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Old 01-30-2015, 12:05 AM   #31
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:24 AM   #32
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My plan for the next power outage is to move into the trailer. Last time we had no power for four days in the dead of winter ( snow storm, atypical Vancouver ). Huddled in the front room, which has a wood burning fire place.
Makes more sense to move to the driveway. Take some food to the trailer fridge, leave taps on at a trickle so they don't freeze. Trailer isn't that much smaller than the house.
My Honda 1000i will keep battery topped up.
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:37 AM   #33
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I don't run a generator for fun, using a microwave, a blender, or any of the countless other so called necessities of life. I'm talking charging the batteries and making sure the fridge functions. I hardly ever drive except when necessary, I walk most places, when we had inspections that rated your fuel use I always scored in the excellent class for low fuel consumption. I also always respect peoples need for quiet and I hope they respect my needs in an emergency.
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Old 01-30-2015, 12:55 AM   #34
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Agreed. Drives me nuts when people sit around a camp fire and laugh and sing when I'm trying to sleep or read a book.
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:38 AM   #35
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Agreed. Drives me nuts when people sit around a camp fire and laugh and sing when I'm trying to sleep or read a book.
That's why you carry a generator, drowns all that noise.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:08 AM   #36
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OK, OK, all generator owners aren't created equal.
This is very true. Proper use with a generator when amongst other people not known to you, is a matter of using respect.

Some of the worst offenders are the mohos with the built-in generators. I have yet to see a quiet one. At a music festival last summer, there was one parked right beside our group of 4 trailers. The owner did tell us that he needed to run it in order to make their morning coffee. We reluctantly agreed, but after hearing that thing right beside use drowning out all the peace and quiet (it made ever conversing hard) we instead offered to make them some coffee. He finally accepted, and agreed that he would buy a coffee maker that would not require 120V to operate.
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Agreed. Drives me nuts when people sit around a camp fire and laugh and sing when I'm trying to sleep or read a book.
Boy o boy, better not come camping with our group then, not only do we laugh and sing, but imbibe in alcohol too which only increases our volume. Mind you, we are not usually around others, so nobody but the coyotes complain, and they just sing along. There is generally up to a dozen or more of us.

BTW, I have no issue with someone using a small quiet generator at an appropriate time of the day, and respectfully placing it in the least bothersome location.
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What's an acceptable and courteous use of a generator in a campground? I would answer that I don't know, but I know it when I see it. Some have bothered us, and some have not. Common sense and a little awareness of your surroundings goes a long way. It isn't so much that those obnoxiously noisy campers next door are trying to be obnoxious - it just never occurs to them that they might be. We have also found through tent camping over decades, that a little kindness and friendliness from us is usually reciprocated.
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We carry a Yamaha 2400 during longer trips (like weeks at a time). We don't use it much, and wonder sometimes why we carry it, but when the batteries need charging or it's 100 degrees outside, it comes in handy. The Yamaha is as quiet as the Honda's and provides a little more power that comes in handy for the air-conditioner (especially the ones without a soft start). The generator resides in the pickup, even when running, so it's fairly secure and the noise is muffled even more. When connected to A/C, running the air-conditioner is almost as noisy as running the generator. Many times we can't hear our generator over another generator two or three sites away from ours. We are very mindful of others and hope not to hinder anyone's joy while camping.
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I have camped beside others with generators who had no regard for the noise they were creating. It makes for an unhappy camping experience.

That being said, I did not realize how loud the air conditioner in my 19' was until I walked around our campsite at Dead Horse Point SP one afternoon when the A/C was on. I was embarrassed to find out that the sound from our A/C could be heard for a large distance away from the camper. After that, we made sure to use it more sporadically when possible and tried to avoid having the A/C on during the night when people are trying to sleep. The DHPSP campground is quite wide open and it is possible that treed sites would have absorbed the sounds better. Of course, with treed sites, you often don't need the A/C.
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When we purchased our generator I went for the Honda 2000i, even though their 1000 watt model would have been enough for just charging the trailer batteries. It was fortunate that I chose this model, because with its feature to vary the engine speed according to power being drawn, it runs at low speed. The 1000W model would have been running closer to full speed a lot of the time and making more noise. The 2000i is far louder when running at full speed. Something to think about when choosing a generator. Maybe the Yamaha 2400 would be a better option.

I asked Reace about running our Escape 21's air conditioner and he said the Honda 2000i will do it, but I will have to switch off the battery circuit to be able to run it. Considering we will likely only use it if we travel to the southern US states, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

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