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When you travel in your RV, do you have a generator with you? If so, is it a built-in or portable generator?

Most RVs come with built-in generators, which provide power to your RV. These built-in ones usually do the job since they’re set to work with the appliances in your RV already. But, perhaps you need more power and an additional generator, or maybe your RV did not come with a built-in generator.

Will you respond in the poll below and tell us which one, if either, you have with you? Thanks!

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Cal
9 months ago

Our fifth wheel came with a residential refrigerator so we can’t be without 110V power for more than 2-3 days. We bought a Onan 6,5kw generator from a motorhome that was being parted 3 years ago. With only 450 hours on it’s clock it will last longer than I will. Converted it to propane and tied it into the onboard propane system. On Amazon I found a 100 pound cylinder that has a 2 wheel dolly welded onto the tank (makes for easier refills) and can be operated vertically or horizontally.
Also built a 4000 watt solar generator from plans I found on a YouTube video. It’s a better setup than you can buy and if any of the parts fail they’re replaceable.

Americo
11 months ago

What about potable generators that run on propane as well as gas

Ida Cal
11 months ago

With as many businesses and wealthy people leaving the state of California none of this is going to matter in a few years anyway. There will be nothing worth visiting whether you are in an RV or just a car. If any of you own property in California that are reading this you should try to find someone stupid enough to sell it to as soon as you can. (bleeped)

Last edited 11 months ago by Ida Cal
Michael Frazier
11 months ago

Where can I buy a Diesel Generator I was thinking Earth friendly when I Bought my Dual Fuel I only run Propane. However since diesel is allowed I will buy one the size of the Bed of my truck and charge people to plug in? No cash either I want only Credit Cards! How’s that for being a __k?

Last edited 11 months ago by Michael Frazier
Cal
9 months ago

Try Norwall.com. They have just about any type of generator you could want. Join their I just bought a Champion 14.5Kw residual backup generator for our house. Their price was $1200 lower than the same generator on Amazon and if you join their club you will get an extra $50 off.

Michael Frazier
11 months ago

******* Meddeling! Here I am totally Disabled person who lives in Southern California. We never know if there will be power? As we seem to be like Mexico another, Third Word Nation, where getting power is Questionable. I have a Medical Condition was told too have a method for Back Up Power for Medical Equipment that So Cal Edison does not supply? Since you never know for sure if we will have power one day too the next. So I invest in an expensive Switch Box on my home buy a large Generator, and now this Comes down the Pipe Hole from the Governor News***. I am so sick if this State and their Agenda I might just move the **** out while the Price of the Houses are Obscene!

Bill Franke
11 months ago

California should start a generator ban in State Park campgrounds. Spaces are to close for noise and exhaust.
For off grid camping in areas like Glamas all the noise is shared.
Manufacturers should be banned in using 110ac only refrigerators. Refrigerators should be 3 way power.

Russell Mefford
1 year ago

We travel with Champion portable generator. We gave 2 of them, so far we have only taken and used 1. The purpose of the 2nd one is to run parallel in summer months when the air conditioning is needed. My issue is lifting the unit into the bed of our truck, weight is around 100 lbs.
It has proven handy in other applications as well, electrical or low battery problems.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 year ago

I carry a Honda 2000 portable generator. It keeps my small a/c running in hot weather (I have heat induced asthma) I have a 17 ft molded fiberglass trailer, the fridge is 12v and I always pack the electric kettle and ask dh to use it instead of the microwave. When he insists on the microwave I have to turn off the a/c.

Bob P
1 year ago

I never had a generator until I bought my first class A, now that we are out of the 700 mile + trips to avoid the cold when we get a small travel trailer for short trips where we won’t be needing overnight comfort on long trips we will go back to no genny.

California Travel Videos
1 year ago

In addition to our build-in Onan, as a backup we have a portable 2K Honda generator. We can also run our Sprinter and get up to 2KW from the pure-sine inverter. Then there’s the solar and inverter… Yeah, at this point we know there’s no help for us!

Richard Chabrajez
1 year ago

Our toy hauler came with the Onan 5500 unleaded. We can refill the geni tank with fuel from the toy tank. That gives us 50-60 hrs using on-board fuel. Campgrounds have lost power twice; once in 115 degrees, once in 36 degrees. That’s when having a geni is terrific!

Tony F Stekar
1 year ago

The first generator Was a champion ; it was so loud you could hear it a block away, I own a much quieter one now, but I still find people complain I do stop using it after 10!

KellyR
1 year ago

2014 Roadtrek Ranger came with an Onan. Has more exercise hours than actual use hours.

R. Schulz
1 year ago

Have a 3K, gas/propane genny. Only carry it for use on long trips when I’m not sure if we’ll have electric available. Usually go to state/federal CG’s. Did a 6K mile trip in ’19 and needed it a few times…

Jeff Craig
1 year ago

35ft Class A with a built-in Generac 5kW gas genset – and boy do I wish it were an Onan or something that didn’t sound like a unmuffled NASCAR engine running on the backstretch at Talladega!

TIM
1 year ago

Both. we carry a small portable inverter generator for battery charging and the large built-in for when more power is needed.

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  TIM

I think you’ll find the built in genny will supply all you need including battery charging, when manufacturers equip a unit with a genny it is sized to supply max current draw.

Peter B
1 year ago

Use gen to run rooftop a/c when u are on the road. We do this in motorhome or trailer.

Ronald Duncan
1 year ago

Yeah it is built in. I never use it. As far as I’m concerned it’s just dead weight. I should get rid of it.

Peter B
1 year ago
Reply to  Ronald Duncan

Hi Ron!

Tom H.
1 year ago

Checked no. Will probably buy one soon for our 5th whl. I figure we’ll need one when we eventually head out west.

Impavid
1 year ago

I have a farily quiet 2000 watt inverter portable I use only when the temp falls towards the freezing mark and I’m using my furnace when travelling. I seldom boondock so carry just the one main battery. In a cold night the battery gives out about 5 AM if I don’t use my generator and it gets cold inside. One night I stopped at a WalMart, parked all alone at the edge of the parking lot, started my generator more to advise others if they came by that it was running and went into the store for supplies. When I came out another RV was parked right beside and the guy snarkly said “You gonna run that all night?” I said yes and if he didn’t like it there was a lot of room elsewhere in the parking lot to park. I don’t think I was out of line.

Michael Frazier
11 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

You said the right thing what an Arrogant Jerk to park next to you with a whole parking lot maybe he should have got a Kick in the A**!