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Old 08-12-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Reducing Honda 2000 Generator Noise

Going camping in October in a local state park without electric. Unfortunately my favorite college football team (UCF) is playing Friday nite @ 8pm. I plan on bringing a big screen and small satelite dish to watch the game with our camping group.

Since quiet time in the park is 10pm, does anyone have any creative ideas to limit the noise on my Honda EU2000 generator to avoid any conflict with park rangers.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:45 AM   #2
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baffles

Our EU 2000 is not very noisy, butsomehow you need to put sound baffles around it. Up here in OH we have access to things like bales of straw to put around it. You might have to get creative with boxes or tables or something to put around and over. We have a friend who runs his in the back of his truck, under a cap. He has a chimney that goes from the genny up to a the roof vent. That way he can shut the cap up and still run it.

OR you could talk to the Ranger on duty and explain the situation and see if he will be a little bit lenient if you keep the outside people cheering noises down. And limit the alcohol consumption in the SP!
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We use a elcheapo 400W inverter to watch TV after quiet hours.
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Something tells me the ranger will not be concerned with the generator. It will be that group of wild fans in front of the TV.
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One of the best field-expedient baffles I know of is a quilt, hung up between the generator and your neighbor's RV, as close to the generator as you can get without creating a fire hazard. Mover's blankets are possibly the best quilts for the purpose. Especially if you get them big enough to fold them over to get a double layer.

If you have a 10'10' canopy (or larger) and set it up over the generator, then put the quilts on the two sides facing the neighbors, that's about as good as you'l get for sound deadening, while still provinding adequate ventilation for generator cooling and combustion air.

But just to maximize the effect, place the generator as far from any neighbor's RV as you can get; distance also reduces sound levels.
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Run your dvr off small inverter and watch the end of the game in the morning.

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A long extension cord and move the generator as far as possible from everyone.

If just powering a TV and sat receiver, it may be that the 2000i will stay in the eco mode, and be very quiet.

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Run the TV off an inverter. Your neighbors will thank you. If you are worried about draining your batteries, run it off a portable power station like this...
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Right. There is no generator as quiet as no generator.

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Right. There is no generator as quiet as no generator.

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