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Best Portable Generators With Wireless Remote Start 2020

What Are The Best Portable Generators With The Wireless Remote Start Feature?

Gas/propane generators are used everywhere. Not only among people that go camping outdoors with their RVs but also by homeowners during emergencies like natural disasters when there are power outages.

There are two types of popular generators. There are the more powerful, loud, and heavy ones that can run homes, several air conditioners, and big power tools. Then there are the inverter generators that produce cleaner electricity at a lower volume.

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The inverter generators are more popular among campers that want to power their RVs or devices while boondocking without being too disturbed by the noise.

One feature that can be found on both types, although a rare feature, is the wireless remote start. The remote start feature lets you start the generator with a remote/key fob, so you don’t have to go outside or walk up to it to use the pull start.

Today we’re going to take a look at five great generators on the market that has this remote start feature. Before I review each one, let’s put them on the table and compare their specifications and list what type of generator they are.

Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start
Champion Power Equipment 100554 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start, CARB
Top Pick For RV
Pulsar 4,000W Portable Gas-Powered Quiet Inverter Generator with Remote Start & Parallel Capability, CARB Compliant, PG4000iSR
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start - 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant - Transfer Switch Ready
Top Pick For Home
Champion 7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start
Watts
2800W/3100W peak
3500W/4375W peak
3500W/4000W peak
7500W/9500W peak
7500W/9375W peak
AC Outlets
2
2
2
4
4
Remote Start
Inverter Generator
Eco Mode
30A Plug
Wheels & Handle(s)
Remote Start Max Distance
80 ft
80 ft
80 ft
109 yards
80 ft
Fuel Tank Capacity
1.6 gallon (6 L)
4.7 gallon
3.4 gallon
6.6 gallon
6 gallon
Engine Size (cc)
171cc
208cc
224cc
420cc
439cc
Weight
96.6 lbs
120 lbs
92.6 lbs
201 lbs
207 lbs
Size
25.5 x 17.3 x 18.3 in
28.5 x 21.1 x 20.7 in
24 x 18 x 21 in
27.3 x 26.2 x 26.2 in
27.3 x 26 x 27.8 in

Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start
Watts
2800W/3100W peak
AC Outlets
2
Remote Start
Inverter Generator
Eco Mode
30A Plug
Wheels & Handle(s)
Remote Start Max Distance
80 ft
Fuel Tank Capacity
1.6 gallon (6 L)
Engine Size (cc)
171cc
Weight
96.6 lbs
Size
25.5 x 17.3 x 18.3 in
Champion Power Equipment 100554 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start, CARB
Watts
3500W/4375W peak
AC Outlets
2
Remote Start
Inverter Generator
Eco Mode
30A Plug
Wheels & Handle(s)
Remote Start Max Distance
80 ft
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.7 gallon
Engine Size (cc)
208cc
Weight
120 lbs
Size
28.5 x 21.1 x 20.7 in

Top Pick For RV

Pulsar 4,000W Portable Gas-Powered Quiet Inverter Generator with Remote Start & Parallel Capability, CARB Compliant, PG4000iSR
Watts
3500W/4000W peak
AC Outlets
2
Remote Start
Inverter Generator
Eco Mode
30A Plug
Wheels & Handle(s)
Remote Start Max Distance
80 ft
Fuel Tank Capacity
3.4 gallon
Engine Size (cc)
224cc
Weight
92.6 lbs
Size
24 x 18 x 21 in
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start - 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant - Transfer Switch Ready
Watts
7500W/9500W peak
AC Outlets
4
Remote Start
Inverter Generator
Eco Mode
30A Plug
Wheels & Handle(s)
Remote Start Max Distance
109 yards
Fuel Tank Capacity
6.6 gallon
Engine Size (cc)
420cc
Weight
201 lbs
Size
27.3 x 26.2 x 26.2 in

Top Pick For Home

Champion 7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start
Watts
7500W/9375W peak
AC Outlets
4
Remote Start
Inverter Generator
Eco Mode
30A Plug
Wheels & Handle(s)
Remote Start Max Distance
80 ft
Fuel Tank Capacity
6 gallon
Engine Size (cc)
439cc
Weight
207 lbs
Size
27.3 x 26 x 27.8 in

Note: Scroll left/right on small screens to view all products in the table.

Review At Each Portable Generator With Remote Start

Champion 3100W RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator

Champion 3100-Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start

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The Champion 3100W is one of the more portable choices on the list. It does weigh almost 100 pounds though, so it’s still a heavy generator.

It can output up to 2800 watts continuously, with a peak of 3100 watts. The peak watts are the surge watts a generator can handle for a couple of seconds before it overloads. At 58 dBa, it’s one of the quieter generators of this size.

The wireless remote start lets you start the generator from up to 80 feet away with the included key fob, so you can be inside your shop or RV camper and start it without going outside. Of course, it can also be started with the electric start or the pull start.

With its 30A plug, it makes a perfect camping buddy for RVers. It will run a 15,000 BTU RV air conditioner and the RV microwave without issues.

In addition to the RV plug, it has two AC outlets, a 12V DC outlet, and two USB ports.

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If your RV, travel trailer, or fifth wheel has a 50A electrical system and plug, you’re going to need a Kohree 30A to 50A plug adapter (click to view on Amazon) to connect your RV to this generator.

Champion advertises that it can run for up to 8 hours at 25% load with its 1.6-gallon fuel tank. If the generator is low on oil it will shut itself off to protect the engine.

It has wheels that make it easier to move around, and two large handles on top. One handle folds up to make it easy to roll around.

Turning on the eco mode will adjust the engine speed to only deliver the electricity it needs to power what is plugged into the generator. This makes it a more quiet generator when you don’t need to run any power-hungry tools, an AC, or a microwave.

Champion includes a 3-year limited warranty and lifetime support.

Overall, the Champion 3100W is a good choice for RVers that are looking for a powerful inverter generator with a remote start feature. It’s heavy, but with the built-in wheels, and two heavy-duty handles on top, it will still be manageable for most to move around. It’s one of the quietest models you’ll find with features like these.

Pros

  • Inverter generator
  • 30A RV plug
  • DC, USB ports
  • Remote start from up to 80 feet away, electric start
  • Wheels and smart handles built-in
  • Eco-mode
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Low oil shut-off

Cons

  • No parallel capability
  • Relatively small fuel tank
  • Outlets aren’t covered

Champion 10054 RV Ready Portable Generator

Champion Power Equipment 100554 3500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start, CARB

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The Champion generator model 100554 is another powerful Champion product with 3500 running watts and 4375 surge watts.

It’s not an inverter generator like the one above, so it doesn’t have an eco mode or a pure sine wave inverter. It’s also louder than an inverter generator.

What the Champion 100554 does have is a remote start, just like the one found on the 3100W model. This means that it also has the electric start so you don’t need to do a pull start. This is done with the help of a small battery placed on the unit.

It also has not only one but two 30A RV plugs. One being a twist-lock style. Next to the RV plug are two AC outlets.

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If your RV, travel trailer, or fifth wheel has a 50A electrical system, you’ll need a Kohree 30A to 50A plug adapter (click to view on Amazon).

Running an RV air conditioner or microwave won’t be an issue with a generator of this size. I would, however, recommend the Champion above for RVers due to the noise and weight difference. This 100554 model does have a much larger fuel tank, but with the eco mode on the 3100W model, you’re going to save money on gas.

Champion has put its Intelligauge feature on this generator which is a small screen that shows the frequency, volts, and expected run time.

To make it easier to move the 120-pound generator, Champion has put wheels and a fold-up handle on the front of the frame.

Champion includes a 3-year limited warranty and lifetime support.

Overall, the Champion 10054 is a powerful generator that has a little bit of everything. A large fuel tank, powerful engine, an RV plug, wheels, remote start, and a noise level that isn’t bad, but I am not going to call it a quiet generator.

Pros

  • Large fuel tank
  • 30A RV plug
  • Remote start from up to 80 feet away, electric start
  • Wheels and smart handles built-in
  • Intelligauge screen showing frequency, volts, run time
  • Low oil shut-off
  • Covered outlets

Cons

  • No parallel capability
  • Not an inverter generator

Pulsar 4000W/PG4000iSR Portable Inverter Generator

Pulsar 4,000W Portable Gas-Powered Quiet Inverter Generator with Remote Start & Parallel Capability, CARB Compliant, PG4000iSR

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If the Champion 10054 above had a little bit of everything, I think it’s fair to say that the Pulsar 4000W has a lot of everything.

It’s a 3500W/4000W surge watt inverter generator, that is even lighter than the less powerful Champion 3100W. Weighing in at 92.6 pounds. It’s slightly larger than the Champion 3100W.

With so much power, it’s one of few inverter generators with a remote start that can run an RV air conditioner and a microwave.

It has the same remote start capabilities as the Champion generators, up to 80 feet away.

On the side, you’ll find a 30A RV plug, two AC outlets, a USB port, a 12V DC outlet, an oil warning/overload indicator, and an eco-mode switch.

If your RV, travel trailer, or fifth wheel has a 50A electrical system, you’re going to need a Kohree 30A to 50A plug adapter (click to view on Amazon) to plug your camper into it.

The eco mode will adjust the engine speed to only deliver the electricity needed to power the devices plugged in. I recommend leaving it on eco-mode all the time unless you know you’re going to be using more than 3000W for an extended time.

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With its 3.4-gallon fuel tank, it will run for 15 hours at a 50% load. That makes it very boondocking and camping friendly. Pulsar advertises a 63 dBa noise level from 10 feet away.

A suitcase-style handle extends out of the bottom of the Pulsar generator, which together with the built-in wheels make it easier to move the generator.

One of the cons I listed with the two Champion generators above is the fact that they don’t have the parallel capability. The Pulsar does have the parallel capability so you can pair two together for even more power when needed. That could be useful if you need to run two or more 15,000 BTU ACs.

When compared to the similar Champion 3100W, the biggest difference is the fuel tank size and the rated watts. Even though the Pulsar is more lightweight, it can output 700 more watts, and the fuel tank is more than twice as large.

Pulsar includes a 600ml bottle of 10w30 oil, a spark plug wrench and a funnel.

Note that while the Pulsar is available in different watt sizes, not all of them have the remote start.

I am impressed by the Pulsar 4000W/PG4000iSR and it’s giving the Champion generators a run for its money. It has all the features an RVer is looking for with the 30A plug, wheels and handles, remote start, eco-mode, long run hours, 12V and USB ports, and parallel compatibility.

Pros

  • Large fuel tank
  • 30A RV plug
  • DC, USB port
  • Remote start from up to 80 feet away, electric start
  • Wheels and smart handle built-in
  • Oil, overload indicator
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Parallel capability
  • Covered outlets

Cons

  • None

Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator

Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start - 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts - Gas Powered - CARB Compliant - Transfer Switch Ready

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The last two generators on today’s list are of the heavier, more powerful kind. Starting with the Westinghouse WGen7500, which has a whopping 7500 running watts with 9500 peak watts.

This is powerful enough to run a 50A camper with two 15,000 BTU air conditioners and a microwave at the same time.

It’s suited more toward homeowners looking to power their whole house though since it weighs 201 pounds. It would be heavy to drag around a campground, but not impossible.

Westinghouse has put the remote electric start on this unit and advertises that it can be started by up to 109 yards away or 327 feet.

It has the largest fuel tank out of all the generators in today’s comparison at 6.6 gallons. Those 6.6 gallons will run the generator for up to 16 hours.

There are four AC outlets and a 30A twist lock plug on the generator. Next to the outlets, you’ll find a battery indicator and a small screen that shows volts, frequency and run time.

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In addition, there is also the main breaker, and a Westinghouse smart switch outlet. Last but not least, Westinghouse has put a fuel gauge on it so you can easily monitor fuel levels.

To connect your RV, travel trailer, or fifth wheel to the 30A twist-lock plug on this generator when boondocking, you might need a 30A 4 Prong to 30A female connector (click to view on Amazon) if you have a 30A electrical system in your camper. For 50A systems, this is the adapter you need.

Westinghouse includes a 12V battery charger, oil, a funnel, a tool kit, and the remote start key fob with the generator.

Note that there is a larger model with dual-fuel capabilities, which means that it runs on both gasoline and propane gas, click here to view that model on Amazon.

The Westinghouse WGen7500 is a powerful generator that will power a whole home or a large RV/fifth-wheel camper. If you don’t mind the weight and the noise, you’re going to like how reliable and multi-functional this generator is. It will run for a long time with its large fuel tank, and the wheels and folding handle will at least assist you when moving it on your own.

Pros

  • Large fuel tank
  • Most powerful
  • 30A RV twist-lock plug
  • 4 AC outlets
  • Remote start from up to 109 yards away, electric start
  • Wheels and folding handle built-in
  • Screen showing frequency, volts, run time
  • Low oil shut-off
  • Covered outlets

Cons

  • No parallel capability
  • Not an inverter generator
  • Heavy

Champion 7500W RV Ready Portable Generator

Champion 7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start

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Why not end the way we started, with a Champion generator? This one is one of Champion’s most powerful generators that also has a remote start.

With 7500 running watts and 9375 surge watts, it will power your whole home or RV when boondocking/dry camping. It will power two 15,000 BTU RV air conditioners without any issues.

The wireless remote start is the same as on the smaller models, which lets you start the generator from up to 80 feet away.

It’s not an inverter generator, so it doesn’t have an eco mode and is not as efficient as the inverter models. It will run up to 8 hours at 50% load on a full 6-gallon tank.

Every outlet on the side of the Champion 7500-watt generator is covered, and Champion has done a great job in terms of the number of outlets. It has both a 30A and a 50A RV plug so it’s compatible with your camper straight out of the box without additional adapters. There is also a 30A twist-lock connector.

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In addition to the 30 and 50 amp plugs, there are four 20A outlets to power your standard 120V devices.

Champion has put the same Intelligauge we saw on their smaller models on this model, so you can monitor the frequency, volts, and expected run time.

At 207 pounds, it’s slightly heavier than the Westinghouse WGen7500 but it does have more ports. It’s very similar to the Westinghouse overall, but the Westinghouse shines with its 109 yard remote control max distance.

Champion includes a 3-year limited warranty and lifetime support.

Just like the Westinghouse above, the Champion 7500W is a very powerful but heavy gas generator that will power a whole house or RV camper without issues. It’s the kind of generator you want to keep in the garage in case of emergencies like a power outage. I like the cast iron sleeve that covers the top of the generator for durability reasons.

Pros

  • Large fuel tank
  • Second most powerful
  • 2 30A RV plugs (one twist-lock), 50A RV plug
  • 4 AC outlets
  • Remote start from up to 80 feet away, electric start
  • Wheels and folding handle built-in
  • Intelligauge screen showing frequency, volts, run time
  • Low oil shut-off
  • Covered outlets
  • Cast iron sleeve

Cons

  • No parallel capability
  • Not an inverter generator
  • Heavy

Conclusion And Generator Recommendations

We have looked at and reviewed several gas generators that have a built-in remote start now, but which one is the best for your needs?

It depends on what you plan on using it for. RVers might not need a 7500W generator, but homeowners might if they want to be able to power their whole home with it.

My recommendations are based on a comparison of the total package you get with the generator.

For RV/Camping

Pulsar 4000W/PG4000SR Portable Inverter Generator

Pulsar 4,000W Portable Gas-Powered Quiet Inverter Generator with Remote Start & Parallel Capability, CARB Compliant, PG4000iSR

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There are a couple of reasons to choose the Pulsar 4000W over its competition. The main reason being the size of the fuel tank. It’s powerful, quiet, and multifunctional with a 30A RV plug, two 20A outlets, a USB port, and a 12V outlet.

On top of that, it’s the lightest generator on the list.

Champion has a competitor in the Pulsar that will push Champion to create something new and better because right now the Pulsar is the winner in my eyes.

For Homeowners/Emergencies

Champion 7500W RV Ready Portable Generator

Champion 7500-Watt RV Ready Portable Generator with Wireless Remote Start

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For homeowners that need a generator to power their whole home during emergencies and power outages, the Champion 7500W is a beast.

Ready for both regular AC electronics with its 4 20A outlets, and RV campers with its three 30A/50A ports, it’s a versatile generator that could also be brought camping if you can get it into the back of your truck.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Connect A Generator To My RV, Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel?

I have written a post that answers this question, click here to read it.

What Kind Of Oil Should I Use In My Gas Generator?

If you’re going to be starting the generator in all temperatures (even below -10°F), use Castrol 5W-30 synthetic oil. If you’ll be starting it in above freezing temperatures only, use Castrol 10W-30.

What Size Generator Do I Need?

Electronics and appliances that require a lot of watts are things like air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, water heaters, stoves, and ovens.

You need to consider what appliances you want to run and if you need to power more than one at the same time.

When you have an idea of how many watts your appliances require, multiply the number by 1.25 to add a margin for safety.

For RVers, if you have a 13,500 BTU AC, you should choose a generator with at least 3000 running watts. For a 15,000 BTU AC, I recommend at least 4000 running watts.

If you only need to power a small camper and electronics like laptops, TVs, and a coffee maker, I recommend considering a small inverter generator. Check out this post with my top recommendations.

How Often Should I Change/Refill Oil?

The manual that came with the generator will tell you what the specific company recommends, but in general, a new generator should have its oil changed after its first 30 hours, then every 100 hours of run time.

Can I Refill Gas While The Generator Is Running?

No, turn off the generator and let it sit for two minutes before refueling.

What Kind Of Gasoline Should I Use?

Use unleaded fuel with a minimum of 87 octane rating.

What Is An Inverter Generator And How Is It Different From A Conventional Generator?

An inverter generator produces a cleaner current by creating a high-frequency AC current and turning it into DC, then back to a stable AC current. With access to both 12V and 120V power, it’s common to see 12V and USB outputs on inverter generators.

A conventional generator only produces the AC current.

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While inverter generators aren’t as powerful as conventional generators in most cases, they’re quieter, lighter, more fuel-efficient, and often have a parallel capability so you can connect two if you need more power.

What Does The Eco Mode Do?

The eco mode adjusts the engine speed to generate only the electricity needed to power whatever you have plugged into the outlets.

If you’re going to be powering a 200W device for hours with a 3000W generator, you should leave the eco mode on. But if you’re going to power a 2500W device, turn off the eco mode to not put extra strain on the generator.

Sometimes electronics have surge watts, so then it can be a good idea to turn off eco mode while starting up, then turn the eco mode on when the appliance has started and is running.

Does Remote Start Work Through Walls?

Yes, as long as the generator isn’t too far away, the remote start feature works through walls, even concrete walls in some cases.

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Are Gas Generators Waterproof?

None of the generators on the list are waterproof, and it’s not recommended to run them when it’s raining outside. They also shouldn’t be used indoors.

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