The Best 50 AMP Generator

Portable generators sure making camping with your RV easier! If you are looking for the best 50 amp generator for your RV, then look no further!

Many with a 50 amp RV, do not need a generator that provides the full 50 amps. Check out this guide on the ideal size generator for your 50 amp RV.

However, if you would rather have the capacity to fully power your 50 amp RV, then the top models below are the best in the market today!

Best 50 AMP RV Generator

Westinghouse WGen9500 Heavy Duty Portable Generator

A true workhorse, the WGen9500 comes fully equipped to handle your power needs. With 12500 peak watts and 9500 running, this generator is great for emergency backup or to cover the needs of your 50 amp RV.

This generator comes with all the bells and whistles, is highly rated, and is reasonably priced!  A perfect option for anyone looking for a powerful generator to cover their 50 amp RV needs.

Fuel Tank / Runtime: The WGen9500 has a 6.6 gallon fuel tank capacity with a half-load run time of around 12 hours.

Sound Level: Approximately 74 dB at half load.

Features: The Westinghouse WGen9500 Portable Generator comes with 12500 peak watts and 9500 running watts. Ideal for home back-up power needs or RV camping. Includes built-in fuel gauge, automatic low oil shutdown, and GFCI outlets. Push-Button Electric Start makes starting this generator effortless while the remote start key fob offers the ease of distance ignition. The control panel includes a Transfer Switch Ready L14-30R and larger 14-50R outlets to power all your major appliances like your air conditioner, refrigerator, and sump pump as well as lights or entertainment centers at the same time with a single cord hookup. Displays include volt output, frequency, and lifetime hours to keep you up to date with real-time information and regular maintenance.

Weight: 220 pounds

Warranty: 3 Year

Portability: Wheel kit included with lift brackets.

WGen9500 Generator Manual

DuroStar DS12000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator

If you are looking for a powerful generator with dual fuel technology, the DS12000EH is perfect for your needs!

With 12500 peak watts and 9500 running (using gasoline), this generator is great for emergency backup or to cover the needs of your 50 amp RV.

This generator is highly rated and comes with a number of quality features. While it is a tad on the heavy side, that’s the price you pay for dual fuel technology. All-in-all, this is a great generator for 50 amp RVs.

Fuel Tank / Runtime: The DuroStar DS12000EH has an 8.3 gallon fuel tank capacity with a half-load run time of around 9 hours using gas.

Sound Level: Approximately 74 dB at half load.

Features: The DuroStar DS12000EH Portable Generator comes with 12000 peak watts and 9500 running watts using gasoline. As a dual fuel generator you also have the option of using propane which can produce 11,400 peak watts and 9,025 running watts. Ideal for home back-up power needs or RV camping. With MX2 Technology you can choose between operating the generator at both 120V and 240V simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power (perfect for RVs). The power panel includes: 2 120V household GFCI outlets, 1 120V 30A twist lock outlet, 1 240V 30A outlet, and 1 240V 50A outlet. The panel also includes a voltmeter and 12V DC charging posts for charging external batteries.

Weight: 260 pounds

Warranty: 3 Year

Portability: Wheel kit included with lift brackets.

DuroStar DS12000 Generator Manual

Champion 12000 Watt Portable Generator

If you are looking for complete 50 amp coverage (meaning 12000 running watts, not peak), then this beast of a generator is for you!

At 15000 starting and 12000 running watts, the Champion 100111 unit is perfect to run your entire RV – including multiple AC units!

This massive generator comes with electric start and loads of features you would expect with a premium unit. Just remember, in order to get 12000 running watts, the unit is heavy and a bit louder than other units. Check out our tips on reducing generator noise.

Fuel Tank / Runtime: The Champion 12000 has an 10.9 gallon fuel tank capacity with a half-load run time of around 9 hours using gas.

Sound Level: Approximately 78 dB at half load.

Features: The Champion 12000 Portable Generator is designed to power in your house or 50 amp RV with ease. The massive 717cc V-Twin Champion OHV engine has what it takes to handle the multiple power tools and large equipment at the same time. Equipped with a handy electric start with included battery, plus Cold Start Technology ensures a quick start in cold weather. The Intelligauge monitors voltage, frequency and operating hours, while the Lift Hook, foldaway U-shaped handle and never flat tires make it easy to load, unload and move your power where you need it. At 15,000 starting watts and 12,000 running watts, this powerful unit can handle it all – lights, sump pump, refrigerator, modem/router, security system, window AC, furnace blower, fan, TV/DVD, computer, well pump, microwave and will start and run a central AC with a manual transfer switch (not included). Outlets include 120V 30A (L5-30R) and 120/240V 30A (L14-30R) locking outlets, a 120/240V 50A outlet (14-50R) and four 120V 20A GFCI protected household outlets (5-20R).

Weight: 330 pounds

Warranty: 3 Year

Portability: Wheel kit included with lift hook

Champion 12000 Watt Generator Manual

Should I Plug My 50 Amp Into a 30 Amp Service?

Many campgrounds or RV lots come equipped with power sources, most are rated at 30 amps so great for you with a smaller RV!

If you have a 50 amp RV, what are your choices?

If you are in a real pinch, you could use a dogbone electrical adapter. But this is really not a good choice since your 50 amp RV will be trying to pull a higher load than the 30 amp source is able to provide.

The wattage of the 30 amp service is 3600 (30 amp times 120 volts). Compare this to a fully loaded 50 amp RV that may have total peak wattage of 12000 for all appliances. Can you see where this is going?

Most circuit breakers on the 30 amp service work with a tolerance of around 20%. This means that if you start to pull anything over 4320 watts (3600 x 120%) you will trip the breaker.

There may be others also connected to the same service, so in reality you have less than 4320 watts to play with.

If you find yourself using a dogbone adapter, you could always be very careful what appliances you run at the same time, but I would only consider that as a last resort.

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