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Quiet generator for camping?

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by PaRunnerd, May 15, 2017.

  1. May 15, 2017 at 8:26 PM
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    PaRunnerd

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    Plenty planned thanks to all of you.
    I'm planning a weekend trip for a trail race to the Robert H Treman State Park in the Empire State in a few weeks. Unfortunately, the campground that was highly recommended to me based on our itinerary doesn't have anymore spots with electric.

    Can anyone advise on using a generator - a very quiet one - to fulfill our basic needs? I don't anticipate using it for much, but I want to have both heat / AC covered as well as not drawing down the battery on my trailer. It's not necessarily a deal breaker, but I want to be a good neighbor when I'm camping there.

    Thoughts, ideas and all feedback is graciously welcome.
     
  2. May 15, 2017 at 8:29 PM
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    Cant go wrong with Honda generators
     
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    Adam, right now it's a dead heat between the Honda EB2000i which has reviewed well and the Champion 3500-Watt Remote-Start Inverter, which also reviewed well. Right now, I agree with you 100%, the Honda is sweet.

    Nevertheless, if I'm breaking a law by using either - in the NY State Parks - it's no good to me, so I'm hopeful that my friends to the North can share some guidance.

    If not, I'll contact the park directly and share what I find out. I enjoy basic creature comforts, but not at the expense of the law or convenience. I just want to play by the rules.
     
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    Plenty planned thanks to all of you.
    I guess this is asked and answered by my own due diligence:
    • Generator Hours are 9am to 11am and 5pm to 9pm. If the use of a generator is deemed unreasonably loud by the facility staff, an individual's use of the generator may be limited and/or prohibited.
    Source: https://parks.ny.gov/camping/things-to-know.aspx

    Regardless, I think it's on each of us to research, ask questions, etc. to find the real answers to our questions, no matter what or why. It's easier to ask for help, and you'll learn a lot along the way, but you can never learn too much researching for yourself and finding what you learned.
     
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  5. May 15, 2017 at 9:29 PM
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    What ya need to power? Buddy of mine has eu2000i super quiet
     
  6. May 16, 2017 at 3:15 AM
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    Honda is where its at....
     
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    Honda's have a eco switch that idols down the engine when there it minimal to no load. They are unbelievably quiet and efficient.
     
  8. May 16, 2017 at 4:38 AM
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    Pretty sure you've found your answer here Dave

    Just so happens it's the most expensive lol
     
  9. May 16, 2017 at 4:59 AM
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    I bought a Polaris 2000W and a 1000W with the parallel kit to run my AC When we were down in assateague last year a helluva lot cheaper than hondas and just as quiet compared to my buddies Honda I don't know if the 2000 is enough to run your heat/AC I know it wasn't for my camper hence the 1000W purchase
     
  10. May 16, 2017 at 7:20 AM
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    I have the champion 3500 dual fuel -gas and/or Propane. And it has an eco mode also. Runs fairly quiet but never compared side by side with the Honda. My co worker has the Honda 2000 and will have to do a side by side.in the next day or two. Just make sure it will have enough juice to run the A/C
     
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    Honda, of course, as many have said. They are pricey. Gander Mountain is going out of business. I was there on Sunday and they had a $1249 Honda marked down to $900. May be worth your time to take a trip to Gander Mountain, if one is nearby.
     
  12. May 16, 2017 at 7:39 AM
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    If your running an AC, you may want to look at 3000W generator.

    I have heard good things about the Champion brand, price being one of the benifits.

    I run a Honda myself. My co-worker has a 19 year old Honda 3000 and loves it. Good enough for me.
    http://m.powerequipment.honda.com/generators/models/eu3000i-handi

    On a side note, I would never buy a generator that wasn't quiet. Personally, I have had a few run ins with people camping that want to run loud ass generators all night long. Of course the generator was 100' away from their camp site and the exhaust was pretty close to mine. I asked them to shut off the generator at midnight (Colorado law is 10pm) and was told to FO.
     
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    Hondas are nice. I went with the new Generac iq2000 which is designed to compete with that Honda. Starts first time everytime and have given me zero troubles. It is quieter than the Honda.
     
  14. May 16, 2017 at 9:28 AM
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    I would do some extensive research on small generators. What might be a "good deal" may not be after 50 hours of service.
     
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    Have ran Honda EU2000 for hours and hours on bowfishing rig. You can buy a kit to use an external fuel tank (6 gallon) and run all day without running out of gas. Otherwise 4hrs on high with the smallish stock tank and the EU2000 goes empty.

    Extremely quiet and reliable. Also owned a Yamaha EF2400i that was a bit heavier to move around but one pull start and just as quiet as the Honda if you need a few more output amps.
     
  16. May 17, 2017 at 10:18 AM
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    I bought a predator 2000watt inverter from harbor freight was skeptical but for the price I figured why not. I use it at the ATV races I race to power the lights heater/AC in my trailer in it does the job only complaint is the fuel tank size
    I think I paid around $325 or so for it and it's pretty quiet. I would say comparably to a honda
     
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    I really don't like you right meow. LOL!!!

    That is an awesome generator. 5500 watts of pure awesomeness.

    The website you posted is pretty good on pricing as well. Thanks for that.
     
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    :rofl:You bet TJ! Hey I can't say enough about this set up. The tent is called Gentent, you need to check them out. You don't want a generator out in the rain and snow without protection. Wet and electric don't mix:thumbsup:
     
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    Hells yeah! I like your gen setup. If I end up going with a larger 5th wheel, I either have to get one with a generator already installed or buy another Honda and run the parallel kit.
     
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    Honda or Generac portable generator will be recommended for camping. Yes, quiet generator is really important for camping since the noise is very small and it doesn't influence others. You just need a small quiet generator that is enough.
     
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    If your just want a generator to power lights any generator will work. However to use AC you need to be aware of how many amps your generator will need to supply. Most roof mounted AC units are 30 amp. You can get away with less amps by installing a window style of AC.
     
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    Honda and Yamaha Inverters are nice and quiet and seems to be the choice of many. I have a Champion 3000/4000 generator from Canadian Tire in case of power failure at my home, but that thing is loud! If you don’t need to supply too much power check out Goal Zero solar kits. https://www.goalzero.com/shop/solar-kits/
     
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    Quiet? Goal Zero. Use it anytime you want. I didn’t see in the post how much power you need but Goal Zero should have a generator to fit your needs. And on a side note, if you need it for other occasions nobody will hear it and try to take it.
     
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    This is what I use. It is quiet but will only power a small ac unit..4 years old.
    IMG_4559.jpg IMG_4558.jpg
     
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    Here is our camping gen. Honda Handi eu3000i. Whisper quiet.

    9599DFF3-7A05-429B-9832-47CD01D25610.jpg
     
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