Generators, ah the serenity

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 15:55
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Free camped by the Murrumbidgee , at a place I won’t name at this point, my neighbour some 50 metres upwind has been running his generator solidly from about 10 am. Presumably to run an air conditioner as he has a solar panel as well which would adequately charge his batteries.
Am I being selfish in thinking his behaviour is not in the spirit of camp life.
I am not anti generators but if I were to run mine I would only do when camped well away from others.
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Reply By: Genny - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 17:28

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 17:28
50 metres? You'd need a parabolic microphone to pick it up! Reminds me of the old dears who used to complain about the nudies at Granite Bay (does that still go on?), they had to walk three and a half kilometers to be offended.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 20:01

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 20:01
I can hear my Eu2 Honda while 50 metres away, can't you hear one too? A friend has a 2400 Yamaha and it is much noisier. Others even moreso!
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 20:57

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 20:57
No parabolic microphone needed. A generator upwind sends noise downwind and can be very annoying, especially in an otherwise quiet, peaceful campground.



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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 17:41

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 17:41
No different to living in suburbia with a noisy neighbour or in an area where building is under way. Noise rules vary but on a weekday noise is generally allowed from about 7.00 am to about 10.pm at night - so local Council noise rules apply irrespective of whether in the suburbs or in a camp area.

Yes annoys me as well but so do the builders working just down the road.
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 22:18

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 22:18
Very different I recon.
We go away to find peaceful campsites. Away from burbs. We should be able to hear the birds not the generator, I recon that is a reasonable expectation.
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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 17:57

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 17:57
Was in a camp near Gladstone once and a certain genny was going without a muffler or so it sounded. He got a round of applause when it went off at 4 pm ish. Great idea to have 3 areas : gennies , tour groups and others who like quiet. Then all the genny owners can suffer together. I go outback to escape building site noise and the rat race. People who idle their smelly and toxic diesel so they can sit and text or use FB with the air con running are another bugbear. The ultimate peace and quiet is to camp by yourself.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 21:34

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 21:34
I suggest that most generator users have no idea what they are missing.
When you arrive at a quiet, remote campsite, all the wild life buggas off. Can't blame them.
Sit quiet for a day or 2 and they quietly creep back.
Run a genny and you will never find out what lives there.
Sad.
Not sure why some people go bush at all?
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Reply By: nick g1 - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 21:36

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 21:36
Yes it is a pain. I have one but am very selective when l use it. I have 200m of leads to be able to take it away from other people.
Unfortunatly some people are not considerate. Some people also have no idea, or are too lazy, to setup a decent solar system to cater for there needs. But as we know no solar system will run an air con.
If you have the knowledge and the courage to walk over and control your rage, maybe you could educate him how to set up a decent solar system.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 21:50

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 21:50
Hi Nick g1
I have only done that once before when camped at the town common in Innaminka and a fellow camper ran his genny into the night so he could watch TV in his caravan.
I knocked on his door and complained.
His reply was we were not in a National Park so he could run his generator when he liked.
I said legally he was probably right but I knew that some people might take matters into their own hands and he might find his genny in the Cooper or with sugar in his petrol tank but that I would keep an eye out and let him know if anyone acted suspiciously around his camp.
Couldn’t hear the genny after that
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 22:07

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 22:07
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A pair of side-cutters fixes it smartish.
Maybe best to use insulated handles.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 23:23

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 23:23
Allan,
Is the wooden handled tomahawk or axle OK? Maybe a fibreglass one!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:09

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:09
Nick g1,

With the proliferation of lithium batteries, the use of house type solar panels & recent updates to inverter aircons, solar powered aircon is a reality!

Of course, the size of one’s system dictates the length of time the aircon can be run, but have read of some vans having sufficient capacity to cool the van during the hotter parts of the day. LG now make splits that can be adjusted for the amount of load needed.

Allan,

Heard a story from a friend a while back. A bloke was camped somewhere remote near Lake Eyre, and running his genny, positioned some distance from his van. At one stage, early in the night, the power went off momentarily, then came back on with an accompanying cough & fart from the genny. Later in the night, when he went to shut the genny off, he found someone had done a swap, leaving him a rather tired example.
Whether it’s fair dinkum or not, I know a few souls who would attempt something like this!

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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:17

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:17
200mts of leads have you ever used them you must have a massive generator because most generators have a limit to how long the lead should be unless your running 3 phase genny and by the time in reaches your van 200mts away it may have dropped to 240v.
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Follow Up By: Member - shane r1 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 18:16

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 18:16
Bob Y
Probably an urban myth , as they call em
Bloody good story tho. Wouldn’t you be pissed off!
Might have to find an old buggered one just to play tricks!
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 23:13

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 23:13
Often it isn't the noise that eats at you, it's the fact that the people are so inconsiderate doing it.
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Reply By: Member - nickb "boab" - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 07:00

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 07:00
I remember going into a park in the Kimberley that was divided into two sections generator & non generators there was only 3 in genny section & non genny section was packed so we opt for the much quieter genny section :)

But as mentioned you would have to be a bit sensitive if you were concerned about the very quiet Eu2 Honda generator type generator's
Unless you were the type of camper's that insist on camping on top of each other ..
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:29

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:29
In our way of thinking, camping within or around, 50 metres of another camper is far to close for us. We try and get as far away from others as possible, only to have someone arrive and camp nearly on top of us.

When this happens I always approach them and advise I will be running a generator (Honda eu20) from around 4pm. until around 6.30pm. My other approach (especially if they have a little white "rat on a string") is to advise them I saw a large snake just before they arrived.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan2H - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 07:52

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 07:52
People are the worst.. and now so soft and needy of all creature comforts.
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 08:16

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 08:16
Or, perhaps charging their batteries on a bad solar day in order to run medical equipment at night off their batteries :)

They aren't all needy.
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:34

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:34
If it's for medical equipment it's probably those bl--dy Gray Nomads again.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:43

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:43
I have friends, both of whom use CPap machines all night.
No generator.
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:33

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:33
I'm not a grey nomad yet :D

Peter, I have good Li batteries and good solar. However, if parked up in one place for a few days in constant bad weather or poor solar, the batteries might need a topup around the 4th day.

I'm a considerate (albeit infrequent) generator user.
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Reply By: Aussie1 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:41

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 10:41
The good news is that, according to one member on another forum stated recently that generators will be "banned' in the not to distant future ! In do not subscribe to that theory, they have to many benefits IMO.
Banned, I do not believe so. I may be wrong, but I doubt it :)
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:25

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:25
Banned for what use running a van or your house when you loose power for days or people using mobile welders etc etc ?
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Follow Up By: Aussie1 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:43

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:43
Cant answer that question Batt's sorry, perhaps you could ask the poster who made that claim. I silly claim at that IMO.
Good point though re using at home during power outages, we have done that often.
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Reply By: qldcamper - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 12:07

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 12:07
I was once called out to a van to have a look at repairing a damaged charger, the microwave was also nackered but out of my field.
When I asked what happened to create this problem I was astounded at the story I got.
He and 2 other vans arrived at a site and set up in a triangle and set up a largish genset outside of the triangle and all shared it.
He admitted that they had complaints about the noise but they brushed it off.
Third day they started the genset and they went about doing their breakfasts.
They heard the genny rev right up and cracking sound from the now dead microwave.
Did a lot of damage to the 3 vans.
Should have heeded the warnings and not been a bunch of arrogant pr@#ks before someone over rode the gennys govenor and ran off.
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Reply By: Gramps - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:52

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 16:52
I wonder how long it will be before we hear of some "hero" who picks on the wrong generator. Could end up very costly.

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Follow Up By: Aussie1 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 17:23

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 17:23
There appears to be a lot of "key board hero's" on these forums Gramps.
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Reply By: Ron A - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 21:25

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 21:25
As Mary Poppins sang...."just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down"

There is a time and place for generators and 50 m from my camp is not the place.
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Reply By: Gronk - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 23:00

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 23:00
While I'm generally anti generators , if they would only set them up away from other campers, only use them to charge batteries during the day and..........

Nah, not going to happen.......most gennie users are older people who think the world revolves around them.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 23:16

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 23:16
The older people who are like that used to be younger people like that. Leopards don't change their spots, they just can't afford generators when they're young.
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