How to Make My RV Generator Less Noisy

How to Make My RV Generator Less Noisy
RV generators provide electrical power to appliances such as microwave ovens, coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerators and lamps. Clicking and pinging sounds are normal for most generators, as is of course the loud drone of the generator. Because operation sounds cannot be completely eliminated, the best noise reduction technique is to create a barrier around the generator so excessive noise will not travel into your RV and disturb your peace.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plywood
  • Galvanized steel
  • Tape measure
  • Dampening mats
Step 1
Use plywood or galvanized steel to act as a noise barrier. Build an enclosure with an access door to route the exhaust and provide adequate air circulation, minimize heat buildup and provide sufficient ventilation for carbon monoxide dispersal. Measure the height, width and length of the generator to make sure the dimensions are correct.
Step 2
Line the top, bottom and sides of the enclosure with a sound-deadening material such as dampening mats.
Step 3
Upgrade the exhaust system. Install a larger muffler to the exhaust system to reduce noise.
Step 4
Mount the exhaust pipe vertically to reduce ambient noise. The vertically mounted exhaust pipe will send noise skyward rather than at ground level.

Tips & Warnings

Some noise from an RV converter/charger is normal.
Generators are typically housed on an RV's ear bumper, trailer tongue or built-in mount.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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