Since RV owners have different needs, the best generator is the one that fits your lifestyle and budget. To find a generator that's right for you, match the dimensions of your storage space to those of the units you're evaluating. Find out how many appliances you'll run simultaneously and add up the wattage to ensure the generator can handle it. Don't forget to check noise ratings, since loud generators aren't allowed in many campsites.
If you have simple needs and a tight budget, Honeywell's HW2000i is worth a look. It's a top three consumersearch.com pick and an electricgeneratorsdirect.com editor's choice. The inverter technology of its 2,000-watt engine provides clean, surge-free power for sensitive devices like computers. Honeywell's HW2000i meets clean air standards, and its economy mode adjusts the engine speed to the load to reduce noise and increase efficiency. You might feel limited by Honeywell's two outlets, but the HW2000i's power output and inverter design makes it a good value.
Honda's engine-building expertise has paid off in the EU2000iA. Positive reviews by "Field & Stream," "Camping Life" and "QST" magazines and the praise of happy owners make it a good option for those who can afford it. You'll get 1,600 watts of power and two outlets in one of the quietest generators you can buy (according to consumersearch.com). An economy mode matches the engine speed to the load to minimize noise and maximize efficiency. The EU2000iA's inverter design keeps its output free of spikes and noise that can damage delicate electronics. Honda's generators are also CARB compliant, and they come with a three-year warranty. They're light enough to go where you need them, and advanced safety features, like automatic shutoff when the oil gets low, keep them running a long time.
According to khulsey.com, Yamaha's EF30ISEBH 3,500-watt generator is a favorite of seasoned RVers. It's "Noise Block" system uses fan-shaped housing and advanced materials to absorb sound instead of resonating it. This acoustic enclosure is coupled with an intake silencer to keep sound levels between 51 and 57 decibels. Yamaha's "Boost Control Unit" design allows the EF30ISEBH to use its 12-volt battery to meet the demands of start-up surges. A "Smart Throttle" improves efficiency and decreases noise by letting loads determine engine speed. This allows the EF30ISEBH to run for more than 20 hours with a 25 percent load.
Article Written By Dan Eash
Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.