RV & Camping Appliances: Power Consumption

We get lots 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 calculate how big and powerful generator you will need for your camping and RV activities. Our team here at Generatorist has helped over 200,000 visitors find information about generators and we will help you as well.

The data is gathered from reputable government websites, popular generator manufacturers like HondaGenerac or Yamaha and merchants like Lowe’sSears or Home Depot. We add new appliances and update the numbers on a regular basis to make this the most comprehensive resource out there.

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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2 thoughts 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.

  2. I am trying to learn about RV electrical uses. I have wired many homes. I am trying to figure out how a 30 amp to 50 amp (240 volt) dog bone adapter works.The only way that I can see, is if RV appliances are all 120v….is that correct?

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