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How do you know what size generator you need for your RV? To determine the proper size generator for your RV you need to know how much electrical power you will use.1. Determine what electrical devices you will want to run from the generator. Survey your RV for appliances that run on 120 volts. TV, microwave and other kitchen appliances generally require the most power but smaller appliances can add up. Most RV lights are 12 volt but some may be 120 volt. Your RV A/C is the biggest power user.2. Add up the power requirements, in watts, for all the devices that you are likely to operate at the same time. Wattage ratings are printed on light bulbs; other devices like hair dryers and electric heaters are also described by their wattage requirements. If the device doesn’t provide a wattage requirement, you can determine watts by multiplying volts times amps. Be aware that some electrical devices have starting wattage requirements that are larger than the running watts. If so, use the starting wattage requirement for the largest of the devices you want to run and the running watts for all other devices.3. Add together the wattage requirements for all the electrical devices that you want to use at the same time. This is the minimum wattage you will need from a generator. You should also consider a generator with a power rating somewhat higher than your minimum requirement. It’s is possible to get along with a smaller generator if you don’t really need to run everything at the same time. But you’re not likely to want to turn off the TV when you use the microwave. Recommendation: Cummins Onan Recreational Vehicle (RV) GeneratorsThe power in your “home away from home” should be no less dependable. Cummins has set the standard for quiet, reliable and innovative RV power for over 80 years. Choose from a variety of diesel, gasoline and liquid propane generators and accessories, all backed by a worldwide service network dedicated to enhance your RV lifestyle. Technological advances like remote-start controls and installation-friendly automatic start systems can bring a new level of convenience and enjoyment to your travels.
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