Explaining converters, inverters and generators – Part 3

Do I need a generator? By Wolfe Rose In my last column, I explained why there just isn’t enough power stored in your batteries to run a sizable inverter for long. The amperage draw is damagingly aggressive, and it’s not realistic to carry the pickup truck full of batteries necessary to replicate an off-grid-house-size battery bank. Since you’re not creating... Read More

How to replace an RV TV

Dear Gary, My husband and I are RV “newbies” and my question will probably sound stupid to veteran RVers. The two TVs in our fifth wheel (probably original equipment) are dual voltage (12/120). I know that means they can work when hooked up at a campground or on battery power from the “house” batteries if not connected to “shore” power.... Read More

Nice neighbors but noisy generator – What to do?

Dear RV Shrink: We were recently camping in Yellowstone in one of our favorite, usually quiet campgrounds. Unfortunately, we ended up next to a lovely couple with a very noisy generator. I don’t think it even had a muffler. During the summer season it is combat camping and moving was not an option. We were lucky to get the spot... Read More

RV generator blues: High temps and altitudes

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Traveling in Oregon’s high country in the height of summer may be hazardous to your comfort. Well, actually, traveling anywhere at high altitude, in high temps, if you’re depending on a generator to run your air conditioner, can lead to disappointment. We found this out when at 5,000 feet, and 105 degree weather,... Read More

Why portable generators are so expensive

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician I am often asked why RV or quiet portable generators are so expensive and “Why should I spend the money?” There’s the old saying that you get what you pay for, and here’s what you should expect from a portable RV generator: 1. Quiet. RV generators and portable high-end inverter generators have technology which... Read More

Using your RV generator in tight quarters? You need this!

It’s critical while camped in tight quarters — for example at a rally or tailgate party — that you do not send your generator’s exhaust into the coach next door. This has happened and people have died from breathing the fumes. The solution is a Gen-turi generator exhaust venting system, which you will see explained in the video to the... Read More

Portable generator is perfect for RVing

Quiet, compact, and lightweight, the Powerhouse 2000Wi inverter generator provides clean, portable power that’s perfect for campground, tailgate party or any outdoor activity where you need your own electrical supply. With a maximum output of 2000 watts, the 2000Wi produces enough power to run several appliances at once. The 2000Wi’s high-efficiency combustion system produces exceptionally low emissions. A recoil start makes... Read More