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Old 02-10-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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Generator For my 228 Tent Camper

I just bought a new Flagstaff 228 pop-up and we will be using it at Yellowstone. They don't have electrical connections where we will be staying. So, I will be buying a generator for daytime use (charging and such) I had a few questions: I called the factory and he wasn't much help...


1. I am looking at a Briggs and Stratton 3500 watt generator and I was told this would be fine for my camper. (the factory guy thought it would be as well but wasn't 100%) This model produces a modified sine wave and it is supposedly designed for RV's Will there be any issues with this model? (I am not planning on using this at night just day use)

2. Should I get a larger model? Everywhere I read ...3500 running watts seems to be just fine (W=VA tells me this model is capable of the 30 AMPS required )

Any thought would be greatly appreciated...

Mike
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:05 PM   #2
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3500 watts is about 29.1 amps.
Should fit your needs.
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Old 02-10-2015, 05:22 PM   #3
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Thanks. I knew the capacity would be okay...I was just curious if the power from this type of generator (modified sine wave) would be acceptable. (I think it is but I am not 100% certain)
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I don't think you will be allowed to use that at Yellowstone. It will be very loud and does not appear to have a USFS approved spark arrestor muffler. You need to determine you power demand ( AC, WH, Lights, heat etc) then look at something like the Yamaha or Honda 2000 . If you need the AC you will need two in parallel.
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You don't say when you'll be in Yellowstone. I've been there twice in mid-June and it snowed both times. Unless you're there in July/August you probably won't need your AC.
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:27 PM   #6
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I just bought a new Flagstaff 228 pop-up and we will be using it at Yellowstone. They don't have electrical connections where we will be staying. So, I will be buying a generator for daytime use (charging and such) I had a few questions: I called the factory and he wasn't much help...


1. I am looking at a Briggs and Stratton 3500 watt generator and I was told this would be fine for my camper. (the factory guy thought it would be as well but wasn't 100%) This model produces a modified sine wave and it is supposedly designed for RV's Will there be any issues with this model? (I am not planning on using this at night just day use)

2. Should I get a larger model? Everywhere I read ...3500 running watts seems to be just fine (W=VA tells me this model is capable of the 30 AMPS required )

Any thought would be greatly appreciated...

Mike
IMHO, these generators are not really meant for camping...unless you're all alone in the middle of no where.
They are way too noisy.
You should get a Honda or Yamaha 2000...very reliable and QUIET.
Your neighbors will thank you.
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:52 PM   #7
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We will be there in July...may not need airconditioner but we might. The campground we are staying at does not have any hookups at all...no 30 a/c connections and we will be there for 8 nights. The battery simply wont make it that long...no way.

Because there are no hookups many people do use generators during the day...I stayed there 2 years ago (in a tent) and lots of people used generators during the day.

Generators are only allowed during the day only. I would only run mine enough to charge the batteries.

I should be able to run everything off of 25 amps...I rand the AC and a few other things in my driveway off of a 20 circuit.

I can't find any regulations on "USFS approved spark arrestor muffler" for Yellowstone anywhere and I looked in several places...the only regulations I could find are concerning the hours you can use a generator.

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Quote fs.fed.us : " Internal combustion engines operating on USDA Forest Service and most other federally managed lands must meet the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR 261.52. This mandate requires the operator to have a certified and properly maintained spark arrestor installed at all times."

Just because you didn't find it, doesn't negate the law. How they determine it is by an over 600 page document that lists all brands, makes, and models of combustion engine with an exact part number of the arrestor required.

Nearly all State managed lands also defer to the Federal requirements.
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but do they not have a 60db law for national parks?

albeit along with the whole spark arrestor issue, its probably not going to be an issue unless you piss off someone, but a generator like that is north of the 70db range

The generator will do what you need, but it may not do it legally by any means

I would also suggest looking into an inverter generator, much quieter and easier on fuel, though the initial hit on the wallet hurts!
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Others on this forum have talked of this unit and it's value.

Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0041K09D8..._k9S2ub00FC0C3
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0041K09D8..._k9S2ub00FC0C3

You can get two for the price of a Honda. Before buying though, see if there is a repair place in your area just in case.


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