Keeping your generator secure when crashing for a few hours in a parking lot

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I remember once when someone tried to shame me for using a generator at night for AC in a Walmart lot. We had actually gotten reservation at a state park for a simple overnight, but found the site far too unlevel to use. We ended up on a hot June night in southern Missouri at a Walmart. Temps was 90+ when we pulled in around 6 pm, and there were already a couple of semis with their diesels running. We fired up the gennie and relaxed. “You were rude.” “You were too noisy.” Those were the things I was told when relating the story later. Yeah, like my gennie was going to bother anyone with those semis running all night! Is there a time and place when running a generator is rude? Maybe around tenters, but not in a parking lot filled with semis in a hot summer night.
 

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Funny, big advantage of a motorhome verses a travel trailer is being able to use the primary motor for AC. When boondocking, I typically only run my Onan 4K generator when running our coffee maker, microwave, skillets or hair dryer.

The Ford E350 is so quiet I run it in quiet time for AC in national parks and have never been questioned. I don't understand why Onan can't make their generators more quiet.
 

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Funny, big advantage of a motorhome verses a travel trailer is being able to use the primary motor for AC. When boondocking, I typically only run my Onan 4K generator when running our coffee maker, microwave, skillets or hair dryer.

The Ford E350 is so quiet I run it in quiet time for AC in national parks and have never been questioned. I don't understand why Onan can't make their generators more quiet.
I can't cool a 37' class A with the dash air. In fact if it's hot enough when traveling, I'll run the genny and the front roof air.
The exhaust system on the Onans is pretty basic. I'd think you could fool with it and make it a bit quieter without increasing back pressure too much. I did have my roached 5.5kw unit replaced with a newer(used but low hour)7k unit and I think the newer unit is quieter both exhaust wise and mechanical noise wise. I know I can't hardly hear the 7k run in the salon and with the 5.5k we used to have to raise the TV volume a bit.
 

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Funny, big advantage of a motorhome verses a travel trailer is being able to use the primary motor for AC.

That's pretty minor, for most of us with motorhomes since, as Wally says, that dash air is almost useless in a class A, requiring us to run the genny and house A/C to keep cool. Motorhomes have lots of advantages (and drawbacks) compared to trailers, but this one, as an advantage, is limited to some class B or C units.

I'd note that the Onan 10KW unit I had in my Beaver was rather noticeably quieter than the 8KW unit in my Ventana, and both are quieter than what my Bounder had at a lower power yet. So a more powerful generator isn't always noisier, depending on design.
 

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I wake up at 5 am every morning regardless. At home the timer turns the coffee maker on at 4:30 and am good.
However while camping I'd love so much to fire up the 2k generator for the coffer maker but as everyone know 8am is the magic time for gensets is allowed to be turned on.
Wife doesn't wake up til 7-ish so at 5 am I put the Percolator pot on the stove then sit in the dark cabin til the coffee finishes percolating.
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That's pretty minor, for most of us with motorhomes since, as Wally says, that dash air is almost useless in a class A, requiring us to run the genny and house A/C to keep cool. Motorhomes have lots of advantages (and drawbacks) compared to trailers, but this one, as an advantage, is limited to some class B or C units.

I'd note that the Onan 10KW unit I had in my Beaver was rather noticeably quieter than the 8KW unit in my Ventana, and both are quieter than what my Bounder had at a lower power yet. So a more powerful generator isn't always noisier, depending on design.
When we go to Alexander Springs, it's hot even at night. There is no electric and you're not allowed to run your generator after quiet hours.

I guess it's cheating but the primary motor / AC works well when the sun goes down and it's so quiet I've never had a ranger complain.

After the first minute or two the Ford E350 at idle is nearly silent and a 55 gallon gas tank is nice. You only need to run the AC for about 15 minutes.
 

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However while camping I'd love so much to fire up the 2k generator for the coffer maker but as everyone know 8am is the magic time for gensets is allowed to be turned on.
Wife doesn't wake up til 7-ish so at 5 am I put the Percolator pot on the stove then sit in the dark cabin til the coffee finishes percolating.
That works, but so would an inverter for the electric coffee maker. The battery can get recharged once generator time rolls around again.
 

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I guess it's cheating but the primary motor / AC works well when the sun goes down and it's so quiet I've never had a ranger complain.

My point was, though, that while it may work for you, it doesn't work for me, and for many others. There's a huge difference in the area that needs cooling between your rig and mine, or between yours and Wally's.
 

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My point was, though, that while it may work for you, it doesn't work for me, and for many others. There's a huge difference in the area that needs cooling between your rig and mine, or between yours and Wally's.we
I understand. I was just letting people know you can often run your primary when generators are not allowed; better than nothing. LOL
 

Tom55555

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Funny, big advantage of a motorhome verses a travel trailer is being able to use the primary motor for AC. When boondocking, I typically only run my Onan 4K generator when running our coffee maker, microwave, skillets or hair dryer.

The Ford E350 is so quiet I run it in quiet time for AC in national parks and have never been questioned. I don't understand why Onan can't make their generators more quiet.
Off topic, but a great scene.

 
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