How to Charge an RV Battery With a Generator? – [Easy Steps]
Imagine your RV batteries are out of charge during the traveling and you don’t have access to the shore power, frustrating isn’t it?
You still have a hope to recharge your batteries with your portable RV generator, yes it is completely safe to recharge your batteries with a generator and you just need to follow a few simple steps to get your work done.
Below are the things you have to start the process.
Things you should have before starting the charging process:
How to Charge an RV Battery with a Generator
STEP 1: Check Out the Fuel Levels and Filter of Your Generator:
Before starting the generator you have to figure out whether your generator is ready to provide that much power for a longer time or not, I usually check the engine oil, gasoline, and filter of my RV generator.
STEP 2: Check Out the Terminals and Electrolyte Level of Your RV Batteries:
Inspection of batteries is equally important as the generator, Start from the terminal if you found any rust, ashey deposit, etc. remove it with sandpaper then check out the electrolyte levels, if it is not sufficient pour some acid water if you have a flooded battery, however, the gel battery doesn’t need it.
STEP 3: Start Your Generator:
Start your RV generator; make sure that it is placed close to the RV so that you can connect the RV cord to the generator easily.
STEP 4: Allow It to Warming Up:
Keep it “ON” for a few minutes until the RPM becomes steady, unsteady voltages may damage anything from the RV.
STEP 5: Switch off All Things in RV:
Though the generator will do the charging of your batteries and also operate the essentials simultaneously, still we recommend shutoff all things so that all power will flow to the batteries. Typically it takes 4 – 8 hours for a full charge depending on the current charging status and the ambient temperature. In real winter you may get slightly less charging efficiency.
STEP 6: Plug the RV Cord:
Plug the RV cord into the 30amp/120v AC outlet; if the RV plug doesn’t fit the generator plug, you have to purchase a twisted lock extension.
STEP 7: Remove Plug of the RV Cord:
Plug out the RV cord once your batteries are fully charged and turn off the generator. Never turn – off the generator first.
PRO TIP: A Smart Multi-Stage Battery Charger could be a great investment to fasten your charging process. I am using Renogy 12V 50A DC On-Board Input MPPT Charger
What Safety Precautions Should Be Taken
Why Won’t My Generator Charge My RV Battery?
There could be the following reasons your RV battery is not charging with the generator.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Well, it depends, if you have consumed the whole charge of your battery and your batteries have about 20% to 30% of charge it may take 6 – 8 hours, however, if your batteries shave 50 – 60% charge it takes 3 – 4 hours.
Also if you are traveling in real winter, the battery may take longer than normal conditions.
Yes, a generator can perfectly charge the batteries of your camper; you just need to follow the steps we have listed above.
A 1000 watt generator could be powerful enough to charge your Recreational vehicle’s batteries, still, 2000 watts or 3000 watts generator would be a better choice.
Yes, you can safely charge a deep cycle battery with a generator; even most of the RV owners including me use 12 – volts Deep cycle batteries due to the budget and lasting.