# Generator Noise

## Generator Noise

Have you seen those $129.99 generators from Harbor Freight and been tempted. I'm still tempted to buy one. I just wonder if a generator that cheap will last, and how much trouble it would be to use (noise, etc.). In looking up the subject, I found this pretty revealing: http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=45219.0

Last edited by Richard on Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:12 pm; edited 1 time in total

**Richard**- Charter Member
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## Re: Generator Noise

how big is that generator? I would think you would need 4000 watts or so

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## Re: Generator Noise

Alan, it's only 900 watts. It would be good for one circuit, or for charging a battery. At that noise level it would ruin a camping trip to run it for very long.

http://www.harborfreight.com/800-rated-watts-900-max-watts-portable-generator-66619.html

they are on sale for $129, not $89 (oops)

http://www.harborfreight.com/800-rated-watts-900-max-watts-portable-generator-66619.html

they are on sale for $129, not $89 (oops)

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## Re: Generator Noise

If you are interested in powering just one circuit, I would just use my battery, and take a second. Unless you are going to be gone for a long period of time two deep cycle batteries should heat up one circuit

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## Re: Generator Noise

I do have an inverter, but converting battery to 110 runs it down pretty fast. Odds are I'll not need a whole lot of power. I'll go in the spring or fall when I won't need the AC and then it will be just for my lights at night. I'll probably convert another one or two to LED by then, so they won't take much juice at all. The fridge will run on propane. If I need the furnace, it would be just to knock off the chill in the morning, and the furnace fan wouldn'really run long enough to do much damage. If I'm working a regular Mon-Fri job, as I hope to be doing really soon, it would only be for two nights.

Still, I'd kinda like to have a generator, because I just like them.

Still, I'd kinda like to have a generator, because I just like them.

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## Re: Generator Noise

Our generator 5000 is loud and I have read that others add a 12 foot PVC pipe from it straight up in the air to lower the sound of it.

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## Re: Generator Noise

Wow Darlene, that makes sense. It might not actually reduce the noise, but just pointing it up would make the campsite quieter. Let me know the result if you try it.

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## Re: Generator Noise

One other thing to keep in mind is many RV appliances require more amps to start the appliance than they do to run the appliance. A roof air conditioner can draw 16 amps to start, but may only use 13 amps once it is running.

To get your Wattage just ------ Volt x Amps = Watts

This may be helpful to some for how large of a generator they mey need, or what they can run/use with the generator they currently have.

120 Volt AC Amp Ratings

Appliance or Electronic Equipment Estimated Amps

Air Conditioner (X number of A/C) 12-16 Amps

Blender 5-6 Amps

Coffee Maker 5-8 Amps

Compact Disc Player 1 Amp

Computer (Laptop) 2-3 Amps

Converter 1-8 Amps

Crock Pot 1-2 Amps

Curling Iron <1 Amp

Drill 2-6 Amps

Electric Blanket 0.5-1.5 Amps

Electric Fan 1 Amp

Electric Water Heater 9-13 Amps

Electric Skillet 6-12 Amps

Hair Dryer 5-12 Amps

Iron 5-10 Amps

Light (60 watt % 120V) <1 Amp

Microwave 8-13 Amps

Microwave (Convection Oven) 13 Amps

Refrigerator in AC mode 5-8 Amps

Space Heater 8-13 Amps

Television 1.5-4 Amps

Toaster 7-10 Amps

Vacuum (handheld) 2-6 Amps

VCR 1-2 Amps

Washer/Dryer 14-16Amps

12 Volt DC Amp Ratings

Appliance or Accessory Estimated Amps

Aisle Light 1 Amp

CO Detector 1 Amp

Fluorescent Light 1-2 Amps

Furnace 10-12 Amps

LP Gas Leak Detector 1 Amp

Overhead lights (Per Bulb) 1 Amp

Porch Light 1 Amp

Power Roof Vent 1.5 Amps

Radio/Stereo 4 Amps

Range Hood (Fan & Light) 2-3 Amps

Refrigerator (LP Gas Mode) 1.5- 2 Amps

Security System 1 Amp

Television (12 volt) 4-5 Amps

TV Antenna Booster <1 Amp

TV Antenna Booster 12 Volt outlet Up to 8 Amps

Variable Speed Ceiling / Vent Fan 4 Amps

VCR Recorder / Player 2 Amps

Water Pump 4 Amp

To get your Wattage just ------ Volt x Amps = Watts

This may be helpful to some for how large of a generator they mey need, or what they can run/use with the generator they currently have.

120 Volt AC Amp Ratings

Appliance or Electronic Equipment Estimated Amps

Air Conditioner (X number of A/C) 12-16 Amps

Blender 5-6 Amps

Coffee Maker 5-8 Amps

Compact Disc Player 1 Amp

Computer (Laptop) 2-3 Amps

Converter 1-8 Amps

Crock Pot 1-2 Amps

Curling Iron <1 Amp

Drill 2-6 Amps

Electric Blanket 0.5-1.5 Amps

Electric Fan 1 Amp

Electric Water Heater 9-13 Amps

Electric Skillet 6-12 Amps

Hair Dryer 5-12 Amps

Iron 5-10 Amps

Light (60 watt % 120V) <1 Amp

Microwave 8-13 Amps

Microwave (Convection Oven) 13 Amps

Refrigerator in AC mode 5-8 Amps

Space Heater 8-13 Amps

Television 1.5-4 Amps

Toaster 7-10 Amps

Vacuum (handheld) 2-6 Amps

VCR 1-2 Amps

Washer/Dryer 14-16Amps

12 Volt DC Amp Ratings

Appliance or Accessory Estimated Amps

Aisle Light 1 Amp

CO Detector 1 Amp

Fluorescent Light 1-2 Amps

Furnace 10-12 Amps

LP Gas Leak Detector 1 Amp

Overhead lights (Per Bulb) 1 Amp

Porch Light 1 Amp

Power Roof Vent 1.5 Amps

Radio/Stereo 4 Amps

Range Hood (Fan & Light) 2-3 Amps

Refrigerator (LP Gas Mode) 1.5- 2 Amps

Security System 1 Amp

Television (12 volt) 4-5 Amps

TV Antenna Booster <1 Amp

TV Antenna Booster 12 Volt outlet Up to 8 Amps

Variable Speed Ceiling / Vent Fan 4 Amps

VCR Recorder / Player 2 Amps

Water Pump 4 Amp

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## Re: Generator Noise

Richard on Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:05 pm

.Alan, it's only 900 watts. It would be good for one circuit, or for charging a battery. At that noise level it would ruin a camping trip to run it for very long.

http://www.harborfreight.com/800-rated-watts-900-max-watts-portable-generator-66619.html

they are on sale for $129, not $89 (oops).

I just seen this generator at Tractor Supply for $89.00 I was at the Soddy Daisy Tn. location but I would think all of their locations would honor that price, if anyone is interested in getting one.

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