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Old 01-30-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Wouldn't it be nice if all the Aux. at the unserviced campground ran at the same time. This way it might cause fewer people to complain.
If enough users contribute to the approx. time that they usually need to run them, maybe we could come to a general conclusion as to the time of day/night that would be most appropriate. Then camping areas could post times that they are/are not allowed.
Our own experience would say if no sun for solar, that the meal preparation for supper seems to require lots of juice for the microwave, and the coffee pot.
So for us it would be 5 to 6PM.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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Hi, how about starting the generators at 10:00 AM and shutting them off at Sunset or 6:00 PM which ever comes first. I would be OK with that.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:54 PM   #3
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I favor a couple hours in the evening (4 to 6 PM )in case the solar didn't do its job. If it did, no need for the noise
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:40 PM   #4
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I vote for generator free sections of the campground I have been at a few state parks that have generator/quiet time restrictions, but them being enforced is a different issue.

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Old 01-30-2011, 05:10 PM   #5
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I think allowing quiet generators and banning loud construction site type generators.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:37 PM   #6
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IMHO, it all depends on the particular campground...if you're jammed right next to your neighbor, even a quiet Honda genny is going to rattle some nerves...

In a more 'open' campground, the Honda is hardly noticeable 25 feet away...

We usually run our 2K Honda in the morning (to top off batt's used the night before) after 10:00 AM - most campers are well up and around by then making their own 'noise', kids playing, dogs barking, coyotes hawing, etc...

We'll fire up the Honda for a few min's to run the microwave oven in the evening if needed, but we try to promptly turn it off when done - neighbors inside their rigs probably can't even hear it - even if they can hear the slight 'purr' of the Honda, a couple of min's ain't going to kill em', IMHO...

Within the 'allowed' running hours, it still comes down to common sense, I guess...and we don't really run ours unless we need it for battery recharge or the microwave - all our TV, DVD, Sat watching is run off our inventer - not the genny...
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:42 AM   #7
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Most of the time it's not the "fired up" generators thats the problem.....It's the "fired-up campers".
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:07 AM   #8
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Couple of observations: first, I've never actaually used my generator since solar install, so I'm a little out of it regarding this conversation. And I try to avoid "campgrounds," so I don't have much of an issue with other folks (I also don't like other folks' screaming kids, barking dogs, etc.) ... but had an interesting experience last weekend in Smoky Mountain National Park. They have no hookups, so it's sort of "boondocking" and in some campground areas, they just don't allow generators at all. In other areas, they allow generator use, but only 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. I think they're pretty stringent on enforcing these rules. We were in the generator area, because that's where I could get a spot, and I noticed a few folks running theirs a few hours a day, but mostly about 2-4 in the afternoons. Not at all at meal times. Might have been diferent if it had been hot and folks wanted to run their A/C.

And yes, some were quieter than others, but I think that it would be very difficult to regulate the "type" of generator one could use. There are no real rules about what is quiet and what is not - and it's my experience that many folks with "construction type" generators think they're very quiet.

So, it appears that in general, we've all got two choices: either go stay where there are no other people and/or where there are no generators allowed at all, or put up with some noise.
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:21 AM   #9
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NPS does, in fact, have noise standards for generators, based on decibel level at a certain distance from the generator.....
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I think I should come get your genni. You dont use it so its probably full of Cobwebs and spyders and crawly things.
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Old 05-25-2011, 08:35 AM   #11
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I'll just plan to camp where the geezers with hearing aids are. That should handle the genny noise issue.

Now, about the damned cell phones....
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:17 AM   #12
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Wouldn't it be courteous for people *not* to run their generator for literally hours and hours per day because they haven't replaced their aging house batteries and/or they want to watch movies?

I can understand running the generator for a reasonable amount of time to top off house batteries or prepping a meal, but on several occasions we've camped near people that would run the thing all day long and they were not running the A/C. The weather was nice.

If campers must use generators, it might be a relief to only hear them running maybe an hour or two in the mornings and then the same at dinner time. I like to hear the birds and the wind in the trees, so we make every effort to camp away from the crowds and peak times for this very reason.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:36 AM   #13
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:38 AM   #15
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If gen are such a problem then move to another campground . Rules aren't going to be changed for one individual. Now my complaint, people who need a campfire every hour of the day and night. Smoke gets so bad I feel like I need to run the gen to keep the smoke out. Or I move to another campground!! jim
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What's worse than smoke and noise are campers who go to a campground with the expectation of the "peace and quiet of nature". They usually fall into 2 catgories: the self righteous camper who expects everyone else to adhere to their standards of serenity and solitude, or newbies. If people want a pristine wilderness experience, don't camp in a campground. Present company excepted of course.

Campgrounds are, like it or not, a sort of community and a certain amount of tolerance will go a long way towards peace of mind. I enjoy the birds and the bees as well as a moderate amount of beer drinkin and tale tellin around a campfire. The keyword is moderate.

While we are on campground gripes what also irritates me are those 6 figure big boxes the occupants of which spend all their time hiding out in their nice cozy air conditioned buses. H@#$, they don't even come outside to put down their awning. Just push a button from the inside.

And how about those little yappy dogs?
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It's just a matter of time before someone figures a way to convert little yappy dogs into bio-fuel to run generators...
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[ It's just a matter of time before someone figures a way to convert little yappy dogs into bio-fuel.......]

out here in AZ we already have yappy dog converters:

owls and coyotes



- apologies to all owners of little yappy dogs -
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After 9am for a short time... as most are cooking and making noise anyway.
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What drives me nuts is an empty or nearly empty campground and some guy pulls in right next to you. I can't figure that one out. There are a lot of things that experience has taught me about picking a campground and campsite. I am not affraid to move campsites if I don't think I can get a good night sleep. Generally, I prefer the state campgrounds that have reasonable rules. But I study campgrounds and try to avoid anything that will spoil a good night sleep. I have gotten pretty good at it.
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