Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
Ian Smith's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 110
2 Electrical Questions

I am considering a portable generator for the RW. Should I be considering an inverter type generator. I understand the power calculations so will be looking at about 3000 watts.

Second question,I am on 30 amp service and coming into cooler weather. I like to use my heat pumps and electric fireplace as much as possible. I have access to a 15 amp plug to supplement my 30 amp service. The question is how do I best utilizes the 15amps and connect it to the RW.

Our 38GK has a residential fridge and induction cooktop.

Ian and Helen
2015 38GK
Ian Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2015, 05:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
RCAircraft's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 412
I am not sure about the "3,000 watts". That seems very low for your RW.

Inverters are fine however the type of connected loads is a consideration. I had Onan install a 6.5 KW (6,500 watts) generator to handle our two heat pumps, washer and dryer, dishwasher and fireplace. Generators should only carry 80% of their maximum load for best service. Induction loads, such as motors require a higher starting current than when running. A limited number of today's RV's have energy management computers coordinating the various power demands which could allow one to slightly down size the power source. For the rest of us a power source capable of handling random starting loads determines the sizing of the gen or power source.
Bob and Carol - Lees Summit, MO,
2016 Silverado 3500 HD, High Country DRW diesel, 3.73 gear ratio, long bed, 25K Reese Elite removable hitch with 2013 Redwood 36RL with 17.5" H-rated tires and MOR/ryde heavy duty shackle links and bushings; 6.5 KW gen
RCAircraft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
Senior Member
atom ant's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 7,101
Inverters are great for efficiency, but they do not like that startup spike of the AC. A 3,000 should be OK on 1 AC, but not sure about both.
Brad & Dory - Lone Tree, CO
CURRENT - 2013 Itasca Meridian 42E/2013 Wrangler 4dr Sahara
SOLD - 2014 Redwood 36RL/2014 F350 DRW
atom ant is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Redwood RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.