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Old 08-29-2009, 08:08 AM   #15
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Solar panel at walmart is about $120.Use it to charge a car or deep cell battery.I have a homelite emergency generator for hurricane use which is loud but an emergency is exactly that.Good luck on your project but from where I'm standing ,if I need a generator am I enjoying a camping get away far from modern society or am I in an emergency?

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Old 08-29-2009, 09:23 AM   #16
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Take it from another Virginian, if you camp up in the Washington/Jefferson National Forest under the trees and by a mountain stream, you probably aren't going to need an air conditioner. I bought a Honda EU-3000is 7 years ago for that very purpose and have only used it once to run the A/C at a rally with no shade. I doubt you need 3500 watts. I bet just about all your needs can be satisfied with one EU-2000i for running small appliances. Recharging your batteries only needs an EU-1000i.
I'm even rethinking my generator needs and will probably get a EU-1000i to carry instead of the EU-3000. I can use the 3000 at home for the next hurricane.

Noisy generators are becoming the exception to the rule in NF/NP campgrounds now that the quiet Hondas and Yamahas are available. For the benefit of the other campers trying to enjoy nature, I hope that will you give the small Hondas/Yamahas some more consideration.

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:29 PM   #17
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Ok, I will try to post video tomorrow. The muffler DID quiet the generator substantially but not enough for my tastes, so I built a plywood "shed" for it. It is closed in on all sides except the bottom and exhaust side. With the shed on it, and the exhaust side facing away from the population, it is nearly as quiet as the famed hondas or yamahas. I'm not happy though, even at 3500 peak watts and 3000 running watts, it doesn't make enough go juice to run the A/C, Tv and fridge and keep the volts above 110v. I will be boondocking a good bit until this race season is over (I run Hare Scrambles) and A/C is a requirement during the day because there is very little shade). Since my off road bike is a Yamaha, I think after the season is over and I'm not broke, I'll invest in a pair of the Yamaha 2000s or 2400s and run them in parallel. I know the hondas are popular to parallel but has anyone done the Yamahas?

Anyway here are a few photos of my setup.

before welding w/ heat shield removed


after welding


typical boondock location(you can see the shed/generator to the right of the tent.)
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:03 PM   #18
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Airstream01...I'll bet you are very happy with your decision to get a Yamaha when it's all said and's just less "labor intense" not to mention more effective, and that leaves you more time to enjoy the camping... Report back once you get your new setup and let us know what you think!
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I applaud your efforts and resourcefulness. If your efforts pay off, terrific!

I will admit to being skeptical, though. I have been to enough camping sites and tailgating events to see a lot of home-grown generator quieting efforts - none have been successful, even though I suspect the owners might disagree with me.

From my perspective, there are few more annoying camping experiences than a load generator, so like I started, if you are able to tame your beast with that muffler, I think that is very cool!

One of the things that is nice about some of the quiet generators is the fact that they are self contained and fairly easy to transport - and start!

As always, budgets will dictate... good luck in your efforts!
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:22 PM   #20
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Actually, how do I say this in a nice way. After my last post I went back and listened to the video clip. I stand by my last post. Go for the Yamaha or Honda - sell the craftsman to a craftsman.

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