How to Pick a Portable Generator for Your RV

Home & Garden  ·  Guides   Updated October 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.


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.


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.

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