Brian, welcome to the club!
Regarding generators, the short answer is that the Honda eu2000i is the most popular among campers because it is super quiet and can run the smaller air conditioners for RV's. The Yamaha 2000's are pretty much the same. The Honda 1000 is good, too, but can't run the wife's hair dryer, a microwave, or the A/C. It's marginal on a toaster, too.
But they're pricey as the Honda is usually over $900.
We've been camping in NYS DEC parks in the Adirondacks (no hook-ups) for many, many years, and can speak from personal experience. There is nothing worse than camping near someone with a "cheapie" generator that is overwhelmingly loud 4 and 5 campsites away.
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