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valhalla360 wrote:

There's a simple solution...go out and buy 10's of thousands of acres of range land. Build a road into the center of it and post no trespassing signs. Then you can set whatever rules you want for appropriate camping activities.

As long as it's public land and they are following the rules (official rules, not the ones you make up in your head), they have as much right to use the land as you do.

You probably are seeing a new crowd. If there is cell coverage, they may be out camping and working at the same time. Did you go over and talk to them...get to know them? Or did you sit their stewing over the newbies who don't know how to camp the right way?


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I love all three of my generators. Two are very quiet Inverters and the other just a normal OE Onan.


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As I type sitting in a marginal phone area & nearly empty NF CG my Honda 2000 hums away at a little above idle as it recharges the battery bank that was depleted some since last evening by the inverter.

As only an occasional dry camper there is no justification for solar when less than 5 gallons of gas is burned each year.

I like quiet too. Few things annoy me more than a genny being run for hours uneccessarily. Get an inverter for that C PAP machine. If you really must have A/C go to a CG with power.


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Lantley wrote:

egarant wrote:

azdryheat wrote:

I frankly don't care if my generator offends someone. I'll camp the way I want and you camp the way you want. I'll do my best to park far away from you. Doesn't sound very nice but that's the way it is. Out in the boonies there are no rules.


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This isn't the wild west. As long as you are living in a civilized society there are rules.
Do you really want it to be survival of the fittest?


Actually, I do live and camp in the wild west - SoAZ. With our porous border you don't know who's coming through your camp. BTW, there are no posted rules, that I've seen, concerning generator use and quiet hours in the BLM areas where I camp. And yes, I do believe in quiet while in a recognized RV park with others nearby. Out in the boonies, not so much.

One other point - loud music. I went to war with a jerk at Alamo Lake State Park who insisted on using his outdoor speakers cranked up, so that everyone could hear. I asked him politely to turn off the outside speakers to which he told me it was daytime and quiet hours weren't in effect. The ranger settled it.


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Common sense courtesy rules regarding genny noise are there for those who have no common sense or courtesy.

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We run the generator but we are VERY aware of the noise it makes. We follow the rules about hours. When we fire it up, we're letting it run for the least amount of time possible.

We don't use it for TV, we have Solar but only 200 watts and one house battery. We'll fire up the generator to thaw something, or to microwave popcorn.

But then it's turned right off.
Frankly, we don't want to listen to it either.

If we know we're going to be in an extra-quiet spot, I'll bring along the quiet 3500 watt Predator and leave the built-in Onan off.

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Just out of curiosity... when y'all are pitchin' a fit over people running 'generators'... are you grumping about the folks with the nasty $300 open frame 4000 watt construction site gen sets, or people running something more like a Honda EU2000/2200?

In the past, when we've ran our previous generator (Champion 3100, still pretty quiet) we observed the quiet time hours, and tried to limit the amount of run time as much as we could. Because of the crappy OEM charge converter in that trailer (WFCO 8955), sometimes it was a struggle to get enough juice back in the batteries to be able to run the slide and jack to hook up and take off when the time came. Last trip we had a brandy-new Honda EU2200, and I honestly couldn't hear it running 100 ft away during the day, with 'ambient' noises (we were next to a lake, with people at pretty much every site). Now, middle of the night, with nothing but the breeze... I could see the sound carrying a *little* further. We could certainly hear the music from the group on the other side of the lake, 1/4+ mile away.

Our new (to us) truck camper has a Onan 2500 generator... that is noticeably louder than the Honda or the Champion. But it's built-in, propane powered and push-button start with an auto transfer switch, which is handy. Debating whether to pull it and use the storage space for the Honda, or to keep it in reserve and just add more solar & batteries. TCs being kind of space-limited, more so than a lot of RVs, it's a balancing act [emoticon]

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memilanuk wrote:

Just out of curiosity... when y'all are pitchin' a fit over people running 'generators'... are you grumping about the folks with the nasty $300 open frame 4000 watt construction site gen sets, or people running something more like a Honda EU2000/2200?

In the past, when we've ran our previous generator (Champion 3100, still pretty quiet) we observed the quiet time hours, and tried to limit the amount of run time as much as we could. Because of the crappy OEM charge converter in that trailer (WFCO 8955), sometimes it was a struggle to get enough juice back in the batteries to be able to run the slide and jack to hook up and take off when the time came. Last trip we had a brandy-new Honda EU2200, and I honestly couldn't hear it running 100 ft away during the day, with 'ambient' noises (we were next to a lake, with people at pretty much every site). Now, middle of the night, with nothing but the breeze... I could see the sound carrying a *little* further. We could certainly hear the music from the group on the other side of the lake, 1/4+ mile away.

Our new (to us) truck camper has a Onan 2500 generator... that is noticeably louder than the Honda or the Champion. But it's built-in, propane powered and push-button start with an auto transfer switch, which is handy. Debating whether to pull it and use the storage space for the Honda, or to keep it in reserve and just add more solar & batteries. TCs being kind of space-limited, more so than a lot of RVs, it's a balancing act [emoticon]


You can quiet down that Onan a bit. I lined my compartment with Dynamat, added a bottom to the compartment made of 3/4" stall mat, built new motor mounts out of the left over stall mat, built a screen over the ventilation holes in the door out of 3M pads, and added a tractor muffler. It's much better - not quite inverter better, but much better. Onan has a new inverter model for building into truck campers, and if I were to buy again that would be on the must-have list.

Regarding my fit, I don't want to hear any generators running, period. I understand occasional use but if you're out there using it daily, I'm going to be annoyed that you haven't bothered to invest in an appropriate solar setup for your usage. It's a different matter altogether if it's been raining and overcast for a few days, your panels are covered in snow, or it's simply too hot to survive without running air conditioning (which can be done on solar).

Regarding truck campers, you just have to be creative. We're about to pick up a custom flatbed with a bunch of storage for ours.

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Jshupe Wrote:

Regarding my fit, I don't want to hear any generators running, period. I understand occasional use but if you're out there using it daily, I'm going to be annoyed that you haven't bothered to invest in an appropriate solar setup for your usage. It's a different matter altogether if it's been raining and overcast for a few days, your panels are covered in snow, or it's simply too hot to survive without running air conditioning (which can be done on solar).

I agree solar has changed the game. Those who feel they need to run gensets all day long need to invest in solar.
Solar can now power your A/C and produce quiet power all day long.


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I for one didn't realize that Solar can now power A/C. Interesting.

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