RV Generators Buying Guide


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One of the ways you can get more use out of your RV is by purchasing an RV generator. Most likely, you aren’t always going to be camped somewhere that allows you to plug in to the power grid. When that is the case, one of the best things you can do is have a generator available in order to power up your lights, appliances, and more. Sure, using a generator isn’t quite as convenient as having access to the power grid, but it is certainly better than nothing at all.

rv-generator-buying-guideWhen you start to look around the market for a generator, you are quickly going to notice that there is a specific class of generators meant for RV use. You might think that you could just purchase any kind of portable model to do the job, but you are going to want one that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the RV traveler.

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A Variety of Power Options

While all RV generators are charged with creating power that can be used to run the RV, there are a variety of different methods that can be used to reach that outcome. There are generators that run on diesel, on gasoline, and on liquid propane. The right pick for your needs depends on your specific RV and your personal preferences. For example, if you happen to run an RV that has a diesel engine, owning a diesel generator makes a lot of sense. However, if your RV is gas-powered, it wouldn’t be a smart choice to go with diesel in the generator as you would need to keep those fuel sources separate at all times.

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Remember the Noise Factor

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As you shop for a generator, keep in mind the fact that these units are going to make noise as they run. Naturally, it would be great to have a unit that makes as little noise as possible while it runs – for your benefit, and for the benefit of those around you in the campground. Any generator that you come across in the market should have a decibels rating that you can use to compare one to another. While noise level isn’t the only point to keep in mind when shopping for an RV generator, it certainly is an important point to monitor.

Check for Hours

In much the same way that your car’s age can be measured in miles, generators are often evaluated in terms of how many hours they have been used. As a generator ages and accrues more and more hours, it is more likely to break down at some point. Again, just a like a vehicle, you can get the best possible life from your generator by performing basic maintenance and caring for it properly. If you are thinking of buying a used RV generator, check for the hour reading to make sure the unit hasn’t been used too extensively. A good generator should be able to last for several thousand hours or more, and a diesel unit will usually be expected to last longer than a gas model.

There is no one-size-fits-all model of RV generator that will work for all owners. You need to think about your own personal needs and the budget that you have for your purchase in order to come away with a unit that is a great fit. Fortunately, there are plenty of units on the market – both new and used – so you should be able to track down exactly what you need with relatively little effort.

 

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    1. We shopped around and ended up purchasing a Champion Dual Fuel Inverter generator from Costco. We have never used gas in it, but we have been extremely happy with it. Noise level is not bad at all, decimal rate at 59. The customer service with Champion has been excellent. We do a lot of high altitude camping so we added a high altitude kit. They overnighted the kit so we would have it for our trip free of charge. The unit was under $900.

  1. Depends on how much you want to pay for it. Honda is an excellent generator. Since you can’t use it except certain hours in a campground definitely need as quite as possible.

  2. Not needing a generator in an Advanced RV is a blessing. A double alternator like one used in ambulances and lithium batteries fill the bill. Prewired for Solar panels also.

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