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Old 10-20-2015, 07:22 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by hbillsmith View Post
Champion 3100 Inverter is 58db in ECO mode at 1/4 load. When I bought it, I saw comparably sized Honda, Yamaha and Bolli at the same rating, expressed the same way. I run it at the back of my Rear Living 5er and can barely hear it in the front bedroom. While dry camping at CountryFest '14, it was completely drowned out by the contractor grade gennies all around me ;-)
We have the same genny. Never had anyone seem to notice ours when it's running. We dry cam a lot so if it was an issue we would know by now. $600.00, well worth it!

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Old 10-20-2015, 07:27 PM   #32
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I have been in state and national parks where campers were using construction style generators. You can hear those from a mile away. I have a Yamaha ef3000iseb which is very quiet. I know that the Honda's and Yamaha are expensive so a decent alternative could be a Champion inverter generator which are less than half the price and come with a remote start.

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Old 10-20-2015, 07:52 PM   #33
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My .02;
We have a Honda EU2000. If it is running, I find it distracting. I like the outdoors for the quiet. An aspect seldom mentioned is the level of sound output relative to the generator output. If the Honda is only charging the house battery (~3A), running at 1/4 throttle in Eco mode it really is quiet. If it is powering the microwave or other appliance (10+A) and running at speed and under load, I do not consider it even remotely quiet.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:01 PM   #34
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I only run mine if the power in the campground goes out, then the noise is really a non issue.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:20 PM   #35
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We also have a Honda 2000 and find it REALLY quiet, especially when set on ECO mode. I don't want to highjack this thread but would like to piggyback on it. We have found that a lot of campgrounds have regulations prohibiting generator use from 10 at night till 6 in the AM. The reason we bought the gennie was because my wife uses a CPAP machine to sleep at night. When we mentioned this to the campground manager, she said to go ahead and use the gennie. Has anyone else had experience with this? Advice?


My wife uses a CPAP and we also have a Yamaha 2000is invertor generator and would not consider running it at night against regulations even though it is whisper quiet. We have two 6v Trojan T-105 batteries that provides tons of power to run the CPAP, TV, computers, phone chargers and any other devices we need to run. To run the CPAP we use a Rosewill 150 watt fanless invertor. We then use the Yamaha to recharge the batteries, run the vacuum and microwave during the day.

We are long time campers and discovered that 2 6v golf cart batteries are FAR superior than 2 12v batteries. The Trojans typically last about 8 years while the 12v batteries seldom lasted more than 2 seasons in our experience. We paid $105 for each T105, not much more than a good 12v battery.

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Old 10-21-2015, 04:53 AM   #36
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Acceptable is that I don't hear it, if I am in the next site over from you.
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Old 10-21-2015, 01:55 PM   #37
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I have two Honda's that I can hook up parallel but we hardly ever dry camp. DW does not like to dry camp but for a night at Walmart or a state park then I could. I have the Honda's mostly for emergency, run the air compressor. Maybe some on our trip to Alaska next year, the Honda's are nice to have. I have had them a long time

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