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Old 10-05-2014, 09:14 PM   #21
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Twelve weeks on the road without hookups this year. I have a roof mounted 95 watt panel. I put the controller inside a cabinet because I don't even need to check it. Never at a loss for power. Generators, even the quiet ones, are a nuisance to yourself and others. The fact that you need to hide it is proof of that.
Huum, I don't I ever said we "hide" it - more accurately we try to minimize the sound to others by how we orient it and only have ever used it in campgrounds that are already not quiet to begin with.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:18 PM   #22
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Owning a generator is kinda like being a smoker.
Glad I quit smoking a few years ago, but I'm not ready to give up my generator.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:23 PM   #23
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Coming from the tent camping and backpacking world, I realize that RV camping often has a different mindset. But, I have to agree with Steve and others who consider generators a nuisance and detrimental to the whole camping experience. When we camped in a tent we often had a hard time finding peace and quiet because of all the d**n generators running.

For our style of camping, I would only have a generator or use one in one situation: a very hot (south Texas) day, at a site that is far from other campers. That way I could run the AC.

There is just so much positive that solar has to offer: silence, renewable energy, zero emissions and about as green as you can get. You get to have your conveniences when you want them, but you don't have to make any noise or pollution doing it.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:23 PM   #24
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Owning a generator is kinda like being a smoker.
Glad I quit smoking a few years ago, but I'm not ready to give up my generator.
Do we get our own lounge to hang out in and be social outcasts? Generators Anonymous meetings start Monday....
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:32 PM   #25
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For our style of camping, I would only have a generator or use one in one situation: a very hot (south Texas) day, at a site that is far from other campers. That way I could run the AC.
Just curious. In the situation that you describe, do you sit in the trailer all day with the door closed and the AC running, watching National Geographic specials on penguins?
Not having AC, I just seek out a breeze.
Which, speaking of, I'm still trying to find a 12V fan that is compact and portable. Had one with a spring clip but it gave up in Osoyoos one afternoon.
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Do we get our own lounge to hang out in and be social outcasts? Generators Anonymous meetings start Monday....
In B.C. you no longer have a separate lounge for smokers, can't smoke on patios or within 6 metres ( 18 feet ) of a door or window, or in a park, at the beach.
Basically, you have to smoke in the middle of a four-lane highway.
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Just curious. In the situation that you describe, do you sit in the trailer all day with the door closed and the AC running, watching National Geographic specials on penguins?
Not having AC, I just seek out a breeze.
Which, speaking of, I'm still trying to find a 12V fan that is compact and portable. Had one with a spring clip but it gave up in Osoyoos one afternoon.
Glenn, if you've ever camped in the deep south, and South Texas in particular, you know that even at night the temperatures can be stifling -- to the point where sleeping is really difficult. I don't think we'd camp often in such an area during the peak of summer. If we did, we'd suffer through unless we could be sure that a small generator wouldn't disturb anyone. As for daytime when we're out and about, we are used to the heat.
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Stifling is sleeping under a mosquito net in Dar es Salaam.
Being old, I can't take the heat anymore. Or the cold.
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Stifling is sleeping under a mosquito net in Dar es Salaam.
Being old, I can't take the heat anymore. Or the cold.
Does a mosquito net in Kuwait or Qatar count? He he .... I hear ya. Been there, done that.
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Got em both. Solar and a generator. Place for both of them, a little discretion is appropriate though with using the later.

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