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Old 05-29-2011, 08:13 PM   #81
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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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Old 05-30-2011, 05:22 AM   #82
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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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Old 05-30-2011, 11:28 AM   #84
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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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Old 05-30-2011, 11:30 AM   #85
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I guess this thread has officially been skunkjacked.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:35 AM   #86
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I am always willing to redirect a thread (fancy way of saying hijack) that has run it's course. Tie a skunk to a generator and you may solve one problem.

To continue the diversion, I never thought skunks smelled that bad. I've never been sprayed, so maybe that is why. But, living in a rural area, skunk is a pretty common odor. Living in a city, you can't be sure what you are smelling.

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Old 05-30-2011, 12:42 PM   #87
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I just came over here to read about this Generator issue....

I've been SKUNKED!
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Obviously there is a difference

Gene: You stated that skunks never smelled that bad. It is obvious that you have only smelled high mountain, Rocky Mountain skunk. I am informed that they are much more fragrant than city skunks.

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Gotta get into the free range skunk, man....far out.
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But, living in a rural area, skunk is a pretty common odor. Living in a city, you can't be sure what you are smelling.

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Hi, I will tell you what! It is very obvious when a skunk has been flattened on a Southern California freeway. If your vents or windows are open you will smell it for several miles. I keep my A/C on MAX mode so the skunk smell is only good [bad] for about a half mile.
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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?
First of all they are attracted to your trailer initially which is why they park next to you, then their attraction turns to envy as they see you living well, then their envy turns to spite which is sent over the edge when you fire up the generator, as the finagle the portable pump cords from the car lighter and blow up their air mattress..

I have been tent camping more then my share, I have zero problem firing up my Honda 2000 anytime. I did get the camouflage version so people can hear it, but can't see who is running it...
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Hey ddstech, you mention campers envying the " good life". Long before my AS days we had a pop up camper. We never bothered with hook ups. We carried our own water and had a gas lantern for light. But once we were just south of Ft. Belvior, Va during the HEAT of summer. We stayed at a campground that charged an extra $3 for electric hookup. I chose to get the electric so we didn't need to use the gas lantern. Cut down on the excess heat. So I paid the $3. During the night the SOB camper next to us had his AC on. We were suffering over the hot, humid night and I had to listen to this guy's AC cycle on and off. I paid $3 just to run a lousey 3w electric light and he paid the same $3 and had the AC. Where's the justice.

So, ask me if I care. If I have a generator and want to run it during OK times. That's my business. But I still will be a good neighbor. Come on in and join me for a cold one.
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I did get the camouflage version so people can hear it, but can't see who is running it...
And here I thought the point of the camo ones was that you couldn't hear them.
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I am thinking of the venquilitrist version. It sounds like it's coming from a different campsite.
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A number of years ago while camping at a national park, I woke and went outside with my cup of coffee and was sitting at the picnic table, enjoying nature, when another camper hopping mad came running over and asked me why I was running my generator all night long.
He really took me by surprise as I didn't even have a generator nor, did I hear one running that night.
So you guys that are thinking of the ventriliquist version, I think somebody thought of that idea a long time ago and is using it in our national parks.
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It's Honda's new, 20 lb, camo paint, venquilitrist equipped " Preparation H" model 2.5kW inverter with boost.......
It soothes haoles or aholes, whatever they are...
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And here I thought the point of the camo ones was that you couldn't hear them.
Get a big subwoofer and play some Led Zeppelin. After you turn it off your neighbors won't dare complain about the genny.
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I do that to clear out fishing spots. Except I use the opening bars of "La Grange"

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I thought this thread was about skunks.

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Hey ddstech, you mention campers envying the " good life". Long before my AS days we had a pop up camper. We never bothered with hook ups. We carried our own water and had a gas lantern for light. But once we were just south of Ft. Belvior, Va during the HEAT of summer. We stayed at a campground that charged an extra $3 for electric hookup. I chose to get the electric so we didn't need to use the gas lantern. Cut down on the excess heat. So I paid the $3. During the night the SOB camper next to us had his AC on. We were suffering over the hot, humid night and I had to listen to this guy's AC cycle on and off. I paid $3 just to run a lousey 3w electric light and he paid the same $3 and had the AC. Where's the justice.

So, ask me if I care. If I have a generator and want to run it during OK times. That's my business. But I still will be a good neighbor. Come on in and join me for a cold one.
I guess my sense of humor is not translating very well thru my post. I am very concerned about getting along with other campers and being respectful. Sorry if I ruffled any feathers.
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