How to Pick a Portable Generator for Your RV

Home & Garden  ·  Guides   Updated December 2019

These small inverter generators have been designed to provide you with electricity away from home. They can prove absolutely essential when you're boondocking and there is simple not enough solar power available to charge your batteries and power your appliances.

They are small enough to keep it in your RV, and powerful enough to let you power high-demand devices, such as air-conditioning units.

Power

When you're shopping for a portable generator, the first thing to consider is how much power it can deliver. Two number are usually provided. Running Watts means a continous amount of power it can supply, and Starting Watts refer to the peak power available for a very short period.

Running Time

Before you invest in a portable generator, it is important to understand your electricity demands over time. Manufacturers usually specify how long the generator can operate at a rated load, and how many hours at 1/4 load, before you need to refuel.

Inverter

Many small generators come with an inverter fitted. The quality of the inverter is essential when powering sensitive, microprocessor-controlled devices.

Single or Dual Fuel?

Inverter generators are great for RVs, camping or emergency situations. For most people the first choice would be to a get a gas-powered generator as they are generally cheaper. However, if you want extra versatility or convenience you should consider a dual fual generator, which can run on either gas or propane.

Imagine you have a power outage in an emergency situation. If you didn't store enough gasoline and your local gas station doesn't have or cannot provide any gas, you wouldn't be able to use your gas-only generator. Propane, on the other hand, tends to be easier to store and more readily available during disasters.

Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator

This one of the most popular portable generators our there and it's not hard to see why. 2000 Watts of rated power in a small package offer a good compromise of power and portability. At 59dB maximum noise this machine is also incredibly quiet. It  has a 1 gallon fuel tank, which lets it operate for around 3.4 hours at maximum load and 8.1 hours at 25% load. If needed, two Honda EU2000i generators can be paired to double their individual power output.

   
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We settled on the popular Honda EU2000i and we absolutely love it. Quiet, efficient, small (comparatively), starts easily and runs great.  
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Champion 3400 Watt Dual Fuel Generator

This dual fuel generator is not only very compact, but also relatively quiet at 59dBA from 23ft. It provides 3100 running watts (3400 starting watts) on gas, and 2790 running watts (3060 starting) on propane. It runs up to 7.5 hours on a full tank of gas or up to 14.5 hours on a 20 lb. propane tank.

It has a single 120V 30A RV outlet, two 120V 20A household outlets and a 12V DC outlet. This inverter generator comes with a battery and can be started with a push of a button. It can also be connected with another Champion generator in parallel for increased output. It comes with a three year limited warranty. 

   
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Duromax 3850 Watts Dual Fuel Generator

The DuroMax XP4850EH dual fuel generator provides 3850 running watts of power and a peak of 4850 watts. Its heart is a 7 HP air cooled engine, and its frame has fully isolated mounts for quiet operation. Switching from gas to propane and vice versa is done with a simple fuel switch.

On the power panel you can find oil warning light, key start switch, volt meter, circuit breaker, power outlets, low oil Indicator lamp and shutoff. It has been EPA approved and can be safely used in national parks.

   
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Champion 2000W Inverter Generator

This gasoline-powered inverter generator from Champion is a great choice for RV boondocking. It's 16.3 x 13.2 x 19.3 inches and weighs just under 48 pounds. The generator has a built-in handle for convenient carrying and a sturdy design with a matte black finish. It's powered by an 80cc single cylinder 4-stroke engine, which delivers a maximum of 2000 Watts and automatically shuts off in case of low oil. The kit includes a charging cable and an USB car adapter.

   
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I am most impressed with how tough these little units are.  
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Yamaha EF2400iSHC

Yamaha EF2400iSHC delivers 2000 running Watts and 2400 starting Watts. It is capable of delivering high current output, which is helpful when you're starting an air-conditioning unit. The electricity produced is of high standard, comparable to the public grid, so that you can power your sensitive electronics and appliances with confidence. As with other generators, the engine speed revs up or down automatically, depending on the required load. At 1/4 capacity it can run for up to 8.6 hours.

   
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If you have a small AC unit and would like to run it from time to time, consider getting a larger unit like the Yamaha EF2400  
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