Traveling in an recreational vehicle is a wonderful way to enjoy the various sights and sounds around the country. However, different parts of the country range vastly in both weather and temperature. One day it might be sweltering heat and then the next bitter cold.
Having a generator that can power the heating and cooling of an RV means having a generator with enough surge capacity and amperage to handle power demand. Not just any generator will work.
You need one that is not only dependable, in terms of power output but reliable in terms of durability and longevity. The last thing anyone wants is to be on a road trip and the generator goes out.
However recreational vehicles are slightly different in that you have to know the amperage demand. Not only of the AC unit or the heating unit but of the other appliances and devices as well. Some RVs require a 30 amp connection, while others will require a 50 amp connection.
On the 30 amp, it might have the wattage to run you AC but not enough to run the rest of your appliances at the same time. Knowing the amperage draw of each appliance will help you decide which ones you can run and when. Furthermore, it is essential that you new generator have overload protection.
It can easily happen that you inadvertently pull more power than the generator can provide and overload protection prevents damage to the generator. Naturally, you want breaker protection as well and if possible a generator with AVR or automatic voltage regulation so there are no variances in the sine waves of energy supplied.
The key to getting a generator to your RV is understanding your specific power demand and that of your RV.
Five Great RV Generators
Best Rated Small Portable Generator to Buy
This fully CARB compliant generator – Champion Power Equipment Model #41135 Generator produces a surge capacity of 6,800 Watts and has a continuous power generation of 5,000 Watts. It has four three prong, standard outlets and a 30 Amp twist lock, switchable between 120V and 240V.
The engine is recoil start with a cast iron cylinder sleeve for engine longevity. It has a volt meter so you can see the output at a glance and the circuits are breaker protected. This is a simple generator to use, just crank and power your RV.
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New to the generator market, this Ford generator – Ford U Series Model #FG6250E Generator supplies a surge capacity of 6,250 Watts and a continual output of 5,250 Watts. More than enough surge capacity to handle an RV air conditioner. It has multiple outlets including an array of standard, three prong connections and a single twist lock for connection to an RV or transfer switch.
It is fully EPA and CSA and CARB compliant and can be used in national parks. Additionally, it uses a large wheel dolly style cart for easy mobility. This is a great generator for RV camping.
Best Portable Generator under $1000
Producing a serious surge capacity of 10,000 Watts, this generator – Powerland Model #PD10000E Generator can handle RV AC units and more. It is fully CARB compliant and it has three twist lock connections, one being 240V and two, standard, three prong outlets.
Designed to be hooked up to an RV, this unit is electric start and the cage is connected to the generator with dampeners to reduce the noise and the muffler is specifically equipped to allow this generator to run quiet.
It has a low oil indication, volt meter and key to start systems as added features, as well as the circuits being breaker protected. This is a great generator for use with your RV.
High Powered Portable Generator for RV
Another generator made for RV use, this electric start generator – DuroMax Model #XP10000E Generator produces 10,000 Watts of surge capacity and 8,000 Watts of continuous supply.
The engine has a cast iron sleeve for longevity and the unit has a low oil shutdown to prevent damage to the generator. It has a large capacity tank and it has a generous run time.
Connectivity is via three twist lock style connections for direct connection to an RV or a transfer switch and it has two, standard, three prong outlets for cords. This is an excellent generator for using with an RV or for home backup power.
Best Generator for RVs and Travel Trailers
The name says it all. This generator – Duracell Model #DG66M-B62 Generator produces 7,800 Watts of surge capacity and 6,500 Watts of continuous generation. The unit is electric start and there is a 12 volt charging to recharge the battery.
It has two twist lock connections, including one that is 30 amp, and it has four standard, three prong outlets for further connectivity options. It has an LCD run time meter and all the circuits are breaker protected.
It has a low oil indicator and it is equipped with a spark arrester and is fully EPA compliant so you can use it in a national park. The engine has a three year warranty and the alternator a two year warranty. This is an excellent, powerful generator for us with your RV.
Never operate a generator in an enclosed space, including in a garage with the door open. Never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot generator and never attempt to refuel a hot or running generator. Be sure to read and follow all the instructions included in the operator’s manual.