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Old 10-27-2012, 10:49 AM   #11
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I have also ordered a full set of LED replacement bulbs to help alleviate battery draw and generator load.
Good move! We have done the same thing. Big power savings; especially as it gets later in the year and you use your lights more.

The Yammer will also be nice if DW wants to use a hair dryer in the morning.

During extended dry camping stays, we typically run the genny about 30 minutes in the morning during breakfast and about 60 minutes during dinner. Seems to keep us adequately topped off for days. Exception: If it gets really cold and the furnace needs to run; then we need a little more time on the genny in the morning. Usually by the time it is really cold, there are very few campers around.

To minimize impact on other campers, we often camp on the outer circle so that we can point the exhaust out and away from everyone; and we try to manage length of time and time of day. I really don't want to hear the darn thing either! 100 feet away, you cannot hear our genny.

I've also seen people build little "boxes" for their genny that bounce the sound out into the woods and away from the campground. It works. Have to confess I've not taken that step yet though.

Anyway, miscellaneous ramblings I guess. Enjoy your new genny!
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:09 PM   #12
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I can run that with my 3000 Honda with Eco on.
That should be expected with a 3000 watt. He was saying he can do it with his 2000 watt with eco off. Thats more impressive than being able to do it with a 3000 with eco on.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:12 PM   #13
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Good move! We have done the same thing. Big power savings; especially as it gets later in the year and you use your lights more.

The Yammer will also be nice if DW wants to use a hair dryer in the morning.

During extended dry camping stays, we typically run the genny about 30 minutes in the morning during breakfast and about 60 minutes during dinner. Seems to keep us adequately topped off for days. Exception: If it gets really cold and the furnace needs to run; then we need a little more time on the genny in the morning. Usually by the time it is really cold, there are very few campers around.

To minimize impact on other campers, we often camp on the outer circle so that we can point the exhaust out and away from everyone; and we try to manage length of time and time of day. I really don't want to hear the darn thing either! 100 feet away, you cannot hear our genny.

I've also seen people build little "boxes" for their genny that bounce the sound out into the woods and away from the campground. It works. Have to confess I've not taken that step yet though.

Anyway, miscellaneous ramblings I guess. Enjoy your new genny!
I dont think noise consideration for other campers will be a big concern. Most of our camping is done with no neighbors. We may however use the occasional campground once in a while so it will be nice having a nicer, quiet genny.

I just hope it gets here soon so I can play with it! My order status at wise sales still shows "on hold" when I check my account.

Hope it ships out this week!
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:19 PM   #14
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Have you guys seen this genny http://www.usesmartertools.com/AP-2000i.html that Costco is selling for $599? It advertises the same yamaha engine and the link shows that they are similar in sound levels. I'm looking to get one and try it out. I have a 5500w beast that I really don't want to listen to.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:30 PM   #15
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I have 2 Hondas and love them. Those Yammie's should be just as good if not the same!

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Old 10-31-2012, 04:01 PM   #16
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Have you guys seen the Smarter Tools genny that Costco is selling for $599? It advertises the same yamaha engine and the link shows that they are similar in sound levels. I'm looking to get one and try it out. I have a 5500w beast that I really don't want to listen to.
Be careful with "similar". The DB scale is logrithmic. So approximately every 3DB DOUBLES the sound level; e.g. going from 53 DB to 56 DB. Way bigger difference than anyone thinks because it is not a linear scale.
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Have you guys seen the Smarter Tools genny that Costco is selling for $599? It advertises the same yamaha engine and the link shows that they are similar in sound levels. I'm looking to get one and try it out. I have a 5500w beast that I really don't want to listen to.

If this is the same genny, here is a sound comparison on You Tube:
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Looks similar but i doubt you'd get any warranty from Dong Kong....
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Looks similar but i doubt you'd get any warranty from Dong Kong....
You got a link to the generator that you are thinking of buying ?? The previous link was to a FJ Cruiser forum.

OK, here is the link listed in the FJ Cruiser forum. Smarter Tools Don't work harder. Work smarter.

flymhi, I am gonna delete the incorrect link in your previous post, and post this link there.....if I can figure out how to do that.
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We have a 19' forest river roo. We then bought a 2000 Honda series generator on Craig's list (used 4 times when bought) that was three years old. We camped in western Michigan last weekend (30 degrees at its lowest) using the generator. With the fuel tank at appx 1 gallon in size it ran for appx 11 hours with the furnace on. In the morning we ran the coffee maker and microwave. The coffee maker pulled more on the generator than the furnace did. I did my research on both but like the fact that you can link two Honda generators to get more output if necessary. The Yamaha might be able to do this, but the fuel consumption and quietness of the Honda generator sold me on the first pull (to start it)!
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