In late 2016, we purchased two WEN 56200i 2000 watt generators for our
Landmark 365 fifth wheel. We planned to use them for limited dry camping
(boondocking) and for emergency backup power for our coach. These portable generators are 2000 watt inverter generators that can be run in parallel to provide up to 4000 watts and approximately 30 amps.
We purchased them from Amazon along with a parallel kit for a total cost of less than a cool grand.
Description below borrowed from WEN’s website:
- Extremely quiet operation is comparable to the sound of a normal conversation according to the US Department of Health and Human Services
- EPA III and CARB Compliant 79.7 cc 4-stroke OHV engine produces 2000 surge watts and 1600 rated watts
- Great for campgrounds, construction sites, tailgates and power outages
- Produces clean power to safely operate and prevent damage to sensitive electronics such as smart phones, tablets, televisions and computers
- Includes two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 12V DC receptacle and one 5V USB port
Remember when you had clean and efficient portable power?
The WEN 2000 Watt Inverter Generator produces clean energy free of voltage spikes and drops. The WEN 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator produces clean energy free of voltage spikes and drops. Designed to mirror a pure sine wave, this generator limits total harmonic distortion to under 0.3 percent at no load and under 1.2 percent at full load, making it safe enough to run laptops, cellphones, monitors, tablets and other vulnerable electronics. Generate 2000 surge watts and 1600 rated watts of power.
Our 79.7 cc 4-stroke OHV engine operates at an extremely quiet 51 decibels, quieter than a window air conditioner or the average conversation. This limits its invasiveness while hunting, camping, tailgating and restoring back-up power. The lightweight design makes for easy portability while the ultra-efficient one-gallon tank provides over 6 hours of half-load run time.
This fully-packed panel comes equipped with two three-prong 120V receptacles, one 12V DC receptacle and one 5V USB port. Maximize fuel economy by engaging the WEN 2000 Watt Inverter Generator’s Eco Mode. This feature allows the generator’s motor to automatically adjust its fuel consumption as items are plugged and unplugged from the panel, preventing the usage of unnecessary gasoline.
Need more energy? Easily link up two generators using a parallel kit (sold separately) in order to share wattage amongst multiple units. Low-oil and low-fuel automatic shutdown with indication lights along with overload protection safeguard both your generator and your electronics from damage.
And because this is a WEN Product, your inverter generator comes backed by a 2-year warranty, a nationwide network of skilled service technicians and a friendly customer helpline. Remember when your generator powered your electronics safely and quietly? Remember WEN.
Each weighs approximately 50 pounds and has one gallon gas tanks.
So, now you know about the product, here is how we prepped our new Wen generators for use.
Our Assessment and Product Review
Our first thing to do was add .37 quarts of 30W oil and 1 gallon of 87 octane gasoline to each generator and start them up to cycle the fluids through.
Paralleling the Wen generators using the Wen 56421 Parallel Kit.
Paralleled and providing full power to Liberty.
The generators were able to provide power for Liberty’s residential refrigerator, battery charger, lights and one 15000 BTU air conditioner with no problems. We only ran them for thirty minutes the first time.
In the future, we plan to conduct more evaluations to determine fuel consumption rate and decide on what electrical appliances and devices we can power. Liberty has an Electrical Management System (EMS) on board that will shed power to the desired appliances.
Liberty’s monthly maintenance plan includes exercising the generators for two hours every month to keep them active and to keep fresh fuel in them. In the meantime, their light weight and small size allow them to be stored in Liberty’s forward compartment.
After using the WEN 56200i generators for over 100 hours we are happy to report on their success and reliability. We have used the units in multiple dry camping situations and one time at a campground that lost power for 14
Our new WEN generators have been run for over 24 hours several times with no adverse issues. They averaged about 10 ½ hours of run time on one gallon of gasoline. We changed the oil in both generators after 50 hours of use. The oil change was easy to do.
Portable generators are available from many different manufacturers and sales outlets today. They may not be for everybody depending on your situation, but we have found them to be less expensive than installed systems and equally reliable. They have taken the anxiety out of dry camping with our
residential refrigerator and have allowed us to keep our batteries fully
charged while we contemplate if solar panels will be installed on Liberty in
Disclaimer: This review reflects only our opinion of usage. Though we receive commission via Amazon sales, we were not compensated in any way by WEN to publish this review. We will not be held liable for mishaps and/or misuse of any kind. These opinions and review is our own.