How to quiet a generator for camping? 9 tips you should know

Today, it is popular to bring a generator when going camping. A generator is very useful, especially when you have children or go camping in severe weather. But generator makes a very uncomfortable noise when operating. Fortunately, there are many solutions to this problem.

Below are 9 ways to quiet a generator for camping.

  • Make a quiet box for the generator.

  • Put the generator far from the camping site.

  • Place the generator on a soft surface.

  • Use rubber feet or platform.

  • Move the exhaust pipe away from you or face it up.

  • Make a sound-deflection barrier.

  • Use water to muffle the generator.

  • Check the generator muffler and replace it if faulty.

  • Choose a suitable generator.

Now let's check out the details of each method.

1. Make a quiet box for the generator

Putting the generator in a sound-absorbing box is the most effective way to quiet it. Inside the box, there is a layer of foam matting that can absorb the noise from the generator. A quiet box is easy to build by yourself. You can follow the instructions below to make one:


  • Some medium density fiberboards (MDX).

  • Foam mattings.

  • A saw.

  • Nails or screws.

  • Glue.

How to do it

  • Step 1: Measure the generator. Note the measurements on paper and add some inches on each side. This will help your box fit the generator.

  • Step 2: Cut the MDX to 6 pieces according to the measurements with a saw. Remember to make notes on each piece to distinguish the walls, the top, and the bottom.

  • Step 3: Create some holes for the ventilation. When the generator operates, it will become hot. A generator running on gasoline or diesel needs some holes to gain oxygen for combustion. So you have to make some ventilation holes so that it can run properly.

  • Step 4: Cut the foam mattings into pieces that have the same sizes as the MDX. Glue the foam matting on each MDX piece to create a soundproof layer.

  • Step 5: Use nails or screws to assemble the pieces to form a box. You can install a handle on the top of the box if you like.

2. Put the generator far from the camping site

Placing a generator too near the camping site will make the noise louder. You can place it far from your camping site. The noise will disperse at a long distance, and you will not hear it as clearly as before. 

The ideal distance from the generator to your camping site is 7m. You can use an extension cord to connect it with your electric devices.

But it is difficult to do this method on a crowded camping site. In that case, try to move the generator as far from your camping sites as possible. If the noise is still loud, you can try another method.

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Put the generator far from the camping site

3. Place the generator on a soft surface

One of the main causes of the noise from a generator is vibration. When operating, it often vibrates and makes an annoying noise. If you put it on the pavement or a metal platform, the noise will be amplified. 

A soft surface can reduce the vibration and be a natural sound-absorbing mat. Thus, when you place the generator on a soft surface, the noise will decrease a lot. 

Next time, if you go camping on a dry day, find a soft surface to place your generator. You can put it on the dirt or grass if you go camping on a dry day. The dirt or grass can absorb the noise from the generator and make your camping site quieter.

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Putting the generator on grass can make it quieter

4. Use rubber feet or platform

Sometimes, you can't find a soft surface to place your generator, or you go camping on a rainy day. You have to put it on a hard surface such as asphalt or metal platform. In this case, you can create a soft surface by using rubber feet on your generator. You can also place it on a rubber platform. The rubber will help calm the generator and reduce noise.

5. Move the exhaust pipe away from you or face it up

In a generator, the exhaust pipe is the part that causes most of the noises. Thus, to quiet a generator for camping, you can move the exhaust pipe away from you.

If there are neighboring camping sites, you should pay attention to the position of the exhaust pipe.  Move it to a place far from your camping site but not face others. 

If you can't move it away, try to face it up to the sky. This can also change the direction of noise from the exhaust pipe and quiet the generator.

6. Make a sound-deflecting barrier

Using a sound deflector is another way to bring back tranquility to your camping site. You can buy it or make it yourself. It is quite simple to make a sound-deflecting barrier. 

Cut a piece of medium-density fiberboard and an equal piece of soundproof material. Make sure that the pieces are large enough to bar the generator and your campsite. Then attach them with glue. You can make a stand for it so that it can stand upright. 

Prop the barrier between you and the generator. Let the soundproof side face the generator. If you don't have a stand for the barrier, use a large rock to hold it upright. 

7. Use water to muffle the generator

You may not know this, but water is a good sound deflector. Thus, to quiet a generator when going camping, you can also use water as the muffler. People call this method "the water bucket trick". You will need a 5-gallon bucket and a hose to connect with the exhaust pipe to do this trick. 

Fill the bucket with water from your campsite. Then, connect one end of the hose to the exhaust pipe of the generator. Remember to put the generator on a higher ground than the bucket. This is to prevent water from flowing backward into the exhaust pipe. The water will absorb noise from the exhaust pipe and quiet the generator.

8. Check the generator muffler and replace it if faulty

The generator muffler has the function of muffling sound from the generator. So, a broken muffler is another popular cause of a noisy generator. 

If the generator you bring for camping makes noises, you can check its muffler. If the muffle doesn't work, consider fixing it or replacing it with a new one.

But if you don't know the generator well, you shouldn't disassemble it yourself. Consult the manufacturer to keep the generator good performance.

9. Choose a suitable generator

The more powerful the generator, the more noise it produces. So, consider your need for energy output to choose a generator with a suitable capacity. 

Some people only need the power to recharge their phones, tablets, or run small electric devices when camping. If this is your case, choose a smaller and less powerful generator. This not only reduces noise but also makes it easier to carry the generator. Besides, a smaller generator will take less fuel.

To run large devices such as a mini-refrigerator, you'll need a larger power generator. If possible, you can consider a generator with high capacity but low noise. This type of generator is much more expensive than other ones.


Above are 9 effective methods to quiet a generator for camping. You can combine them to lower the noise level of the generator in your campsite. We hope that with these tips, you will have relaxing camping without external distractors.

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