Adding A Generator To Your RV For Remote Camping And Self Sufficiency

RV camping and travel is a great way to get out and see the country, and some places are pretty remote but well worth seeing. RV generators can make visiting remote areas more manageable, but not all RVs come with one preinstalled, so adding one to your camper might be something you should consider. 

Is Your RV Prepared

Before looking for RV generators to put in your camper, you need to see if the RV is prepared for one. Most RVs have a compartment near the electrical panel in your rig designed to hold a generator, allowing you to install one. Still, it is essential to have the RV checked at a dealer or garage to verify that you can put a generator in that area. 

Typically, the generator compartment will have some additional insulation to reduce noise inside the rig. The door to the compartment is often louvered to allow airflow into the box. The floor should also be reinforced to handle the generator's weight and have some mounting rails or another system to secure the generator so it can not move around while it is running. 

The Right Generator

Once you have established that your camper can support a generator, you need to look at the available RV generators on the market that will work in your situation. The physical size of the generator is crucial because it needs to fit in the space provided. 

Additionally, you should consider the power output of the generator to ensure you have enough electricity to power the RV when you do not have shore power available. There are many different generators available, so working with an RV dealer or shop to select the right generator and have it installed in your RV is often the best solution. 

The electrical connections are very similar between most brands, so connecting the electrical panel to the generator often only requires a plug that connects to the generator. Your RV may already have the standard pigtail and plug in place. 

Fuel Types

RV generators may use one of several different fuel types, including diesel fuel, gasoline, and propane. For RVs that carry large propane tanks already, typing the generator into that system might be the best option. Propane generators are very clean-burning, and they tend to be very economical, so they can run for a long time without burning a lot of fuel. 

Alternatively, a diesel generator is the next best option because the cost to run it is low, and they are also very efficient. The downside might only be using a diesel generator that requires you to carry additional fuel with you, and sometimes finding a place to store it can be troublesome. You could add a fuel tank under the RV and fill it at the fuel station before you leave, but that would add to the cost of installing your RV generator. 

Contact a local RV generator supplier to learn more.