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Old 03-06-2011, 04:36 PM   #15
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I love Colin's idea. Many people try to put the whole thing in a box. The issue with that is that many of these are air cooled, and you can overheat the generator quickly. Even a water cooled generator needs air to go over the coil. Look at the where the sound is coming from. I'll bet some can come from intake, most from exhaust, and some from the actual pistons. I would suggest the muffler idea, or maybe even 2, a S shape for the intake, and some way to isolate the weight from the base - such as floating the entire thing on 8 or 9 layers of carpet insulation.

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Old 03-07-2011, 05:14 AM   #16
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Some interesting info here.,1792.0.html

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Old 03-07-2011, 06:14 AM   #17
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Thanks all, some great ideas here to muddle over. This is after all a Honda unit so there is not a "LOT" of noise to worry about. I like the idea of a small auto muffler and just might give that one a try first and see what happens. In most cases of remote camping I would only see myself running it for a few hours during a day to keep the batteries up to charge. If, perhaps, we were travelling in warm country there may come a time to want to use the generator at night to supply power for AC use. Again, if we're the only ones nearby, who cares. But I want to be respectful to others if they are nearby. I have quite a few ideas to toss about and see just what sticks.

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Old 03-07-2011, 06:57 AM   #18
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I recently bought one of the Boli 3600 generators, and it is relatively quiet, but not as quiet as the little Honda 2000.

On a recent boondocking trip we were parked near several people with Hondas. I ran the Boli in the back of the truck bed which is equipped with a camper cover, and while the generator was running, I left the rear window of the cover open, tailgate up. No need to ever even lift the generator.

Under these circumstances, the Boli was much quieter than the Hondas and with just the back window open, there was no overheating problem.

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Old 03-07-2011, 09:39 AM   #19
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I don't know about the exhaust side of things, but in my prior Airstream (Spiffy) I had a fire box made of 20 gauge steel that I then wrapped with dynamat ( We were able to have a normal conversation while the generator was running (and I have 80 percent hearing loss). But be warned: it’s not cheap.

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