Last night I decided to do something useful for a change. So I waited for the sun to go down and the solar panels to shut completely off and then I used my very accurate Bogart Engineering digital meter to measure how many amps per hour various electrical things in the Arctic Fox use.
Some folks might find this useful information if they're just starting out RVing and would like to have an approximate idea of the electricity they will be using to help them decide how much battery power they may need or what size their solar panels and battery bank needs to be.
This of course is only an approximation because everybody's use will be different depending on how lit up you want things to be or how many people are in the RV turning lights on. Traveling by myself I would imagine I use less electricity than a traveling couple. I'm also very good at turning lights off when I'm not using them. And I don't need a room incredibly bright.
I didn't change out every single bulb in the trailer to an LED, fact is I only changed out the lights that I use regularly and for longer periods of time. It didn't bother me to pay LED prices for a light over the sink that gets used often and for long periods time whereas a light in the bedroom that I've only used three or four times since I bought the Arctic Fox and even then for only a minute didn't seem to be worth the investment. So I've ended up with 13 LED lights in the Arctic Fox. Plus 4 regular lights. three are florescent and one is a regular bulb.
So here are the amp use per hour that I came up with in no particular order.
Phantom loads. This is primarily the propane and carbon monoxide detectors. This is the base number that I removed from all the numbers you see below so the numbers below are the actual amp /hour use for that particular item. .5 amps/hour
Cell phone booster. .7 amps/hour
Wi-Fi antenna. .4
Fantastic roof vent fan on medium. 1.1
Fantastic Endless Breeze floor fan on medium 2.4
Fluorescent light. 2.5
Refrigerator. These numbers will obviously be different depending on whether the refrigerator is in a cooling cycle or not. running on propane. .6 running on batteries. 26.4
The Arctic Fox's furnace. 7.3
My 17 inch Asus laptop just sitting there not doing any work. 6.3
Outside LED scare light. .3
LED porch light. .2
The 1100 watt inverter just idling 2.2
The LED lights in the living room that I have on at night till I go to bed. .7
All 13 LED lights in the Arctic Fox on at the same time. 1.7
It's obvious from this that LED lights are a huge electrical savings. I remember back in the day when I changed out a lot of my regular trailer lights for fluorescent lights which was a big electrical savings. And now 13 LED lights that light up the entire trailer use way less electricity than just one fluorescent light, ain't progress wonderful ?