By allowing you to leave the trailer in one place while using the towing vehicle for unattached transportation, you have the option of going where you want and not having to carry the RV with you.
It certainly makes parking easier and you only have to tow the trailer when you need to move it to the next location. However, the one thing you want for your fifth wheel trailer is power, and that takes a quality generator.
Understanding Your RV Power
Unlike a regular home, you have to understand both your power demand and capability, in order to properly power your RV. Trailer or regular RV have two systems, 12 Volt DC and 120+ Volt AC. When considering a generator, it is important for the generator to have both types of outputs.
Additionally, and perhaps more critically, you have to understand the amperage rating of your RV.
How much amperage draw your individual devices, appliances and tools pull. Of course, you have to have this figure to determine the total wattage necessary but also if you decided to make a “shore” hookup, as many times these connections are less than what your total draw is.
A shore connection of 30 amps, means if you pull over 30 amps it will trip the breaker, so if you have 50 amps worth of appliances, AC and more then the breaker will trip and deprive you of power. Thus looking at buying a generator requires the same concept, as most have 30 amp connections which means you could not run everything in the trailer at once and would have prioritize your draw or demand.
Five Great Generators For A Fifth Wheel RV Trailers
Best Dual Fuel Portable Generator for the Price
This electric start generator – Champion Power Equipment Model #76533 Generator produces 4,750 Watts of surge capacity and 3,800 Watts of continuous generation.
It has two standard, three prong outlets and a single twist lock. Additionally, it has a direct RV connection and best of all, it can use either propane or gasoline as a fuel source.
The generator has the Intelli System, which includes a digital readout of the status of the generator and provides for a low oil shut down in case the oil gets low. The circuits are breaker protected and it is wheeled for mobility. This is a great generator for RV use.
Best Portable Generator under $1000
This wheeled generator – Powermate Model #PMC105007 Generator produces 6,250 Watts of surge generation and 5,000 Watts of continuous energy.
For connectivity, it has four standard, three prong outlets and there is a 30 Amp, RV, twist lock connection. This generator is gas powered and has an 11 hour run time at half load.
It has an automatic, low oil shutoff for protecting the generator and all the circuits are breaker protected and push button reset capable. This generator has a generous surge capacity to handle the load in a fifth wheel trailer or any RV situation.
Best Dual Fuel Portable Generator to Buy
This EPA approved generator – DuroMax Model #XP10000EH Generator is more than capable of supplying power to a fifth wheel trailer, a standard RV or even for use in a home as backup power.
It produces 10,000 Watts of surge capacity, and 8,000 Watts of continuous generation. It has two circular connections for RV connectivity, one is a 50 Amp outlet and the other a 30 amp outlet. The 50 Amp is 120/240 switchable. For regular connections it has two standard outlets and a third twist lock.
This generator also has a low oil indicator, volt meter and all the circuits are protected by the main break and each can be reset on the generator. This is an great mid range, quality generator that produces plenty of power and it does it quietly.
Best Reliable 4-Stroke Gas Portable Generator
Yamaha are well respected generators and their quality comes through. This specific generator – Yamaha Model #EF4000DE Generator is electric start and produces 4,000 Watts of surge capacity and 3,500 Watts of continuous generation.
This generator can supply 120 or 240 Volt power. It has two standard, three prong outlets and two twist lock for connection to an RV or to a transfer switch.
It is fully CARB compliant and is equipped with a spark arrester. The generator is brushless so it has a longevity longer than the brush using alternators of other generators. This is an excellent light duty generator for RV use.
Best Quiet Generator for Fifth Wheel
For those who’s fifth wheel requires a lot of power, this is the generator to consider. Producing 12,000 Watts of surge capacity and 9,500 Watts of continuous generation, this generator – Yamaha Model #EF12000DE Generator could potential power everything at once.
It has four standard, three prong outlets and a RV connection. This generator can do both 120 and 240 Volt applications and the alternator is brushless for extended longevity.
Always read and follow the operator’s instructions found in the included manual. Be sure to properly ground your generator and never attempt to refuel a hot or running generator as fire could result.
Never use a generator in an enclosed space, including a garage with the door open and fumes will still accumulate and keep flammable materials at least five feet from any hot or running generator.