Recreational vehicles represent a level of freedom, many have yet to experience. For those that have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the freedom of RV camping and RV’s in general, the demands of the modern world requires that the RV camper and owner has a steady supply of power.
Charging a smart phone, running a television and handling refrigeration and air cooling, all require electricity. Of course, part of owning an recreational vehicle is the ability to “cut the cord” and not be bound to a home with its residential electric grid. This is where portable power generation come in. Having all the conveniences that power provides while maintaining the freedom of the recreational vehicle.
When purchasing portable power generation for an RV, there are several things to keep in mind. The first is compliance. Sounds strange that would be the first but what good is a generator if a person can’t use it? Some generators can not be used in National Parks. Making sure that the generator to be purchased is in compliance with all emission and spark arresting regulations means the generator can be used anywhere.
The second consideration is how quiet the generator will be. Portable power generation can be noisy. Some parks have decibel ratings that can not be exceeded or have a no generator rule after a certain time. Having a quiet generator means everyone and the people in the RV can rest quietly.
Third, is the amount of power needed. Calculate the power required by adding all the voltage requirements of the RV and multiple by the number of amps and this will give you the number of watts needed to run the appliances in the RV. For those with air conditioning and air conditioning, add at least 1,000 watts to this number for surge capacity. These types of appliances pull more power at startup then continual running so require a surge capacity. Finally, make sure the generator has the correct outlets for the RV or appliances therein.
Five Great Portable Generators For Recreational Vehicles
Best Dual Fuel Portable Generator
The minimum watts recommended for any RV is 4,000 watts. This generator – Duromax Model #XP4850EH Dual Fuel Generator, uses two fuels, propane and gasoline and can produce a surge capacity of 4,850 watts with a continuous output of 3,850 watts. This generator also features, low oil warning and shutoff, volt meter, key start and a main circuit breaker.
It has two standard AC outlets, one twist lock 120/240 Volt switchable outlet and 12 Volt DC charging connections. It is also EPA approved for all National Parks. This generator offers the versatility of fuels while taking care of your power needs.
Best 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator
This generator, Champion Model #46539 Remote Start Generator has 4,000 Watts of surge capacity and 3,500 Watts of continuous generation. It has multiple outlets including a direct to RV outlet (model TT-30R). This generator is also remotely started via a battery operate remote control. It has a LED meter for voltage and hours and hertz.
This generator will run for 12 hours at half load, thanks to the large tank and the generator is covered by Champion’s life time technical support. This is a great generator for use where there is a demand for portable power and would work great for any RV. It is also EPA and CARB compliant.
Top Portable Generator With Wheel Kit
The DuroMax Model #XP8500E-CA Generator is a fully EPA and CARB compliant generator that pumps out a generous 8,500 Watt surge capacity and has 7,000 Watts of continuous power generation. It is electric start meaning no back breaking recoil starting and it has a super quiet muffler.
The generator has multiple outlets and has overcharge protection and switchable power modes for 120 to 240 Volt operation. It has low oil shutdown, a volt meter and it will run for 8 hours at half load. This is an excellent generator for those that require a generous amount of power.
Top Portable Generator for RV
The Yamaha Model #EF5200DE Generator is a newly designed generator for Yamaha and it produces 5,200 Watts of surge capacity and 4,500 Watts of continuous power generation. It has multiple outlets including a direct to RV outlet and is fully EPA and CARB compliant. The newly redesigned combustion chamber offers a much quieter operation to comparable models and comes with a low oil shutoff to protect the unit.
It also has automatic voltage regulation to deliver clean power even with cords. This is a great generator for RV’s, quiet and efficient, this generator will provide years of excellent service.
Best Portable Generator with Wireless Remote
This high powered generator is up to the demand of RV use. With 9,200 Watts of surge capacity and 7,200 Watts of continuous power generation, the Champion Model #41533 Remote Start Generator is quiet and powerful and has remote start up to 80 feet via remote control, making it easy to use, start and control. Four standard AC outlets and one 120 circular outlet and a 120/240 Volt outlet give it plenty of versatility.
It will run for 9 hours at half load and it has a low oil shutoff, and volt meter as well. This is the perfect generator for RV camping, powerful, quiet and easy to use.
Always remember to read and follow the operator’s manual and never add fuel to a hot or running generator. Allow 30 minutes of cooling time before refueling and do not allow a generator to sit unprotected from the elements. Portable generators provide safe and comfortable power as long as all safety precautions are followed.