Powering Your Adventure: What Size Generator Do I Need for a Travel Trailer?


Salutations, fellow road roamers! Bob “The Whiz” Johnson here, your friendly guide to the world of RV mysteries and conundrums. Today, we’re powering up for a charged conversation: “What size generator do I need for a travel trailer?”

Now, picking a generator for your travel trailer is a lot like selecting the right karaoke song. You’ve got to find the right balance. Too little power and you won’t be able to run your essential appliances. Too much, and you’re wasting fuel and money, kind of like choosing an 8-minute Queen epic when you only really know the chorus.

So, how do we find our “Goldilocks Generator”? One that’s not too big, not too small, but just right? Let’s break it down:

1. Identify Your Power Needs:

Start by making a list of all the electrical appliances you plan to use in your travel trailer. Everything from your air conditioner and refrigerator to your coffee maker and hairdryer. Remember, those midnight snacks and morning coffees don’t just happen by magic.

2. Add Up the Wattage:

Every appliance has a starting wattage (the power needed to start the device) and a running wattage (the power needed to keep it running). The generator needs to cover the highest possible starting wattage you’ll use at once, and then the combined running wattage of all devices you’ll use simultaneously.

3. Consider Your Air Conditioner:

Your air conditioner is going to be the prom queen of your power needs. It’s usually the appliance that requires the most power to start. A small air conditioner might need around 2000 watts, while a larger one might need up to 4000. Be sure to account for it in your calculations.

4. Include a Safety Margin:

It’s a good idea to add a little extra to your total wattage to account for those “just in case” situations. Like when you absolutely need to blend a margarita while blasting the Broadway tunes and frying up some bacon.

5. Choose Your Generator:

Now that you know your power needs, you can choose a generator. For example, if you need 4000 starting watts and 3000 running watts, look for a generator with those specs.

And voila! You’re now ready to pick a generator that fits your travel trailer’s needs like a glove. No more dark nights or warm beers. Now, the only thing you need to worry about is not becoming that guy at the campsite who’s louder than his generator.

So, until next time, stay charged, stay powered, and keep on adventuring. Over and out from Bob “The Whiz” Johnson!


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