Robert>>touch of PC GenPolice running through this thread
Robert, man, I went to great lengths to "exempt" my rich friends who own those super-quiet Honda generators ... sorry you took offense ... I meant none to any generator owner who is respective of his fellow campers.
I can even live with the muffled noise of a built-in gen set running in a Class A motorhome.
However, I've been camping a long, long time ... and there has been a real explosion of folks using these cheap industrial strength (and size) generators, available at any home improvement centers. These huge, often unmufflered, or minimally muffled, (and not approved for National Forest use) gen sets are meant for contractors worksites ... or emergency whole house power situations.
These gen sets are not meant to be used in quiet, peaceful, National Forest type settings ... however, more and more people are purchasing them and dragging them to primitive campgrounds.
This type of loud, window rattling generators can be heard throughout the campground .... but even then, I can live with someone who fires up one of these for a couple of daylight hours (say 11 am to 1 pm) to recharge their batteries while dry camping
It's the camper who fires it up at the crack of dawn .... and continues to run it until well after dark ... with little or no concern about the noise pollution they are causing ... in a tranquil setting.
I am not the genset PC police. This is becoming a real problem in our National Forests ... as are inconsiderate 4-wheelers and dirt bikers who roar up and down campground roads and off-road out the back of campsites, tearing up flora and fauna that will take years to recover (if it ever does).