Unless the generator runs out of gas, I always use the fuel shut off switch on my Yamaha ef2400 andlet it run dry. While traveling it sits in the doorway of my ParkLiner
. Fits in their nicely and with the rubber pads on the bottom it really has no room to move around. When I get to the campsite, it gets chained to my tongue and I have a dark green sunbrella cover I made for it to keep it protected and it's not so obvious what it is when it isn't being used.
I have no problem with the sound of it while running...honestly, with the ac on I can't really hear it. It was worth the purchase price because when we get an ungodly hot and humid summer it means I don't have to stay home. I have yet to camp somewhere that offered enough electricity to run my ac unit....so I have my generator. It is very quiet. Yes people here will complain about it but I check with all the parks I camp at and they allow the use of the quiet generator types, and I purposely pick campsites with only woods behind me so the any sound would be facing tree's and not another neighboring campsites. I have camped places that people used very loud construction type generators...but to be honest, I sleep with ear plugs and it doesn't bother me.
I guess some of us learn to be more tolerant. Now if they were running it day and night, I would say something, I don't mind earplugs at night while sleeping, but during the day I don't want to hear any loud noises, to include music and atv's/dirtbikes...just want to hear birds and sounds of nature.