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Generators for camping.

by , Posted to on 03/29/2012 10:36 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/21/2004
Location: ND
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?
Re: Generators for camping.
by on 03/29/2012 10:38 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/22/2004
Location: MT
What are you trying to run?  Fridge, heater, ac?
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by on 03/29/2012 10:41 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/21/2004
Location: ND
mainly the ac at night.    and charge up the battery off and on.     and run the microwave periodicly


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by on 03/29/2012 10:54 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/04/2002
Location: ND
 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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by on 03/29/2012 11:32 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/23/2008
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 03:50 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/23/2004
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 05:42 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

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by on 03/30/2012 05:56 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
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.
“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
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by on 03/30/2012 07:11 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/21/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 07:45 AM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/22/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 07:47 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/21/2002
Location: ND
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by on 03/30/2012 08:27 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/16/2008
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 09:09 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/05/2010
Location: nd
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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by on 03/30/2012 09:25 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
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

Lindy Fishing

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by on 03/30/2012 09:55 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 11:09 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
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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by on 03/30/2012 11:16 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND

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. 

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” ~ Mark Twain
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by on 03/30/2012 11:22 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/19/2010
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 12:12 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/17/2001
Location: ND
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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by on 03/30/2012 12:22 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/18/2004
Location: ND
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 

 See ya at the lake  

Lindy Fishing

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by on 03/30/2012 12:52 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
Seriously if you need AC when camping, you might as well stay home...
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