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Old 08-16-2012, 06:52 PM   #11
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What is the common accepted DB level for CGs?
53-58Db is the standard set by Honda and Yamaha. They are very quiet, both really sip fuel and generally nice units. There are a couple lower cost alternatives claiming this Db rating, Champion comes to mind but I haven't been around one to know if they really compare. I have read where people question how the Db was measured on the Champion, they think it's loader than Honda & Yamaha. There numerous threads on this, you could read for a month on the different forums.

I have a Honda eu2000i that I picked used for $600. It works great for me, I feel worth the money, and would recommend one to anyone looking for generator to use while camping.
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They wont let me buy this one.
You have to buy it in the store.... It is a close out.

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You have to buy it in the store.... It is a close out.

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Maybe you print up the add and take it to Home Depo and see if they would match?
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I read this from google about generator noise...

"Acceptable sound levels depend on the situation. Portable generators' noise levels range from 47 to 79 decibels, with an average of about 75 decibels. For camping, note that the National Park Service requires sound levels no higher than 60 decibels at a distance of 50 feet."

also read this - "A spark arrester approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or U.S. Forest Service is especially important for portable generators used for camping and to help prevent fires in general."

Its probably more of a compliant thing then anything else. If it disturbs your neighbor camper then it becomes an issue. I suspect the complaining neighbor camper will win the battle...

ALot of places we have gone to have separate places where generators are allowed to be used. ALso it is becoming more and more generator use restrictions are in place especially here on the East side of the US where 8AM-10AM and then again from 4:30PM-7:30PM seem to be the "NORM" hours you can even run your generator.

With this in mind I elected to spend alot of my efforts on running in quiet mode with beefed-up battery systems and using Inverters. Adding solar panels is my next big project. Then be able to re-charge my batteries the next day with-in the time allowed to run the generators. If I need 120VAC to run something outside I just run my 120VAC extension cord to it and turn it on... Most of the Natl Forest places here on the East side of the US I have camped at have a 8AM to 8PM generator run time setup. When we are setup camp in these places and have other campers around I always ask if the neighbor camper minds if I run my generator and my generator is the approved 2KW Honda generator.

My 2KW generator sits in the back of my truck bed which has a folding hard plastic bed cover and it is really quiet operating in the bed of the truck especially if I just drop down the tail gate and leave the top bed cover in place. I can't hear it inside the POPUP that is it hooked to.

I have not run into any public camping place that allows the use of the generator 24/7 or even after 10PM at night.
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