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Grit dog

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Posted: 06/15/21 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:


This is contractor grade generator. With inverter technology is going to be quieter, but still you will not be welcome with it at campgrounds.


Yup. And a cheep one at that.
Understand saving a buck and not going team red or blue. But you get what you pay for.
I think that 4000W Horrible Freight special comes with a complimentary box of earplugs though!


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Numerous Campgrounds, and even National Parks, are getting real testy on Generator noise.

I just saw that Yellowstone National Park has LIMITED Generators from 8am until 8pm in Seven parks (Bay Bridge, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Grant Village, Madison, Mammoth and Norris). There is a noise limit of 60 decibels.

I know just ONE Genny that can operate under load at that noise level.

Check out the dBA Chart at 100% Load

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The National Park standard is at 50 ft not 23 ft that the list has.

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jimh425 wrote:

The National Park standard is at 50 ft not 23 ft that the list has.


Just adding that FitRV tested 3 RV generators of different fuel types in motorhomes, and they all passed at 50 ft.

https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/rv-generator-sound-off/

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imh425
Interesting video of the 3 different generators
Thanks for sharring.


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bfacklam wrote:

.... Looking at 2,000 to 2,500 watts. Mainly for coffee maker, nebulizer and recharging phones and computers. ....


The first step should be to do an energy audit and reduce consumption if feasible.

There are plenty of great coffee maker options that work with water heated by your propane stove. Get rid of the electric coffee maker and the need to run a generator just to make coffee.

Power consumption for the rest of the items you mentioned should be minimal and can be done directly at 12 volts or with a very small inverter and little consumption of power. That is certainly true for charging cellphones. There are plenty of nebulizers that operate on built in batteries which can also be easily recharged with little power consumption. We have 12v chargers for out Dell laptops and power consumption is low.

You should not need a 2K or larger generator unless you also want to run a a/c unit or microwave. If you do need a larger generator, then I also recommend a Honda.

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NVR2L82AV8 wrote:

Numerous Campgrounds, and even National Parks, are getting real testy on Generator noise.

I just saw that Yellowstone National Park has LIMITED Generators from 8am until 8pm in Seven parks (Bay Bridge, Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Grant Village, Madison, Mammoth and Norris). There is a noise limit of 60 decibels.

I know just ONE Genny that can operate under load at that noise level.

Check out the dBA Chart at 100% Load


The Yamaha 3000 sieb is 57 db.


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I take the dB readings with a grain of salt. Is there an industry standard in how they are measured?


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Supercharged111 wrote:

I take the dB readings with a grain of salt. Is there an industry standard in how they are measured?

I don't know that they are 100% appleas to aples comparison.
But again our ears aren't 100% equal either[emoticon]
The ratings are what they are and usually are given at a certain distance.
In the end you can take the saving of an off brand or the reliablity and paets availablity of the established brands.
I agree the marketplace has changed over the last 10 years.
The off brands like Champion have replaced brands like Kipor.
The gap between the brand names and the off brands has shortened.
But there is still a gap in quality and price.
If you rely on your genset every camping trip, name brand is the way to go.If you only use your genset occasionally or don't camp very often, taking the savings of an off brand model makes more sense.
Reliability and parts availabilty are factors that seem unimportant when purchasing, however down the road these factors can be the difference betwen having power when you need it and hauling a brick around.


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I was reading this thread and just thought I'd chime in. 4 years ago I bought a Westinghouse 2400. POS. It was surging from day 1, and would shut down at times due to vapor lock or some other issue. I tried their tech support which was beyond useless. Some idiot reading from a manual telling me to take things apart when I didn't even have any replacement parts, etc. I ended up returning it to HD and buying a Honda 2200. I use the Honda every day in the summer not only to power my 5th wheel on my summer property, but to run power tools as well. Conservatively, I would estimate the hours to be well over 2,500 at this point. The only issues it ever had was a fuel leak from an improperly tightened screw from the factory, and a worn out pull cord which I replaced myself. I would never buy another brand.

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