RV Generator

Selecting the proper RV generator for your vehicle and having your own power source can be very important.

Figuring out how to select the correct generator based on Type of RV, Generator Fuel type, Wattage needed, whether you have air conditioner (s), and Hertz needed may seem confusing but there are other things you have to consider, as well.

Which generator is best suited for your RV depends on how much power you need and what you plan to use the generator for.

RV Generator Noise Level

How quiet you need your generator to be may demand a smaller, inverter generator so you don't wake up the campground, instead of a larger, more powerful one. Before purchasing check the specifications for your intended rv generator and how many decibels it puts out when running.

Since you may need to depend on the generator for several things, you want a tough and reliable RV generator, yet one that is easy to start and portable enough. RV generators generate power directly related to the horsepower of the engine, and is also rated in watts.

RV Generator Size

When you are trying to figure out what size of generator you need, you need to consider which things are going to need power at the same time, but generally a small power source is enough for most normal uses.

Also, some things take more starting watts than running watts, so you need to know both sets of numbers to make sure your generator is adequate. Hot plates and incandescent lamps require the same wattage to start up as run, but mercury or fluorescent lamps can take 2 to 3 times the wattage during start-up, so you need to consider this when purchasing power source.

Some tools and appliances may take 2 to 3 times the wattage when running under load, so you would need a larger power solution if you are going to be powering either.

Most appliances will come with a label indicating voltage, cycles/Hz, amperage or amps, and electric power needed. This can be helpful when trying to determine what size of generator you will need.There are also several fuel choices, such as diesel, gasoline, or propane for your generator.

If you choose inverter chargers as your, they are typically 2,000 to 3,000 watts and are quiet and clean to operate. Larger, hitch mounted, self contained full power sources may be recommended for RVs or fifth wheels over 26 feet and are usually capable of generating around 7,000 watts.

No matter what you decide on for your power source, the freedom they give you on nights you may decide to set up dry camp or camping in remote regions, is well worth the money spent. For those that live in their RV, life without an generator might seem impossible, once you have gotten used to having one- especially if you want to run your air conditioner on a hot, desert afternoon in a remote camping spot.

RV Solar Generator

Solar charging and batteries are advancing at a rapid rate. They are becoming cost competitive with gasoline or diesel generators when you take into account the longevity (no moving parts) and not having to purchase fuel. This page gives a basic run-down on building a solar generator.

There are several dependable brands of generators to choose from, and an RV dealer might be able to offer advice. Once you know what you power needs will be, you are ready to go shopping for a power source, and make your life easier when enjoying your RV. Keep your generator running smooth with regular tune-ups.