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GenTent or the Alternatives?

GenTent is the result of finding no viable, affordable products that would allow safely running a generator in rain or wet weather. Patented & Engineered to withstand hurricane force precipitation, 70 MPH forecast winds, and an 18” snow load. Independently tested by third party labs, generator manufacturers, and storm proven by the biggest hurricanes and storm systems these last several years. GenTent is the only engineered product on the market today that keeps generators safe to use and protected from damage, in rain and severe wet weather.

GenTent is not the only available option for generator protection, but it is important to compare the quality, ratings, cost and time benefits of the available solutions:

Price Table | GenTent or Alternatives | Farhan4u
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • Easy to Install?
  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • Total Space Needed?
  • Available Support?

GenTent

Portable & Inverter Kits
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • Yes
    ? GenTent outfits 3,000+ generators models ranging from 1,000w-22,500w!

    Get a FREE analysis of your generator here.

  • Easy to Install?
  • Yes
    ? Typical installation for the GenTent is about 15 minutes,

    learn how here.

  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • Yes
    ? GenTent products have been storm tested and independently tested for up to 70 MPH forecast winds.

    See the results here.

  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • Yes
    ? GenTent products have been storm tested and independently tested for up to 12" of rain an hour.

    See the results here.

  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • Yes
    ? GenTent products have been blizzard tested and independently tested for up to 18" snow load or 55 LBS of pressure.

    See the results here.

  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • Yes
    ? The design of GenTent allows for your generator to stay portable while being protected.
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • Yes
    ? GenTent has been tested by multiple generator manufacturers, and contributes to the PGMA technical committee.

    You can see more of the independent testing results here.

  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • Yes
    ? GenTent canopies are Flame Retardant (NFPA 701) rated, and all sourced component pieces are FR as well.

    See the independent test results here.

  • Total Space Needed?
  • 24" x 36"
    ? Most GenTent models will measure at 24" x 36" or less; for larger generators our GenTent XL models are 28" x 42".
  • Available Support?
  • U.S. Based with a dedicated Service Staff!
    ? Customer-centric approach for service, support, setup, and warranty claims. Call us 781-334-8368 or e-mail us customercare@gentent.com!
$149.99

Steel Enclosure

Permanent Generator Housing
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • No
    ? Not all portable generators will fit into this enclosure, and those with higher heat profiles may not be able to cool themselves enough when placed in this type enclosure.
  • Easy to Install?
  • No
    ? Steel enclosures require professional installation, and a cement pad for mounting the enclosure. When using a steel enclosure, your portable generator becomes stationary and its location becomes fixed.
  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • Yes
  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • Yes
  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • Yes
  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • No
    ? Steel enclosures require professional installation, and a cement pad for mounting the enclosure. When using a steel enclosure, your portable generator becomes stationary and its location becomes fixed.
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • No
  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • Yes
  • Total Space Needed?
  • 74" x 33"
  • Available Support?
  • Company Specific
$1,000

+$350 average installation

Retrofit Shed

Modified Plastic Storage Shed
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • No
    ? Not all portable generators will fit into this enclosure, and those with higher heat profiles may not be able to cool themselves enough when placed in this type enclosure.
  • Easy to Install?
  • No
    ? Retrofit Sheds may require professional installation, and a cement pad for mounting the enclosure. Do it yourself approach might take 3-4 hours depending on skill set.
  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • Maybe?
    ? Possible with proper anchoring of enclosure.
  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • Yes
  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • Yes
  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • No
    ? When using a retrofit shed enclosure, your portable generator becomes stationary and its location becomes fixed.
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • No
  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • No
  • Total Space Needed?
  • 54" x 32"
  • Available Support?
  • No
$460

+$300 installation or labor

Pop-Up Canopy

Common 10x10 Backyard Tent
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • No
  • Easy to Install?
  • Yes
  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • No
    ? Pop-up canopies are very difficult to anchor on a driveway and even when anchored are damaged by winds over 20 mph.
  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • No
    ? Pop-up canopies do not protect the sensitive outlet areas from rain that is blown sideways.
  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • No
    ? Most pop-up canopies will fail under the pressure of 3" of snow.
  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • Yes
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • No
  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • No
  • Total Space Needed?
  • 120" x 120"
  • Available Support?
  • Company Specific
$80

Up to $300 for higher quality

DIY Dog House

Build a Permanent Structure
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • No
    ? Not all portable generators will fit into this enclosure, and those with higher heat profiles may not be able to cool themselves enough when placed in this type enclosure.
  • Easy to Install?
  • No
    ? These DIY doghouses may require professional installation, and a cement pad for mounting the enclosure. Do it yourself approach might take 5-7 hours depending on skill set.
  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • Maybey?
    ? Possible with proper anchoring of enclosure.
  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • Yes
    ? May deteriorate over time if not treated annually (added expense).
  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • Maybe?
    ? Possible with proper support.
  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • No
    ? When using a DIY dog house enclosure, your portable generator becomes stationary and its location becomes fixed.
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • No
  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • No
    ? Any wood dog house is made with flammable materials that can auto-ignite if they get too hot! Exhaust gasses typically reach 600F and muffler components maintain temperatures between 300F-350F.
  • Total Space Needed?
  • 54" x 32"
  • Available Support?
  • No
$250

+$300 installation or labor

Competitor

Generator Storage Tent
  • Fits Nearly All Portable Generators?
  • No
    ? Not all portable generators will fit into these models. They openly disqualify popular models over 10,000 watts, Generac, Honda EM or EB Series, DeWalt, RIDGID, or any models with fixed handles or lift hooks.
  • Easy to Install?
  • No
    ? Common customer feedback calls out shortfalls with instructions, accuracy of pieces, and stability of product.
  • Withstand Winds up to 70MPH?
  • No
    ? Product is zip tied to the generator, and comes apart in 20 MPH+ winds.
  • Waterproof - Withstands Severe Wet Weather?
  • No
    ? Flat surface creates pools of water, with several seam lines on the surface, water saturates the seams and leaks on to the generator.
  • Withstands up to 18" Snow Load (55LBS of Pressure)?
  • Maybe?
    ? Possible with proper support.
  • Generator Stays Portable?
  • No
    ? The solution to the competitor's durability concerns is to run metal stakes and lines to the top of the canopy. This will increase the footprint, limit usage to grass and dirt (not recommended by generator manufacturers), and eliminate the ability to stay portable.
  • Independently Tested for Carbon Monoxide Safety & Heat Dissipation?
  • No
    ? No independent testing supplied, and no response to inquiries of that nature.
  • Non-Combustible - Flame Retardant?
  • No
    ? Competitive cover is made of flammable materials that can auto-ignite if they get too hot! Exhaust gasses typically reach 600F and muffler components maintain temperatures between 300F-350F.
  • Total Space Needed?
  • 26" x 33"
    ? 55" x 65" with tie downs.
  • Available Support?
  • China based without support.
    ? Competitive covers typically only found on Amazon. These companies supply no method of contact either through phone or e-mail, leaving customers without support.
$139.96

+$20 for tie down version

The typical portable generator large enough to provide emergency home backup power, or an inverter class quiet generator used for recreation and on the job site ranges from $800 - $4,000 on the high side. Most homeowners will spend between $1000 and $1800 for a ready-to-go emergency backup portable generator, transfer switch and outdoor outlet, fully installed.

GenTent has been carefully engineered to be a relatively small percentage of your overall portable generator investment. GenTent keeps your portable generator portable and ensures that it can run safely in nearly any wet weather. All the potential alternatives come up short in quality, performance, or are drastically more expensive. Want to learn more? Give us a call or chat!