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Old 07-25-2014, 06:56 AM   #43
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I would put the generator in the back of the truck and run it late morning when many folks are away from their campsites. You could possibly stretch a tarp partially over the bed of the truck, just make sure it stays away from the generator to help keep down the noise.
Maybe bring a 100' extension cord and put the generator away from the campsite or neighbors.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:17 AM   #44
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I don't think you really exist. You're just part of the "Matrix" aren't you? Me.....I'm not paranoid at all!
You will be when several of us call the campground to complain about the Airstreamer using the generator!

I've seen NP campgrounds that have generator and no generator sections - I'm pretty sure Big Meadows in Shenandoah is this way.

I doubt you'll have a problem with one of those Honda 2000s...they're SO quiet it's amazing (we have them too). Put some stuff around it (bins for stuff, etc.) when it's running and I bet no one more a few feet away will even know. I suspect if that type of generator was what everyone had, the "no generator" policy wouldn't exist or would be a lot more loose.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:27 AM   #45
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a suggestion; get a sheet of rigid foam insulation and make a box with one open side. It will allow the genny to breath and let out very little sound.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:46 AM   #46
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Too much trouble to break camp and head out of the park where you can fire up the generator for a while? Just a thought
A lot of trouble, yes. It the principle of the thing too.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:49 AM   #47
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This does not say "prohibited", just "typically not allowed", also that property managers have "full discretion for generator use". Right?

Wisconsin State Park System Generator use

Generator use is typically not allowed in Wisconsin State Parks. Property managers have full discretion for generator use. Any camper who needs to operate a generator because of a health condition will be required to take an electrical site if any is available and not use the generator unless an outage occurs. Because the available electric site is not in a preferred location is not valid justification for the camper refusing to accept that site assignment.


It would seem that basic courtesy and discretion, as to timing of your generator use, should leave you undisturbed, particularly if you are in a non-electric area. (Former government employees always read the fine print. )

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Hi, Maggie! I read it several times and wondered the same as you. I weaselly worded enough that statement can be interpreted as allowances for medical reasons only...or to allow discretion by Park officials to stop loud and un-courteous use. We'll see.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:51 AM   #48
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Dunno, I've never done 4 dry days in a row. But I am sure the FF will be used a bit and I have kids and grandchildren along. I won't let myself be a power cop and infringe on a good time.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:53 AM   #49
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A lot of trouble, yes. It the principle of the thing too.
Well then just do what Click and Clack, the Tappat Brothers, recommend; turn the radio up. That should mask the generator sound, maybe play some heavy metal.

I just got some new Lifeline batteries but the old set still has some decent life in it. We dry camped for 2 days on the new ones, using the inverter for TV. I think if I was going to go for more and no generator I'd pack the extra 2. I know, a lot of trouble and weight/room.

For those 2 days we were in a National park and just across from the rest room, which had power. If I had taken my 100' extension cord I could have charged up at night, snaking the cord to the ladies room.
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Old 07-25-2014, 07:54 AM   #50
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I have the Supergen tent on order, have an extension cord and will consider time of day and gennie placement for "stealth mode". I am going to use it, so we'll see. I'll play dumb ans stupid (I'm very good at that, comes naturally) if questioned.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:14 AM   #51
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We've been on both sides of this. In a tent on a quiet little peninsula with only the sound of wind in the pines and loons calling. Pretty nice. And campgrounds that were like a nuthouse with radios blaring, generators running, and diesels idling. Not so nice.

I wouldn't run the generator if there's a chance of disturbing the quiet some folks came for, regulation aside.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:26 AM   #52
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We've been on both sides of this. In a tent on a quiet little peninsula with only the sound of wind in the pines and loons calling. Pretty nice. And campgrounds that were like a nuthouse with radios blaring, generators running, and diesels idling. Not so nice.

I wouldn't run the generator if there's a chance of disturbing the quiet some folks came for, regulation aside.
Oh, absolutely! I've been to this park many times before, but in the electric area. It's in between. It is always full....always, so remote, quiet and peaceful, it's not, but it's not raucous either.

It is a vacation destination with waterfront on Green Bay. So it has a beach, boating, fishing and all the commercial amenities you can imagine.

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I stopped doing anything in WIS. after they charged me just to drive thru one their state campgrounds!! no way never again...........joe q
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Hi, Maggie! I read it several times and wondered the same as you. I weaselly worded enough that statement can be interpreted as allowances for medical reasons only...or to allow discretion by Park officials to stop loud and un-courteous use. We'll see.
I don't think it's prohibited, Rich.

There is clearly wiggle room here, they just want to be able to manage it and prevent abuse, IMO.

I would print out a copy of this regulation and have it with you, should an issue be raised by someone with authority.

Assert your rights gently, with your nicest smile, and ask when is a good time to run your generator.

I would think that, mid-day to mid-afternoon, you would be safe.



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I'll have to check current inventory, but I'm not sure I have one of those in stock. Sometimes illogical situations drain my inventory.
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