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Do RV Trailers Have Generators?

If you’re new to the RV and camper/trailer scene, it can become a lot very quickly. If you’re hoping to use your trailer as a fully-powered “glamping” experience… I’ve got a bit of bad news for you.

Unless you’re looking to purchase a high-end model, trailers don’t generally come with a built in generator. However, that’s not to say that you can’t still use a generator.

There are also a lot of options beyond just trailers and campers when it comes to truly powered outings. So let’s break that down into the details you actually need to know, shall we?

Powering Your Travel Trailer

Was your last experience camping ruined by being unable to use all of your fancy gadgets? Do you have a stovetop setup that you’re dying to use? Here are the best (and most affordable) ways to power a trailer.

Most likely, you won’t be able to attach a generator directly to the trailer – but there are other alternatives. The nice thing is that generators are pretty easily picked up and carried in, say, the bed of a truck that’s towing your camper. I can already hear you saying, “but I know nothing about generators!” Well, I’ve got you covered.

Let’s start by assuming you don’t want to blow $500-1,000 on a generator. If you do, there are some spendier models down below, Mr. Moneybags – but first let’s talk cheap. For our purposes here, we’re assuming “cheap” means less than $350.

On The Cheaper Side

Spendier And Sturdier

If you’ve got the money and know you’re going to need a lot of juice, I picked out one generator just for you. Keep in mind, many solar-powered generators simply don’t provide quite the same amount of power over a long time. So we’re sticking to gas-powered for now.

The Bigger Stuff

If a trailer isn’t for you, then good news! Most motorhomes and RVs come with a great number of options when it comes to powering your devices. While my personal favorite power source will always be solar panels, plenty of motorhomes come with built-in generators…. For a pretty penny.

Now if you’re entirely disinterested in gasoline-fueled generators for one of many (valid) reasons, you could always go the aforementioned solar panel route. But that’s a process for another article. Solar panels are relatively expensive, but they tend to pay for themselves in the long run – so consider making the switch.

Final Thoughts

Most campers and trailers won’t have generators built in. If you really wanted to shell out the money, you could find specialty trailers to do this. But the more affordable option would be to use a portable generator that fits what you need. There’s a lot of options beyond what’s listed above, but these are the best bang for your buck.

Finally, consider making a switch to solar. It’ll save your wallet in the long run, and (even better) the planet that you camp on!

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