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We receive a lot of questions asking which generator we used when we were living in our Little Guy Max. This can be a daunting task and we did a lot of research before our purchase. Below is what thought process went into our purchase, what we purchased and our honest review of the product as well as a video so you can see/hear it in action as well as a special offer at the end of this post if you decide to buy one yourself!
Identify your needs
After much deliberation, we came up with five things that our generator had to have:
- the ability to easily run our 13,000 BTU air conditioner
- it had to be affordable
- provide clean power for our computers and other sensitive equipment
- great customer service if/when something went wrong
Do your research
Now that we had what we needed from a generator identified, we started to look at what was available. Having our list greatly simplified the entire process as we were able to eliminate many right away.
There are many brands out there, but if you are unfamiliar with generators, a good place to start is to see the brand names listed at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Amazon and read the reviews. Visit the manufacturer’s website as well. Ask questions – this is an important purchase!
Make your decision
We ultimately decided on the Energizer eZV3200P. Let’s take a quick look as to how it stacked up against our list:
- Could it handle our 13,000 BTU air conditioner
Easily! We could run our air conditioner while working on our computers in our Little Guy Max trailer without any issue.
- Was it affordable?
We understand affordability is relative, however we consider the eZV3200P a very affordable option at $949.00 USD. There were only two generators that we decided fit our needs (the other was a Honda) and the Energizer came in less than half of what the Honda would have cost.
- Does it provide clean power?
Yes! We have a lot of sensitive equipment, so this was a must. All Energizer inverter generators come with Smart Device Protection – which means it won’t fry your devices with microprocessors. In addition, Energizer inverter generators will only deliver clean sine wave power or cut power entirely to prevent any damage. This feature is only available through Energizer and Honda Inverter Generators.
- Is it quiet?
Yes! National Parks as well as many others, require generators to operate at 60db or less from 50 ft away. The Energizer eZV3200P comes in at 56db. Make sure to check out our video where you can hear it for yourself!
- How is Energizer’s customer service?
Fantastic! Energizer is a well-known and respected brand for a reason. They stand behind their products and have the staffing to support your questions and concerns should an issue arise.
An added bonus
Beyond these have-to-haves we were delighted to discover the eZV3200P is equipped with auto choke and auto-throttle that enables a truly seamless remote start.
Other brands with only manual choke claim to be remote start but require customers to pull the choke first and then press the button while standing beside it, which defeats the purpose of remote start!
Speaking of remote start, the eZV3200 has a 48 hour timeout window and 100ft range allowing the remote to be used seamlessly for the whole weekend from inside. Big plus for those rainy/cold weekends!
It weighs about 95 lbs. but it is equipped with a handle and rugged wheels that make it easy to move it around. It comes with 2 remotes for remote start-up, a push-button electric start and a back-up pull start. In addition, it has a low oil alert function that will automatically shut the unit off if your oil is low.
Our thoughts after 6 months of heavy use
After 6 months of heavy use, we never ran into an issue. Not once. We have been incredibly happy with our purchase and recommend it to anyone looking for a great inverter generator.
We purchased and used our eZV3200P with no affiliation whatsoever with Energizer. That being said, we have recently been in contact with them and they have been generous enough to offer the following:
Receive a FREE generator cover with your purchase of any of the following at www.energizergenerators.com using the code TheRoadsWeRoam at checkout:
- Energizer eZV3200P inverter generator
- Energizer eZV3200RV inverter generator
- Energizer eZV2000P inverter generator
- Energizer eZV2000S inverter generator
- Energizer eZV parallel kit
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