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Posted: 05/13/19 06:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We borrowed a friends Honda 2000EU generator last year. First time ever using a gen.

It was hot and muggy during the day, but not bad at night, so we didn't "need" A/C at night.

Since we had the gen to use the A/C, it was running at full throttle. Found out that the vaunted "quiet" running of the Hondas is when they are on "eco" mode and basically only idling (charging camper battery and using fans, other light electrical loads). To run the A/C they have to be at full throttle. When running at full throttle, the Hondas are not as loud as an open "contractor" generator, but they are not quiet.

We didn't start up the gen until 8am, and shut it off by dark - around 8pm.

I did talk to a neighboring camper who was using a tent. Fortunately the sites were large and had good separation. I told him when I would be running the gen, and if he had any issues to please let me know. He seemed to appreciate the talk, and we had no problems.

Besides following campground rules, running generators I think is very dependent on the situation. If it is a quiet, cool afternoon - do you really have to run the gen? Even if it is within the proper time, it is just not needed.

If you were "first" to a camping area with limited rules, and basically was able to run your gen whenever, when someone else sets up after you please don't claim "first dibs" and run your gen all night. I would use discretion and shut down the gen at a reasonable hour, and start it up late in the morning - or even wait until afternoon. This is all situational. If the neighboring camper walks over and asks if it is okay to run his gen at night, then go for it! You both run your gens over night and bask in air conditioning.

Pretty much everything regarding camping and noise is common sense and being aware of your surroundings - especially neighbors.


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Many campgrounds have strict rules. For National Parks, generators are often prohibited except in certain areas. When allowed use is typically restricted to a couple of hours after 8am, a couple hours for lunch and the evening curfew is typically 8 pm. I have been involved as a campground host and pretty much every evening had to have people turn off generators. There are no exceptions for hot weather.

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Posted: 05/13/19 07:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tvov wrote:



Since we had the gen to use the A/C, it was running at full throttle. Found out that the vaunted "quiet" running of the Hondas is when they are on "eco" mode and basically only idling (charging camper battery and using fans, other light electrical loads). To run the A/C they have to be at full throttle. When running at full throttle, the Hondas are not as loud as an open "contractor" generator, but they are not quiet.



If you got the AC running with a 2000 watt generator, you were lucky. It usually takes two of them, especially if you want to use anything else.





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Lynnmor wrote:

Tvov wrote:



Since we had the gen to use the A/C, it was running at full throttle. Found out that the vaunted "quiet" running of the Hondas is when they are on "eco" mode and basically only idling (charging camper battery and using fans, other light electrical loads). To run the A/C they have to be at full throttle. When running at full throttle, the Hondas are not as loud as an open "contractor" generator, but they are not quiet.



If you got the AC running with a 2000 watt generator, you were lucky. It usually takes two of them, especially if you want to use anything else.


I think the key is I shut the "ECO Mode" off, so the generator was running at higher revs when I turned on the A/C.

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Tvov wrote:

I think the key is I shut the "ECO Mode" off, so the generator was running at higher revs when I turned on the A/C.

My 2500 automatically comes off of eco mode when AC turns on.

Also installed the soft start unit on the AC... it really works@

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Big_steve wrote:

If you're in a camp area without electric, but still there are others around, how late is it okay to run your generator into the evening? And are generators in MHs more quiet that setting one up outside a TT?
If you are the last one running a generator then you have run it too long.

MH generators are not necessarily more quiet depending on your proximity and what portable you are comparing. And don't get me started if the on board diesel generator exhaust is pointed right at your campsite.


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We are in the south... if it is hot and humid, it is running all night.


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Posted: 05/14/19 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

State/National Parks - follow the rules
Wal-Mart Truck Stops, etc. - run as needed, maybe all night for A/C.
Boondocking/BLM/etc. - unless against the rules, run as needed. Be courteous of neighbors, but in the end, unless against the rules, it's an individual decision.


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Cocky_Camper wrote:

We are in the south... if it is hot and humid, it is running all night.


You need to go to a private park with hookups, if you can't live with out electricity.
Plenty around


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philh wrote:

Tvov wrote:

I think the key is I shut the "ECO Mode" off, so the generator was running at higher revs when I turned on the A/C.

My 2500 automatically comes off of eco mode when AC turns on.

Also installed the soft start unit on the AC... it really works@


The 2500 has enough power that you don't have to worry about it.

The issue with the 2000 is that the short time between turning on the A/C and the generator revving up (basically eco mode automatically shutting off) is long enough to trip the breaker in the camper or on the gen.

A lot of people don't even know what "eco" mode is, or that it can be shut off.

This is the experience I've had with a Honda eu2000 and my camper. We had a nice, cool weekend during a hot and humid heat wave.

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