Can You Run Your RV Generator All Night?

Many RVers want to run their generator all night, in order to run their air conditioner or the furnace. Likewise, they may need to run something critical, like a C-Pap or oxygen machine. While generators can run all night, there are a few reasons that may not be a good idea.


Campground Quiet Times

The #1 reason not to run your generator all night could very well be campground quiet times. Running a noisy generator late into the night is against the rules in most campgrounds, and doing so could get you kicked out. Generators are very noisy, and while you may not mind the sound, other campers do. The fact of the matter is, the #1 complaint of many campers have is other campers running a noisy generator all day. It’s considered very rude to run your generator in a campground all day and night.

Generator Run Times

Most generators are safe to run anywhere from 8-20 hours, and some can even be run for longer. However, if your generator malfunctions while you’re asleep, you won’t notice it. That could result in a very expensive repair. Also, built-in motorhome generators use the fuel in your motorhome’s gas tank; the more you run your onboard generator, the more gas or diesel you will use. You want to avoid running your fuel tank down too low, so you can reach your next destination.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Unfortunately, running your generator all night could allow the exhaust to get inside your RV while you sleep. Onboard RV generators install their exhaust pipes low, and as it rises, it could seep into your motorhome through any small crack or an open window. If you have to sleep with your generator running all night, make sure your carbon monoxide alarm is working.

If You Need A/C Electricity All Night

If you need to run medical equipment, such as a C-Pap machine, then stay in an RV park with electrical hookups may be better for your health. When your survival depends on a reliable supply of A/C electricity, then it’s better to camp where you can plugin.

If you’re running a generator all night so you can stay up late watching TV or playing video games, then camping may not be for you. Camping someplace that doesn’t have electrical hookups assumes that you appreciate the quiet and solitude of nature. If your night owl lifestyle is dependent on alternating current, then camping off-grid may not be for you.

Once again, if you need to run a generator all night to power life-saving medical equipment, you’ll be better off at a campground. While disability benefits are meager, you’ll be better off in an RV park. Not only will you have a reliable power supply, but you’ll also be closer to medical services.

Generators are a good thing, but only when used in moderation. Be a good camping neighbor, and use your generator wisely.


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