Tailgate Generator

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  1. mustangcy

    mustangcy Well-Known Member

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    Looking at getting a tailgate generator for this fall. I'm not really looking for it to do anything else than run a tv, stereo...maybe a hotplate if the old lady tags along. I've heard from guys on here that noise is an important issue. I'm not really looking to spend a lot if I can since I'm only really using this on fall Saturdays in Ames. I've linked below the generator I've got my eye on at Home Depot. Pretty darn cheap and it seems to have decet reviews.

    I know some around here have some sweet generators but what's everyones thoughts on generators?

    All Power 1,000-Watt 2 Stroke Gasoline Powered Portable Generator-APG3004A at The Home Depot
     
  2. EJ4CY

    EJ4CY Member

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    Dear god, if noise is an issue do not buy that. One word. Honda
     
  3. mustangcy

    mustangcy Well-Known Member

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    Really?? It's only 65 db which is pretty low noise. It's part of the reason I like it (other than price) I also read that any generator around 70 is good but to try and stay away from anything close to 80.
     
  4. MrApathy

    MrApathy Member

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    Dont waste your money 1,000 watt is low and wont power what you want easily.
    I use a Honda 2,000 watt for 19" tv,hot plate sometimes a crockpott which can really suck the juice.
    yamaha makes some good generators too slightly more quiet than Honda's but not much.

    The generator is nice to have in case the power goes out which I hope is not often but when it does from storm or whatever you will be glad you shelled out the dough for something nice. years ago we had a ice storm in cedar rapids area it knocked out power for 3 days and most businesses were closed and ones that were not, didnt take credit cards and atms were down. we had a cheap 1,000 watt generator it could barely power a small heater and cause it was a cheap pos it would decide to shutdown on its own every so often was a pain to pull start it back on too.

    Honda and Yamaha are good quality products price may not be cheap but in some goods you more often than not get what you pay for.
     
  5. alarson

    alarson Well-Known Member

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    Get a honda or a yamaha.
     
  6. justcynn

    justcynn Well-Known Member

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    Get a marine battery and power inverter. Will run a tv and satellite box for several hours, no noise and less than $100. An old Coleman stove works great if you need a hot plate.
     
  7. jj-cyclones

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    bringmagicback Well-Known Member

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    Why wouldnt you get a power inverter? Also any "generator noise" is to loud, maybe nobody has said anything but i assure you the neighbors are annoyed
     
  9. yler4cy

    yler4cy Well-Known Member

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    70 db is considered as normal speach at 3ft between people, so 65 isn't to loud, but 1,000 watts is not much at all. I bought a Champion from Sam's a while back and have loved it.

    Here is an ad for one: champion generator

    You can connect two of them together like the Honda's to get more watts.
     
  10. candg4ever

    candg4ever Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, for tailgating, Honda is the best. Very quiet. some of the cheaper ones will work, but you're gonna bother your neighbors a lot.
     
  11. fatkid1974

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    This. Inverters are the way to go. 100% chance of not ******* your neighbors off with noise. Plus a 4000 watt weigh about 2 pounds.
     
  12. mustangcy

    mustangcy Well-Known Member

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    Ok, you got me interested. Do you or anybody have a specific set up that you could recommend me looking into? I'm not that familiar with marine batteries...can you just simply get a marine battery and any power inverter will hook right up to it?
     
  13. acoustimac

    acoustimac Well-Known Member

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    Marine batteries are slow discharge batteries. Our RV has them and doing something simple like running our furnace they last about 6 hours. The downside of going the battery route is when they are done...so are you.
     
  14. isuno1fan

    isuno1fan Well-Known Member

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    If you buy anything beside Honda or Yamaha, you deserve the dirty looks you'll receive from those around you.
     
  15. jj-cyclones

    jj-cyclones Well-Known Member

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    Should have been more clear. We actually plug our RV into the generator and use the outlets in the RV to run everything else. If the little amount of noise our generator produces annoys anyone, I'd be surprised. Our TV sits 10 feet from it and doesn't bother anyone trying to listen to the whatever they are watching.
     
  16. ISUAlum05

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    This. We can't justify the cost of a good on, so we don't have one. Don't be that guy. And if you think your neighbors aren't bothered by your cheap *** generator, that you probably put away from you and near them, you are wrong.
     
  17. ajk4st8

    ajk4st8 Well-Known Member

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    We have that problem where we park. Kind of annoying but whatever. I just run a power inverter off my truck, cost was only 50 bucks and I can run my TV, 2 crockpots, Satelite dish and rope lights if needed. For most long tailgates I leave my honda truck idling, which is esentially dead quiet and barely burns any more gas than a generator. Plus I can run the music through my truck sound system.


    That is my cheap solution to buying a generator.
     
  18. isudvm

    isudvm New Member

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    Honda's are great but expensive. I bought the same one you did, and it worked great last year. Invest in television speakers for the tv, and get a cheaper generator. I have only used my for tailgating, so spending over 1k on a generator seemed stupid.
     
  19. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

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    I assume that's on the first page of any crappy generator manual?

    Step 1: Get your longest extension cord, and place as far away from yourself as necessary. Bonus points if it's right beside your neighbors tent.

    :realmad::realmad::realmad::realmad::realmad:
     
  20. ISUAlum05

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    Every freakin time! Oh, it's too loud to have next to you? By all means, put it next to me then! Aholes.
     

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