You are having a good ol’ time with your buddy around the campfire when they accidentally spill their drink on you. Walking back to your RV, you mutter under your breath, I wish my RV had a dryer. Which begs the question, how many amps does a dryer use?

The average amperage a dryer uses depends on the size of the dryer. Compact and portable dryers designed for RV’s can use as little as 7.5 amps to as much as 16 amps. That’s a huge range depending on the appliances you already have plugged in. But no worries!

Thankfully, there is an average amp range that makes it easier for you to calculate the overall amperage usage in your RV. We’re here to save you from a bad trip, and we mean electrically! Scroll down to learn more about RV dryer amps usage and tips to prevent you from dragging out the clothesline shebang!

How many amps does an average RV dryer use?

According to Mack at Camping World, the amount of amps a dryer uses depends on which RV dryer you choose. The average 110 volts to 120 volts RV-rated compact and portable dryer amperage ranges from 11 to 15 amps.

In a 30 amp RV, a 15 amp dryer takes up half the power! Knowing this fact makes it that much more important to monitor which appliances you have plugged in and running at the same time.

If your RV runs on 50 amps, then you may be in luck! More times than not, 50 amp RV’s have a special, designated circuit breaker manufactured into the circuit panel. This makes it simpler for you to monitor amp usage since it’s wired to its own circuit breaker.

How many amps does a Splendide dryer use?

One of the more sought-after RV dryers is the Splendide brand dryer. The average amps used by a Splendid dryer is 11 amps. Not too shabby!

Splendide dryers are popular because of their compact builds, low amperage use, and their stackable and combo dryer collections. A Splendide electric ventless dryer that only uses 11 amps, over let’s say a GE stackable vented dryer at 15 amps, will obviously draw fewer amps giving more allowability on how many appliances run at one time.

However, there is a drawback to seeking lower amp ventless dryers over higher amp vented dryers. If you’re using a lower amp ventless dryer over a higher amp vented dryer it may take your clothes dry time to double or even triple to 3 hours! Well, looks like you won’t be wearing that button-down shirt to dinner in an hour!

Vented vs ventless dryers: Give me the deets!

There are several differences between a vented and ventless dryer. Let’s go over the differences, shall we? Here is a chart that shows you the main differences between vented and ventless dryers.

Vented dryers Ventless dryers
Set up Medium-maintenance requires an exterior vent installed Low-maintenance, easy installation, no lint trap
Dryer Capabilities A little harder on clothes with shorter dry times from 45 to 50 minutes Gentler on clothes with longer dry times from 2 to 4 hours
Amps used More amps Fewer amps
How they work Warm air is drawn in, drying clothes, and then is expelled through an exterior vent, pulling the moisture away The hot air inside the dryer is recycled, drying clothes by a heat pump or condenser systems
Affordability Lower upfront costs Higher upfront costs

If you want the capability of running a space heater or A/C at the same time as your dryer, then the smartest dryer option for you is a ventless dryer. Ventless dryers use fewer amps than vented dryers.

Can you run the A/C and use the dryer at the same time?

This is a commonly asked question. More often than not, the answer is no. Although, some newer A/C models are efficient enough to run them both at the same time, as long as you’re using a low amp dryer in your RV.

It’s all about the math! Figure out which plug belongs to which circuit breaker.

In general, if you run both a dryer and A/C unit at the same time on an RV that runs on 30 amps, then you will most likely experience a circuit breaker trip. If this happens, simply reset and turn off your A/C for a while.

For more in-depth knowledge on how many amps are needed to run an RV air conditioner, check out our article on RV air conditioners.

Preventing circuit breaker trips when using RV dryers

Ultimately, the best way to prevent a circuit breaker trip is by unplugging other appliances while your dryer is running. Below is a list of the best ways for you to prevent tripping your circuit breaker:

  • Unplug appliances that are not being used (especially high amperage draw appliances such as hair dryers, coffee makers, water heaters, toaster ovens, portable space heaters, A/C units, etc.)
  • Run one high amp draw item at a time (just the dryer folks!)
  • Know how many amps each appliance uses
  • Connect high-wattage appliances to their separate outlet (distribute the electrical load)
  • Use color dot stickers to color code your circuit breaker box to your outlet plugs in your RV (mark what works with what)

Final thoughts

So, there you are. We’ve given you the answer to how many amps does a dryer use. Now, don’t get too crazy and throw away that clothesline of yours.

Things happen, as we’re all aware, like a dryer appliance puttering its last breath, or our arrival to a campsite without electricity hookups. Whoops! Those clotheslines are sure to come in handy then.

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Feel free to hop on over to our beginner’s guide article What Can You Run on 30 Amps? for a quick lesson on things you need to consider when plugging in electronics.

You’re on your way to having a dryer trip! Happy camping!