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. This portable 2000 watt inverter generators generator can be run in parallel with another that provides up to 4000 watts and 30 amps. Here’s our Product Review of the Wen 56200i 2000 watt Generator:
Monetarily, for less than $1000, we purchased the generators with a parallel kit.
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.
Our Assessment and Product Review
First, we added .37 quarts of 30W oil and 1 gallon of 87 octane gasoline to each generator and start them to cycle the fluids through.
Paralleling the Wen generators using the Wen 56421 Parallel Kit.
Paralleling 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 to ensure correct operation.
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 hours.
Use and Maintenance…
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.
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.
Liberty’s monthly maintenance plan includes exercising the generators for two hours to keep them active and to keep fresh fuel in them. Their lightweight and small size allows us to store them in Liberty’s cargo compartment.
Portable generators are available from many different manufacturers and sales outlets today. Though these particular generators may not be for everyone’s RV energy management needs, we have found them to be what we need. Though they are less expensive than installed systems and other generators, we’ve found them to be equally reliable. They have taken the anxiety out of dry camping. These generators have allowed us to keep our batteries fully charged as a backup to our solar and energy management systems.
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