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.   ... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... 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

Using a generator to power a trailer with GFCI outlets

  Hello Mike, I have a new mobile food trailer with GFCI outlets that is powered by a new Honda EU7000is generator. The last part of my permit process was passing electrical inspection, which I failed. The inspector said the electric problem is the outlets in the trailer having reverse polarity. He used one of these (right) to test the... Read More