RV Generator Reviews: 5 Best Portable Generators For RVs

Reviewing the Best Portable Generators to Use With Your RV

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Chances are if you a reading this page, you are searching for the best portable generator for an RV. The first step in the right direction is to size up your needs so you can weigh your options. Although you’re going to want a portable new purchase, you should figure out just how big you need your generator to be. Most RV generator reviews I’ve read thus far are quick to point out the variety of components that will need to be powered like the air conditioner, and this is worth noting.

You also want to take noise level into account. You don’t want to be kept awake at night or disturb your neighbors with a loud piece of equipment. Finally, you need to get the generator in and out of the vehicle, making weight an important factor when you are looking for the best portable generator for a travel trailer or RV.  We've taken this liberty of finding this excellent video for you that goes into a bit more detail on factors to consider when buying a generator for your RV.

1. Champion Power Equipment 75537i RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator 

Let’s look at the Champion Power Equipment 75537i for our first of several RV generator reviews. The 75537i has some nice features that put it in the running for the best portable generator for a travel trailer. For example, it sports a wireless remote. You can use this to start and stop power up to eighty feet away. This of course is not a necessity but it’s a nice, convenient feature.

On a full tank of gas, you’re looking at a run time of eight hours with the 75537i’s 2800 running watts and 3100 starting watts. The 171cc Champion engine means this unit will be quiet, lightweight and reliable. If you need RV ready units, this generator is ready to deliver with 120V 30A RV, two 120V 20A household, and 12V DC outlets. All in all, you’re looking at clean power, with clean electricity, so bring your sensitive electronics on the next trip.

2. Champion Power Equipment 75531i RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator

Operating at 58 dBA and weighing less than 99 lbs (with a wheel kit for easy travel) the Champion 7553li is lightweight and portable to say the least. Like the Champion with wireless remote, the Champion with RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator is powered by the reliable 171cc Champion energy. This engine produces clean electricity, so you can power up iPhones, tablets, and the other sensitive electronic equipment.

A unique feature is the 7553li’s economy mode - it’s got quiet operation, produces more fuel savings, and ensures a longer engine life. The unit is travel ready out of the box. The standard 30A RV outlet has enough power to start and run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner while also powering other essential items like lights, modems, refrigerator and sump pump.

3. Yamaha EF4500iSE Gas Powered Portable Inverter

This RV generator was built with a dual-goal in mind: to max out fuel efficiency and minimize noise.

The unit runs on the most powerful engine in its class. Because of this, the engine can run at a very low speed, thereby reducing the amount of fuel consumed, reducing the intensity of vibration and wear on the unit and keeping noise to a minimum. A wireless remote control is optional.​

The Yamaha can very easily tackle powering an RV, air conditioner and 1000 watt microwave oven – just to give you an idea of its capabilities. You can enjoy up to 7.4 hours of running time between refuels, and it’s CARB compliant, making cross country trips very possible. Its pragmatic, attractive design makes this generator a nice pick; the generator is equipped with a parking brake and four wheels so transport can be easy and secure.

4. Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 Inverter Generator 

The PowerSmart 3000 is one powerful generator. You can expect ten hours of continuous operation thanks to the 1.5 gallon fuel tank. Unfortunately, it’s not CARB compliant and therefore can’t be used in California. Nevertheless, if you don’t plan to visit the Golden State, this is a solid choice.

It’s quieter than most traditional camping generators with enough power to start and power your standard RV air conditioner. It comes with a helpful LCD screen display that fills you in on important performance statistics an maintenance reminders. With a two year warranty, this generator is a safe and smart purchase.

5. Champion Power Equipment 73536i Portable Inverter Generator

Finally, there’s the Champion 73536i. It’s quiet. It’s lightweight and stackable so it won’t consume too much RV real estate. You can depend on this generator to run for 9 and a half hours on a full tank of gas, and it’s got 20AC household and 12V DC outlets that produce clean power to run sensitive electronics.

A neat benefit of choosing Champion brand generators is that the units have parallel capability, which in layman’s terms, means the inverter can connect with another Champion 2000 Watt Inverter, coupling the two appliances for an impressive 30A of power.

Final Thoughts

Any of these generators would compliment your RVs nicely. I’ve presented the information you’ll need to choose the unit perfect for you and your needs. Focus on portability, size and weight because chances are you will be hauling the generator in and out of the RV.

Also remember that some of these generators are not CARB compliant. If your state allows this and you don’t plan on traveling this doesn’t present many serious setbacks, but it’s nice knowing you have the option to move from state to state. Happy traveling!

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Bob Campbell

By day Robert "Bob" Campbell is a residential carpenter but by night (and on the weekends) he is a non-stop DIY tinkerer. As the lead editor of HandymansJournal.com Bob is able to share his passion for DIY projects and buying all the latest gear with the online world.