There are several types of generators on the market, and picking the one to best suit your needs can be a bit tricky. In this article, we will be reviewing the best inverter generators for travel trailers. But before we get into that, let’s first differentiate between a conventional generator and an inverter generator.
Conventional Generators vs. Inverter Generators
Conventional generators run on diesel, gasoline, or propane. They have been around for quite some time and are the most widely used type of generator. They work by powering a motor which is attached to an alternator that produces electricity. The engine of a conventional generator runs at a constant speed, providing the required electrical current.
Inverter generators are a more recent innovation. This type of generator works via advanced electronic circuitry and high-tech magnets. The inverter outputs AC (like conventional generators). However, the current is then converted into DC voltage and then inverted back to clean AC voltage. The voltage is referred to as clean because it is a stable and consistent current.
Clean power is a very desirable feature. While fluctuating energy emitted from a conventional converter can be dangerous to high-tech and sensitive electronics, the stable and consistent current produced by an inverter generator poses no such threat.
As you can see, inverter generators are superior to their conventional counterparts. They require significantly fewer fossil fuels to operate because they can adjust and produce just the amount of output that is needed. Similarly, they are less likely to cause damage to sensitive electronics. So now that you’ve decided upon an inverter generator as opposed to a conventional one, here are the best inverter generators for travel trailers.
The Best Inverter Generators for Travel Trailers
Like the units by Champion Power Equipment, this unit also has wheels and a collapsible extended handle. The handle on this one is a bit longer, making it easier to tote. Also, at 81.4 pounds, this inverter weighs a little less than the previous unit.
The fuel capacity of this unit is 1.85 gallons; at half-load, one tank will sustain 7.5 hours of usage. You can also maximize fuel economy by switching to the inverter’s eco-mode. This feature automatically adjusts its fuel consumption as items are plugged and unplugged from the panel. This prevents the unnecessary usage of fuel.
There are two 120V 20A 3-prong outlets, two 5V USB ports, one 12V DC 8.3A, and one AC 120V 30A outlet. In other words, you should have space to plug in everything.
WEN’s 4-stroke air-cooled OHV engine produces minimal interruption to your soundscape, operating at 57 decibels at quarter load. Additionally, the unit automatically shuts down whenever it is low on oil or gasoline. This is a safeguard to protect both your generator and electronics from damage.
Should you find that you require more than 3100 watts, you can purchase the WEN 56421 Parallel Connection Kit to combine the output of multiple units.
This lightweight and compact inverter generator is dependable and easy-to-use. It features two 120V outlets and two 5V USB ports. The Westinghouse’s fuel tank has a one-gallon capacity, and operating at 25%, it can run for up to 12 hours.
This one also has an LED data center, allowing you to read any pertinent information digitally. Displays include remaining run time, power output, fuel level, and emitted voltage. This unit does not have wheels. However, since it weighs a fraction of the weight of the others (only 48 pounds), it’s not technically necessary, though it would be nice. Another feature that this product lacks is a retractable handle; you pretty much just have to hold it like you would a suitcase.
The unit produces stable and high-quality energy, making it safe for use with sensitive electronics such as cell phones, televisions, and laptops. Furthermore, at 50% load, the iGen2500 operates at a level quieter than the average person speaks, making it the ideal system for use during the night and in sound-sensitive settings. Another great feature is the automatic low-oil shut-off. This protects both the inverter and your electronics from damage.
The P2200 is a great option for tailgating, camping, and DIY projects. It is lightweight, easy-to-use, and power efficient. It is also quiet. Operating at just 59 decibels at 25% load, this inverter generator is quieter than the typical conversation.
The fuel tank has a one-gallon capacity and can run for up to eight hours of continuous operation at 25% load. If you require more than the 2200 watts this unit is capable of producing, a parallel connector port allows you to harness the energy of two or more units. The 111cc OHV engine delivers 2200 starting watts and 1700 running watts. To ensure that all of your electronics are powered, this unit’s panel features two 120V household outlets, one 12V-5A DC outlet with USB adapter, and one parallel port.
Carrying this unit to your campsite will be the only option as it doesn’t have wheels. However, there is an H-handle at the top, allowing it to be grasped by one or two people comfortably. Coming in at just slightly over 54 pounds, if you have to tote this unit singlehandedly for several yards, it may become slightly uncomfortable and cumbersome, especially if it’s filled with gasoline.
This inverter generator is quiet, compact, and easy to use. The unit’s fuel tank has a 1.2-gallon capacity and a run time of up to 10.75 hours at 25% load. For added output, you can purchase the parallel kit and connect two inverters together. The Truepower technology provides hours of clean and stable power, making this unit ideal for powering cell phones, computers, televisions, refrigerators, and other sensitive electronics.
The economy mode provides exceptional fuel economy and noise reduction.
Generac’s GP2200i panel features a 12V DC outlet, a 5V DC USB outlet, two parallel outlets for connecting additional inverters, and one 120V duplex outlet. All of the outlets are covered to provide protection against the elements. Additionally, there is an off/run/choke knob which simplifies the startup process. Finally, LED status lights on the inverter’s panel alert you whenever oil levels are low, the unit is being overloaded, and whenever the unit is ready to use.
There is a luggage-like handle at the top, allowing you to easily tote the inverter generator wherever power is required. Coming in at just under 50 pounds, though, you’re not going to want to carry this baby long distances.
This sleek CARB compliant unit is rated at 1600 watts with a peak of 2000 watts. The 79cc 3.5 horsepower engine has a fuel capacity of 1.18 gallons, allowing it to run up to 6.3 hours at half load. The unit is lightweight and quiet. It weighs just 40 pounds and operates at 59 decibels, the sound level of a typical conversation. And it’s virtually silent from as little as ten feet away.
Pulsar’s inverter generator features a recessed recoil start. Three lights on the front panel indicate low oil levels, overload warning, and a pilot light indicating “all systems go.” The front panel also features a covered 12V “cigarette” lighter outlet, a USB outlet, and dual 120V outlets. There are also two parallel outlets, in case you require additional wattage. However, to use this outlet, an additional parallel kit is required. Finally, an easy on/off/choke knob allows for easy start up.
The unit automatically powers off when low levels of oil are detected, protecting both the inverter and your electronics from damage. A suitcase style handle allows for easy transport while four rubber anti-vibration feet make for more stability and less noise.
Your Pulsar purchase includes a 12V charging cable, spark plug wrench, 10W30 oil bottle (350 ml), and a funnel.
We love Honda and not just because we’re Asian. This unit is excellent on durability and performance, but it lacks in some of the additional features. That’s why it’s toward the bottom of the list.
Honda’s EU2000i inverter is super quiet, fuel efficient, and produces clean power. It is ideal for powering refrigerators, coffee pots, televisions, computers, and more. The unit runs on gasoline, and depending on the load, a single tank of gas can power the inverter generator for up to 8.1 hours. The Eco-Throttle feature adjusts its fuel consumption whenever things are plugged or unplugged. The panel has two 120V AC outlets and a 12V 8A DC output for charging automotive type batteries, though it requires an optional charging cord.
Transporting the unit is relatively easy, thanks to its lightweight design. Weighing only 46 pounds, you can easily get it to where power is needed. A durable luggage-like handle at the top will facilitate transport. Compared to other inverters, the unit makes very little noise. Operating between 53 to 59 decibels, the unit produces less noise than your typical conversation.
The system automatically shuts off whenever a low oil level is detected, protecting both your inverter and your electronics. The unit is CARB compliant, allowing it to be sold and used in the state of California.
This bright green inverter generator by AmicoPower is light weight and easy to use. The sine wave power delivers clean and stable energy, making it ideal for powering sensitive electronics such as computers, TVS, microwaves, refrigerators, and more. It can also be safely used in your home lighting and RV/campers.
The side of the unit features a recessed recoil starter for initially powering up the system. An on/stop switch on the panel allows you to toggle between settings while a separate on/off economy switch helps preserve fuel. The front panel also has two 120V AC outlets and a 12V DC outlet for charging batteries. Three colored lights indicate low fuel levels, overload, and all systems go.
The AmicoPower inverter is relatively lightweight, coming in at 47 pounds. An aluminum suitcase handle allows you to easily transport the inverter generator wherever power is needed. The unit produces 2000 peak surge watts and 1600 rated running watts. The gasoline tank has a capacity of 1.1 gallons and has a run time of 11 hours at 25% load. Two identical models can be paralleled for up to 4000 watts of power.
With a 78.5cc, 4-stroke OHV engine, the AmicoPower inverter generator operates at 52 decibels at 25% load, making this unit practically silent compared to other inverter generators in its class.
Champion Power Equipment honestly seems to be the champion of power equipment! This unit is quiet, lightweight, and stackable.
It does not have all of the frills that the other two Champion Power Equipment inverter generators have. Namely, it lacks wheels and a collapsible handle for toting, but since it weighs just under 46 pounds, it does not require wheels. It also does not have USB ports like some of the other models. Nevertheless, it gets the job done.
The front panel features three multi-colored lights indicating low oil levels, overload, and a pilot light indicating “all systems go.” There are two 120V household outlets, a 12V DC outlet with clean power for sensitive electronics, and two parallel ports which allow you to connect with another Champion inverter for increased power. This stackable inverter generator produces 2000 starting watts and 1700 running watts. Up to 9.5 hours of run time can be sustained with a full tank of gas at 25% load.
The unit is quiet compared to other inverters, operating at 53 decibels at 23 feet. The system automatically turns off whenever there are critically low levels of oil. The built-in carrying handle allows it to be easily transported to wherever power may be needed, and the parallel kit (not included) is designed to fit seamlessly between the two stacked inverters, producing enough power to start and run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner.