Inverter Generators Lead Portable Sales for Travel Trailer and Popup Camper RVs
Quieter and more fuel-efficient portable inverter generators are making inroads on an almost exclusive market. Some RV owners find the inverter technology a better fit than traditional RV generators which cost more, use more fuel, and make more noise. A recent analysis revealed 25% of searches for RV generators specified a portable generator.
Both generator types have their advocates and detractors. An RV Generator fits in a compartment and has a direct connection to the electrical system. Propane is popular for travel trailers and diesel or gasoline for motorized RVs. A typical RV generator engine runs at a constant 3600 RPM. Most start at the push of a button from inside the RV.
Portable Inverter Generators run on either propane or gasoline, or both. The technology allows the generator engine to run at slower speeds or idle during periods of low or no power and therefore use less fuel. A Westinghouse iGen4500 Dual Fuel Inverter can run up to 18 hours on 3.4 gallons of gasoline. A similar sized Onan 4000-Watt RV Generator uses about 7 gallons over the same period for the same load. Some portable inverters now come with a remote start option, similar to a key fob for a remote start car.
Potential downsides include securing the portable against theft and the need to plug in, similar to a shore power connection.
Noise levels are also a factor, especially at Popular RV parks and campgrounds with noise restrictions. The 4000-watt RV generator creates about 68dBA of noise on average—a little louder than a central air conditioning unit. The inverter generator makes just 52 dBA noise at its lowest—two people a few feet away can talk without raising their voices. Inverter noise levels increase as the power use goes up.
The Features and Benefits of Portable Inverter RV Generators vary by model and manufacturer. Other factors to consider are a parallel option, travel trailer outlets, 12V outlets, USB charging ports, and power quality. Buyers should understand the difference between rated continuous power and surge power. A portable generator might fill additional uses for tailgating and picnics or home backup.
Online generator store Norwall PowerSystems (www.norwall.com) says the demand is growing. Sales are brisk on the new Cummins-Onan P4500i Portable Inverter and models from other Brand Name Manufacturers already have enthusiastic fans.
About Norwall PowerSystems
Norwall PowerSystems, established in 1997, specializes in the sale of portable and emergency backup power generators and outdoor power equipment. Norwall stocks 1000s of generators, transfer switches, and replacement parts in warehouses throughout the US for immediate shipment. Sales staff with over 75 years of combined experience in the electrical and power plant fields provide courteous and knowledgeable service to customers by listening, taking notes, and providing information in a timely manner. Regular, factory-sponsored training keeps staff up to date on new products. Now in business over 20 years, Norwall has shipped a quarter-million generators.