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    Tailgating Generators

    Does anyone have a link to a good tailgating generator? There are so many out there I have a deer-in-the-headlights look. I want a fairly inexpensive but very quite model. Thanks in advance!



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    I want a fairly inexpensive but very quite model. Thanks in advance!
    That's kind of like saying I want a cheap Mercedes.

    We have a Yamaha one that is quiet but I wouldn't call it cheap. The Honda ones are also quiet. I was a lot more concerned about the sound factor as apposed to the power level. We run TV's, laptops, blenders, etc all of the generator.



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    If you want one of the quiet Honda ones you better be prepared to spend $1000 just on a cheap one. Depending on how much power you need just the small 1000 watt ones are going to run you about that. We just bought one that was a little more quiet than our previous one from Tompkins for $249 + taxes for a 2800 watts but it is still rated at 67 decibels so it's a ways to go from the Honda ones that run at about 60 decibels.

    BTW, if anyone is looking for a used generator PM me. We have a 3600 watt craftsman for sale. It's not exactly quiet but it fires up on the first crank and would be a good power backup or job site kind of generator.


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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    I think the one we have is like a Yamaha 2400 or something and cost around $800. Here is a good little comparison. It runs at 54 decibels.

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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Honda makes the best and most quiet generators, but you are gonna drop around $800 for one.



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Generators should be banned..... Nothing worse than tailgating next to a crap generator that sounds like a drag racer ready to start the quarter mile. How can you have any fun at a tailgate if you spend the whole morning hooking up electronic equipment that isn't really needed.

    The RV lots are particularly loud. It is hard to talk over the din of the generators.

    I don't think the expensive Honda generators are quiet enough to help much.

    Talk to each other..... Drink beer and eat food..... Forget the generators.



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post
    Generators should be banned..... Nothing worse than tailgating next to a crap generator that sounds like a drag racer ready to start the quarter mile. How can you have any fun at a tailgate if you spend the whole morning hooking up electronic equipment that isn't really needed.

    The RV lots are particularly loud. It is hard to talk over the din of the generators.

    I don't think the expensive Honda generators are quiet enough to help much.

    Talk to each other..... Drink beer and eat food..... Forget the generators.
    I think you've had some bad experiences with bad generators. Our Yamaha you can barely hear standing next to it if the music is going. If the music isn't going I'd say anything over 20 feet away and you can't hear it.



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    My buddy has a quiet Honda generator. It's very nice and quiet, at times I didn't even know it was running. As others have said above, its pretty expensive.


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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    My buddy has a quiet Honda generator. It's very nice and quiet, at times I didn't even know it was running. As others have said above, its pretty expensive.
    We shouldn't have to have "decibel police" in the tailgaiting lots to make sure you have a Honda generator. Just ban the silly things...... Why are they needed in the first place?



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    That is why you bring a bunch of extention cords, so you can put that noisy generator at least 200 - 300 feet away from your tailgate.



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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post
    Why are they needed in the first place?
    tv's
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    Electric Heater

    If you're going to tailgate for 6+ hours it's nice to have the power.

    It's just like anything else. Everyone in the country could probably get through life driving a Chevette but who would want to?


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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post
    We shouldn't have to have "decibel police" in the tailgaiting lots to make sure you have a Honda generator. Just ban the silly things...... Why are they needed in the first place?
    Banning generators in the tailgate lots will never happen. Most of the people that I know, use them so that they can hook up their tv and watch other football games while they tailgate.


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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by william View Post
    Generators should be banned..... Nothing worse than tailgating next to a crap generator that sounds like a drag racer ready to start the quarter mile. How can you have any fun at a tailgate if you spend the whole morning hooking up electronic equipment that isn't really needed.

    The RV lots are particularly loud. It is hard to talk over the din of the generators.

    I don't think the expensive Honda generators are quiet enough to help much.

    Talk to each other..... Drink beer and eat food..... Forget the generators.
    I'm sure we are one of those you hate but not everybody has $1000 to drop into a quiet one. That would be about 1/2 of what our RV is probably worth. We've tried the whole no-generator thing before and it kills the batteries so it's pretty much a necessity. We did buy a different one that is more quiet than our 1st one but still not close to the expensive Honda ones you can barely hear.


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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    tv's
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    If you're going to tailgate for 6+ hours it's nice to have the power.

    It's just like anything else. Everyone in the country could probably get through life driving a Chevette but who would want to?
    Add to that the water system, lights, and fridge. All that pulls power. Like I said, we found out the hard way trying to sleep overnight with just the furnance on and woke up to cold and a dead battery.


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    Re: Tailgating Generators

    They will also charge your car battery after it dies.



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