off

Depending on what breaker you want to reset, you can find all of them here. We will go with the main breaker as it will reset all power breakers. And turn it off. 

Step 3: Disconnect Your Rv From Shore Power (Camp Ground Or External Power Source)

Although you have turned off your main breaker, doesn’t mean it is cut off from the main power line. So if you are in a campground, disconnect the Shore power line

Step 4: Turn Off Or Detach The Battery Cables

You also have the battery, which will supply alternative power, and detach the cables. This will cut off all power in your RV. For good. 

Step 5: Wait For 5-10 Minutes And Reconnect All

Wait for a good 5-10 minutes, and reconnect all back. Start with the battery cables, then the shoreline, and then turn on the main breaker. And your power will be reset. Everything will work fine now. 

Note: Sometimes there are short circuits or wiring issues. And even if you have reset the power line, the problem will persist. The only option is to contact a professional to get it solved.  

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs)

How do you fix circuit overload?

To quickly fix a circuit overload, you have to move the appliances from the overload circuit to a more capable circuit that can handle its pressure. And if your overload circuit is damaged, you might need to change it. If the problem persists, you will need to contact a professional electrician who can determine the problem. 

What causes RV main switch to trip?

Your RV main switch can trip due to a power surge in the RV, short circuit, lightning, or overload. Try flipping it on and if it persists, you need to contact the professional to get your line checked. In the meantime, you can try turning off each appliance to check if the main switch works. 

Why do RV circuit breakers need resetting?

RV circuit breakers need resetting due to abnormality, power surge, overload, or low power output. This can happen due to many reasons. Wiring faults, longer extension cords, and loose wiring can cause your circuit breakers to malfunction and trip. And a reset will get everything into order and function normally. 


Resetting your RVs power isn’t that hard. You just have to have some patience and knowledge about it. If you don’t have any experience or fear of handling electrical lines, it’s best you call a professional. Otherwise, it might harm you or damage the RVs electrical system. 

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