Whether you use an RV for purely commercial purposes or simply to get out and experience the great outdoors, or a bit of both, you no doubt have often wondered “wouldn’t it be great to have a generator..?” But what’s the best generator for RV use? That’s a question we set out to answer…
We have reviewed a number of RV generators and here are..
Our Top Three Recommendations:
|Run Time||9 Hours (Full)||8 Hours (25%)||12 Hours (50%)|
|Fuel||Gas or Propane||Gas||Gasoline Only|
|Start||Touch Start, push-button electric start||Recoil||Recoil|
|Warranty||Champion Support - 3 year limited||Champion Support - 3 year limited||3-Year Warranty|
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RVs refer broadly to a category of vehicles with inbuilt living quarters. These include:
- popup campers,
- fifth wheel trailers, and
Irrespective of the type, RVs offer thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and everyday people unparalleled adventure, and a soothing, healing time spent in untamed nature, away from all the stress and troubles of modern living.
Well, not all aspects of modern living are undesirable. Unlike our pioneering forebears, we’d rather venture into the wild with:
- Air Conditioning,
- Water Heater,
- TV, Satellite reception,
- and the ubiquitous smartphone.
Hence, a portable power source is a must.
Fortunately, there are assortments of portable power generators available which will enable you to savor the breath-taking sunset over trees while uploading the picture of it on Facebook and tagging your envious desk-bound friends.
However, choosing the right portable generator can be a daunting task. Here are some helpful considerations.
The first thing you should consider is how much power you will need. Most new RVs come with standards of luxury comparable with the most stately homes, and as such will require lots of power to run.
Take inventory of the peak power rating for all appliances and devices in your RV. A suitable power generator should be powerful enough to run them all smoothly.
Conventional generators usually deliver more power and are larger. Inverter generators are smaller and have limited output power. But similar units can be connected together for more power. Inverter generators are also more suited for powering sensitive devices with their pure sine wave output power. We discuss the pros and cons of conventional and inverter generators in this blog post.
The idea of “getting away” encompasses leaving all the noise and bustle of the city behind. The ideal portable generator for your RV adventure should be felt, not heard. A noisy generator will make bitter enemies out of neighboring campers and destroy the peace and tranquillity found in the wilderness.
Also, bear in mind that most national parks and even private campgrounds have a noise limit of 60dB at 50 feet. Inverter generators run quieter than the conventional ones. This is because of their smaller engines and complex electronics that adjust engine speeds according to load.
Portable generators are not equally portable. As a rule, the larger a portable generator is, the more power it produces. While it’s essential you have a unit that powers your home-away-from-home with all its creature comforts, also consider how easy it is to carry and maneuver into position.
Lager units come fitted with solid rubber wheels and steel handles, but you may require assistance to load and offload them from your vehicle. If you prefer venturing solo, consider units that you can single-handedly lift in and out of a truck.
Your RV generator needs to be able to power all of your appliances including heavy power users like air conditioning units. Make sure you choose one that is already RV ready.
They also need to be optimized to power your sensitive electronic equipment and of course be super quiet so you can really enjoy the outdoors.
NOW FOR THE REVIEWS – AND THE WINNER IS…
Powered by the reliable Champion 224cc engine, and fuelled with either Gas or Propane, it can run up to 9 hours at 50% load with a noise level of 68 dBA.
- RV ready
- Starts easily
- Powerful and reliable
- Multiple VoltGuard Protected outlets
- Gas or Propane-fueled
- CARB compliant in 50 states
- Excellent ChampionTechnical support.
- Not so quiet
This portable generator provides amazing value for the price. Not only does it produce lots of power for its size, it is also built solidly. Like most inverter generators, it produces clean stable power which can safely power sensitive electronic devices and appliances. It offers the same power, reliability and durability as the premium Yamaha and Honda Brands at almost half the price.
And it has a wireless remote start so you don’t even need to go outside to get it started.
- Enough power for large appliances.
- CARB compliant.
- Relatively quiet operation.
- Good runtime and fuel efficiency.
- Compact design.
- Reliable pull start.
- Good value for money
- A bit heavy
- Increased noise level while carrying a heavy load.
3. Westinghouse WGen3600 Portable Generator – 3600 Rated Watts & 4650 Peak Watts – RV Ready – Gas Powered – CARB Compliant
You can easily connect your recreational vehicles with a fitted TT-30 30A 120V outlet for reliable power. No adapters are required which makes this unit a camper’s best friend.
- Easy to use
- Long running time
- Quiet operation
- Durable and easy to maintain
- 3-year warranty and excellent manufacturer support
- CARB compliant
- No push button electric start