Selecting the Right Generator for Your Camper
Thursday August 9th, 2012 20:56:09
Service Writer and resident RV expert Randy Murray provides a “Eureka!” moment for those unfamiliar on how to pair up the right-sized generator with their RV.
Through his explanation of “Watts Law” (P [watts] = I [amps] x E [volts]) and breaking down the power requirements to run appliances such as the television, microwave, air conditioner and/or hot water heater, you immediately gain a better understanding on what you need to shop for in a generator.† This enlightenment empowers you to select a generator–most importantly–based on power output rather than features, price, or worse yet, guessing!
Here are a few key takeaways from Randy’s demonstration:
- Consider how you will balance the use of the generator with propane for a dual-powered refrigerator and/or hot water heater
- If you are running the generator through the power convertor, know that a portion of the wattage output will be dedicated to recharging the RV battery
- If you want to power your appliances and run the A/C for long periods of time, plan on buying a generator with high-wattage output
- Investigate features, making sure they meet your needs–especially the starter (EZ-pull, electric, chokeless, etc.)
- Cheaper is not better! Shop for a generator based on ease-of-use, durability and reliability
Generators and hundreds of electrical parts and accessories like the examples shown below are available at the Pete’s RV Parts Store.
Feel free to contact Pete’s RV with further questions regarding camper generator selection and best use practices.