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Old 05-01-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Ace 29.2 - running the generator when parked

Does anyone open the generator door when they run the generator to give it more air? I did this past weekend when we stopped at a state park overnight. The place was dead, so I didn't have a problem running the generator for a short time before going to bed, and again in the morning since our site didn't have power and we were alone on our end of the park. I had it running for about 10 minutes, and opened the outside door, and could feel a little heat exit. I decided to remove the Green generator cover, and man, the freaking heat poured out. I was reading the warning sticker on the cover, and they want you to keep it on, also claiming better air flow. I think that is a bunch of crap. I wonder if you would get better air flow while driving if you kept the green cover off it??

I am going to try and fab up some kind of ram air setup from the front, something that will take fresh air from under the bumper or in the grill area and route it back to the generator through a 4" type tube. There seems to be enough room to make something like that happen.

My concern is travelling in the dead of summer in the hot desert. I think if you could get more airflow (forced fresh air)around that unit, you could keep it running cooler and you would probably eliminate it overheating and shutting down while on the road.

I would love to know if anyone has any feedback here. I am not an engineer, but it seems like a problem that could be solved with a few air flow tweaks.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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It's gonna be really hot, it's an internal combustion engine. There is a fan and they designed the case to channel that air like they want it.
However, giving it more room to breathe in the areas already designed for it never hurt.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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I've been reading all the other threads on the generator overheating, seems like I have some homework to do here.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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is your genny in the front? ours is in the rear, drivers side below the mega storage..ACE 29.2 2013
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:08 PM   #5
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Early 2013 models have the generator in the front, after overheating issues it was moved to the rear on later 2013 models.
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The ducting sounds like a good idea, however, it probably wont do much, and is most likely a lot of work for a little return.

For me, spending $30 on a piece of sheet metal, and buying 6 new bolts solved the problem, and was a relatively easy install.

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The ducting sounds like a good idea, however, it probably wont do much, and is most likely a lot of work for a little return.

For me, spending $30 on a piece of sheet metal, and buying 6 new bolts solved the problem, and was a relatively easy install.

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Did u take pics? Sorry. I haven't looked through the whole thread.
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I'll take pics when I get started. Will be in a week or so.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:25 AM   #9
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ventilated generator door

Here's a shot of the fix Thor sent to reduce generator heat. I don't know if it relieves overheating as I have not been in high altitude, high temperature conditions since installation.
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