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Im planning a camping trip to Moab end of March. Been there before but stayed at Arrowhead campground (kinda sucked) & others Im considering are Canyonlands & Moab Valley for full hookup. I was thinking of free camping on the outskirts, found a place off a dirt road just before Arrowhead campground that people were just set up out of nowhere. Any suggestions on better spots or locations I could set up for a 3 nights stay? I found the RV grounds are roughly $200 for the 3 night stay, & closer to town, but Id prefer out & away from all that mess, & closer to the trail system out there. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Are u looking for full hookups or just parking and call in it good? What are u doing out there? Bikes, side by sides, crawlers?


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Probably just open camping, for a 5th wheel, unless we find a decent RV park with full hookups but they are like $200 for 3 nights (I may buy a generator instead). We ride dirtbikes, & ATV's. Got a few small kids with us on little machines. I usually scout ahead & wait for them to catch up, or stop at technical sections to help.
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Well there is always free camping at Area BFE. It is an offroad park south of town woth trails within the park. I also see alot of people camping out in the sand dunes south of town which I believe is free as well.

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Kane Springs campground.just out of town, on the river, close to lots of trails.cheap too.like $15 a night i think.no full hookups but they have restrooms.
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I called Canyonlands Park over the weekend, & finally (3 days later) they returned my call stating they were booked. Looks like Ill be looking for a spot on the outskirts to set up in the open area. Generator shopping now.
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Check out the Generac iQ units. About half the cost of the Hondamahas, and supposedly a little quieter too.

I've been happy with my iX2000.

Know a local Ace Hardware rents out iX2000's.
I never use mine in the summer if you want to give it a shot.
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Check out the Generac iQ units. About half the cost of the Hondamahas, and supposedly a little quieter too.

I've been happy with my iX2000.

Know a local Ace Hardware rents out iX2000's.
I never use mine in the summer if you want to give it a shot.
Costco sells them I think. Kinda trying to talk the wife into letting me buy one big enough to power a few things around the house, if we lose power. Harbor Freight has 2 Im looking at now. I have some time.
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I wouldn't go with a HFT unit... build quality just isn't there.

Open-frame "construction site" generators run at a constant 3600rpm ... They usually have higher power output since there isn't much between the stator and plug, but the power they produce is real noisy and fluctuates a lot as load is applied and removed from it.
They're also loud and not very fuel-efficient, since they have to hold 3600rpm regardless of whether it's running a drill or an air compressor.

Inverter models are more expensive, but quieter and more fuel-efficient. They don't have the power output because of the power electronics involved, but the power they do provide is a lot cleaner.
Electrically they're not as efficient because of all the conversions that happen, but because the engine can throttle back based on demand, you get a lot more runtime per gallon of fuel.

As a backup gen around the ranch/house, the open-frame gens are fine. Cheaper, less "stuff" to go wrong, but loud and inefficient.
For camping, go with the inverter models. Smaller/lighter/quieter/cleaner.

Either one you go with will still need maintenance ... oil changes, air filters, etc.
Put a dirt bike hour meter on them to track usage.
Some models offer a "tri-fuel carb" option that'll let you switch between nat.gas, propane, and gasoline. I've never used one of these, but they are out there.
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Had to change my plans & cancel this trip. Ended upbeing the same week they run Jeep Week. Ill pass until its not as busy.Off to Jackson,WY instead.
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