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2oldman

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I'm in a rustic no-hookups CG where I'm fortunate to be able camp well away from a newbie with an i-Power brand inverter generator that he runs ALL DAY. Why? Because he has a residential refrigerator.

This i-Power unit is pretty loud. I was thinking it didn't have an Eco throttle or the owner wasn't aware it did, but it does, and he's using it. Problem is, even at its lowest power output, it's tough to carry on a conversation near it. If you're wanting to avoid the cost of a Honda/Yamaha, I strongly recommend the Predator over the i-Power unit. I was pleasantly suprised at the quietness of the Predator.

Residential refers are pretty and keep your initial costs down, but IF you plan on doing a lot of boondocking, take it seriously they will need 120v power. And that's either going to be solar/batteries/inverter or generator. Your salesman will try to wow you with how hard your ice cream will and how much they hold. Don't be blinded by that. These refers need 120v power.

Running a generator, ANY generator, all day is just obnoxious.

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So they need 120 power. They do not need it 24/7.
I went over 20 hours without power because of a faulty transfer switch and guess what? Everything was still frozen like a rock and the refer side was still below the danger zone as far as temps go.





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dons2346 wrote:

So they need 120 power. They do not need it 24/7.
I'm not sure they realize that.

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I'm sure it will last quite some time if you never open the doors. But honestly we use our refrigerator, which means the doors get opened a pretty fair amount. How long will stuff stay cold/frozen if the doors are opened frequently. I would hate to have a fridge that required careful usage of it. When I want a cold drink or ice cream, I want to open the door and get it, and not be overly concerned if I don't immediately close the door.


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Ran into that sort of situation at a bluegrass festival last year. There was a section for 24hr generators much further away from the stage area where we were with restricted times but this character had to run his pair of gennys for every minute permitted & some.

Don't know if he had a domestic refer but he had the AC going. Everyone else in the area was using gennys at a minimum to charge battery banks. Yeah, it was hot but the rest of us were putting up with the heat & being considerate of others noise-wise. Not this character. Even after being spoken to he was adamant about having his AC, no matter the annoyance he was causing very close neighbours with noise & CO fumes.

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If they have a battery bank and an inverter they also only need to run the generator a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening. A residential fridge only draws a few amps when the compressor is running and nothing when not. My coach can easily go 8-12 hours without needing any external power.


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
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Anyone who plans on dry camping in campgrounds should consider power needs carefully. Many campgrounds have limits on generator usage, solar requires sunlight, etc.

Make sure you can last 20+ hours on one charge and can recharge via a generator within 2-3 hours. This will ensure that 1) you don't need to violate generator rules, and 2) you can keep everything running without issue without encroaching on the enjoyment of other campers. If you need more than this, then you are not set up for dry camping in campgrounds.


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2oldman wrote:

dons2346 wrote:

So they need 120 power. They do not need it 24/7.
I'm not sure they realize that.

What most neighbors also don't realize is that a neigbor's generator is always louder than if it were your own [emoticon]

And there is a fair bit of truth to this joke. People place generator where it has minimal impact on them, ex. far away from their RV and/or with a truck between their RV and generator. Or, if it's a built-in, they would park side side away from their lot. Unfortunately this is where it has more impact on their neighbors.

I've grown to like hook-up locations lately. Too many people like this guy in your post, on offgrid camps. They would run a genny to watch 20W TV set. Have written here about residentials in offgrid many times, too.

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It all boils down to is the offender within the rules.
If the CG or situation allows 24/7 gensets or some form of extended use, the OP chose a poor destination.
Yes it would be nice if all campers were considerate, but consideration is not mandatory or enforceable.
I feel the OP's pain but if the offender is within the rules the OP is unfortunately out of luck


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... and if over-populating and over-polluting affects your life, you chose a poor planet. Being ignorant and inconsiderate is not illegal, for sure.

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