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Old 02-04-2015, 08:12 AM   #21
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Be careful choosing a generator if you go that route, You are headed to Federal park and they will not allow non approved generators.
Could you explain that a bit further? I have never been questioned about my generator, and never seen any posting in regard to type of generators, just operating times allowed.

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Old 02-04-2015, 09:07 AM   #22
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I agree the poor man's generator isn't a perfect solution, but it is functional.

As for generators in federal parks - for starters they must meet spark-arrester rules, which the cheap ones don't have. 2nd, if they are too loud, and all of the cheap ones are, they can tell you to shut it down.
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Here's a start. The generator must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor. USFS INSPECTION PROCEDURE FOR SPARK ARRESTERS
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:25 AM   #24
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Spark arresters, yes. That I knew. Honestly in the past twenty years or so, never seen a generator without one. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place. But I never go into a Harbor Freight store either.

As for noise. I have read that there is a max db for gens in National park campgrounds, but from my experience they do not enforce it. Reason told to me was they have no working db meters.

A few years ago in Glacier, I was BS'ing with an LE Ranger that I knew, the guy next to us started up a generator that was loud enough to be heard in Yellowstone, and the ranger and I had to walk down the road to continue our talk.

But thanks for the reply Flybob...
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I was not implying anything, my comment on approved generators was made after reading the reference to a Harbor Freight $100 unit.
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I was not implying anything, my comment on approved generators was made after reading the reference to a Harbor Freight $100 unit.
They are two cycle ....... Oil mixed gas......... Same as a weed eater or chainsaw and have a spark arestor........ Way quiter then most non quiet ones I have heard running...... It won't run a full 5er but will run the basics and charge ya........ 4 hours or so on 1 gallon of mixed gas
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