RV Electricity – Generator Noise Pollution – Part 1

Generator Noise Pollution – Part 1 by Mike Sokol – All Rights Reserved I’ve had several recent emails about noisy generators bothering nearby campers. I guess it’s that time of year when everyone needs air conditioning in their RVs and no sane amount of solar panels and house batteries have enough power to run an air conditioner for more than…

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What makes a generator “RV Ready”?

Dear Mike, I’ve been thinking about buying a generator for my RV, but most of them have some sort of twist-lock plug that won’t connect to my RV shore power cord without an adapter plug. Is that adapter dangerous to use? And what about those RV Ready generators? Are they any better than a Honda generator that needs an adapter…

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RV Electricity – Troubleshooting 101: Over-current testing

Mike, I have a question but, as I said at the RVillage Rally, it’s a little long. What would cause a pair of 2kW generators to overload when charging my batteries? Looking for your guidance in what actions I need to do to either the generators or the trailer to allow me to charge my batteries with the generators.   …

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Choosing a generator for a fifth wheel

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I have a question about generators. We have a 40 ft. fifth wheel and would like to purchase a generator. What would you suggest that would be quiet yet affordable? —Debbie S. Hi Debbie, I copied the following from the Generator Power Source:   Portable Vs Permanent Another important consideration is whether or…

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Generator ground rod confusion and clarification

Hi, Mike, In your efforts to make things clear, you’ve confused me (doesn’t take much, apparently). I’ve read in several of your articles where you say that grounding your RV with a ground rod doesn’t do anything to protect against hot skin, that the resistance is too high.  OK, that makes sense. Then in the March 5th RV Travel Daily…

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Take care with your RV generator switchovers

Got a “built-in” RV generator? Don’t have to “plug and unplug” shore power cords when switching from shore power to the genset? Then you have an ATS (automatic transfer switch). They’re convenient, indeed, as the rest of us without them have to go outside, typically open a door, and plug the shore power cord into a special receptacle fed by…

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Fifth wheel travel trailers – inverters and generators

  Dear Gary, Do fifth-wheel travel trailers have inverters? If they do not, then I need one with a generator, right? —Robert P. Hi Robert, Many 5th wheel travel trailers are indeed equipped with an inverter. In some cases, however, they may not power all 120-volt AC loads in the same manner as an on-board generator. Some trailers are equipped…

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