I am going to add that you can purchase a $120 Harbor Freight 800 watt generator (2 cycle, oil and gas mix) that runs for about 8 hours ( I have run mine as long as 9+ with lite loading) on a gallon of fuel. These ARE EPA/CARB approved gas engines. They weigh about 25-30# and is easy to carry and handle. Not as quiet as a Honda, but only 1/5 th the price. You can bring along 100 feet of power cord and run it behind a tree and you will not hear it running, except at night and you should not be running a genny in a campground at night anyway.
I have owned this HF genny now for about 15 years.... same one... and I have hauled it all over creation, from Canada to Florida. I haul it in my van and never smelled it... ever. I take along a 3 gallon fuel container and a quart of 2 cycle oil mix. It is easy to start, usually only taking 2-3 pulls and it is easy to pull/crank. I will often run it out of fuel, and when it does it is ready to store for a long time like over winter. Otherwise you can turn off fuel valve and run the carb dry for the same effect. I always store WITH stabilized fuel FULL in the tank to minimize condensation and getting water in the gas tank. I have even used it to help me start my larger 4.5Kw generator in the winter, when it is cold. I start the small one, put it outside near the larger genny, pointing the warm exhaust toward it, then throw a tarp over everything. The hot exhaust warms the larger genny making it much easier to pull/crank start in the cold.
I have run laptops, TV's, charged deep cell batteries with a charger, and even recharged my TV battery with it once when I left my interior light on. I have camped with it in the back woods of Canada for 10+ years (my original purpose) and dry camped with little more then this generator with several friends for as long as 3 weeks. During those trips the genny would run for 8 to 16 hours every day, recharging boat batteries on two boats, providing some electric lighting in camp when we got home from fishing late, and powering any 120V appliance within it's wattage capability that you can imagine. These days I use it for 5 days at a time going to a music festival with my Shamrock HTT, and only to keep the HTT battery charged while running our Fantastic fans all night in hot July weather.
I have looked at using propane for longer term emergency use with my 4.5K genny at home, but after research I found that the amount of propane necessary to power the unit for any length of time, would be a larger consideration to maintain then having 4 or 5, five gallon gasoline containers for fuel as I do now. I keep my emergency fuel rotated, using it in my autos once per year and re-filling the containers every summer so to keep fresh gas from going stale.
Going this route will get your feet wet with a gas genny for $120 (as little as $90 when they go on sale) and you can decide for yourself after a few trips what YOU actually need and want to do with a generator while camping. I know many people that have never used A/C while camping and you might join that group.
Just a suggestion from someone that has been there and done that...
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