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GenTent Generator Cover Review

PublishedJuly 19, 2018

GenTent covering Yamaha generator

GenTent generator cover

In full disclosure,  GenTent reached out to Camp Addict to see if we would like to review their unique product,  GenTent generator covers.

Having previously been aware of the product and liking the concept, we accepted. 

They sent us one of their generator accessories for review.

GenTent Stormbracer box

The GenTent still in the box. We received the one for 1000-3000 watt inverter generators.

We selected the GenTent to cover a Yamaha 2000is, my (Kelly's) generator.

The model GenTent portable generator shelter we received fits most inverter gennies under 3000 watts.

It fit both the Yamaha generator Kelly has and the WEN generator that both Kelly and Marshall own.

For inverter generators (the most common type of portable generator that RVers use), GenTent makes two models - one for 1000 to 3000-watt inverter generators, and one for 3000+ watt inverter generators.

See the box below for more information.

Generator covers are good to have when there are bad weather conditions, mostly rain or snow. Marshall can put his generator under his slide to keep it out of the rain.

I did not have this option, so I got the GenTent generator cover.

Running a generator in bad weather conditions can be dangerous. After all, you are dealing with electricity. If you haven't heard, electricity and water aren't a good mix.

Being able to use a generator cover while running your generator means you protect it from the weather, while still supplying power to your rig.

First Impressions

GenTent logo

After unpacking the parts from the box, for me,  it looked a little complicated to set up.

Marshall has that detail-oriented, spreadsheet kind of brain, so he wasn't intimidated.

However, I am NOT very patient or good when it comes to details. I would have been pretty frustrated and lost on my own.

Guess who did the assembly?  Yep, thank god for Marshall, once again.

Marshall measuring GenTent installation

Measuring and putting the unit together

GenTent generator covers come with 'legs' (or the base), straps, frame, and the actual canopy itself.

All of the materials are very sturdy and made of impressive quality.

GenTent canopy and brace

The tent, side flap, poles, and the 'base'. (Base shown here after assembly.)

All in all, this setup is the perfect solution for keeping a generator dry in the elements.

Assembly

Fitting the legs and straps onto the generator properly does take a little finessing, figuring, and measuring.

Thankfully, GenTent provides instructional videos that are essential to learning how to set up the GenTent.

The GenTent generator tent also comes with a paper instruction manual. Their videos are set up in sections, a video for each assembly of 'x' part.

This may make the whole process a little easier to follow.

Marshall basically did the initial assembly, with my 'help'. (Which consisted of me standing there watching, and taking photos.) 

Marshall measuring GenTent installation

Marshall measuring the distances for proper fit

Measurements are required during assembly to get the base frame properly aligned and prepped for the generator tent cover.

One must know how to use a ratchet strap, or quickly learn how to use one. This was another frustration for me. I'd never used one before.  

Luckily Marshall did know how to use it and taught me. (I've since forgotten how to use one.)

The portable generator tent comes in a long box to accommodate the length of the tent, the frame poles, and has an accessory box included as well with the parts you put together via the video instructions.

Taking the accessories out of the smaller box was sort of an 'oh crap' moment for me.

Looked complicated. And it was, to a certain degree.

(Once again, I have VERY little patience for projects.)

GenTent parts

Arm parts and corner pieces which need to be assembled

The smaller box contained the ratchet strap, the 'arms' that support the base of the frame.

They are in sections needing assembly to create the proper length from the end of one leg to the other.

Clicking them together (and especially unclicking them) is not the easiest process but with a little practice, one will get the hang of it.

GenTent extension arm

Here are two sections clipped together to form one 'leg'

We wish that these parts had been pre-connected to fit my rig so that this assembly wasn't necessary.

Instead what you get is a 'generic' kit that will fit more than one make and size of the generator.

We did have to use all of the parts on the Yamaha.

Once the 'arms' are assembled, and measured for proper fit, one must assemble the corner pieces or 'angle braces'.

They have grommets to attach to them depending on  the slope of your generator.

If you get it wrong, the angle of the arm will be 'off'.

GenTent grommet

One (of four) corner grommet

Then they must be slid through the ratchet strap in the correct configuration so they fit properly around the base of the generator.

You want the arm to be fairly level, and the grommets will help this happen when installed correctly.

I do believe the last time I used it, I had the corner pieces upside down, and I still got the tent on and it worked fine without issue.

(This made lazy Kelly happy.)

Next, tighten the ratchet strap, and boom, you have a secure base for the tent. The rest was pretty simple.

There's a top piece that the four frame sticks fit into.

GenTent canopy center support

Top connector piece

Place the ends of the tent frame into the top connector piece, then put the other ends into the end of the arms.

Boom. You have the generator tent frame.

GenTent canopy supports on Yamaha generator

Entire frame up and ready for the tent

The rest is super easy.

Place the fabric tent on top of the frame and secure it to the arms with the stretchy pieces at the end of the tent.

Velcro the extended cover down in front of the area with the controls as the last step.

GenTent covering Yamaha generator

Tent is up! (Lower side flap not on in this photo)

The GenTent comes with a built-in velcro side section so you can even fuel up when your unit is covered.

GenTent access panel open

Opening to get to top of generator

General Consensus

I was able to use this portable generator shelter in Salt Lake City and again in Pagosa Springs.

I chose not to disassemble the straps from the legs or to take apart the legs at all hoping for ease of use next go around. (My 'evil' plan worked.)

The next time I used the generator cover, with the arms and ratchet strap still intact, I had to do a little finagling of the parts to get everything straightened out.

Still, It wasn't nearly as much work.

Once you get the hang of assembly, it's pretty easy to set up this portable generator cover.

If you are mechanically oriented you will be fine.

I am just SUPER lazy and not at all mechanically oriented so taking this out to use in rain was very frustrating at first.

Even without taking apart the strap from the legs/arms.

GenTent strap on Yamaha generator

The base connected to the generator without the arms attached yet. Base is fitted a little too low here. (Amateurs)

After the initial two workings of figuring out how to set up the generator cover, (without disassembling it completely) it was not bad at all.

If I had to go through the entire assembly every time, I would personally never use it. Too much work and measuring for lazy me.

The GenTent cover kept my generator dry during rain.

It is designed to allow exhaust to blow out and to keep the whole generator, especially the control area, from getting wet.

It did this very well. I have not used it in snow, however, so Camp Addict cannot attest to that. 

It would keep snow away from building up too much on the sides. The exhaust would melt any snow trying to build up on that side of the unit.

GenTent makes portable generator covers to fit various models.

When ordering, you simply have to let them know which generator you have and they will send you the correct model to fit your generator.

GenTent product lineup

Different Gen Tents fitted over different styles of generators

Keeping the arms assembled and the ratchet strap connected to them will greatly speed up the process of putting your portable generator tent together.

Full disclosure to our readers, will I be using the GenTent in the future? I believe not.

Only because of two reasons:

  1. I don't have much room to store it. (I'm already pretty squeezed at the moment)
  2. I already have another rain-proof system in place now that I have two generators.

Marshall and I built a box that keeps my two generators from tipping over in the back of my truck.

When in use, I slide them out in the box onto the tailgate.

However, if it's raining, I will simply leave them inside the canopy and open the top for some ventilation.

Much easier on my back than getting the generator out of my truck for ANY reason. But that's me and my setup.

Why didn't I do this before?

Honestly, and a little embarrassingly, I just hadn't thought of it.

No worries on exhaust, as I am not IN the truck when it's running, nor does it usually rain for long where I boondock.

So, no worries about heat build-up or anything.

For me to now take out my Yamaha and cover it with the Gen Tent, this would mean I have to take apart the parallel cables and lift the generator and put it on the ground.

Not going to happen when I can now use it as-is in my truck.

Recommendation

If you use a generator somewhere that has no cover and it needs protection from moisture, then a generator rain cover is perfect.  

If you are detail-oriented and careful and meticulous about your generator and safety, it is right up your alley.

GenTent logo

If you are lazy like I am, you may find the installation process of this generator rain shelter, as well as the setup process, too tedious to deal with.

It will probably be easier to find another way to cover your generator.

This generator cover is a very well made product. It does the job as advertised.

It just depends on your level of meticulousness and detail orientation for having the patience to do the setup each time you need to use it.

We think it's a great product for the right person and situation.

But living in such a minimalist manner, the GenTent takes up valuable real estate in my truck.

 And  getting the Yamaha out of the truck has always been hard on my back. 

I am now using the truck bed itself for protection/cover so I don't have to deal with the lifting.

Still, I did enjoy trying it out, as I always wondered how well the GenTent generator cover worked.

A big thanks goes to GenTent for allowing us the opportunity to try this great product and help our readers decide whether it will be good for their situations or not.

GenTent Generator Cover Pros and Cons:

  • Works exactly as advertised
  • Safe way to use generators in wet conditions
  • Can still access generator even when covered
  • Once arms are put together,  pretty easy to assemble
  • Very well made
  • Pricey
  • Initial assembly can be frustrating/tedious

GenTent Generator Tent for Portable Generators

The most common type of portable generator that is used by RVers is the inverter generator.

These are the quieter (not loud, construction-style) generators that put out 'clean' power for today's sensitive electronics.

Below we list the two available GenTent's for inverter generators, as well as a GenTent generator shelter for common sized construction-style generators (non-inverter generators).

GenTent 10k XKi Stormbracer generator cover (for 1,000-3,000 watt inverter generators)

GenTent 10k XKi Stormbracer generator cover

This is the GenTent portable generator tent that we reviewed on this page.

It fits most 1,000-3,000 watt inverter generators.

You can verify if it fits your generator by visiting the GentTent website and choosing your generator make and model from the top where it says "Find Your GenTent".


GenTent 10k XKu Stormbracer generator cover (for 3,000+ watt inverter generators)

GenTent 10k XKu Stormbracer generator cover

If you have a larger generator for your RV, you need this version of the GenTent generator covers.

It fits most 3,000 watt and larger inverter generators.

You can verify if it fits your generator by visiting the GentTent website and choosing your generator make and model from the top where it says "Find Your GenTent".


GenTent 10k Stormbracer generator cover (for 3-10,000 watt construction-style  generators)

This version of the GenTent generator shelter is designed to fit most portable generators (non-inverter style) in the 3,000 to 10,000 watt range.

This kit comes with universal frame adapters that fit either round or square tubed frames.

You can verify if it fits your generator by visiting the GentTent website and choosing your generator make and model from the top where it says "Find Your GenTent".

GenTent 10k Stormbracer generator cover

Conclusion

All in all, we highly recommend the GenTent portable generator shelter for those who need a generator cover.

You can buy yours using the links above if you so desire.

Thanks for reading, and Camp On, Addicts!

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He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona. 

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  • Interesting with a lot of information. I too have minimal real estate. So far I have had no problems when the generator is in use in the rain. I have a Honda 2000 for nearly three years

    • Hi Bob,

      I used my generator in the rain here and there too with no issues. I guess you have no issues until you DO have an issue. Electricity is scary stuff! Please be safe!

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