RV Generators and Essential Accessories

Wikipedia teaches us that “genset” may refer to: engine-generator, a machine used to generate electricity.

In other words, gensets are nifty little magic boxes. Just pour in fuel and *presto* out comes electricity!

Here on RVGenset.com our goal is to gather together everything about RV generators in one central location.

Here’s a MASTER LIST of hot RV generators, with notes where appropriate.

2000W INVERTER GENERATORS
*Champion http://amzn.to/1MwHkn6
*Briggs & Stratton http://amzn.to/1qsRU4h
*Generac http://amzn.to/22xWdHu
*Westinghouse http://amzn.to/264uXVT
*WEN (Cheap!) http://amzn.to/1Nbpp5z
*DuroMax (Who?) http://amzn.to/1RXlp92
*PowerHorse (Well reviewed!) http://amzn.to/1NbriyY
*Smarter Tools (Yamaha engine?) http://amzn.to/1RXocPu
*Atima (designed in JAPAN) http://amzn.to/1Ywk4Xb
*PowerStroke (Camoflage!) http://amzn.to/1YwljWh
*Ryobi http://amzn.to/1MwIpLU
*Hyundai http://amzn.to/264uin7
*Energizer (The Bunny?!) http://amzn.to/1MwLn31
*Duracell (The Copper Top!) http://amzn.to/1p2u1PY
*Black Max (a Honda knockoff?) http://amzn.to/1RXp7j0
*Digital (Please, Don’t Buy This!) http://amzn.to/1VtpSTK
*Yamaha http://amzn.to/1qsSoax
*Honda (The Gold Standard!) http://amzn.to/1qKwbp1

3000W INVERTER GENERATORS
*Champion http://amzn.to/23IZExB
*Champion (with REMOTE START!) http://amzn.to/1MwQXSM
*Briggs & Stratton http://amzn.to/1QaGS8H
*Lifan (Who?) http://amzn.to/1qKwrEg
*Boliy http://amzn.to/1MwRGn7
*Subaru http://amzn.to/1V5CRKW
*Honda http://amzn.to/23IZC8Z
*Yamaha (The One We’ve Got!) http://amzn.to/1qsTjaW

4000W INVERTER GENERATORS
*Yamaha (Our Dream Genset!) http://amzn.to/1VtuWaJ
*Powerhouse http://amzn.to/1VtuWaJ
*Kipor http://amzn.to/264UMoO

 

Magnetic Dipsticks & Oil Accessories

Possibly the best invention since since the Internet.

Magnetic dipsticks work to remove metal shavings from generator oil. This is such a nifty idea we wonder why they aren’t included as standard equipment. But they aren’t, so you’d best be buying one online. To promote the longevity of your generator, we recommend you install a magnetic dipstick from day one.

 

Covers

We recommend that you purchase a generator cover from day one. A quality generator cover will protect your genset from severe weather and prying eyes. Instead of buying the branded cover for your generator of choice, consider getting a generic cover. The benefit of the generic cover? Stealth. Generators are popular targets for thieves, so a plain opaque cover may be the most discrete option. But if you really want the manufacturer designed cover on your genset, we understand. They do look nice.

Genset Covers

Adapters

The RV industry does an excellent job confusing everyone by providing power in at least three different flavors. When you hit the road with your rig, you’ll encounter outlets of the 15, 30, and 50 AMP varieties.  Much like college, you want to be prepared to hook up at a moment’s notice. There are certain cables and adapters that act like mechanical matchmakers, getting your rig together with some sexy current.

By the way, many generators oddly do not include a native RV 30 AMP outlet. If your chosen genset lacks the appropriate RV outlet, you’ll want to grab the necessary adapter. This is the sort of thing you wish someone told you on day one (except that we just did).

Adapters, Dogbones, & Parallel Cables

Extension Cords

Extension cords are available in 30 and 50 AMP flavors. These can offer major convenience at the campsite. So, you think they don’t make ’em like they used to? In this case, they make ’em even better, with twinkling lights and handles and bright yellow rubber. These are the sort of extension cords that give one hope for the future of humanity.

Extension Cords

Oil & Fuel Additives

Quite frankly: ethanol fuel sucks. Nothing kills a nice generator more quickly than a steady dose of dormant ethanol. These fuel additives will help preserve the longevity of your generator, while also improving its performance.

Oil & Fuel Additives

1000 Watt Gensets

1000W gensets can power the basics, such as TV sets, radios, and coffee makers. They are relatively lightweight and easy to steal, err, easy to carry. They are ideal for recharging batteries and devices. However, they will not handle power hungry appliances like microwave ovens and hair dryers.

1000 Watt Gensets

 

2000 Watt Gensets

The most popular option for RV campers is a 2000W unit. These not only handle larger appliances (like microwave ovens) on their own, they also can be linked together with parallel cables to jointly deliver 4000W. Paired together, two of these 2000W gensets deliver plenty of power for an air-conditioning unit. The 2000W units are also easy to carry (and also, sadly, to steal).

2000 Watt Gensets

 

3000 Watt Gensets 

One 3000W generator can power an average RV air-conditioning unit. Of course there’s also plenty of power on tap to handle most appliances. (Just don’t try running everything at once, or you’ll overload the generator.) If you want cold A/C, and don’t want to worry about parallel cables and dual maintenance schedules, get one 3000W unit and call it a day. Be sure to pack a sweater; it’s gonna be chilly inside your rig.

3000 Watt Gensets