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Old 05-06-2011, 09:39 PM   #29
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Joy, How much noise and vibration is transmitted through the frame? Is there much noise inside while it's running?

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Ron, I have a 13 foot with a couch up front so I don't have a bathroom as a buffer, like my friends do. I don't really notice any vibration but yes there is added sound/noise. It doesn't bother me at all. It's not that loud in fact others have commented that it's not bad.

If you have a bathroom or closet up front that will definitely buffer the sound.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:42 PM   #30
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Jane,

I dont' recall if I ever knew where you are in California but several of us are going to Lawson's Landing at Dillon Beach, west of Petaluma, north of Point Reyes, next weekend.

I'm going up on Thursday to scope out an area big enough for us. It's totally dry camping, basically in a field. The ocean is just over the dunes.
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Joy, How much noise and vibration is transmitted through the frame? Is there much noise inside while it's running?

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Hi-
I reckon the inside noise is easy to live with since it's YOUR noise- but what about outside, which is where we refugees from urban noise are?
What do you all do to insure that your camping NEIGHBORS don't have to listen to your generators?
How do you make them inaudible to the folks in your vicinity who go out to the boonies for the quiet?
We like the quiet- that's why we don't bring OUR OWN generators!
SO!
How do you make your generators silent?



Thanks!

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I reckon the inside noise is easy to live with since it's YOUR noise- but what about outside, which is where we refugees from urban noise are?
What do you all do to insure that your camping NEIGHBORS don't have to listen to your generators?
How do you make them inaudible to the folks in your vicinity who go out to the boonies for the quiet?
We like the quiet- that's why we don't bring OUR OWN generators!
SO!
How do you make your generators silent?

Thanks!

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Joy has a Honda 2000i eu which is rated at less than 53 DBs. This is a very low noise level. You can be sitting next to that generator with a group of people, and have no problem hearing other people who are talking quietly. Your next door neighbor will have no problem with the noise level of that generator.

I believe that anything above 59DBs begins to present a "noise problem". My generator is 68 dbs, which is equivalent to a vacuum cleaner. I'd love to find a cover to dampen the noise and that can be easily stowed. I do a lot of dry camping in dog training areas with very few travel trailers. I usually park away from other trailers. When I use the generator, it is usually for a short time. I have asked my neighbors if they are disturbed by my generator, but have had no complaints.

I purchased something that was within my budget and could start-up my older model AC. If I find myself dry camping in areas that are less forgiving, I may have to review my energy needs. But for now, this generator works for me!
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Joy has a Honda 2000i eu which is rated at less than 53 DBs. This is a very low noise level. You can be sitting next to that generator with a group of people, and have no problem hearing other people who are talking quietly. Your next door neighbor will have no problem with the noise level of that generator.
Even at 53db to 59db you can still hear it several camp sites away, depending on the campground. You'd be surprised at the how much relief you feel when that low noise generator is shut off. Maybe I'm a bit sensitive, but when I'm trying to listen to birds and other sounds of nature that generator is a distraction.
We were camped at Big Bend National Park in the NO GENERATOR area. I could hear Honda generators in generator allowed loop. That low noise level is only when idling, no load, they get pretty loud when there's a larger load. One couple's toaster made the generator as loud as many Chinese knock-offs.
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Jane,

I dont' recall if I ever knew where you are in California but several of us are going to Lawson's Landing at Dillon Beach, west of Petaluma, north of Point Reyes, next weekend.

I'm going up on Thursday to scope out an area big enough for us. It's totally dry camping, basically in a field. The ocean is just over the dunes.
Thank you so much for the invite! Unfortunately, I am busy next weekend. But if things free up, I would be interested. Sounds like something my husband would love to do!
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Even at 53db to 59db you can still hear it several camp sites away, depending on the campground. You'd be surprised at the how much relief you feel when that low noise generator is shut off. Maybe I'm a bit sensitive, but when I'm trying to listen to birds and other sounds of nature that generator is a distraction.
We were camped at Big Bend National Park in the NO GENERATOR area. I could hear Honda generators in generator allowed loop. That low noise level is only when idling, no load, they get pretty loud when there's a larger load. One couple's toaster made the generator as loud as many Chinese knock-offs.
I guess I'm not all that sensitive. On a number of occasions, I've sat next to Honda 3000i and 2000i generators and had no problem. Maybe it's because I've always lived in an urban environment!

Last year, I had a wonderful experience in a trailer camp ground with full hook-ups. It was fairly empty, located in a wooded area, had a wonderful view of a lake and was very quiet at night.

Is it possible to avoid noise if you're camping at grounds without electrical hookups that are fairly popular?

BTW, I am making some progress in keeping my energy needs at bay: just invested in a set of LED light bulbs from LED Trailer lights.com. Took advantage of the Casita Forum Buy that Adrian was so kind to arrange. This should help reduce the time needed to recharge my battery! I also plan to reconfigure my tongue to accommodate two batteries. I pack a battery powered fan to use in moderately hot weather and I also have a two LED lanterns to cut down on energy drain from my lights.

I do use the microwave at dinner time and take that opportunity to recharge the battery. If I don't use the microwave, I usually wait a day or two to recharge.

I'd love to get off the grid completely via solar power. Unfortunately, I would still need to protect my dogs and if I am camping in very hot weather, I will need to use my AC. I wish that I didn't have to have to generator I bought. But I need it to power my AC.
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. Your next door neighbor will have no problem with the noise level of that generator.!
SAYS WHO?
Other generator perpetrators?
This next door neighbor, and all those others who come to the boonies for the quiet, have a BIG PROBLEM with the drone of the generators that others feel a need to bring along.
And please don't lay Honda's "normal human speech" baloney on us, either.
Everybody knows that they used Ethel Merman's voice to lay the baseline for THAT standard.
A lesser known fact is what happened when Honda got poor Ethel to drone on in the same single note sustained monotone achieved by the Honda generator.
After ONLY AN HOUR the President of the Company strangled her with his bare hands!

I was in the Girl Scouts, and I remember the Rules:
Total silence outside one's perimeter is the Wilderness Camping Code Standard.
SO-
How do you make your generator INAUDIBLE to your Neighbors?
And no fair enlarging your perimeter, either!

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So are there other methods to make a trailer bearable when the heat index is 100 degrees every day? Would a de-humidifier take the moisture out so e'thing isnt damp inside? We experienced that with out popup last summer in the Keys when our A/C couldnt keep up so our sheets/clothes were damp. Even the toilet paper in the bath houses, ICK! So in some climates I think A/C is unavoidable unless you dont camp 6 months out of the year. Being tied to work and school schedules means camping in the hot summer months which means A/C.
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So are there other methods to make a trailer bearable when the heat index is 100 degrees every day? Would a de-humidifier take the moisture out so e'thing isnt damp inside? We experienced that with out popup last summer in the Keys when our A/C couldnt keep up so our sheets/clothes were damp. Even the toilet paper in the bath houses, ICK! So in some climates I think A/C is unavoidable unless you dont camp 6 months out of the year. Being tied to work and school schedules means camping in the hot summer months which means A/C.
I have never owned or used a generator. I've thought about it but, so far, have been able to get along without one. I camp alone and mostly in remote areas. If I were camping alone, with no one else around, I guess there might not be anyone to bother if I were to run a generator for a short while. However, I camp in remote areas for the peace and quiet and running a generator would be out of place anyway. If I was camping in a formal campground, with uncomfortable weather conditions, with lots of other RV's around me running their generators, I wouldn't feel too bad about cranking one up either. If I was in a camping area with other campers, that were not using generators, I would feel uncomfortable starting one. I guess what I'm saying is camping conditions and situations are different for everyone and I would want to be respectful of what other people expect of a particular location as well as myself. Hopefully, I can find an area to camp where I can co-exist with other like minded campers.
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Generator discussion always generates a lot of discussion. :-)

I know that the majority of people participating in this one are conscientious enough to know when and where to run a generator in order to minimize the noise impact on their neighbors.

otoh..we're all experienced enough to know that when we set out to camp at our favorite spots or new ones, we might encounter campers that are either not as conscientious as ourselves or not as experienced in the courtesies of camping.

I'm prone to give everybody the benefit of the doubt on the latter.

Other un-neighborly irritants could include but not be limited to: unruly dogs or their waste, kids, loud music ( that even solar users can bring along too) etc....these examples can all be considered a must bring along by the owners when camping but as annoying as heck to others that consider those things to be an intrusion of "their" camp space.

It always boils down to common courtesy...no matter where you go or what you do.

Make popcorn in the microwave while you make toast and watch tv, sit and watch your batteries charge all day by solar power, hike in lederhosen with bear bells on (my personal favorite), walk your dogs (on leash and please pick up), play your favorite techno dance/rave music, play cards with gusto, drink beer buried in ice all day long,...just be courteous to others.

For what it's worth, my pet peeves are piles and piles of spat sunflower seed shells and peanut shells left all-over-the-site by the previous occupants. :-(
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Bear Bells.

We went to Alaska and were properly paranoid about meeting Grizzles, we did see 18 in Denali alone. We had our grandkids with us, truly vigirous hikers, always ahead of the old folks.

We wife had 'bear bells' on her walking stick, the kids smiled about it.

One night at a campfire with the ranger in Denali the kids asked about the use of bear bells. The ranger commented that they are good for occasional use, like when coming to a corner. He followed this up by saying that continuous use is discouraged, bears become curious when they're rang continuously and tend to be attracted to the sound.

As to generators, they are generally unnecessary except for AC. A microwave is far from a necessity.

For running everything else, solar and a small inverter are more than adequate.

Safe travels

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Most camping locations regulate generator hours, primarily because a few people tend not to be courteous.
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So are there other methods to make a trailer bearable when the heat index is 100 degrees every day? Would a de-humidifier take the moisture out so e'thing isnt damp inside? We experienced that with out popup last summer in the Keys when our A/C couldnt keep up so our sheets/clothes were damp. Even the toilet paper in the bath houses, ICK! So in some climates I think A/C is unavoidable unless you dont camp 6 months out of the year. Being tied to work and school schedules means camping in the hot summer months which means A/C.

I know not everybody can, but one the great things about out little trailers it's pretty easy to go someplace else.
What did you do before AC was available, or before electrical hookups were so common? Or are you too young to remember?
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I have never owned or used a generator. I've thought about it but, so far, have been able to get along without one. I camp alone and mostly in remote areas. If I were camping alone, with no one else around, I guess there might not be anyone to bother if I were to run a generator for a short while. However, I camp in remote areas for the peace and quiet and running a generator would be out of place anyway. If I was camping in a formal campground, with uncomfortable weather conditions, with lots of other RV's around me running their generators, I wouldn't feel too bad about cranking one up either. If I was in a camping area with other campers, that were not using generators, I would feel uncomfortable starting one. I guess what I'm saying is camping conditions and situations are different for everyone and I would want to be respectful of what other people expect of a particular location as well as myself. Hopefully, I can find an area to camp where I can co-exist with other like minded campers.
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Co-existing being polite with other campers is always the best thing to do. That doesn't mean you have to like their behavior or their generators, or their barking dogs.
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