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Old 03-01-2020, 08:49 PM
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Default Oshkosh & portable generators?

For those of you that fly into Oshkosh and camp for the week, is there a need to bring along a portable generator?

My concerns are: Is it disruptive to other campers? How long do you actually use it? I have a small inverter generator and Noise levels are roughly 58dB.

I?ve read the ?Official Visitors? &Campers Guide? from 2019 just want to see if I should bring it or leave it at home.

I?m trying to make this trip as comfortable as possible for family members and I feel that a generator would add a little more comfort to the camping experience.

Would like to get actual reports from experienced Fly-in campers.

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Old 03-01-2020, 10:17 PM
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What are you looking to power from the generator?

The reason I ask, is all our personal electronics and lights can easily be powered by solar and a small battery. Silent, and light weight. Not an answer to your question but wanted to put it out there.
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:23 PM
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The reason I ask, is all our personal electronics and lights can easily be powered by solar and a small battery.
The convenient 110V AC outlets in the Homebuilt Camping Pavillion are great for charging phones and battery packs.
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Old 03-02-2020, 01:25 AM
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I knew a fellow who was arrested for shooting a camping neighbor's generator. IIRC, the other campers made his bail.
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Old 03-02-2020, 03:04 AM
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As someone mentioned, solar chargers work great for things like phones. IIRC generators are only allowed in certain campsites. Some have a policy that they need to be turned off by 10pm.
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Old 03-02-2020, 04:49 AM
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Where do you plan on camping? According to the aircraft camping guidelines generators are only allowed in North and South 40. Not saying people don't have them in HBC or Vintage, just saying what the "rules" are.

In any event after 5 years camping in HBC I see really no need for a generator and I have a CPAP plus my wife and I both have phones and tablets.
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Old 03-02-2020, 05:31 AM
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Default Sometimes usful, mostly not

I have a small one I bring along. Most years I never use it. When I have used it, was in the middle of the day to charge a dead phone or other battery device. Sometimes it can be a challenge to find an empty plug. Or you may not want to stay nearby to watch your items.

One thing I would recommend is a small plug strip. They extend the limited plugs so more devices can be plugged in.
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Old 03-02-2020, 06:20 AM
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Or you may not want to stay nearby to watch your items.
one tip for this is you can find rechargeable battery packs for relatively cheap, I have left those unattended during the day. If someone walks off with my $30 battery oh well, my $700 phone would ruin my day.
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Old 03-02-2020, 06:53 AM
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one tip for this is you can find rechargeable battery packs for relatively cheap, I have left those unattended during the day. If someone walks off with my $30 battery oh well, my $700 phone would ruin my day.
I do this as well. almost impossible to find an open outlet between 6:30 and 8:30 AM. However, they are open most of the rest of the day to charge your battery.
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Old 03-02-2020, 07:38 AM
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I knew a fellow who was arrested for shooting a camping neighbor's generator. IIRC, the other campers made his bail.
Yes, a generator would be disruptive to other campers. Leave it home.
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