Fifth Wheel Generator: Onboard Vs. Portable Generator
When deciding on a generator for your RV, it’s always a good idea to weigh up what exactly you’ll be needing that additional power for. Power output not only is vital to a successful camping trip, but it also makes life on the road that little bit more comfortable.
Asking simple, yet crucial questions about estimating how much power you will need, or how much work your generator will need to do’, is key in deciding on whether a portable generator is needed, or the onboard generator will do the job.
While onboard generators, so-called generator ready’ units are useful for their convenience, it can often be the case that these onboard generators emit not only noise but also fumes. Weight is the biggest issue when opting for an onboard generator, and one must be prepared to add some extra pounds to their fifth wheeler. Consider storage space. If your fifth wheeler has a cozy amount of free space used for other things then an onboard generator might eat this space up.
Portable generators provide that extra bit of power needed to run your RV appliances. Typically, portable generators are rated based on their decibel (dBA) rating, fuel consumption, and how much power they give off.
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Portable Vs. onboard generators
Many campers prefer the versatility of portable generators, since, along with providing power for the onboard essentials, can serve auxiliary functions such as that impromptu BBQ or an unexpected power outage caused by a passing storm. In comparison, a small, onboard generator that is both quiet and can power a range of electronics should also be considered.
1. Honda EU2200i
Operating at 48 to 57dBA, which is less noise than a conversation, the Honda EU2200i is ideal as a supplemental RV power source. It also includes a fuel shut-off valve that allows its engine to run with the fuel supply off. Weighing at only 47 pounds, this portable generator measures at 20 x 11.4 x 16.7 inches, making it ideal for onboard fifth wheel use.
2. Briggs & Stratton 30651
This portable generator produces 2,00 starting watts and 1700 running watts. One nifty thing about this generator is that it fashions a USB port which allows for charging of portable electronics, such as smartphones, etc. Its decibel rating is 59dBA, which again, like the Honda EU2200i is quiet. Lightweight, at 55 pounds, the B&S 30651 can last for up to 8 hours on a single 1-gallon tank.
3. Westinghouse WH2200iXLT
With a decibel rating of 52dBA, this portable generator rates at 1,800 running watts, and 2200 starting Watts. Its 43-pound weight makes it ideal as an onboard generator, along with its safe use for sensitive electronics.
1. Champion 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator (EPA)
This portable generator is a great addition to any RV, with enough power to run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner. It also serves as a terrific backup power source in emergencies, being able to provide power to lights, refrigerators, modems, TV, computers, and smartphones. The Champion 3500-watt portable generator is equipped with Cold Start – to start easily in cold weather, and rates at 68dBA from 23 ft. with a run time of up to 12 hours on a full tank of gasoline.
2. Briggs & Stratton 30675A
This portable generator offers 6,500 Watts of reliable starting power with a decibel rating of 66dBA at 25% load. Equipped with a Briggs & Stratton integrated engine, it is able to run at up to 14 hours at a 25% load. This generator provides a consistent amount of power for essential appliances in any fifth wheeler, including any sensitive electronics.
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