If you do much boondocking/dry-camping then surely you’ve considered adding a generator. If you are in the market then you need to read to the end of this Predator 3500 watt generator review. We are going to cover the good, the bad, and everything in between. This review is based on our real life experience in our Transcend 29TBS.
Predator 3500 Watt Inverter Generator Problems
The Predator has a few issues. For a discount brand generator, its still pretty pricey at roughly $800. For an extra $100 you can get the Generac equivalent. When you are this close to a four figure investment, an extra $100 doesn’t seem that bad for a trusted and reliable brand in the generator industry.
Another problem with this 3500 watt generator is the amount of run time per tank of fuel. This is definitely a weekend only type generator, unless you have some sort of auxiliary gas tank hooked up. The 2.6 gallon unleaded fuel tank is supposed to last 11 hours at 25% usage. Its hard to manually track something like this, but those numbers seem to be spot on. It would be great if this was a dual fuel model that could also run off propane, but its not.
We probably average 4-5 hours per 24 hour day of generator usage, but at a high usage rate. We found that the tank lasts about two days, just enough for a normal weekend. On a holiday weekend or longer trips we have a 2.5 gallon tank we use to refill. It gets really annoying in the mountains when a fuel station isn’t close by.
Check out our Best RV Generators of 2020 for additional information on how watts, amps and volts work.
Best Quiet RV Generator
If you are looking for one of the quietest generators for the price then the Predator 3500 watt inverter generator is the one for you. This thing is so quiet, I went inside the RV after setting it up and thought it died because I couldn’t hear it. It really is so quiet I thought it died. It is only 57 dB, and seems even quieter when running in ECO mode.
I know this is a bit hypocritical to mention the price in both the good and bad, but at $800 the value is definitely there. We have not had any issues, and we know others with the same generator that have not had issues. However, I do think from a resale standpoint, it may be worth the extra $100 to buy the Generac. If you know you are keeping this generator long term then its worth taking a chance.
Alternative Generator Options
An alternative to the Predator, at a slightly lower price, is the Wen 3,800 watt portable generator. (Check Current Price on Amazon) Wen portable generator is every bit as quiet as the Predator, and its about 25 lbs lighter too. This is in reference to the closed frame model. The open frame model is quite a bit louder.
Other options are the Generac, or any dual fuel model with good reviews. Being able to run your generator off propane is a huge convenience when boondocking or dry camping.