Getting a generator for your RV can be a major investment so which brand should you go with? The good news is that there are several major brands that 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 about types of RV generators and how to choose the best one 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 Boost Control Unit (BCU) technology increases power output when needed. The device can be used to 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 which, makes 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 out 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 automotives, and of course, recreational vehicles.
Cummins has diversified business interests that include providing emission solutions, after treatment systems, filtration products, and of course, power generation. Their generators described as the best in the business, but for all their quality, they do tend to be very expensive.
Product: Cummins Onan RV QG5500
If you’re looking for a quiet generator that can provide utility grade power, this is the generator for you. It can power just about everything with reliable efficiency, allowing you to use sensitive electronics and heavy appliances such as multiple 15000 BTU air conditioners. With the QG5500, there is always more power to spare for other products.
The best part is that it doesn’t scream for attention whenever it’s in operation, allowing you to catch some shut-eye.
4. WEN RV Generators
WEN has been in business since in 1951, having pioneered hundreds of common tools that we now take for granted. These tools include the 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 artisan 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 56310i-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 2800 watts and can reach surges of up to 3100 watts. It also includes three prong 120V receptacles, two 5V ports and a single AC 120V 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 their 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 when it comes to 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 the ability to provide 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, which is 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, same as above. 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 which 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 around the world. 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 iGen4200
If you’re looking for a small but capable generator, the Westinghouse iGen4200 provides the right combination of premium products at a convenient price point. It is rated at 3500 watts of continuous power and can deliver peak power of 4200 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 2.6 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 all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, and Canada, giving it considerable presence worldwide.
With annual revenues exceeding $2 billion, Briggs & Stratton has a considerable budget to continue funding is outdoor power equipment.
Take for example the Briggs & Stratton 30679
This beast is capable of providing 8000 watts of continuous power and has all the bells and whistles needed to make your outdoor experience better. At 8000 watts, you can power all your electrical appliances, with room to squeeze in a few more items. The generator features a control panel with circuit breaker protection that includes four household outlets.
You can operate the generator for up to 9 hours with 7.5 gallons of fuel in the tank at 50 percent load. One convenient feature is the Bluetooth connectivity that feeds useful information to your devices such as power usage, fuel level, run time, and others from the comforts of your chair.
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 does exist where it comes to buying an RV generator, you should always take into account your specific needs and focus on getting the right model for you. Fortunately, most manufacturers offer a variety of 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 by RV specialist Gary Brinck for a full review of types of RV generators and how to choose the right one for you.