4 Best 30 Amp RV Generator

Best 30 Amp RV Generator

One of the things that I love to do when me and the rest of the family have time off is getting in the RV and hitting the open road. We have been enjoying RV vacations for a few years now and I can tell you that an RV generator is essential for any road trip.

If you have kids and you are heading out on an adventure and you do not have some way to power the RV when you are off the beaten path…. You better be ready for some world class complaining! That is why today I am checking out some of the best of the best when it comes to looking for the best 30 amp RV generator.

 

Why Do I Need A Generator For My RV?

This may be what some of you are asking yourselves and I like many of you have been to plenty of RV campsites and parks that allow you to hook your RV up to their power source. But what about when you are not staying at a place like this?

How are you going to ensure you have lights, TV, music and even AC? Well, that is what you need a generator for. You can watch TV, keep the phones charged and as a result, keep the whole family sane. Imagining hitting the road with teenagers and not having a way for them to charge their phones!

Why 30 Amp?

I will be honest with you guys and tell you that I am not a tech wizard, but the reason I suggest that you look for a 30 amp RV generator is that this is what most electronic devices at most will require. In my research, I have not found a single generator that is aimed at RV’s which has a 30 amp connectivity that would not suit my needs, so it just makes things so much easier if you look for a 30 amp one. Cheaper, less powerful ones may work, but they will not be able to power multiple devices at a time.

30 Amp RV Generator Reviews

I was given the chance to check out some of the most popular 30 amp RV generators. I personally tested out two of these. I did do some research though and picked another two that have good reviews online to have a look at as well.

  1. Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator
  2. DuroStar DS4000S, 3300 Running Watts/4000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator
  3. Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start
  4. Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 PowerSmart Series Portable 2200-Watt Inverter Generator with Parallel Capability

 

1.Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator

Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Bright colors make it easy to see
  • Gives you around 8 hours of use
  • Fairly quiet
  • Price is reasonable

 

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The first 30 amp RV generator that I got to check out was this one from Champion. At around 800 bucks, I feel that the asking price is right around what most people who like to go on a few RV road trips multiple times a year will be happy paying.

It is not the largest unit I have seen and it weighs a little over 80 pounds. While this may sound heavy, it does actually have wheels so it is very easy to move around, but it is heavy enough that it will not roll around in your RV, I placed it in one of the lower storage sections while we were rolling and never even knew it was there.

I really like the design, the gas tap is right at the top so filling it up is nice and easy. I also liked how they kept all of the controls and inputs in the same spot. The bright yellow design is great as it makes it far less likely one of your kids is going to trip over it when they are running around outside.

When full, Champion says that you get around 8 hours of run time out of this. I would agree with that, although we did not use it for a full 8 hours, to be honest. But it certainly lasted while we used it and I was never scrambling around to top it off as our power was about to die!

Turning this on and getting it running could not have been any easier and what I really liked about it was the instructions were fantastic. If you have used an RV generator before, you will probably not need them as all of the inputs and buttons are clearly labeled, but this along with the detailed instructions make this a perfect “my first RV generator” for a family who is just getting into hitting the open road in an RV.

Champion says this is very quiet and while I think very quiet may be pushing it, at the RV park we were at, I can say that there was plenty of louder generators running! The only thing that may throw some people off is that when it comes to changing the oil, you need to unscrew a plate on the back. Not a huge deal, but doing this in the dark would be a pain in the butt. Some people also do not like how low the pull cord is, but I never had a problem. 

Cons:

  • Adding oil can be a bit of a pain
  • Some say that the pull cord is too low
  • In all, I am very happy with this. The price is good, it gives you many hours of powers and it, for the most part, is easy to use.

 

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In all, I am very happy with this. The price is good, it gives you many hours of powers and it, for the most part, is easy to use.

2. DuroStar DS4000S, 3300 Running Watts/4000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator

DuroStar DS4000S 3300 Running Watts 4000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator

Pros:

  • Only costs around 300 bucks
  • You get around 8 hours of runtime
  • Not as loud as you would think
  • Very easy to use
  • Nice and bright

 

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I will admit that this is one ugly looking RV generator and more like something you would find on a building site, but at under 300 bucks and with hundreds of great reviews. I was very excited to get my hands on this and see how it worked. Unlike the Champion one I checked out, this RV generator is rather “open” by that I mean that all of the things that make it work are pretty much on show, so if you have young kids, you will certainly want to keep an eye on them and tell them not to be near it.

The bright yellow top does make it easy to see so if you are out in the dark, tripping over it should be hard to do. At 92 pounds this sucker is pretty heavy, but there are two large handles so if you are strong like the Hulk (which I am) you will be fine if not two of you can carry it. In my research I did find out that for an extra, 30 bucks, you can get a wheel kit so you can wheel it around, I would probably recommend paying the extra 30 bucks and getting this wheel kit.

When I first saw this I thought for sure it was going to be super loud, but it was not all that loud to be fair. Starting it up was nice and easy, but the pull cord is in a rather awkward place. But to be fair, it makes it harder for the kids to screw around with it. Anyway, all the inputs and buttons are right on the front so using this is very simple. I would go as far to say that even a total novice would be fine.

The voltage meter was a nice touch, but to be honest it is not something I will want to look at. Putting gas inside is very easy as the cap is right on the top. Speaking of which you are looking at around 8 hours of use out of this.

Cons:

  • Does not come with wheels as standard
  • Pull cord is in a bit of an awkward price

 

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We had this bad boy running most of the night and when we woke up (I know going to sleep with it running is bad) it still had some juice left. Adding oil is not going to cause you too much of a headache and in general, for the price, I do feel that this is a fantastic 30 am RV generator.

3. Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

Champion 3400-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Electric Start

Pros:

  • Can run on propane as well as gas
  • Smart design
  • Very easy to use
  • Electric start
  • Has a long warranty

 

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The Champion 30 amp RV generator impressed me so much that I wanted to look at one of their other generators and this one here appears to be one of the best they offer. Now I have not actually used this, but I have read plenty of reviews and looked at what Champion themselves say about it. It does cost over a thousand bucks. But what I found interesting about this is that it is actually dual fuel so it can run off propane as well as gas.

To be honest, I do not think I would ever use propane, but having the option I am sure will be nice for some people. I have read that this gives you 7 hours, maybe 8 if you are lucky when running on gas and that seems to be pretty standard for what RV generators offer. It has a nice design, but I wish the whole case was yellow instead of just the front as I worry about my kids…. And myself tripping over the thing.

All you need to get this running is right on the front and it has an electric start, so you do not have to use super strength to get it up and running which would be nice. One the things that many people seem to like about this is how quiet it is. I know that some people when they first get into hitting the road in an RV are surprised at the noise a generator can make, so if you want something quite I think this would be good for you.

From what I have read, you still have to unscrew a panel to add oil, I know some see this as annoying, but the Champion generator that I tested had this “issue” and it is not as bad as people make out.

Cons:

  • Price seems a little high
  • Would be better if the whole body was yellow

 

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I think this sounds like an interesting RV generator, but the extra couple hundred bucks for the fact it is dual fuel and has an electric start is not something I am sure is really worth it.

 

4. Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 PowerSmart Series Portable 2200-Watt Inverter Generator with Parallel Capability

Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 PowerSmart Series Portable 2200-Watt Inverter Generator with Parallel Capability

Pros:

  • Gives you around 8 hours of use
  • Many people like the design
  • Very light
  • Easy to top off with gas
  • Inputs and buttons are clearly labeled

 

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This is another RV generator that I have not used and while not quite as powerful as the other three we have taken a look at I found it pretty interesting. At around 600 bucks this RV generator from Briggs & Stratton caught my eye as I have used one of their generators in my workshop before. This version is the 2200 watt version, but they do have a more powerful one on the market. I feel for the average joe, the 2200 watt version would be fine.

I like the design, it looks very smart and to be honest with you the only thing I have to say is that I feel they could have used a lighter color to make it more noticeable. It does not have any wheels, but at under 60 pounds, this is fairly light so it will not cause you any problems getting out of storage and connected to your RV. I have read that you are looking at the standard 8 hours of run time of a tank of gas and at this point that seems to be the standard.

There are many good reviews of this RV generator online and many people seem happy with how easy it is to use. All of the inputs and buttons are located in the same place and clearly labeled. The gas tank is on the top so filling it up is easy and from what the reviews say, when you need to change the oil it is very easy to do. The pull cord is located on the side and a couple reviews do mention that it is hard to get going, but in my experience with generators sometimes they fire up right away and other times it takes a couple pulls.

Cons:

  • Could be a brighter, easier to see color
  • Not as powerful as other generators

 

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I like the design of this, think it will serve you well and can see why so many people are interested in this, but at 600 bucks I do feel that you might be better paying the extra 200 and getting the Champion one we first looked at.

What Is The Best 30 Amp RV Generator?

All four of these are interesting RV generators, but out of the two that I personally tested out, I do feel that the Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator is the winner. The DuroStar DS4000S is great if you only want to spend a few hundred bucks. But for me that 800 bucks price tag is more than fair for what Champion is offering. It looks great, takes up little space, gives you lots of runtime and it is very easy to use.

I actually plan on having this as my RV generator from now on so that tells you how good it is. It offers everything you need in an RV generator and I am positive you would not be disappointed with it. I am just a regular guy who likes to go on trips with my family in our RV and for me the Champion does all that I want a 30 amp RV generator to do.