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Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« on: February 23, 2011, 11:50:06 AM »
What are the rules for noise levels for generators in campgrounds ?

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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 12:00:42 PM »
You would have to ck each campgrounds rules. I personally think they should not be allowed unless the noise level is low enough that any other camper in the park cannot hear them at all. I camp to get away from as much of that kind of nosie as possible.

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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 12:02:47 PM »
I'd be interested if there are noise limits.
Some campgrounds they can be used a few hours a day and others not at all.
Each campground has its own rules like:

"Quiet hours and Generator Use

Activities must be kept to a level that ensures noise does not disturb other campers. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Generator use in campgrounds is permitted only during the hours: 8:00 10:00 a.m.; 12 noon 2:00 p.m.; and 5:00 7:00 p.m.

Unreasonable idling of motor vehicles is prohibited."
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011, 12:17:50 PM »
You would have to ck each campgrounds rules. I personally think they should not be allowed unless the noise level is low enough that any other camper in the park cannot hear them at all. I camp to get away from as much of that kind of nosie as possible.

Ditto - I don't want to be next to a site with a loud generator.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 12:30:23 PM »
I've never seen a CG with a specific noise limit.  It would have to be set in terms of decibels and who has the equipment to monitor that?  Besides, the rangers have enough to do without adding that.  As mentioned above, most CGs just have a rules for when you can use a generator and a majority of them have one, two or three two-hour periods during the day when they can run, e.g., 8-10 AM, 12-2 PM and 4-6 PM.  Most prohibit night use.  The bottom line is to get a quiet one (Yamaha or Honda) and run it as little as possible.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2011, 01:15:57 PM »
Start it up, walk 100 feet away. If you can still hear it (even a little) it is too loud to use at a public campground. How would you like it if you if you were camping in the next lot?
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2011, 01:20:44 PM »
At Ohio CG's 100 ft is too far. I would say start it up walk as far away as the next campsite would be. About 40-50 ft here and if you can even hear it the neighboring campers can hear it. Don't use it.

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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2011, 01:32:12 PM »
Does the 100' rule apply to excited kids having a good time?
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2011, 02:03:32 PM »
Does the 100' rule apply to excited kids having a good time?

Cass sits back to see where this thread goes..... [Guitar]  This could get ugly.

I'm among those who believe that generators should only be used if they are quiet enough that your neighbors can't hear them.  However, I understand too that  some people don't want to hear my kids laughing and giggling so....I suppose we all have to compromise.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2011, 02:52:09 PM »
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This could get ugly

I certainly hope not.  I will deal with it if it does.

I would urge everyone  to read the OP more carefully.  He never asked for anyone's blessing to run a generator.  He is an adult, and capable of making that decision on his own.  Certainly no one here has the right to condemn his choice.

Before anyone gets sanctimonious about it, there is a nearly endless list of pet peeves that we could (but won't) get into that goes WAAAAAY beyond generators.  Courteousy and Respect should guide our camping decisions, and our posting habits.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 02:56:27 PM »
we always check the "welcome" board when we arrive to see what quiet hours are listed.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2011, 03:04:31 PM »
I've heard of noise limits before for the forest service usually something like xyz generator meets Forest Service noise limit. I've also read from generator makers sites there is no standard distance for measuring noise.

Link below has a link to (36CFR2.12)

http://www.klenger.net/RV_General/Electrical_Generator_Noise/index.html


I believe they all have a spark arrestor.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2011, 02:29:46 AM »
I still like my little Harbor Freight 2 stroke generator, it powers anything that I would ever need to run but I would NEVER fire it up during quiet time & only if I absolutely needed it anytime else. The Honda's are very quiet however at $1,000+ bucks you can keep em! Got the HF generator for a whopping $75 bucks out the door. If I can ever find a used Honda for cheap on Craigslist then I might grab it.

Last time we went camping a guy with a small RV on a Toyota chassis had a big generator running & it sounded as if the muffler was rotted out, The loud thumping pinata music was even worse though. People have NO respect anymore. I thought you went camping to escape the loud noises of the city, not to bring it with.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2011, 08:00:35 AM »
I don't know about noise limits, but many state and national parks require a spark arresting muffler on a generator.  The loud contractor grade generators may not have them.  Usually digital inverter generators do.
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Re: Generator Noise Level in Campgrounds ?
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2011, 09:55:56 AM »
IMNSHO, I would ask any fellow camper to use those guidelines posted above *wherever* they go, regardless of the posted rules.
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