Does your RV air conditioner use a lot of electricity? Many people find themselves wondering if they should leave the AC on while they are out and about or not. It is difficult to know for sure how much power it draws without doing some research first. However, I have done that research for you! In this blog post, we will look at how many watts different types of RVs draw.
|RV Air Conditioner Size||Watts Required for start-up||Average wattage once running|
|7000 btu RV air conditioner||1700||600|
|10,000 btu RV air conditioner||2000||700|
|13,500 btu RV air conditioner||2750||1250|
|15,000 btu RV air conditioner||3500||1500|
-Class A RVs: Class A motorhomes use the most power. The average draw for a Class A RV is around 430 watts. That means that an hour of AC usage will cost you about $0.27 per hour in electricity costs, or $25 per day if you’re running it 12 hours each day.
-Class C Motorhomes: These are smaller than Class As and have lower energy consumption rates at 300 to 350 watts on average–even while they recharge your battery when plugged into shore power (which we’ll talk more about later). For instance, an hour of AC usage would only run up an additional charge of $0.18-$0.36 depending upon whether it’s summer or winter outside.
-Fifth Wheel RVs: These are true to their name–they’re the “fifth wheel” of a truck that tows them, and they can be moved from one place to another with relative ease. The energy consumption rates for these vehicles depend on what type you have. Some fifth wheels use between 350 and 400 watts while others use over 500 watts per hour when AC is running. In general, an hour of AC usage will cost $0.25-$0.35 in additional charges during summer months or winter months depending upon how cold it’s outside your RV is set at (although this would only increase costs by $20/day if the unit runs 12 hours each day).
Will a 2000 watt generator run a RV air conditioner?
A 2000 watt generator should be able to maintain an RV air conditioner. The total wattage for a 15,000 BTU AC is around 1,500 watts.
However, the startup wattage requirements of a 15,000 BTU AC are in the region of 3,500 watts, which will exceed a 2,000 watt generator.
This means you’re limited to using 7000 btu RV air conditioner.
Will a 4000 watt generator run a RV air conditioner?
Most RV air conditioners require less than 1500 watts of power or less to operate. A 4000 watt generator should be able to run an RV AC without any problems.
The sweet spot of RV generators is around 3,000 watts as they are capable of powering higher BTU ACs without overloading.
How To Buy an RV Generator
The following are some considerations for RV air conditioners and generators:
– The total wattage requirement of the AC should not exceed what the generator can produce
– Generators that provide a greater power output will have better reliability running an AC than lower powered units
– A 4000 watt generator is capable of operating most 15,000 to 18,000 BTU RVs with ease as they won’t overload when starting up or going into standby mode. It’s also worth noting this size is usually one of two sizes available from major brands like Honda and Yamaha which would do well in providing quality service after purchase.
A 2000 watt generator should be able to maintain a small RV AC unit.
Will a Honda eu3000i run a RV AC?
The Honda eu3000i is rated at 3,000 watts and is easily capable of powering a larger AC or two smaller units.
The Honda eu2000i is rated at 2000 watts and will not sustain running an RV AC in the same way as the 3000i would.
How Much Does It Cost To Run RV AC Unit?
The cost of running an AC unit is based on the type of cooling being done, how much electricity it needs to do that work and what time period you are discussing. Let’s take a look at these three factors in more detail:
-Type of Cooling Being Done: There are two types of air conditioning systems typically found in homes or RVs – central AC and window units. Central Air Conditioners (AC) cool all rooms within your home but require some ductwork installation if not already present; Window Units compress refrigerant into liquid form which then blows over coils chilled with water keeping them cold enough for condensing back into gas as they warm up again. The key difference between the two systems lies in their power usage.
Typically to run 15,000 BTU RV AC unit for an hour it will cost about $0.07 on a thermally efficient AC system and about $0.26 for an inefficient one – this difference in power usage can be quite significant considering that central air only runs to cool the entire RV while window units may need to be running all day long just cooling small areas of your home or RV at once.
Can RV AC Units Heat An RV?
RV AC units can only cool an RV, not heat it. The average power consumption of a typical air conditioner is around 1300 watts when in the cooling mode. Some models will use a little more power than that, but typically air conditioners fall in the range of 1200 to 1700 watts.
Do You Need Shore Power to Run an RV AC?
Most RVs don’t necessarily need shore power to run an AC. If the RV is just for summer travel, it won’t need a generator because you’ll be out of your home-base most of the time and not using electricity like you would if you were living in it full-time. It also depends on how much power your air conditioner needs. Some RVs will use more than others so some models might require additional wiring or shore power cables that are installed by professionals before they can work at all.
How Long Does An Air Conditioning Unit Last?
Air conditioning units range anywhere from about six years to ten years with proper care and maintenance. They typically last longer if used less frequently as opposed to constantly being turned on, which causes them wear down faster.
Seeking a New Air Conditioner?
Consumers should always shop around before making their purchase, as prices can vary significantly from store to store. Some brands may also differ in price depending on the size of the unit you’re buying and its features such as an energy efficiency rating or Wi-Fi capability for remote control via your smartphone. You’ll want to buy a new air conditioner over time because they will wear down regardless, but it’s best if you don’t have to replace them too often by being prepared ahead of time with proper research about what specs are important to consider when purchasing one so that you get something that fits within your budget without sacrificing quality.