You have to careful about thinking you will be allowed to use your generator anytime you want to. It is really something to consider here on the East side of the US. Most camp grounds including the Natl Parks etc have generator restricted use time in place. Alot of places only allow the use of generators from 8AM-10AM in the mornings and then again 4:30PM to 7:30PM. This doesnt give you alot of time to use your air conditioners etc .
What alot of us do is make sure we have out RV trailers beefed-up on the battery side of things where we can operate all of the 12VDC appliances we would like to use off the batteries and 120VAC appliances off the Inverters. This is a not a simple thing to incorparate but is doable.
The idea here is run all the things you want use and be able to make it through the one day/night visit and then at 8AM the next morning be able to re-charge your batteries to a 90% charge state in the two-three ours aloowed to run the generators. Once you are charged back up to the 90% charge state you can do all of this all over again for the next day/night visit.
The only thing you lose doing this is the air conditioner and high wattage microwaves etc.
You have to do several changes to some of your equipment to able to do this like making sure you have a smart-mode converter/charger unit, change out the automotive lights for LED lights, run additional batteries and larger battery cables, plan what you can run and not run so that you wont completely drain your batteries below their 50% charge state.
The RV Trailer Shore Power Cable can then be connected to a 2KW Honda Generator using a RV30A-15A 18-inch long adaptor which will power up your RV trailer to be able to run the on-board smart-mode Converter/Charger unit to re-charge your batteries. This is the game plan and it works out pretty good. We can do almost everything we normally do at electric site hook-ups including watching HDTV, using electric blankets, all the lighting we need inside and outside, charge up cellphones and computers, still have some battery left over at day break the next morning.
More things to think about haha... The western part of US is more relaxed about the use of generators as there is more open space I guess..
Always check with your camp ground about their policies of the use of generators so that you get a surprise when you arrive and not be able to run them as long as you thought you might be able to.
We probably camp off the power grid at the National Parks more than we camp at regular hook-up sites here on the East side of the US.
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