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Lurker52

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HI all,

I am taking a trip from Florida to Wyoming the last week of June. I have done the trip before but this time I am considering doing a few overnights at Walmart or similar type places. My questions is, do you run the generator all night? I am assuming the temps. going through the south and mid- west will be pretty high. So,what do you all do when overnighting at Walmart in the summer time?

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Posted: 05/27/19 06:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nobody will hear it over the din of reefer units cycling on and off all night.

If you're more comfortable with the AC on, by all means.

Only thing I'd ask, be mindful of which way your exhaust points so not to gas out your neighbor.

Just my 5 cents


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been there never had a problem, most times I stay away from the trucks. I like CB better supper then a good sleep.never open your door for anybody,if they got a squad car ,I might open it then.

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Be sure have have several carbon monoxide detectors. They are cheap, and could save your life. Otherwise, no problem!

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Posted: 05/27/19 08:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

yes, we run the genny all night if necessary..at walmarts, interstate rest stops,
truck stops, etc


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Posted: 05/27/19 08:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is your generator in the back of the truck?

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This website may help you find inexpensive and sometimes even free campsites with electricity.

The site has a trip planner and you can filter to find what you need (i.e. power).

https://freecampsites.net/


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Just my 2 cents. If it's really hot & humid, bite the bullet and get a campsite. Generally we try to avoid Walmart type overnights. Want as many campgrounds to be profitable as possible so we can continue to go where we want, when we want w/o worrying about finding a site to stop in!


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Posted: 05/28/19 09:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been there and done that but personally I wouldn't run the generator while we're asleep. Worry about exhaust and/or overheating.


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Having used generators to supply power for week-long power outages due to hurricanes here on the Gulf Coast, I would have no qualms about running a generator overnight unattended in terms of overheating. Carbon monoxide is a real concern and has caused fatalities due to generator operation in closed spaces in these situations. If you are running it in the truck bed below the overhanging bedroom of a fifth wheel, I'd be concerned. Better to secure it outside behind the trailer. If you have a built in generator with a properly designed exhaust, you should be OK.


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