Noisy generator?

#1
Need some advice.... we just bought an RV and are looking at generators. We have an existing generator that is 5000w but is really a home backup unit and is very noisy. We are debating selling it for a quieter one, Honda, Kipor etc. However, we are looking for good data about noise and other requirements, spark arrester etc. in national parks, state parks etc. Can anyone point us to some good reference material?
 
#2
Noisy generator?

I know the type generator you have, its noisey as the dickens but when your power is out who hears it. :approve:

Personally I would go on line with Onan, as well as Honda and see what they have to offer.

As to the requirements of the parks, I would go to the National Park Service web site and send them an E-mail as they probably have the most stringent requirements.

The requirements will vary depending on where you are planning on camping and whether the generator is permanently mounted or not.
Hope this helps some.
 
#3
Noisy generator?

Thanks - appreciate your comments. I am looking at the NPS site as well... They do have some guidelines. I guess I am also concerned about being a "good neighbor"
 
#6
Noisy generator?

This is from the national park service website - pertains not only to trailer length but also the noise issue.



Maximum Trailer Lengths

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Maximum lengths for trailers, campers and motorhomes vary from park to park. The average maximum length permitted is 27 ft, but some parks can accommodate up to 40 feet in length. Some parks may have electrical hookups and dump stations. You should check with your favorite parks for their specific maximum lengths and available facilities so you won't be disappointed when you arrive.

Please note the following is prohibited: Operating motorized equipment or machinery such as a electric generating plant, motor vehicle, audio device in a manner that exceeds a noise level of 60 decibels at 50 feet; or if below that level nevertheless; makes noise which is unreasonable considering the nature and purpose of the actor's conduct, location, time of day or night, purpose for which the area was established, impact on park users, and other factors that would govern the conduct of a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances
 
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