Hi doc, from my experience of over 20 yrs. no we had a small 3/400 watt one that we used about 2 times while boondocking. We found while boondocking that a small (1000 watt or less) quite generator was much more useful it provided 110 VAC for the computer, tv etc. and would charge the batteries. And no its not a dumb question. :laugh: :bleh: :approve:
I thought I might shead some light on inverters. It makes good sense to have onou plan on camping in State Parks. Some even most do not have hookups. If you have batteries and want to watch TV or use micowave, you will have power. The second reason is usually they are used to keep you house batteries charged. Good luck in your search.