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Roof-Top Air Conditioners

How to Power an RV Air Conditioner with a Generator

By  | Generator Product Expert

A sweltering summer heat wave can force even the thickest-skinned camper to run for shade. Traveling - or worse yet, trying to fall asleep - inside a mobile sauna can be unbearable.

Instead of cracking open a small vent on the roof, modern-day campers often opt for mounting an air conditioner on their RV.

However, powering a/c miles from an electrical outlet can be tricky, and requires one of the following three types of generators.


RV Generator

RV GeneratorRV generators are specifically designed to power your mobile unit. They fit into the generator compartment on your RV and will power appliances and accessories you have onboard.

So if you need extra air conditioning, simply flick a switch to start the RV generator. Then, crank up the roof-top a/c to keep the road trip comfortable.

Medium-Inverter Generator

Medium Recreational GeneratorIf you own a travel trailer or a pop-up camper, you probably don't have an RV generator compartment.

Instead, you'll need a portable inverter generator with at least 2,800 watts to jump start your rooftop air conditioner.

Keep in mind, medium-sized inverter generators aren't light - especially with a full tank of gas. You'll need at least two able-bodied persons to unpack the generator and set it up outside.

Parallel Inverter Generators

Two Small Generators Paralleled TogetherIf you don't have the manpower to lug around one big generator, just split the load in half.

Some small inverter generators can be combined to generate enough juice to power the air conditioner.

You'll need two small generators and a parallel cable. Surprisingly, the bundled package is more powerful and less expensive than a single medium recreational generator.

If you like camping in comfort, then air conditioning is a must-have in the summer. Installing the right generator for your RV will keep you cool.

 
 

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