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Old 07-10-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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What to do, no generator allowed!

The first week of August we will be camping for the entire week, at Peninsula State Park in Door county Wisconsin. I was told last weekend at a different state park by a camper there that at Peninsula you absolutely can not have a generator! Well i have 2 12 volt batteries, but they will not last a week. So i don't know what to do! I wanted to buy a solar suitcase set up, but my wife says we have enough stuff! She said i should just take my 2000 watt Yamaha along and take the batteries off, put them in the truck and drive to town and charge them. Well that does not sound like a vacation to me! I thought about just hooking up the trailer plug and run the truck, but that could take awhile, and does not sound like a good option either! Any suggestions?
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:31 PM   #2
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Solar would have been the answer, but it's late in the game for that. Most people don't go to solar until they have no other options. When they find out how good solar works, they expand their systems and never look back.
You don't need a "suitcase", just mount them on the roof and forget about them.
If DW thinks removing the bats and taking them to town would be a good idea, perhaps you should let her, after all it WAS her idea! LOL Good Luck!
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My 2 cents. No where near familiar with that area..but, if you're going to drive to town, what about bringing a battery charger and plugging in? I think you'd charge faster than off your gen. (We've plugged the battery charger in at the bath house at the state cg we go to). (I've even been bold enough to run a 100ft extension cord when we were backed up to one of the bath houses).
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Rig up some jumper cables and charge them with the truck. Will not take long, the truck alternator puts out a lot of current.
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Hook up jumper cables to your TV and TT and run for 30 min apiece. It is using what you already have and gives you a reason to drink an adult beverage or two while it happens.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:47 PM   #6
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Their rules indicate no generator but can be over ruled by area managers. But the rules specifically say people with electrical requirements due to medical issues are encouraged to take sites with electrical power hookups and may use a generator in the event of a power failure. This is the rule for all Wisconsin State parks so I doubt they will let you use it. It's all about keeping it quiet for other campers. They will put the brakes on any noise they do not consider needed for the enjoyment of camping.
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Your information is second hand. I'd call the park to find out if the no generator rule is a fact. Maybe the park bans open frame contractor models only but allows the relatively quiet Hondas and Yamahas.
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Your information is second hand. I'd call the park to find out if the no generator rule is a fact. Maybe the park bans open frame contractor models only but allows the relatively quiet Hondas and Yamahas.
Nope, i did call and confirmed that, only if you have documented medical need.
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One other thing I've seen is where when an ADA site was vacant, people would use their battery chargers there.

A TV would have a 65 amp alternator standard, 85 amp with a tow package. At idle, it will barely be putting out any more than what the TV needs. You get that amperage basically at highway RPM's. Or, jumper cables to a second battery never worked for me in the past.
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My 2 cents. No where near familiar with that area..but, if you're going to drive to town, what about bringing a battery charger and plugging in? I think you'd charge faster than off your gen. (We've plugged the battery charger in at the bath house at the state cg we go to). (I've even been bold enough to run a 100ft extension cord when we were backed up to one of the bath houses).
Thanks, not a bad idea, i like your boldness!
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