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Old 03-06-2015, 04:16 AM   #57
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To those of you who carry the generators for the AC and battery charging....where do you carry the generator?

If you are carrying it inside your tow vehicle...does it get stinky like gas in there?
As Glen mentioned, look for a generator with the vent on/off lever on the gas cap. I know many that haul theirs in the trailer and have no issues. Having a pickup mine rides in there.

Rarely use the generator, only if we sit in one spot for more then 5 days with no hookups (have 2 batteries), and that before going solar. Have not used it since getting solar. Of course we haven't sat in one spot for more then 5 days since we got solar. If I need to run the air I'd look for hookups.

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Old 03-12-2015, 07:29 AM   #58
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To Solarize, Or not to Solarize...

I have found this thread very informative! I started by doing a search for "Charger" because I was/am looking for input on charging my battery. My past experience with solar is installing them on buoys while I was in the USCG. We soon learned how the shadow of a seagull lowered the output, let alone two inches of guano! My plan is to camp in the woods so perhaps solar might not be right for me. I recently rewired my 13' Scamp and I am only running LED lighting on the 12v system. I have gone from the 4 flat to the 7 blade hook up so my TV can charge the battery on the way to camp and the trip back. By far, the majority of my camping will be 2 or 3 day weekends. What I am gathering from this thread is I may not even "need" an AC charger at all.

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Old 03-12-2015, 08:52 AM   #59
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If you have a small Honda or Yamaha gen set the fuel vent shut off will prevent any fume issues when transporting a generator but other issues should be considered. If a unit tips over the breather and air filter will get saturated with engine oil and the unit will not run until the mess is cleaned up and a new air filter is installed. In a dusty climate I personally would change engine oil every 25 hours. If I was in the desert I would change oil very frequently. If I was using a generator 3 to 4 hours a day I would change oil onc a week. These units have very small crankcases and with clean oil and clean air will have a much longer life. If I was traveling with a small generator I would carry it in a way that it could not tip over and I would also carry extra air filters and engine oil.
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Old 03-12-2015, 09:08 AM   #60
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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.


All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
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