As the others said quiet hours means just that...no gennies. If you need light or electricity use during quiet hours, your batteries should supply you just fine as long as you don't try to run something that needs a huge draw (e.g. AC). Lights, a bit of TV..all that stuff should be fine. The AC is too much so you'll just have to do without. You can run the genny and recharge in the AM once quiet hours are over.
If in a remote CG, with a few neighbors intermingled, you could approach them and just let them know your intent and if it is bothersome to let you know and you will shut it down. Reasonableness goes a long way.
That's a good approach. I hate using the generator for lots of reasons, but need to run it for ~2 hours/day to recharge my dedicated CPAP battery. While dry camping at The Goosenecks for a few days this year, I talked with my neighbors and asked them when would be the best time to run the generator (non-quiet hours). They were very appreciative.
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Do boondock CGs have quiet hours? If so, how do you run your generator during the night? Is it's noise level acceptabe during quiet hours? Or do you just not have your a/c running at night?
"Boondock" usually refers to a unimproved camping area like public lands where camping is allowed, i.e. National Forest, BLM, etc. If that's where you're camping, then it's up to you to check with your neighbors if it's OK to run at night. "Dry camping" also can refer to "boondocking", but is more commonly used when talking about a designated camping area or camp ground without power, water and/or sewer. You might be in a dry camping area that's nothing more than a big lot, with no designated camp sites, but with rules posted and enforced or you might be in an improved camp ground with designated sites. My late BIL, who started our annual family camp out, was adamant about "no generators", though if someone brought one, he would have just given them hell for 2 or 3 days. :-) We did give him a =very= rough time when he got up at 3 AM to start his truck when his CPAP machine drained his coach battery. :-)
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We often camp area state and national campgrounds with no power at the sites. As mentioned quiet time is quiet time. We baked like chickens last July 4th in our popup camper at one of these campgrounds. We moved up to a TT and I have a not-so-quiet Champion generator that I hope to only run for a few hours in the afternoon if the temps get as high as they did last year. I certainly DO NOT plan on cranking it up at 7am when 'noisy time' starts and run it until the 10pm curfew...been there and camped next to folks like this.
Now, if you have a medical condition that requires power (but not air conditioning), a Honda or Yamaha 1000 quiet generator would probably be tolerated by neighbors and a camp host. These units ramp down when power draw is reduced to a CPAP or other equipment to a noise level that is barely noticable a few feet away.
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We have a special needs son who is on a ventilator for breathing. Even with this I make sure my batteries are all charged up, and can usually get through the night without running the genset. It does draw the batteries down pretty quickly.
People have always been very understanding with us however, and always tell us that if we need to run the genny, they understand and have no problem with it.
We do have the auto feature on ours, but rarely use it depending on where we are.
We very rarely dry camp because of our situation, but sometimes we have to. We always try to be respectful to other campers.