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How to Pick the Perfect RV Generator? The Complete Guide

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Sep 28, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

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How to Pick the Perfect RV Generator? The Complete Guide

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The idea of camping and going on a road trip in an RV is quite interesting. Today's RVs are way more advanced and come with numerous amenities like refrigerators, stoves, air conditioners etc.

But to power all this fancy equipment you need a generator. You can have two types of generators, either a portable RV generator or a built-in one which will run all the amenities without disruption.

Picking the right RV generator can be a daunting task, especially if you are renting an RV for the first time. But fret not! This blog is here to help you choose the best RV generator without much trouble.

You will also learn why you need an RV generator, different types of RV generators and how you can choose the best one. Therefore let's begin-

Difference between portable RV generator and built-in RV generator

The built-in RV generator is hardwired to the RV's electrical system, and it runs by a battery. You can use the same fuel tank for the generator that you use for the vehicle, there is no requirement for an additional fuel source.

Built-in generators offer at least 3000 watts of juice which is quite a high powered one. Moreover, the built-in generator comes with a push-on start button, so there is no need for manual setup.

Some models of built-in generators come with additional settings that can adjust performance to altitude if you are camping at a high altitude place.

The prime drawback of built-in generators is that they are quite expensive and difficult to get. They even require high maintenance and repair costs a lot. Another thing is you have to keep built-in generators inside the RV, which can be a little risky. You have to set a CO alarm in case of any unwanted accident.

When the generator is running, you need to keep all the windows shut. Although the generator exhausts outside, keeping the windows shut will prevent the exhaust from getting back inside.

You won't face these issues with a portable generator. Portable generator poses no risk of accidents because they are set at a long distance from the RV. They are also not very expensive and can be maintained easily.

Portable RV generators are small class B RVs. They've to be operated manually and are quite compact in size.

Look into the chart below to understand the key difference between portable RV generator and built-in RV generator-

How to Pick the Perfect RV Generator? The Complete Guide

Fuel types of RV generator

Built-in RV generators need gasoline, propane or diesel to run. You will also have to match the generator's fuel type with that of the RV. Portable fuel generators, on the other hand, gives you the option to include dual fuel generators.

Dual fuel generators will give you the option to switch between propane and gasoline. Unlike built-in generators, which don't require an additional fuel tank, portable ones do need an additional fuel tank.

How to determine which size RV generator I need?

While buying an RV generator, you need to keep in mind two factors- the physical dimension and the electrical output.

Shortlist your power needs

Make a list of starting wattage requirements for all your appliances and equipment. The total is the minimum wattage required.

Physical dimension

The generator needs to fit perfectly into the RV, especially if you are getting a built-in generator. Before buying the generator, take a measurement of the RV's generator compartment to select the right product.

Conclusion

This sums up the article on how to pick the perfect RV generator. Here we have mentioned the two types of generators available, their difference, and factors you need to keep in mind while buying one.

Hopefully, this information helped you get a vivid idea about picking the right RV generator. If you have any further doubt regarding the topic, the comment section is always open. For more such guides, keep watching this space!

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