The Best RV Generators Examined

No matter how much you might enjoy camping and having fun outdoors, doing so can be quite difficult, especially if you are away for a long time without access to any electricity. A high quality, portable RV ready generator is a great solution to getting electricity wherever you are on-the-go. In this post, we’re going to take a look at five of the best generators that are available on the market today, that have been designed with camping and RV’s in mind.

It’s easy to have a look at the differences between models using the comparison tables we provide. Hopefully after reading our detailed reviews on the RV generators that we love, you’ll have a better idea as to which might be the best one to choose to cover your uses. In each section, we’ll take a look at the various key features and great points that each model offers.

Yamaha EF2400iSHC, 2000 Running Watts/2400...
Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable...
Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart Series...
Champion 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator...
Generac 7117 GP2200i 2200 Watt Portable Inverter...
Yamaha EF2400ISHC
Champion 100263 RV-Ready
Briggs & Stratton P3000
Champion 3500W RV-Ready
Generac GP2200I
Starting 2400W - Continuous 2000W
Starting 3400W - Continuous 3100W
Starting 3000W - Continuous 2600W
Starting 4000W - Continuous 3500W
Starting 2200W - Continuous 1600W
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 1.6 gal.
Fuel Type: Gas/Propane Capacity: 1.6 gal.
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 1.5 gal.
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 3.8 gal.
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 1.2 gal.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 8 hrs.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 7/14 hrs.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 10 hrs.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 12 hrs.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 10.75 hrs.
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 53 dB
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 59 dB
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 58 dB
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 68 dB
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 53 dB
Weight: 75 lb.
Weight: 95.7 lb.
Weight: 85 lb.
Weight: 124.6 lb.
Weight: 46 lb.
Warranty: 3-Year
Warranty: 3-Year
Warranty: 2-Year
Warranty: 3-Year
Warranty: 2-Year
Price
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Yamaha EF2400iSHC, 2000 Running Watts/2400...
Yamaha EF2400ISHC
Starting 2400W - Continuous 2000W
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 1.6 gal.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 8 hrs.
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 53 dB
Weight: 75 lb.
Warranty: 3-Year
Price
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Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable...
Champion 100263 RV-Ready
Starting 3400W - Continuous 3100W
Fuel Type: Gas/Propane Capacity: 1.6 gal.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 7/14 hrs.
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 59 dB
Weight: 95.7 lb.
Warranty: 3-Year
Price
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Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 PowerSmart Series...
Briggs & Stratton P3000
Starting 3000W - Continuous 2600W
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 1.5 gal.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 10 hrs.
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 58 dB
Weight: 85 lb.
Warranty: 2-Year
Price
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Champion 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator...
Champion 3500W RV-Ready
Starting 4000W - Continuous 3500W
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 3.8 gal.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 12 hrs.
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 68 dB
Weight: 124.6 lb.
Warranty: 3-Year
Price
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Generac 7117 GP2200i 2200 Watt Portable Inverter...
Generac GP2200I
Starting 2200W - Continuous 1600W
Fuel Type: Gas Capacity: 1.2 gal.
Tank Run-Time @ 25% Load: 10.75 hrs.
Noise Level @ 25% Load: 53 dB
Weight: 46 lb.
Warranty: 2-Year
Price
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Yamaha EF2400ISHC Portable Inverter Generator

Yamaha are well-known for specialising in a huge number of areas of the market – engines are certainly one of their finest. The engines that they make have the most durable of ratings available from the Environmental Protection Agency. These same engines are installed and Yamaha generators, each of which have a number of safety features and elements contributing to their durability.

The EF2400ISHC from Yamaha is packed full of features. It has an oil warning system, meaning it will both warn the user and shut down operation of the engine should oil level become dangerously low. This prevents engine damage considerably. It’s also fitted with a high quality inverter. This means that whilst it’s great for providing electricity and power to order appliances and RV’s, it can also be used to directly power smaller and more sensitive devices since the electricity it outputs is smooth, and has minimal harmonic distortion.

This Yamaha has 2400 Watts of starting power, and is able to provide 2000 watts continually. It’s great for use alongside RV’s as it is able to distribute the power that it puts out very well. For example, it can be used to power a large number of small sensitive devices, as well as 1 power consuming device such as an air conditioning unit within an RV. It’s also great for powering appliances within your RV such as toasters, heaters, and kettles.

No matter the campsite that you have parked your RV on, high levels of noise won’t be a problem with the EF2400ISHC. It’s very quiet, running at just 53 decibels when at a quarter of its load, and a very quiet 60 decibels when using 100% of its potential. It’s got a gasoline tank that’s 1.6 gallons in size, and will keep the EF2400ISHC going for at least 8 hours when being used as a quarter of its potential. If you’re unsure how much fuel you have left, there’s an easy to read fuel gauge right on the front.

The EF2400ISHC is CARB compliant too, meaning you can be sure that you’re having as minimal an impact on the environment as possible when getting your electricity from this generator.

Key Features

  • Engine speed is automatically adjusted in accordance with the amount of power that is needed – making for great fuel efficiency
  • A number of different power outlets – including a DC and 2 AC’s
  • Quiet at just 53 decibels at a quarter load
  • 2000 watts of power available continually
  • Fuel efficient and will run for 8 hours at a quarter of its load

Cons

  • Known to be difficult when changing the oil

 

Champion Power Equipment 100263 RV-Ready Inverter Generator

This 3400w mobile generator from Champion is an amazing choice for used alongside an RV, as well as camping, boating, and many other outdoor uses. It’s also dual fuel – it can run on either regular gasoline or propane gas. The two can be easily switched between using the selector switch, and is an extremely useful option to have should you be short on either fuel.

It’s able to push out 3400 starting watts, and will provide you with 3100 watts continually. It’s also fitted with an inverter meaning that it’s good to power those smaller more sensitive devices directly, as well as being more than capable of powering large RV appliances including heaters and air conditioning units.

Being a dual fuel generator, it’s able to run for more than 7 hours from its standard 1.6 gallons of regular gasoline. It’ll also run for almost 14 hours from one single tank of propane gas when being used at 25% of its load. Running at just 15 decibels when at 25% of its load, it’s quiet and fuel efficient too.

As you’d expect from a champion power equipment generator, it’s got a number of great features including an electrical start button, low oil warning and shutdown system, and a TT-30 sockets designed specifically for use with RV’s. This is easily accessible from a large control panel on the front of the unit, as well as 2 standard electrical household sockets, and a USB port. It’s more than sure to meet any power requirements you could have at a campsite or when using your RV.

Key Features

  • Fuel efficient –  the engine but only run at whatever speed is needed to produce the amount of power that is currently being used. This avoids excess fuel being used when unnecessary.
  • RV ready –  very easy to access and use control panel mounted on the front of the generator, as well as a TT-30, RV-ready socket.

Downsides

  • Not exactly lightweight weighing in at 97 lbs
  • Carrying handles have been reported to be of poor quality

 

Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 RV-Ready Generator

The 30545 P3000 from Briggs & Stratton is an RV ready generator that has been designed to be as portable and as usable as possible, whilst putting out very respectable amount of power.  It has got a suitcase retractable handle as well as wheels, which make it easy to pull along, and increase the overall portability of the generator. It also has two handles for carrying (one on either side) meaning it can easily be carried by more than one person if need be. The wheels on this unit never go flat either – they have been designed to be pulled over a variety of terrains and ground types.

The 30545 P3000 has a starting output wattage of 3000 watts and is able to run continually at 2600 Watts. In terms of an RV, this is comfortably more than enough to run any normal sized air conditioning unit or heater. You won’t need to worry about fuelling it up all that regularly either, it will run for almost 10 hours on 1.5 gallons of fuel at a quarter of its potential.

A feature that sets this generator apart from a number of its competitors is the LCD screen that it has installed on the front of the unit. This displays to you the amount of energy that you’re currently using, how much energy the generator is outputting at the current time, as well as an approximation of how many hours are left in the fuel that is in the generator. It also shows many regular reminders such as when to change the oil, and when a service is due. Truly everything that you could need to know about the machine can be seen from this control display – not something that can be said about most products.

The P3000 is also an inverter generator. This makes it safe to use with just about any device, no matter how sensitive.  The inverter in this generator makes the current being put out incredibly smooth –  with less than 3% of it being harmonic distortion. As well as being a great option for camping and RV use, this generator is great for tailgating and providing emergency power for your appliances at home, should there be a power cut.

Key Features

  • Fuel Efficient –  The P3000 has an automatic idle control feature fitted, meaning that it will only run when it needs to provide power
  • Parallel Capable – if you would like to, you can combine the forces of your P3000 with another P3000, or indeed a P2200. This allows you to spread the load of a larger appliance, or simply to get a greater total power output
  • 3000 watts starting output, 2600 watts running output
  • Informative LCD screen
  • Portable with wheels, a retractable handle, and the option to be carried by more than one person
  • Inverter fitted ensuring a clean and smooth output that’s suitable for all devices

Downsides

  • Known to be louder than is rated
  • Draining oil cleanly during a change can be tricky

 

Champion Power Equipment 3500W RV Ready Generator

The 3500W RV-ready from champion power equipment is a fantastic choice of portable generator for camping, boating, RV-use, and a number of others. It is designed primarily to be convenient, safe, and easy to use. It’s got a starting wattage of an impressive 4000, and will provide 3500 watts continuously afterward. As is stated by the title itself, it’s RV ready with more than enough power and sockets to accommodate.

It’s more than powerful enough to run demanding appliances that you might have in your RV such as a microwave oven door refrigerator. It will also comfortably power all of the lights in your RV.

This generator is not designed to be fancy – it’s designed to be functional and does that very well. It’s the powerful 4-stroke engine is encased in a heavy-duty steel cage that makes the generator extremely sturdy and well-grounded. It will also hold 3.8 gallons of gasoline that are low this 3500-watt generator to run for more than 12 hours at half of its potential.

This unit from champion comes equipped with everything that you would expect from such a good name – including low oil sensors and automatic low oil shutdown system, surge protection, and a large number of power sockets. It’s also got a simple to use control panel on the front of the generator, showing power status and power levels.

Key Features

  • RV-ready socket meaning no need for messing about with various adaptors and connections
  • Cold start technology – your generator is sure to always start in cold weather, when you need it most!
  • Rugged design – this generator was designed with heavy and hard use in mind. If well maintained, it’ll be sure to serve well and stand up to the test of time
  • Starting watts of 4000W and continual watts of 3500W
  • Fuel efficient – will run for over 12 hours at 50% load
  • Remote start

Downsides

  • Not all that quiet – it operates at 68 decibels
  • Not exactly light at 97 pounds in weight, but can be hooked up to a wheel system for increased portability

 

 

Generac 7117 GP2200I RV Generator

The GP2200I from Generac is great at doing exactly what it’s meant to do – giving out power. The Generac GP2200i will provide 2200 starting watts, and 1600 watts continually. It is a camping generator that’s also good for use alongside an RV.  It’s small, efficient, portable, and powerful. All of this cannot be said for a great deal of the RV generators on the market.

 It’s got a 1.2-gallon fuel tank that takes regular gasoline. When running at 50% of its potential, it will keep going from one tank of fuel for just over 7 hours. If however, you’re only running the GP2200i at 25% of its capacity, it will run for over 10 hours! Run times that are as long as these are particularly handy for use with an RV – you won’t need to go outside constantly to refuel and reset your generator.

Its great efficiency is achieved from the economy mode within the generator. This makes the engine the run only at the speed that is required to provide the power output that’s being used. Not only does this make the generator more fuel efficient, it also allows it to run more quietly for the majority of the time. It’s well priced, is small portable, and is great for a variety of uses outside RV’s too.

It’s very portable with an easy to hold handle, and is very lightweight at just over 46 pounds. It is an inverter generator too, meaning that it uses an inverter within an order to output the cleanest, smoothest power possible with absolute minimal harmonic distortion. This means that it is safe to use with small, sensitive electronic devices that require more gentle currents – such as laptops, phones, and cameras. It’s also ideal for use with tools and appliances as well.

If you would like more power than the 1600 running watts that the GP2200i will provide as standard, it’s able to be connected in parallel with another GP2200i to double the power output. Parallel connectivity is also great if you would just like to spread the load of a larger more demanding appliance over 2 units.

Key Features

  • Very portable at just over 46lbs in weight
  • Oil warning light that shows when oil level is becoming/has become dangerously low
  • Highly efficient – has a built in economy mode that makes the engine run at only the speed that’s necessary
  • Long run time – is able to push out power for over 10 hours when 25% load is being used
  • Simply, ergonomic design – this unit from Generac is designed to simply produce power. It’s extremely easy to start using right away, with no prior troubles or knowledge

Downsides

  • No fuel gauge
  • Some users have reported that it can be difficult to get the unit started the first time

 

 

Conclusion

The Yamaha EF2400ISHC is efficient, powerful, and quiet. It’s also fitted with a high-quality inverter making for smooth and safe power output. If an easily portable and powerful RV generator sounds like what you’re looking for, the EF2400iSHC will make for an excellent choice.

The Champion Power Equipment 100263 is great in that it comes with an RV-Ready socket. Although it’s not particularly lightweight, it’s a sturdy and well-grounded unit.

Briggs & Stratton 30545 P3000 RV-Ready Generator is a fuel efficient generator that is designed to halt operation if power isn’t being used. It’s parallel capable too, meaning that it can be connected with another generator to spread power and load. It’s also got an LCD screen, not something that can be said for many others in its class.

If you’re looking for a sturdy and rugged RV generator, the Champion Power Equipment 3500W RV Ready is a great option. It also has cold start technology, making it perfect for the person that’s looking for a generator to use in all conditions.

The Generac 7117 is one of the most portable options of our list. It weighs only 46 pounds! It’s packed full of features including an oil warning system and automatic shutdown. It’ll also run for over 10 hours! It’s simple, easy to use, and does exactly what an RV generator should.

Last update on 2019-07-21 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API