How Much Power Does an RV Need?
The easiest way to figure out how much power you'll need is to assess what devices and appliances you commonly use and how often you use them. Personal devices like phones and laptops are fairly trivial in terms of energy usage and may only need a mobile power bank to stay charged; however, larger appliances require a much higher load of electricity – and thus a battery size that can handle them.
The Most Power-Hungry Appliances
A blow dryer is also a high-load device at around 1200–1400W, but it is used for no more than 10 minutes at a time, so it will only use about 133Wh. Conversely, a space heater can range from 300–1400W, but it is a high-consumption device because it is constantly running when needed.
What About AC Units?
Typical Off-Grid Power Systems for an RV or Bus
Is there a standard installation that will handle most needs? If daily power consumption is modest for a small to medium-sized RV or bus, Chuck recommends a system that is capable of 2,400W output and a 2,048Wh capacity.
Victron Energy LiFePO4 Battery 12.8V/160Ah
Victron Energy MultiPlus 12/3000/120-50
Victron Energy SmartSolar MPPT 150/85-Tr
Victron Orion-Tr Smart DC-DC Charger
Victron Energy BMV-712 Smart Battery Monitor
Additional Note About Cost
Gas Generator - Honda EU2200i
Anker PowerHouse 767
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