RV & Camping Appliances: Power Consumption

We get a lot of questions about RVs and energy needs. That is why we have decided to create this list of rough estimates of wattage consumption of the most common camping and RV appliances.

We hope these tables will help you to better estimate how big and powerful generator you will need for your camping and RV activities. Our data is gathered from reputable government websites, most popular generator manufacturers like Honda, Generac or Yamaha and merchants like Lowe’s, Sears or Home Depot.

Essential Appliances

Estimated wattage
Camping / RV Appliance Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Space Heater 1,800 W 1,800 W
4 Light Bulbs (75W) 300 W 300 W
Heating Pad 250 W 250 W
RV Roof-Top AC (13,500 BTU) 1,500 W 1,000 W
RV Roof-Top AC (15,000 BTU) 2,000 W 1,300 W
RV Roof-Top AC (11,000 BTU) 1,010 W 590 W
Furnace Fan (1/3 HP) 700 W 1,400 W
Electric Blanket 80 W 1,250 W
Fan 200 W 200 W
Electric Water Heater (6 Gal.) 1,440 W 1,440 W
Dehumidifier 785 W 1250 W

Washing Appliances

Estimated wattage
Camping / RV Appliance Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Vacuum 1,100 W 1,100 W
Curling Iron 800 W 800 W
Shaver 35 W 35 W
Blow Drier (Hair) 1,250 W 1,250 W
Iron 1,200 W 1,200 W
Clothes Washer 1,150 W 2,300 W

Kitchen Appliances

Estimated wattage
Camping / RV Appliance Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Electric Can Opener 170 W 0 W
Hot Plate 1,200 W 1,725 W
Waffle Iron 1,200 W 1,725 W
Electric Grill 1,650 W 1,650 W
Deep Fryer 1,200 W 1,200 W
Chest Freezer 450 W 900 W
Slow Cooker 170 W 270 W
Toaster 850 - 1,250 W 850 - 1,250 W
Toaster Oven 1,200 W 1,200 W
Dorm Size Refrigerator 350 W 500 W
Microwave (635W Cooking Power) 635 W 800 W
Electric Fry Pan 1,200 W 1,200 W
Coffee Maker 800 W 800 W
Corn Popper 275 W 275 W
Crockpot 250 W 250 W
Blender 350 W 500 W

Entertainment Appliances

Estimated wattage
Camping / RV Appliance Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
AM/FM Cassette 10 W 10 W
Stereo 450 W 450 W
VCR 100 W 100 W
Satellite Dish & Receiver 30 W 250 W
Radio 2-Way 360 W 960 W
27" Color TV 500 W 500 W
19" Color TV 160 W 160 W
12" B&W TV 30 W 30 W
Desktop Computer 600 W 800 W
Laptop 50 W 0 W
Printer 500 W 500 W
CD/DVD Player 50 W 200 W
Clock Radio 100 W 100 W

Other Appliances

Estimated wattage
Camping / RV Appliance Rated (Running) Watts Additional Surge Watts
Battery Charger (Cell Phone) 25 W 0 W
Inflator Pump 50 W 150 W

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1 thought on “RV & Camping Appliances: Power Consumption”

  1. 300 watts for lights? Are you serious? You can get the same lighting from 3 10 watt or 4 7 watt led bulbs and save 250 watts of usage. Who in this day and age now that led bulb prices have come down a lot would even think of looking at energy pigs incandescent.

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