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Old 05-26-2011, 11:36 AM   #71
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yeah, I agree with you. And to look at it realistically, I don't really expect to use the aircon very much at all. Living without it for years has kind of ruined us for that artificial atmosphere. And about the only things we even use our home microwave for are popcorn, baked potatoes, and acorn squash. I could give all those up easily enough on the road.

In my typical over-analyzation of everything that gets my attention, I did look up sales and service outlets in Ft. Collins, and found out that while Honda has several fairly well established reps, Yamaha seems to be limited to a choice of a motorcycle dealer or a golf cart repair place without a web address.

Since we'll be about thirty miles north of there for the majority of our AS time, it probably will have some weight on which brand we choose.
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:37 PM   #72
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I've noticed Camping World doesn't seem to be carrying the 1,000 w. generators. Must be the American bigger is better syndrome.

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Old 05-29-2011, 02:01 PM   #73
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Why should I have to feel bad when I am obeying the rules. As far as I'm concerned, the floppy hat crowd can pound sand.
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Old 05-29-2011, 03:12 PM   #74
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We just camped for a couple of days in the North Campground in Bryce Canyon National Park. We were camped in one of the loops that permitted generator use between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. One morning at about 9:30 AM I was starting up Lucy's generator to top off her batteries when a couple (the type wearing the floppy hats with chin straps and walking with ski poles) walked by making loud derogatory comments about me starting Lucy's generator. I resisted the temptation to shoot back, and went about my business. I thought to myself, though, what a bunch of crap. Why should I have to feel bad when I am obeying the rules. As far as I'm concerned, the floppy hat crowd can pound sand.

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Old 05-29-2011, 03:28 PM   #75
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Someone doing something dirty they're supposed to frown on.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:54 PM   #76
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I hated generators, until 4 nights boondocking with the furnace running every night ran the batteries down to dim.

So I crossed over to the other side and now use a Honda 2K for recharging the system and run the lights during the dinner hour.

What I don't understand is when there are 15 or more sites open in a campground, why does Mr. Green and family pull right in next to us, set up a tent and give dirty stares when I crank up the genny.

When I used to camp in a tent, or even in my 63 VW microbus, I would try to find spots where no RV could possibly go. What do you expect when you pull into a campground that has sites with 40'+ spots?
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What I don't understand is when there are 15 or more sites open in a campground, why does Mr. Green and family pull right in next to us, set up a tent and give dirty stares when I crank up the genny.
It has to do with the lumatic field of aluminum and it's effect on the human limbic system. Probably, the same reason you bought it instead of a tent. When you crank up your generator it reverses the lumatic field. This change in polarity creates an equal and opposite reaction causing a drop in endorphins and the adjacent campers to have a negative emotional reaction.
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Oh, I get it, it is the lumatic field. But when I had a Microbus 25 years ago and we camped in it at the top of Independence Pass where there was space for 50 campers, someone parked right next to us after dark and we were too tired to move. Did the Microbus have an aluminum engine? Maybe that explains it. So we have to increase their endorphins to make them like the generator—maybe we could put porn photos on the side of the trailer—that should help. Or maybe extract of skunk…

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Or maybe extract of skunk…

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Now your cookin on the big burner. I wonder if you can make bio diesel out of skunk juice.
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Put some skunks in the meat grinder, let them ferment in the sun and in a while, super-biofuel. When you start up the generator (adapted for this special fuel), those campers next to you all pass out. Wear your moon suit before attempting this. Might as well crank up the subwoofer just before you do this too. As they charge you for the bass problem, watch them drop in their tracks gagging. Leave quickly as they will come to eventually.

It is only through the Forum we can work out solutions to the most difficult of problems. I just love the helpfulness of the members. I never understood the lumatic field before. It was probably discovered at Los Alamos.

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That reminds me of a true story. Some years ago I had a chicken coop. In Estancia there are a plethora of skunks of both kinds. One year I live trapped at least a dozen which I took for long rides and then released them. At first I was real cautious putting the skunks in the back. I discovered they don't spray in the cage maybe because they can't get their arse and tail up in the air. So I became more casual in my transport. At least I think they were different skunks. I guess they all could all be the same skunk. My skunk alarm was a little Banty rooster who would go off when the skunks came around. Skunk proofing my fences became a personal issue for me and the skunks were just as determined to gain access to the boids. I remember one frosty night my Banty skunk alarm went off about 3am so I ran outside in my underwear and my slippers chasing the skunk around the coop with a broom. My goal was to herd the skunk which did not work out as I planned. You can guess the rest of the story.
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I had a very similar experience a few years back. I built a home in a part of Cape Cod innundated with skunks. Mellow skunks, but yeah, skunks. I built a low trap, one of those box types with a see-saw trigger and a door that dropped down behind the skunk once it was completely inside and nosed the trigger board at the far end. I got complacent, after trapping and relocating at least a dozen skunks over the course of a couple weeks. Then I got a little careless dumping the skunks out of the trap ( they didn't want to leave. Nice and dark, had food in it...etc.) I learned the hard way, too, not to take their mellow nature for granted if you startled them.
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Something I didn't know

I have read this thread about generators and camping. I just learned about trapping skunks. What? Actually, I am not complaining about the skunk thing, I think that I learned something more important about skunks than any old generator.
Thanks. I mean it.

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That just shows you that you can never be sure in which direction a thread is going to go. Here, we have started with generator etiquette, and it has morphed into a discussion about the various perils of capturing and relocating skunks. I guess that these two issues are more closely related than I ever thought.

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