LIONEL MUSSELL — 18 October 2013

Twice on a recent trip across The Top I’ve had to put up with a generator running until late in the evening. Both times it’s been in remote areas and I can only assume it was for television, as they had a satellite dish set up each night.

There were only four RVs at the first stop at Gilbert River but I couldn’t believe it the second night when I camped in a busy rest area between Normanton and Cloncurry. That’s when I realised I’d parked right behind the same rig and the genny fired up as I was having a cuppa after setting up.

I took no chances on the third night and camped on the banks of the Georgina at Cloncurry. Thankfully, the generator was nowhere to be seen (or heard).

It got me thinking. I actually bought a little generator earlier this year to top up the house batteries if camped for a few days with no sun for my solar panels. However, I wouldn’t dream of running it in a busy rest area next to a lot of other campers. In fact, when I’m travelling, my alternator charges my house batteries as I drive and the meter usually shows the batteries are 100 per cent full by the time I stop for the night.

The Polo Ground free campsite at St Lawrence, situated a few kilometres off the Bruce Highway, leads the way for sensible use of generators. They have one area set aside for people who want to use their gennies and another area, quite a distance away from them, for non-generator people.

They also have water taps, a dump point and lovely clean ablutions with coin-in-the-slot hot showers.

I don’t suffer from telly deprivation and I wish others with this serious health problem could find a cure that didn’t involve running their noisy electricity makers near me!

YOUR SAY: Have you had to stay at a camp afflicted with tellyitus? Do you know anyone who suffer from this terrible affliction? Do you know a cure?


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