Recently, we purchased two WEN 56200i 2000 watt generators for our Heartland Landmark 365. We plan to use these for limited dry camping (boondocking) and for emergency situations. These portable generators are 2000 watt inverter generators, weighing 50 pounds each, that can be run in parallel to provide up to 4000 watts and approximately 30 amps. They were purchased from Amazon along with a parallel kit for a total cost of less than a thousand dollars.
Before we get into our own experience with the WEN 2,000 Watt Inverter Generator, here are a few talking points about the item 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
Upon receiving them, our first endeavor was to add oil and fuel to each generator and start them up for the first time. Each generator took about three pulls to start. We let them both run at variable speeds for about an hour and before hooking them to Liberty.
The generators were able to provide power for the RV's residential refrigerator, battery charger, lights and one 15,000 BTU air conditioner with no problems. We only ran them for 30 minutes the first time. In the future, we plan on conducting more evaluations to determine fuel consumption rate and decide on what electrical appliances and devices we can power. Our Landmark 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 lightweight and small size allow them to be stored in Liberty's forward compartment.
After using the WEN 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. The generators have been run for over 24 hours several times with no adverse issues. Ours 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 straight forward and easy to do.
Blog Post written by Captain Dan
Disclaimer: This review reflects only our opinion of usage. We were not compensated in any way by WEN to publish this review.