Do you have a generator with you on your RV travels?


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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Russell Mefford
14 days 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
21 days 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
21 days 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
22 days 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
23 days 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
24 days 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!

24 days ago

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

R. Schulz
24 days 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
24 days 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!

24 days 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
21 days 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
24 days ago

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

Ronald Duncan
24 days 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
24 days ago
Reply to  Ronald Duncan

Hi Ron!

Tom H.
24 days ago

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

24 days 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.

Diana F.
24 days ago

I have an on-board generator in my Class C and bought an 1800 watt solar generator with portable solar panels to use when boondocking. Unless I need to have A/C or furnace running, I will only need the solar power. I also use the solar generator in my home when there’s any power outages to run the fridge. I keep it fully charged for such occasions.

24 days ago

About the generator: we carry a 2KW suitcase inverter generator _only_ when the wx forecast calls for rain/cloudy days during the short-day winter season. Otherwise 200W of solar panels keep our deep-cycle battery recharged.

Ron T.
24 days ago

We have the 4K Onan and I like the idea of having it if/when we need it. That said, it only gets used when we need to use the microwave while grabbing a quick roadside meal so it might get run for 5 minutes or less. Only once did we use it to run the AC and that was in a highway rest stop on a 90 plus day when I really needed a rest/nap.

24 days ago

The questions was do you have a generator with you on RV travels. It didn’t ask if it came with your rig, aka class A’s, some C’s, fewer 5’ers, I would guess most that don’t have a built-in, or, live and do most of their camping out West were the sun is abundant for solar, would carry a genny in the back of the tow vehicle.

Since I live in the East and have a residential fridge, I couldn’t be without my diesel genset to re-charge the four golf cart batteries in my rigs house section.

24 days ago

We carry a Honda 3000 but since installing 300 watts of solar, two 100 watt lithium batteries, and a 2000 watt inverter, I’m considering eliminating it. After installing solar panels it seems the only time I run the generator is to exercise it. We use (and prefer) a gas refer and try to go where AC isn’t needed. I identify with the group that doesn’t want to listen to a generator. It is reassuring to have the generator along to fall back on if things go wrong, but so far that hasn’t happened.

Scott R. Ellis
24 days ago

I answered “NO,” but the real answer is “occasionally.” On a longer trip in the winter, the solar won’t keep up with the furnace blower demands for more than two nights, so in that case we carry a portable Yamaha. The rest of the year (or for one or two winter nights), heck, no!