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Old 08-09-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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Champion genset???

OK so when we started we got one of these at CW. 4000 watt. When we use it we try to run it only long enough to charge the batteries and/or daytime for the A/C unit. We camp high in the mountains so night time A/C is not needed.
Do most of you consider these really noisy?
Sure, compared to a Honda it might be but when I hear some of the others in the CG this one doesn't seem so bad.
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You need to understand sound levels. Sound is measured on a logarithmic scale so for each 3 dBa increase in sound level, the sound pressure or power is doubled. For a 6 dBa increase, the sound power is increased 4 fold.

Yes the champion is noisier than a Honda EU series. It all boils down to how well you like your neighbors.

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I'm fairly conversant on sound pressure and log scales I guess I should restate my question.
Is the Champion genset generally considered to be obnoxious (are we saying that the only acceptable genset is a Honda type)?
Compared to the Onan 4K I had in my last Class A it's quiet. Compared to some class As with high output gensets it's quiet. Compared to most contractor gens it's quiet.
But "perception" in a CG is something different than hard numbers.
I guess I'm looking for commentary on what people "perceive" as too noisy,
specifically the Champion genset.
We never run it at night and only a few hours a day but we are sometimes in high mountain CGs where the background noise is very low. I would think even Hondas would be at times objectionable there.
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Assuming you are dry camping in a remote area, the genset should be ok to use. I've been in such areas raccoon hunting, you can hear a dog barking a mile away.No genset will be unheard under those conditions. Compare the db level to that of a Honda, Yamaha, or Boliy,(of those 3 same output, Boliy is the quietest) keeping the log scale in mind.
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Suprisingly the noise is mostly not coming from the muffler, but rather from the engine itself. Part of the reason why those small units are so quiet is because they come in a plastic shell, which helps dampen some of the noise.

If your gen is sitting in a truck bed, i'd recommend you build a box to go around it, throw some sound proofing on the box, that'll help lower the noise dramatically.
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I purchased the Champion 4000 about 3 months ago and have used it about 3 times and haven't had any complaints from people around me. In my opinion it is well worth the money. I feel as long as you use it at the proper times it is quiet enough not to offend anyone.
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Doesn't mean people around you didn't like it because they didn't say anything. Did they actually come over and say thanks for using that noisy gen? I've never heard a contractor style gen that was anyway near quiet enough to not bother someone. Out in the boonies no one cares. But in a regular CG no way.
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So after reading the post I am curious to know what generators the other 5 or 6 of you guys that posted actually have?
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So after reading the post I am curious to know what generators the other 5 or 6 of you guys that posted actually have?
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I have a Yamaha 2000 Watt I Love it
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Do the 2000 run everything you need minus your A/C? The reason I ask is I have a Honda 2000 and got the champion for running my A/C when out away from hook ups and it gets hot. So I am curious if the 2000 will suffice if I don't need the A/C
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I ordered my trailer without AC but ducted and wired for one if I ever need one. I run my microwave and everything of a 2000 Watt Yamaha
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A pair of Honda Eu2000i generators and parallel cable. If I need to run one A/C, I parallel the generators. No A/C, I will run just one.
http://www.wisesales.com/eu2000i-com...generator.html

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CR13,

I've owned and used my Boliy invertor 3600is genset since 2008. I did replace the carb ($29) because I left fuel in the carb while we were away for nearly 4 months, otherwise it runs great, starts on 2nd pull, and powers our 15,500btu heat pump easily while also running the microwave. If you look at the Boliy specs you note it is quieter than a comparable size Honda or Yamaha, and weighs less (77#).
Now you know what brand I favor, and will buy another- if this one ever self-destructs.
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