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Old 09-22-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Generator db's?

Newbie to rv world with a 2015 Avenger Ati 30 amp
I have been looking at generators and not trying to break the bank with a honda eu series. I have looked at a few that claim a 64-70 db range. Is this acceptable in an rv park? Or is this too loud? If it's too loud, are their options to quiten them down or do I need to bite the bullet and buy a more specific/expensive brand? Looking around the 3000-3500 range as my hot weather is gas only and my a/c is 13,500 btu. The max the camper is rated is 3600 watts and I don't plan to max it anyways. Thanks all
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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I had an open frame generator when we first started RVing, it was rated somewhere around 70db and I thought I had looked it up somewhere and it was below the max for national parks. I bought a Yamaha because I got tired of hearing that thing run so I can only imagine what my neighbors that had to listen to it thought. Mine is only a 2400 watt generator as when we are in the national parks or where ever without hookups there is no air conditioning. I bought this size so when we have power outages here in NM, I had enough power to run my boiler and fridge.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:24 PM   #3
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The Champion 3100I is a great campground generator. It's 1/3 the price of the same size Honda and just a bit louder. Goggle it and you will many positive reviews. The only real negative is the wheels don't work real well in gravel. I wouldn't be with out mine.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:25 PM   #4
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Remember that every 3db increase in sound level represents an increase of 2x or 100%. Most parks make decisions on asking you to shut your gen off based on complaints. at those levels there will be complaints from neighbors.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
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Do you think the champion 3100i is suitable? It's rated 58db
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:31 AM   #6
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We have that generator and have never had anyone even seem to notice ours was running. It's much quieter than the Onan in the coach!
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:09 PM   #7
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My father loves his honda eu3000. It's quieter than the built in onan 4.4k.
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Old 09-26-2015, 12:01 PM   #8
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We have a Champion 3500/4000 ($299) and Hubby affixed an additional muffler to it, pretty quiet, most of the noise is mechanical.
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I have the same Champion 3500/4000 and was thinking of attaching a second muffler also. Could you send some pics and where he got the muffler. I am thinking of putting mine in the compartment and having a exhaust pipe made .
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:52 AM   #10
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We have a Champion 3500/4000 ($299) and Hubby affixed an additional muffler to it, pretty quiet, most of the noise is mechanical.
You are so right Jane. If the construction non investor style generators have some noise suppression with covers and sound insulation they would be better camping use in close quarters.
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