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Is a 1200 Watt Powermate generator large enough for a 16 foot camper. I know it won't handle the air conditioner but for dry camping will it operate a 900 microwave, a box fan, and some lights?
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I am afraid that you are not going to like the answer that I am going to give you. Yes it will work but even with the modest electrical demands that you are talking about you are still going to have to shut off some appliances to run others and you definitely will not be able to run your RV's Air Conditioner.
The portable generator you are talking about provides a constant 1200 watts and 1500 surge watts. A constant 1200 watts equals a total of 10 to 11 Amps that will be available to the electrical receptacle on the generator. A normal home electrical receptacle provides 15 Amps. So when you plug into the generator you will have less amperage available then you would if you had just plugged in at home.
The first thing I am going to assume is that you are planning on running your RV's Fridge on propane and not electric when dry camping (boon docking). As far as your RV's internal lights are concerned they are 12 volt lights that run off of your RV's house batteries when not plugged in and when you plug in to electric your RV's Converter
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