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Generators for camping.

Im looking for a generator for camping.   What do you guys suggest.   I know a honda would be great but i am not looking to break the bank on this.    How big will i need to run the camper.    I know the quieter the better but you will pay way more.   What do you guys suggest for a generator a limited budget.   

Also are there kits to quiet down a louder generator?

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What are you trying to run?  Fridge, heater, ac?

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mainly the ac at night.    and charge up the battery off and on.     and run the microwave periodicly

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 Where do you usually camp? Near others in a campground or by yourself? The quieter the better either way but it all depends how quiet you "need" it too. If the only people you might bother are inside sleeping comfortably in the AC, it doesn't need to be as quiet.

Figure out the max power you need to run everything, what your budget is and that will narrow down your options as to how "quiet" you can go.

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A lot of campgrounds will have a quiet time from 11pm-7am when generators can't run.  Also there isn't a cheap quiet generator with enough power to run the air conditioner its going to be either loud or expensive.

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i have a pair of honda 2000's; together they run an 18k btu ac unit. By themselves they will not run even a 15k btu unit; guessing a 3000ui would

for quite; your options are honda/yamaha/kipor; i went the honda because i always wanted the ability to roll into a local dealer and get parts; with kipor for example that isn't necessarily an option

the honda's are awesome

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The standard size for what you describe is the 3000 watt continuous (3500 peak) familiy of RV generators. I suggest biting the expense bullet and getting the rv version right away. Buy used if you have to, not a lot of people put many hours on their generators.

I have a kipor that I picked up used a couple years ago from BISMAN online. Start there.

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GHF5VC/ref=asc_df_B004GHF5VC1685871?smid=AF8EGQ3KRZQB6&tag=dealtmp1-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B004GHF5VC

This will run everything. Pretty quiet and remote start so you can start it from your camper. Bought one last year and love it.

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http://www.extrememax.com/catalogs/specialty/generators/boliy-generator-si-e.html

Yhis is what I got from swensons rv in MInot, under a $1000, runs everything in the camper, almost as quiet as dads Honda, but half the money.  Good thing is it comes with electric start, and has the option of remote start.  Used it all last year, and was happy with it.

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Ya, I would say 3500watt generator. Be careful when you buy though, they have peak output and constant output. make sure you have at least 3500 constant output.
Brother had champion like one 5575 posted, no complaints.
I have a all power america. works good no complaints.

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Been there.  Buy either the Honda or Yamaha.  Seriously!  

I know they are expensive, but you are just parking the money.  You can resell anytime without any significant loss.  Look at the resale they get and you will be convinced. Basically you are renting it for about $200 because last I checked that is the used discount.  And you get it because they are a superior machine.

You will need 3000 watts.  Made that mistake too.

Basically you can get rich just following my mistakes.  At least someone will be.

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I bought a 5600 craftsman about 5 years ago, it will run everything in my camper at one time including the toaster and coffee pot. However its like being at the airport during a 757's take off as far as noise goes.
I like it just fine however anyone camping within 200 yards of me sure doesnt.
Next one will most definately be a honda 3000, as rarely do you need to run every appliance at one time, and it would be nice to not get the dirty looks the next morning when at 4:30 am I decide to brew up some coffee before I hit the lake for the morning bite

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I've got nothing against those lower priced Champion, and the like, generators as far as quality as I have never used one.  However, if you have ANY desire to camp at a state park, they will get complaints if it isn't an RV style generator.  I looked at that Champion one for specs on noise, it is rated at 68 decibels, pretty quiet for a job site, not so much when it's at the 5th wheeler next door in a park.

RV generators tend to be in the range of 47-58 decibels, and yes the difference is noticeable!

Never before seen that one posted by All4eyes, but it intrigues me.

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Allen, which size kipor do you have? I have the 3000, and I like it fairly well. It is super quiet. Basically comparable to Honda or Yamaha. I picked mine up on amazon, and had it shipped to my door for about 850. If I did it again, I would have bought the electric start. The suitcase is lighter, but I've wore my arm out trying to start it while ice fishing.

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Mine is a 3500 peak model with electric start.  The e-start is nice until you have to get a new battery for it!   I think they wanted something around $100 for a freaking little 12V battery, went searching and found one close enough at NAPA for about $35.

It's no Honda/Yamaha, but gets the job done just fine for me.  I picked it up on Bisman online a couple years ago for about half the cost of a new one. 

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i personally sleep like a baby to the hum of a generator.

if your gonna spend the cash get one big enough that you can run your house during a power outage

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johnr Said:
I bought a 5600 craftsman about 5 years ago, it will run everything in my camper at one time including the toaster and coffee pot. However its like being at the airport during a 757's take off as far as noise goes.
I like it just fine however anyone camping within 200 yards of me sure doesnt.
Next one will most definately be a honda 3000, as rarely do you need to run every appliance at one time, and it would be nice to not get the dirty looks the next morning when at 4:30 am I decide to brew up some coffee before I hit the lake for the morning bite

For a little courtesy would you tell us what lake you typically camp at?  Also, post a photo of your truck, boat and camper so I don't camp in the same area.  Thanks in advance.

As for the guy wanting a generator, I was in the market for one over ten years, and just simply never bought one because of the prices and I refuse to buy loud junk.  I was forced to buy one for the purpose of gutting my houses last summer, and I am wondering what I was thinking waiting so long.  Just buy the 3500 Honda.  You will thank yourself after you use it for the first time.  So many reasons to do it. So few reasons not to.  The Honda is reliable, easy to start, gets it done and then some, local for repairs (which I have yet to hear of one being in need of repair) and they are nice and quiet.

My Honda 2000 will go everywhere we are camping from now on.  Used it icefishing this winter and it ran a pizza oven, an electric heater and lights just fine.  If you put it in the box of the truck it is even quieter as the sound is deflected even more.  Love it.


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Stizostedion vitreum Said:
For a little courtesy would you tell us what lake you typically camp at?  Also, post a photo of your truck, boat and camper so I don't camp in the same area.  Thanks in advance.

As for the guy wanting a generator, I was in the market for one over ten years, and just simply never bought one because of the prices and I refuse to buy loud junk.  I was forced to buy one for the purpose of gutting my houses last summer, and I am wondering what I was thinking waiting so long.  Just buy the 3500 Honda.  You will thank yourself after you use it for the first time.  So many reasons to do it. So few reasons not to.  The Honda is reliable, easy to start, gets it done and then some, local for repairs (which I have yet to hear of one being in need of repair) and they are nice and quiet.

My Honda 2000 will go everywhere we are camping from now on.  Used it icefishing this winter and it ran a pizza oven, an electric heater and lights just fine.  If you put it in the box of the truck it is even quieter as the sound is deflected even more.  Love it.

LOL,

I usually camp on the west side of Sakakawea. I have a 34ft cherokee 5th wheel, and a charcoal F250, and a white 19ft ProV.
I only camp primative in the early spring and fall as I like to keep my camper nice and cool in the hot parts of summer and camp with electric then.

When I do use my generator I try to camp as far away from the other campers as I can, and was mostly joking about running it at 4:30 am, but I have done this a time or two.

I also have been known to play my stereo quietly around the campfire at times too, after the kids have gone to bed and drink a couple of cold ones, so if you happen to be camping and see this type of shananigans going on stop over and have one with me 

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Seriously if you need AC when camping, you might as well stay home...

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No thanks, I'll just camp and use the AC cuz I like it better and I sleep well being cool. Thanks for the advise though.

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Lycanthrope Said:
Seriously if you need AC when camping, you might as well stay home...

Thought the same thing as little as ten years ago.  Never slept well at night until it cooled down, now I can sleep if/when I want.  AC rocks!

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I will have to say back in the day camping with the folks and rest of Good Sam club possey, I remember when it was hot and not getting any sleep at all, must of been why some of us starting drinking at early age, we use to sleep in the tent outside hoping to cool off and it was easy to raid all of our folks coolers.
Been done the same purchase route get the good one I have a honda 3000 with all the others I bought and sold could of bought two. They are about 2G. Runs at same deciibels as voice we talk with, and I can run anything with it.

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I saw a guy one time who had made a plywood box to cover the generator and I think he had some of the acoustic foam inside.   Can't remember how he rigged up the exhaust hole and breather.   Anyone ever see something like this?   A quick google search and I found this    http://www.ehow.com/how_7609998_homemade-generator-silencer.html
http://www.ehow.com/how_6223663_make-camping-generator-quieter.html

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Allen Said:

Lycanthrope Said:
Seriously if you need AC when camping, you might as well stay home...

Thought the same thing as little as ten years ago.  Never slept well at night until it cooled down, now I can sleep if/when I want.  AC rocks!

Yep, got an on-board Onan in my motorhome and I sleep like a baby now days.  A guy really only needs to run it for about 2 hours to cool from the heat of the day and then let the night air kick in.  I do not want to return to the sweaty mess.

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Captain Ahab Said:

Allen Said:

Lycanthrope Said:
Seriously if you need AC when camping, you might as well stay home...

Thought the same thing as little as ten years ago.  Never slept well at night until it cooled down, now I can sleep if/when I want.  AC rocks!

Yep, got an on-board Onan in my motorhome and I sleep like a baby now days.  A guy really only needs to run it for about 2 hours to cool from the heat of the day and then let the night air kick in.  I do not want to return to the sweaty mess.

I've got a built in Onan also. No problems. Best money spent if you are gonna do such things as using the camper later in the year for hunts.

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Probably the cheapest route to go. Buddy we camp with has one, runs everything he needs to. Not overly noisy.If needed for home use, it will operate a few items for you in a pinch. Have a Coleman 6250, noisy but is also for home backup about $600 

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A good one thats affordable.

http://www.amazon.com/Champion-Equipment-46515-4-Stroke-Generator/dp/B000TK2PLI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333103957&sr=8-1