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Old 07-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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Just don't buy based on the surge rating, you need a constant rating. Your camper is the same model as mine, and on park 30 amp service I can run everything without ever tripping a breaker. So... math time boys and girls... 30 amps X 120 volts = 3600 watts.

You need 3600 watts continuous run time to run everything. You can probably get away with 3000 continuous, but wouldn't be able to run air conditioner and microwave at the same time
True.....but simply don't run everything. You have plenty of power to run your air conditioner with 30 amps. Don't run for example your water heater on electric at the same time, keep fridge and water heater on gas and turn off the A/C if you want to run your microwave or an electric coffee pot or toaster. A/C and lights? problem. A/C and large flat screen TV?....pushing it.

Also consider if the campsite power drops to 110v as it does often, the same 3600 watts requires 33 amps so leave some leaway here in your calculations.

I'm very energy conscience with power and water while camping especially on battery. I admit I'm not so much at home as we all should be.

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Old 07-12-2013, 08:41 AM   #12
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3500 would be bare bare minimum!
That's 3500 running watts not surge watts.
Keep I'm mind thats @ 120 volts.
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