Generator Generation

Posted by on March 12, 2012

The National Park Campground was full of big RVs.

Dear Reader,

Does it seem strange that while camping in a National Park you should spend your entire day inside your RV? Does it seem strange to run your generator all day so that you can watch TV? How about at night so you can power your flat screen TV? How about in the morning for the toaster or microwave? It seems strange to me.

Our first night at a camp ground without hook ups (meaning no power or water or sewer at your site) the motor-homes and fifth wheels all cranked up their generators – the loudest of which was at the site right next to ours, a couple from Wisconsin, who were “full timers.”

This isn't Terry's camper, but this is the same model.

Their names were Terry and Sherry and they loved the sun and weather down on the Texas beach. They were both on disability and they had the biggest fifth wheel I’d ever seen.  They were friendly and we chatted quite a bit. Terry warned me, “Be prepared for a bit of culture shock when the sun goes down and everyone fires up their generator.”

I think I do culture shock pretty well but this one caught me completely by surprise. Almost everyone had a smallish, quiet generator, but Terry, a broken down carpenter, had a rough and tumble, clang-bang machine that was more at home on the job site than the campsite.

We almost moved. Almost. I thought I could make it until quiet time. Quiet time is from 10pm to 6am. We shut up the van and endured the white noise until 10. Then the quiet shook us awake and we opened the windows and let the fresh salt air cool our night.

During the night Sara said, “I hope they don’t start up again at 6am.” “Impossible,” I thought. I never considered the possibility of running a generator during the day, the thought just wasn’t in my head. I thought nighttime use was all that we had to endure, but not long into the morning the generators were back, hard at work, and Terry fired up his along with the others. About half an hour into its labors it sputtered to a halt. Within an hour they had packed up a left. Their generator had seized up. Without power they were forced to leave. Off to an RV park with full hook ups. What else could they do?

I smiled inside and enjoyed the sound of wind, sea, and birds.

You can't blame them for wanting to be here - it's beautiful, but why pollute it with noise? Didn't anyone think solar?

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