What to Consider When Buying a Generator for Your RV

Many campgrounds provide hookups for electricity, water, and even cable television.  However, those extra’s often cost more and aren’t always easy to come by.  Plus, if you want to get the authentic camping experience off the beaten path, you won’t have any hookups available.  For all of these reasons, having a good generator you can rely on makes camping in your RV a more relaxing experience. Here are some questions to consider from the team at Duraflap RV Mudflaps

5 Questions to Help You Select the Right Generator

There are many choices for generators that work well to provide power for an RV.  Here are some of the questions you should consider that will help you decide on the right generator for your specific needs:

  1. How much power do you need?  RV generators create between 2000 and 4000 watts of electricity.  If you’re pulling a smaller trailer and have limited needs, a 2000 watt model will likely meet your requirements.  However, if you plan to use an air conditioner or microwave, you’ll need at least 3000 watts.  It won’t hurt your RV to purchase a generator that provides you with more electricity than you’ll need–it’s just a bigger hit to your pocketbook.
  2. When will you be running your generator?  Many campgrounds have noise restrictions for the evening and overnight hours.  If you plan to use it to run air conditioning while you sleep, you’ll need to look for a unit that runs very quietly.
  3. Will you be using it to power a computer or other expensive technology?  Conventional generators are prone to power surges which can harm this kind of equipment.  To best protect your technology, consider an inverter-style generator that maintains an even flow of electricity.
  4. Will you use it for anything else in the off-season?  The generator doesn’t need to be constrained to only powering your RV.  While you are at home, the unit can be a critical backup to provide your home with electricity during a power outage.  If this is important to you, you’ll want to invest in a unit that’s sized correctly for your home’s needs.
  5. How easily can you refill the fuel tank?  If you’re planning to take your RV to remote destinations for long periods, you’ll need a larger fuel tank.  Even if you’re near a fueling station, many vacationers don’t want to disrupt their relaxation to refill the generator.  Ask about the size of the tank and estimations of how long it will operate between fills.  Speaking of fuel, you also have the opportunity to decide between diesel, gasoline, and propane–each with its own pros and cons.

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