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KeithF40

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Posted: 05/12/21 06:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First off I think I am definitely going to get a second (and maybe third) CO alarm in addition to the one that is built into my trailer.

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I run our Hondas regularly from the bed of my truck. I drop the tail gate start the generators,spin them so the exhaust faces out. The tonneau cover stays in place one fold open, depending on expected weather,if rain is expected I leave it flat. I have a trifold. I have set my extended run tank on top of the cover.
This is for overnites only so I normally do not unhook the trailer. Once set up in our spot the generators sit on a piece of plywood on the ground.

By spin them out do you mean blowing perpendicular to the truck as in not towards the hitch and not towards the cab?.

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Say wut?
Generator won't melt if it gets wet.
Why on earth would you direct the exhaust back into the enclosed truck bed making the bed all stinky and hot? Do you think it's going to trap the exhaust and keep it from getting out?
Point generator exhaust away from the truck bed and if you smell exhaust in the camper, it's not working, get a longer extension cord.

I felt this wasn't a good idea but read about others doing this so just wanted to ask. In regards to the rain I have read about people using it exposed to the rain and others covering it up so not sure what the exact protocol is.

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KeithF40 wrote:

First off I think I am definitely going to get a second (and maybe third) CO alarm in addition to the one that is built into my trailer.

pitch wrote:

I run our Hondas regularly from the bed of my truck. I drop the tail gate start the generators,spin them so the exhaust faces out. The tonneau cover stays in place one fold open, depending on expected weather,if rain is expected I leave it flat. I have a trifold. I have set my extended run tank on top of the cover.
This is for overnites only so I normally do not unhook the trailer. Once set up in our spot the generators sit on a piece of plywood on the ground.

By spin them out do you mean blowing perpendicular to the truck as in not towards the hitch and not towards the cab?.

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Say wut?
Generator won't melt if it gets wet.
Why on earth would you direct the exhaust back into the enclosed truck bed making the bed all stinky and hot? Do you think it's going to trap the exhaust and keep it from getting out?
Point generator exhaust away from the truck bed and if you smell exhaust in the camper, it's not working, get a longer extension cord.

I felt this wasn't a good idea but read about others doing this so just wanted to ask. In regards to the rain I have read about people using it exposed to the rain and others covering it up so not sure what the exact protocol is.


Yes face too face

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mr_andyj wrote:

you are right, CO is about the same as air. That is a myth...
We had a situation where a guy in a tent got CO poisoning but the people walking around were unaffected. I guess that supported the myth...
If CO floats then that is worse as it can float into your windows.

CO2 is harmless, you exhale it and breath it in. The mask-breathers are breathing it constantly inside their gross mask.


CO2 is harmless in "normal" concentrations. But In high concentrations can also lead to oxygen starvation and death. It is indeed rare, but can happen with inadequate ventilation when used a MIG or TIG welder running CO2 with inadequate ventilation.


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Posted: 05/13/21 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I built a secure and weatherproof box that's bolted to the bed, it's properly ducted and has run fine in all weather for 700 plus

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ol Bombero-JC wrote:


Maybe "mr_andyj" is thinking of propane?

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This is honestly an easy mistake to make. To make matters worse, RV manufacturers use a combination CO/propane detector, and since it involves propane, it must be near the floor.

I would always advise an additional CO detector. $30 bucks isn't much to be safe.


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I think running a generator in your truck bed would be as safe as running the built in generator in a RV that is located under the front bed. What is the difference?

Just make sure the generator gets fresh air or it will not run correctly.

I had a rat problem in my shed. So I ran my Honda EU2000 generator in my shed with the door and windows closed. After a while the generator ran out of fresh air and quit. Took of care of my rat problem.

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^Now that’s thinking!
To the OP, don’t make this difficult.
Start genny, don’t point exhaust at anything that may melt or catch fire. If you want to direct the exhaust back under your tonneau cover (although idk how this would seem like a solid idea), do so. As long as you pay attention to the first sentence.
Rain, snow, wind, sun, generators seem to run just fine.
Common sense. Every construction site with a generator, it’s likely outside.
At home, my backup genny only comes out when the power is out and generally it’s raining or snowing.


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ktmrfs wrote:


CO2 is harmless in "normal" concentrations. But In high concentrations can also lead to oxygen starvation and death. It is indeed rare, but can happen with inadequate ventilation when used a MIG or TIG welder running CO2 with inadequate ventilation.


OK, so get a CO monitor and no welding in the RV!

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Okay, so put the gen on the tailgate with exhaust facing the drivers side. If it is raining have a piece of plywood on top and call it good.

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