Shopping for a Generator

Did you see the 4375/3500 RV-Ready Portable Generator on

This generator, with a BIN of $532.00 includes a remote key Fob, engine oil, an oil funnel, and a wheel kit.

I’m sure we all think it’s a good idea to have a generator to power the essentials in our home in case we experience a power outage. We might think we mostly need a generator during winter months in case of downed power lines caused by winter storms. However, we could also experience a power outage during summer months, especially if we live in an area that gets lots of tornados. Therefore, if we live in a state that is included in the tornado belt, it would be a very good idea to own a good generator. However, this portable generator was made for summer vacation camping trips, too, especially since it has enough power to start and run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner.

The features of this generator

According to the auction description, some features of this portable generator include:

  • Wireless Remote State: We could start and stop this generator with ease from up to 80 feet away with the remote key fob – push-button power and convenience like never before.
  • Electric Start: The reliable 212cc Champion engine has a battery-included electric start that features a 3-way ignition switch, plus built-in Cold Start Technology for easy starts in cold weather.
  • The 4375 starting watts and 3500 running watts provides reliable power for up to 14 hours of run time on a full tank of gasoline with a noise level of 68 dBA from 23 feet.
  • All the outlets have covers for protection, and the built-in surge protector prevents overloads and keeps our appliances and equipment safe.
  • Champion Support includes a 3-year limited warranty with free lifetime technical support from dedicated experts.

After 65 customer reviews, this generator received an overall rating of 4.74 out of a possible 5.0 which is a fairly high rating. For more detailed information, see the auction description.

A brief history of generators

In 1831 Michael Faraday, an English scientist, invented the first electromagnetic generator in Britain. It wasn’t until the early 1900s, however, that generators became more common. Today’s design, called an engine-generator, incorporates the engine into the generator, forming an individual unit.

According to my research, the three basic types of generators are the whole house generators, portable generators and inverter generators. Inverter generators are ideal for camping, boating and other recreational activities. They operate quieter than other generators and provide power for lights, heaters, fans, radios, smart phones and more.

Generators lasted until the 1960s in most vehicles, but they weren’t very good at regulating voltage and had a reputation for overcharging batteries, and consequently damaging them. Alternators replaced DC generators in the 1960s because they were lighter, able to produce more power and proved to be more reliable. Alternators have a higher output than generators, and alternators use only the required amount of energy and thus, it conserves more energy.

Depending on the quality and size of your standby generator, most manufacturers usually predict that a standby generator will remain reliable anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 running hours or about 25 to 40 years, depending on how well it is maintained.

The bottom line

Generators have a long history, and today’s generators are better than ever. The generator now available on is a popular auction, so we better make sure we shop early and get our bids in on time.

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.