Homemade RV Generator Box

Homemade RV Generator Box
RV generators provide a source of electricity when you camp away from RV parks and campgrounds with electrical connections. One of the problems with RV generators is they tend to be noisy. In addition to the noise, RV generators also require air flow for maximum performance, making it hard to make a box to keep the generator protected, while isolating the noise. To make a box for your RV generator, you end up making a series of three three-sided boxes that nest into each other and then over the RV generator.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Write the dimensions of your RV generator. On the Homasote or soundboard sheets, draw out these dimensions, adding 4 inches to the length, depth and width. Mark out a rectangular box with the dimension numbers.
Step 2
Cut out the first rectangular pattern with the jigsaw. Mark one side of each of these pieces with the number 1. Set them back on another sheet of soundboard or Homasote and mark the corners of the box walls. Measure out a box 1 inch smaller at the width, length and depth and cut these out. Mark them with a number 2 on each piece.
Step 3
Measure a third box, 1 inch smaller than the middle box and cut out this pattern, marking each piece with a number 3.
Step 4
Assemble the largest box and glue the edge of each wall. Push them together, leaving one of the long sides of the rectangle off the box. Discard the extra wall piece. Screw the edges of the box together at each corner with two wood screws. Assemble all three boxes this way, leaving one long side of each rectangular box off.
Step 5
Place the smallest of the boxes with the open end down, over the RV generator. Next, place the second-largest box over this, then the largest over them all. With the open end toward the bottom, enough air can flow through to keep the generator active and performing, and with the three levels of soundboard or Homasote, the generator's noise is muffled and isolated.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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