If you own a pop-up camper or travel trailer and want to power your A/C, you've got a few options.
You could combine the power of two smaller, identical inverter generators.
But the easiest option is to use one medium inverter generator.
These generators produce around 3,000 watts, which is sufficient to power a 13,500 BTU RV air conditioner.
High-wattage appliances, such as air conditioners, need more power when starting than when running. The initial surge of required power can be too much for some generators to accommodate.
Some generators feature power boosts, which increase the power output by adding battery voltage to the alternator. The Boost Control Unit (BCU) senses when extra power is needed and boosts output for up to 10 seconds, giving air conditioners and other equipment the
extra boost of power to start quickly and efficiently.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues "emissions compliance period" ratings for all small internal-combustion engines. The ratings are either 125, 250 or 500 hours of top-performance operation.
Only the highest quality small engines garner the top rating of 500 hours. Although these generators will be more expensive up front, when you consider price relative to hours of top performance, these 500 hour-rated generators will cost you less in the long run.
Why would you want to walk all the way out of your recreational vehicle to have to turn on your generator? Well, if you buy a model with the remote start feature, you won't have to.
Just like remote start on a car, you just push a button and your generator will start running. This is purely a luxury feature, but you'll appreciate it when you need to fire up your generator in the middle of the night.
Medium inverter generators are larger than other inverters, weighing between 120 - 200 lbs. With that being said, moving them by yourself can prove to be challenging.
Some units come with built in wheels. This will make dragging them around your campsite much easier. More importantly, built-in wheels will save you money so you don't have to buy a wheel kit as well.