A motorhome, travel trailer, or RV is a great way to travel. These units usually come complete with stove, oven, refrigerator, water heaters, shower, toilet and heaters along with one or more beds and bathroom of course. The more expensive RVs will have air conditioners, microwave ovens, and built-in color televisions, stereos, etc. All of these appliances operate with electricity and will need an RV generator for an extra power source when camping in areas with no electrical power hook ups. If you have an RV you will need a generator that is quiet and efficient. Generators can turn mechanical energy into electrical energy that will be able to power up all of your appliances. A good RV generator will even power the air conditioning unit and the hot water heater. An RV generator is a special kind of generator made specifically for applications in recreational vehicles. They are not the same as a portable generator. Make sure you buy an RV generator made specifically for RV’s. You can find these generators at RV stores and online. An onboard generator will make your RV fully self contained by supplying 120 volts of AC power whenever and wherever you need it.
RV generators get their fuel supply directly from the RV fuel tank itself. They use either gas, propane or diesel fuel, depending on the kind of generator that you purchase. When shopping for an RV generator you will need to keep in mind how much wattages of power you will need for all of your appliances. Once you know the needed wattage you can narrow down you choices in generators. If you have a small RV with just the basic appliances you can usually get by with a 1500-2000 watt generator. If your RV has an air conditioner you will need to get an RV generator that can supply at least 3000 to 5000 watts. To find out exactly how many watts you will need add up the wattages for each appliance in your RV and then buy a generator that is rated slightly higher so you will not over work your generator.
Some features to look for in an RV generator include low fuel consumption with high energy output. You should also look for RV generators that will meet the noise limitations that are found in some camp grounds. The quieter it is rated the better. Look for RV generators that have an electrical start, an electrical fuel pump and safety features like an automatic high oil pressure shutoff and fuel safety features. Other things to look for in an RV generator include easy maintenance points for easy repair.
Some of the brand name RV generators are made by Honda, Guardian, Onan, Yamaha and Generac. RV generators are known for being able to supply a dependable energy source. You will need to make sure you get the correct size for your RV. You will also need to exercise the generator on a regular basis, even when not using the RV, to prevent moisture build up. The generator should be run for about 2 hours on a monthly basis to prevent moisture build up, which can damage the generator. This will also keep the seals lubricated and prevent carbon build up. Exercising your RV generator means that you need to run it for at least two hours with a load on it.
A generator that is not being used for any length of time should have a fuel stabilizer added to the fuel tank to prevent fuely system problems. Adding a fuel stabilizer to your RV generator will protect its fuel system for up to 6 months. You will also want to refer to your owner’s manual for other maintenance instructions and follow them diligently. If you follow the recommended service and maintenance instructions your RV generator will last for years.