Getting a generator for your RV can be a major investment, so which brand should you go with? The good news is that several major brands provide high-end generators to power your electrical devices. Popular names include industry giants like Yamaha and Honda to up-and-comers like WEN and Champion.
To help you in your search, we have compiled the top generator brands in the market, along with a few examples. If you're new to RV generators, you may also want to check out our guide Types Of RV Generators to choose the best for you.
1. Yamaha RV Generators
In terms of sheer popularity, Yamaha seems to outdo the competition. If anyone can claim to power half the planet, it would be either Yamaha or Honda or a combination of the two. Their products include sailboats, scooters, motorcycles, ATVs, automobile engines, and marine products.
The company first started in 1955 in Japan and has diversified its range of products and services, most noticeable of which are highly capable generators. Their generators are easy to use and low maintenance. Yamaha has refined them in terms of engine durability, quality, and efficiency. Least to say, you won’t have any issues with their products in the long run.
Take the Yamaha EF3000iSEB for example
This generator has an output of 2800 watts, which is more than enough to power most of your electronics. Clever use of the Boost Control Unit (BCU) technology increases power output when needed. The device can power energy-efficient air conditioners on continuous operation for up to 19 hours without the need to refuel.
It is constructed using sound-absorbing material (also called Noise Block), which does not leak out the sound, making sure your outdoor adventure is not interrupted. Furthermore, it can also recharge your RV’s 12-volt batteries so that you won’t be stranded out in the middle of nowhere. The device itself is easy to use thanks to an ergonomic design with easy access to control. It can start up effortlessly and uses Yamaha’s Oil Watch Warning System to prevent engine damage.
2. Honda RV Generators
Honda has a fascinating history that dates back to 1949 when its co-founders produced the Dream-D prototype motorcycle. Destined for success, the company launched its overseas subsidiary only ten years later in Los Angeles. Honda’s bikes are known for their considerable reputation, engine precision, and high quality.
In 1969 the company launched the iconic four-cylinder Honda CB750, which changed the landscape of motorcycles and cemented Honda’s reputation for the better. The company has since diversified its products with cars, marine engines, and generators. Today Honda has manufactured well over 100 million power products.
Take the Honda EU3000iS for example
The Honda EU3000iS is a good investment for owners of RVs searching for a reliable generator. It provides a high degree of performance and reliability, making it an excellent choice thanks to advanced technology such as Eco-Throttle. One thing to note about this generator is that it has a peak power rating of 3000 watts, making it possible to power a wide variety of appliances such as fans, lights, blenders, and computers.
The generator can run for up to 20 hours on only 3.4 gallons of fuels thanks to its impressive fuel-efficient technology. Furthermore, it automatically shuts down when the oil is low to protect your equipment.
3. Onan RV Generators by Cummins
Cummins generators are among the quietest generators with unmatched durability. The company has a long, trailblazing legacy that dates back to the early 1900s when it started with diesel engines for farmers, hospitals, data centers, and more. What really sets the company apart is their dedication to making engines for heavy-duty trucks, light-duty and recreational vehicles.
Cummins has diversified business interests that include providing emission solutions, after-treatment systems, filtration products, and of course, power generation. Their generators are described as the best in the business, but they do tend to be very expensive for all their quality.
The Cummins Onan Inverter Generator P2500i
This lightweight (56-lbs) inverter generator is a portable powerhouse. The 4-stroke engine runs on gas and provides 120V power for put to 10-hours. It is capable of running in parallel with any other P2500 inverter generator. You will find two convenient 5V USB ports for handy charging of your personal items.
4. WEN RV Generators
WEN has been in business since 1951, having pioneered hundreds of common tools that we now take for granted. These tools include electric engraver, electric jigsaw, wet wheel sharpeners, and other power tools. Honda and Yamaha have largely overshadowed WEN’s brand name, but that doesn’t mean its products are any less useful. More notably, they brought their polished technology to generators and compressors.
WEN mostly works behind the screens, helping woodworkers and artisans seamlessly accomplish everyday tasks without getting noticed. You can count on WEN to be well ahead of the curve in product innovation.
Take the WEN 56380i-RV
What impressed us was the price tag, which is insanely low, given how capable this generator is. Its 4-stroke OHV engine provides continuous power at 3400 watts and can reach surges of up to 3800 watts. It also includes two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 5V port, and a single AC 120V NEMA TT-30R RV plug for added convenience.
A noticeable feature of the generator is its noise-free operation, making it EPA III and CARB Compliant. In other words, it is great for RVs, tailgating, and power outages.
5. Champion Power Equipment
Champion Power Equipment manufactures durable power products that are designed and engineered in the US. The company is relatively new in the market, having launched in 2003. But over the years, it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most excellent equipment providers in the world. Champion believes in making its products accessible to consumers, charging the most affordable prices possible.
They have sold over 2.5 million generators in North America alone, making them an industry leader for generators.
Take the Champion 4000 Watt for example
This generator is RV ready, which means you can attach it to your RV and start powering your electronics right away. One of its most valuable features is providing continuous 3500 watts of power for up to 17 hours on gasoline. It has two 120V outlets that ensure clean energy to your electronic equipment. A convenient USB adapter makes it easy to charge your devices with relative ease.
You also get Champion’s 3-year limited warranty with lifetime technical support from highly trained experts.
Or the Champion 3100-Watt RV-Ready Generator with Wireless Remote Start
At only 58dBA, you’ll have to force your ears to pick up any noise from the generator. It will operate silently in the background, powering all your power-intensive appliances with relative ease. It has a runtime of up to 8 hours at 25% load, convenient enough for most applications. The power output is designed to provide clean electricity for sensitive equipment, and this means your sensitive devices won’t be frying any time soon.
Furthermore, Champion provides you with a 3-year limited warranty. You also get Free Shipping in the US.
6. Westinghouse RV Generators
Westinghouse Electric has been in business since 1886, making it one of the oldest brands on this list. Its legacy has transformed the human experience, providing power to electrical appliances for homes and companies alike. Westinghouse has always been at the forefront of innovation that changes the world, and a good example is the rotary steam engine they patented back in 1865.
Westinghouse even patented air brake technology, which made railways much safer to operate. Today they have expanded into the nuclear industry and provide a wide range of atomic services and products to companies worldwide. And here’s the most exciting factoid; Westinghouse cameras documented the first moonwalk (on the MOON!) in high resolution.
Let's look at the Westinghouse iGen4500
If you’re looking for a small but capable generator, the Westinghouse iGen4500 provides the right combination of premium products at a convenient price point. It is rated at 3700 watts of continuous power and can deliver a peak power of 4500 watts. The generator utilizes hybrid technology to maximize fuel efficiency and durability in one.
It has several features under the hood, including an 18-hour runtime on as little as 3.4 gallons, and it can power all your electrical devices, including multiple air conditioners and computers. You will get a 3-year warranty with the device along with free shipping within the US.
7. Briggs & Stratton
Having been in business for well over 110 years, Briggs & Stratton is easily one of the world’s largest manufacturers of gasoline engines. It also happens to be the top manufacturer of portable generators in North America. It has facilities worldwide, including Australia, Brazil, and Canada, giving it a considerable presence worldwide.
With annual revenues exceeding $2 billion, Briggs & Stratton has a considerable budget to continue funding outdoor power equipment.
The Briggs & Stratton P2200 Power Smart Series
This compact beast can provide 1700 watts of continuous power and has all the bells and whistles needed to make your outdoor experience better. The generator features a USB port for charging electronics.
You can operate the generator for up to 6.5-hours with 1-gallon of fuel in the tank at 25-percent load—allowable parallel connection for two units.
Is it all about the brand name?
Clearly, your choice of model should be based on more than just the brand name. Although brand loyalty exists when it comes to buying an RV generator, you should always consider your specific needs and focus on getting the right model for you. Fortunately, most manufacturers offer various gennies to choose from, so if you are brand-loyal, you shouldn't have a problem.
What else should you be looking into? Check out our post, Propane Vs. Diesel Vs. Gas Generators For RVs (Which Is Best For Your Needs)?