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Old 01-20-2016, 08:07 PM   #1
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Been saving my $$ and getting on my TBH son's lease for 2016. They just got another section of ranch land, put's them at just under 2000 acres for next year. One camp has electric, no water...the one they just got has a camp "party house," several expensive covered sites for an RV but NO electric.

So, my decision: Do I take a spot with the other lease members at the camp that has electric...or do I opt for the "open" spots at the other camp? The "open" spots are only a quarter of a mile from the main camp, concrete slabs for 3 RV's, easy access but again..no power? What type generator would I need to run up to a 30' RV? It would have to run lights, AC and if easier on the generator...just space heaters? Of course, would also need to power water pump, microwave and fridge.

The other guys bring in water and transfer to their RV holding tanks, done this before so no problem with that. My ONLY experience with generators was a motor home I had years ago..fully self contained. It did great, but a little noisy.

Any thoughts or opinions? I will have to find an RV, put in a "red neck" septic..yeah, those 55 gallon barrels in the ground....so need some experienced advice.

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Old 01-20-2016, 08:24 PM   #2
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Amigo...after all I been through with deer lease drama??

My decision would be based solely on where the good vibe is in regards to other members & nothing more than great camp life.

Regardless, a good quiet generator with Honda power...get more than you think you need.
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Go with the electricity....... You can leave the fridge loaded.... Sucks having to haul food every time you go
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Yep, I'm all about good vibe! There is really no drama on my son's lease, so not a factor! I'm just set in my ways and Momma and I are leaning towards more privacy. The younger ones are really not a "party crowd." The ONE guy who's got the personality of a SLUG, is leaving (so he says) this year. I know what you mean about drama...managed a lease in Sterling City for 10+ years with many members...most were great but a couple were jerks...we eventually got rid of them.

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Old 01-20-2016, 08:32 PM   #5
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I had to deal with a generator at camp this past year. Even though I pretty much have super human strength, it was still a huge inconvenience messing with it. Go with electric if you have the opportunity.
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Go with the electricity....... You can leave the fridge loaded.... Sucks having to haul food every time you go
Great point, had not thought of that, but I'm the type OCD, that I take food whenever I go and take what we don't eat home. I know...just us.
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Id go electric, but

If you decide to go the generator route, you are going to need at least a 4kw. We run our 28' on a 5.5kw standard with plenty of power but LOUD. Our ols 3.5kw would barely hold the loads. My advise would be a 4 kw honda inverter if your budget allows. They are so quite that after a while, you hardly notice them if they are placed a little distance off. Also, your propane beat will pull WAY less than space heaters!!! I can run all night on one 31 series deep cycle battery and still have plenty of power left the next day. I can normally get 2 nights out of it in 30 degree weatber before having to fire up the generator to charge the battery.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:35 PM   #8
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A good generator is expensive....and just one more thing to worry about and maintain. If you have electric, go for it. Plus, it's nice when there's no constant buzzing to listen to.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:38 PM   #9
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Tie in and Run electric to the other sites as well.
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Great advice so far all.....as far as tying in to the other site....price quoted is WAY too much for my bank!
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:44 PM   #11
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Tie in and Run electric to the other sites as well.
This but if too expensive then go where the electricity is.

I've done the generator thing and there's nothing like having to go outside when it's raining and cold and fill the dang thing up.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:49 PM   #12
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I would take the electricity over the hassle of a generator
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:49 PM   #13
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Spot with Electric. When it's cold you can run 1 of those little ceramic heaters and it will keep you pretty warm. If only generator you going to have to run propane furnace and go thru a lot of propane. Or run the generator all night and burn a ton of gas.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:51 PM   #14
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If you decide to go with a generator,figure out the gas consumption so you won't have to get up in the middle of the night in the rain a d mud and cold to refuel.....I'd go with electricity.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:08 PM   #15
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I would go electricity. How is the security there? Are you going to have to transport the generator each trip or leave it for the season? A 5500 is not light weight. I used a John Deere 4500w, but it was a quiet gen like Hondas. It was around 2500.00 back 7-8 yrs ago. Then we finally paid the big bucks to get electricity setup, but we own the property,so it was worth it. If you go generator you need to consider building a small 3 sided shelter with roof, it will help divert the noise away from camp. Another thing to look into if you go generator, I think the Honda 2000 you can run in a series or hook them up together?? I read something like that, it would be some$$ but easier to move for one man and quieter than the BRiggs/Stratton powered gen sets
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Go where the deer are bigger! If having electricity means I am right on top of a bunch of people I would probably go without. I have hunted a lease without electricity for a long time and it's not that big of a deal. However I am taking steps this year so that we will use the generator less. (12v led lights, solar panels, etc.). It does get tiring pouring gas, changing oil etc. but if you want AC or an electric heater you need a gen.
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Just bought the super quiet Honda 3000w generator. Freaking quiet is all I have to say.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:35 PM   #18
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Electricity for me.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:39 PM   #19
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Thinking of getting the EU7000 Honda generator myself. I have been without electricity for 7 years. It sucks! And my quote for electricity from a area company put me at $30,000. No thanks!
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If you do a generator...HONDA... period..the END
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Go where the deer are bigger! If having electricity means I am right on top of a bunch of people I would probably go without. I have hunted a lease without electricity for a long time and it's not that big of a deal. However I am taking steps this year so that we will use the generator less. (12v led lights, solar panels, etc.). It does get tiring pouring gas, changing oil etc. but if you want AC or an electric heater you need a gen.

Sounds like a thread if it's own.
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I hunt 2 leases.. 1 with electricity, 1 without. Hands down go with electric. It's always on, no gas, no maintenance, you can leave refrigerator on, when it's cold you can leave small heater running so when you get in from hunt trailer is warm.

Lease without elec, hauling 20-30 gals of gas each weekend gets old quick.

Electricity hands down..Mama will be much happier..
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Just bought the super quiet Honda 3000w generator. Freaking quiet is all I have to say.

What's the general range of costs for one? Sorry to ask, always think it's rude to ask someone what they paid for something? It's really a question for me as the other camp is really good, except for the blasted electric situation!
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What's the general range of costs for one? Sorry to ask, always think it's rude to ask someone what they paid for something? It's really a question for me as the other camp is really good, except for the blasted electric situation!
Paid $1700 delivered for mine on Ebay,brand new in the box.I have seen them listed for as much as $2200.I just used mine for the whole season and it worked great.Runs 20 hours on 3 gallons of gas with a real light load.If you run a 1500 watt heater it will run for 10 hours.We ran the microwave,satellite,tv,heaters,ect with no problem.I have heard of folks running a 13,500 ac on campers with no problems with this generator.Champion makes a 3100 inverter that is about 1/2 the price but I have never seen one in person.
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What's the general range of costs for one? Sorry to ask, always think it's rude to ask someone what they paid for something? It's really a question for me as the other camp is really good, except for the blasted electric situation!
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Been saving my $$ and getting on my TBH son's lease for 2016. They just got another section of ranch land, put's them at just under 2000 acres for next year. One camp has electric, no water...the one they just got has a camp "party house," several expensive covered sites for an RV but NO electric.

So, my decision: Do I take a spot with the other lease members at the camp that has electric...or do I opt for the "open" spots at the other camp? The "open" spots are only a quarter of a mile from the main camp, concrete slabs for 3 RV's, easy access but again..no power? What type generator would I need to run up to a 30' RV? It would have to run lights, AC and if easier on the generator...just space heaters? Of course, would also need to power water pump, microwave and fridge.

The other guys bring in water and transfer to their RV holding tanks, done this before so no problem with that. My ONLY experience with generators was a motor home I had years ago..fully self contained. It did great, but a little noisy.

Any thoughts or opinions? I will have to find an RV, put in a "red neck" septic..yeah, those 55 gallon barrels in the ground....so need some experienced advice.

Thanks GS!

You could go with generator at open spot an
d put solar power on top of trailer to run fridge only.
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Old 01-21-2016, 11:10 AM   #28
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I bought a Champion 4000w peak from Camping World recently for $300.

Ran my 36' Rockwood no problem needing heat. In warm weather, it would only push 1 of my A/C units only I assume and just that.

Only used about 4 gallons of gas all weekend. Ran surprising pretty quiet compared to most.
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Looking more interesting as the comments come in...following and thanks all!
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My last lease had electricity. I was able to leave stuff in the fridge, didn't have to listen to my generator and didn't have to worry about hauling in fuel all the time and having to fill it up all the time doing oil changes so often etc, etc. The lease I'm on now doesn't have electricity....yet. It will in the next couple of months. After one season of having to maintain my generator for use that often, I cannot wait to have electricity again. I spent WAY more money putting gas in that thing than I would've spent paying my share of the electric bill. I'd go where I had electricity. Not even a second thought for me.

If you were to go the generator route, I would definitely go with 2 of the Honda EU 2000's. You can run them in series depending on how much power you need at the time, you can just run 1. They are very quiet and fuel efficient. They're also safe for elects like laptops and DVD players.

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Old 01-21-2016, 11:40 AM   #32
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Just be careful with a generator. Put up when hot can cause your trail to catch fire and then that will spread to the pines and the next thing you know 500 acres of timber burns and finally stops on the neighbors land. Or you can say that and get away with it if you and your lease buddies ignore a burn ban, have an open fire and like a bunch of retards let it get out of control. Anyone know what incident I am referring to?
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The only problem with a generator is when it decides to quit running and you can't get it started again. I would go with the electrical hookup any day over having to run a generator. Plus electricity is much cheaper than fuel and less stuff you have to haul to camp with you.
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If you decide to go with a generator,figure out the gas consumption so you won't have to get up in the middle of the night in the rain a d mud and cold to refuel.....I'd go with electricity.
with gas prices as they are id fill up several 5 Gal jugs. if at all possible use "NON-Ethanol" Gasoline. they have a lot of stores in east Texas that sell it. it lasts a long time and burns longer.
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I run (2) Honda 2000 gen's at our camp with an external 6gal extra tank.
Longest that I have ran them without extra fuel was 32hrs. !!
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I would only do the generators if I had no other options. If you can get a spot at the camp house or a camp spot with utilities that's what I would try to get . I run a generator only if when the power gets knocked out . The logistics of hauling fuel and anticipating when the tank will go empty ... Not worth the headache.
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Well, one thing is certain...you either have had good experiences with generators or not

Getting electric to the camp site I'm looking at is not in the future, way too expensive, but then there's the privacy aspect with "in place" covered RV site on a concrete pad. The other situation is there are 3 RV's at the "electric" camp site ALL in close proximity to each other. About 4 years ago, one of the trailers had an electric short and caught on fire in the middle of the night. My TBH son and his dog woke up when propane tanks exploded and managed to get out, thank the Lord! 3 of the 4 burned up with only one surviving.

Here are some pics of that "terrible night, posted before on GS." I'll keep checking, good thread that I'm sure affects more of us than just me.
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Well, one thing is certain...you either have had good experiences with generators or not

Getting electric to the camp site I'm looking at is not in the future, way too expensive, but then there's the privacy aspect with "in place" covered RV site on a concrete pad. The other situation is there are 3 RV's at the "electric" camp site ALL in close proximity to each other. About 4 years ago, one of the trailers had an electric short and caught on fire in the middle of the night. My TBH son and his dog woke up when propane tanks exploded and managed to get out, thank the Lord! 3 of the 4 burned up with only one surviving.

Here are some pics of that "terrible night, posted before on GS." I'll keep checking, good thread that I'm sure affects more of us than just me.
Wow .. Okay I see why you have some reservations .
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Electricity is pretty nice. .
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:44 PM   #41
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I guess I will be the guy to say why do you need electricity?
I have not had the juice on a lease for seriously over 30 something years. I like it that way. no generators allowed either.
It is not inconvenient and with a little planning one can have a good camp
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:03 PM   #42
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As long as you are wearing the black tactical slippers you can do whatever you want!! Seriously though I'd probably want to camp away from others. I've been looking at a Sportsman generator that is 6500w and is duel fuel. I like the idea of using propane to keep from dealing with gas related issues, plus they are suppose to run off 5gal of propane at max load for over 9 hours. Chances are, a 100lb propane tank would last you all season and it'd be easy to keep a extra 5gal around just in case. The reviews on these are decent and the price seems real good. I've seen them at Home Depot shipped to your door for around 650-700.
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Get a remote start/stop kit for whatever generator you decide. Run the essentials (lights) on it until bedtime. Sure is nice to start a little propane space heater crawl in bed and hit a button for the lights to go out. Next morning reverse the process.
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Get a remote start/stop kit for whatever generator you decide. Run the essentials (lights) on it until bedtime. Sure is nice to start a little propane space heater crawl in bed and hit a button for the lights to go out. Next morning reverse the process.

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Well where I'm at we don't have electricity, and don't need Tvs or any of that's crap, we get by with buddy heaters and bottle water and if we want a shower go into town and pay money. Just not that fortunate
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:46 PM   #46
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I paid $2300 for the Honda. I don't care if I coulda got it cheaper if I went here or there, or if I ordered here or there. The point is, when it's running and your 10 feet away from it and you can't heat it running. Freaking awesome. Go get ya some of that!!!!
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Honda makes a good generator. Is their a way to convert your fridge, stove, water heater, heater over to propane and have propane delivered.
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Well where I'm at we don't have electricity, and don't need Tvs or any of that's crap, we get by with buddy heaters and bottle water and if we want a shower go into town and pay money. Just not that fortunate

So you have nothing to add to the thread, then?
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Yea I can, we actually have a Honda generator and there awesome!! Highly recommend it
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Old 01-22-2016, 08:39 AM   #50
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As long as you are wearing the black tactical slippers you can do whatever you want!! Seriously though I'd probably want to camp away from others. I've been looking at a Sportsman generator that is 6500w and is duel fuel. I like the idea of using propane to keep from dealing with gas related issues, plus they are suppose to run off 5gal of propane at max load for over 9 hours. Chances are, a 100lb propane tank would last you all season and it'd be easy to keep a extra 5gal around just in case. The reviews on these are decent and the price seems real good. I've seen them at Home Depot shipped to your door for around 650-700.
Guess I'll never live it down, the pic with the slippers, lol! Interesting idea you just proposed?!
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