Best Portable Generators for RVs and Camping in 2021
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Both Kelly and Marshall have many years of full-time RV experience. They both have had generators and through experience, came up with the best portable generator reviews to share with you.
Sure, a portable generator lets you power your RV while you are camping without shore power. But not any old generator will do. Our portable generator reviews give reasons behind WHY we picked what we did.
We picked generators are the most reliable, the best on a budget and more (Inverter generators only).
We have experience with a few of them and friends who have experience with the others.
There are more and more good quality camping generators coming into the market, giving Yamaha and Honda a good run for their money.
Good, reliable inverter portable generators are now much more affordable than ever before.
Let's find the best portable generator for you!
RV Portable Generator Guide
There's a lot to consider when it comes to buying a portable generator. How many watts should it be capable of producing? Why are RV portable inverter generators the way to go? How do you connect a quiet RV generator to your rig?
Read our Camping Generator Guide to get the answer to these questions, and more!
2000 Watt Portable Generator Reviews
We found the best of the best of the super quiet (inverter) generators.
Good grief NO, you won't find any Generac portable contractor generators in this best portable generators list!
We only cover the best inverter portable generator reviews and the quietest RV generators. We don't review ALL the generators. Why? Because contractor generators do not belong in campgrounds or when boondocking.
Here are our best portable generator reviews:
Quietest and Lightest 2000w RV Generator
This Yamaha super quiet generator is one of the top 'coveted' portable generators in the camping world. Its only issue, for some, is the price tag. It is a very quiet and reliable generator for camping, so it won as quietest and lightest for our portable generator reviews.
Continue Reading Yamaha EF2000iSv2 Portable Generator Review
Best 2000w Generator on a Budget
The WEN brand of small generators have been making waves in the RVing community. Rivaling the biggest competition, Yamaha, and Honda, this unit competes in its price point and performance.
This WEN 56200i 2000 watt inverter generator is a great small generator for campers and camping. This is why it won our portable generator reviews for best on a budget.
Continue Reading WEN 56200i Inverter Generator Review
Best 3000 Watt Generator Reviews
Quietest 3000w Portable Generator
Honda. The name speaks for itself in terms of quality and dependability. This is part of what made it our easy pick for quietest generator over 3000 watts.
It's easily the quietest generator in its class being rated in between 49 and 58dB.
Continue Reading Honda EU3000iS 3000 Watt Generator Review
Best on a Budget 3000w Portable Generator
The Champion 75531i inverter generator really has a lot of the characteristics that the Yamaha and Hondas have.
Is it the quietest generator? No, but it is almost as quiet, has excellent reviews and packs a punch for your energy needs.
This is how it won our portable generator reviews for best on a budget.
Continue Reading Champion 75531i Inverter Generator Review
Lightest Portable 3000w Generator
Honda EU3000i Handi
You want a lightweight 3000-watt generator? The Honda EU3000i Handi 3000 watt portable generator only 78 lbs.
Our 'best on a budget' Champion model budget generator we recommended only weighs six more pounds. It is also a good contender for being a good 'very light' generator.
This is the lightest 3000-watt portable generator for our portable generator reviews.
Continue Reading Honda EU3000i Handi Portable Generator Review
Portable Generator Reviews: Tidbits
Before we conclude, here are a few more things to know about portable generators and about some accessories that will help you with the buying process:
What Makes a Quality Portable Generator?
This video by Yamaha explains why you might want to consider spending more for a generator purchase.
Keep in mind it IS produced by Yamaha, but it brings up some valid points - specifically the quality of the internal components.
Protect Your Portable Generator with a GenTent
Electricity and rain/moisture don't mix. Yet, when it's raining, your solar isn't doing much at all.
This is when you most likely need to use your portable generator to provide power to your RV.
Generator manufacturers recommend that you don't operate your generator in the rain or snow so it doesn't get wet.
What to do?
One solution is to use a GenTent, which is just what it sounds like - a tent for your generator.
This clever device is designed to withstand the elements, including strong winds, while protecting your portable generator from the elements.
However, it's not our favorite product for OUR needs.
In fact, we are not using the Gen Tent cover that we were given for review. We gave ours away.
It just wasn't convenient for us as we were constantly moving. But, for the stationary RVer, it's a great product.
Camp Addict was sent a GenTent to try out. Read about our GenTent experience.
Can't Lift 50+ lbs? Problem SOLVED.
If you need to get your heavy generator onto the bed of your truck, a Rack Jack can help. They offer three models.
The Magnum model is capable of the heaviest loads, and the 4x4 model is the lightest.
You can easily pick up your generator, portable waste tank, or any other heavy object using this tool.
The Rack Jack 'plugs' into the hitch receiver of your truck (or SUV) and lets you easily load heavy objects into the back of your vehicle.
We have not used this product, but have had friends who have and they do appreciate it for what it provides.
Rack Jack Original
Rack Jack 4x4
Rack Jack Magnum
Portable generators are great for powering things you can't power with your 12-volt RV system.
They are also good for recharging your RV batteries. Solar is great, but not everyone has a system that can sustain them comfortably all the time.
Having a portable generator can make your camping experience much more comfortable.
If you have any questions about our portable generator reviews listed here, feel free to ask.
Please review all the comments first as we will not answer questions more than once. We do our best to help our readers with relevant questions that we have the answers to.
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Have fun out there, and Camp On!
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.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.