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Old 05-30-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Generator Under Bed: Good Idea?

I was looking at a gas coach with the generator under the bed (access from the outside rear). It got me wondering if trying to sleep over a running generator is even possible. Granted, I have every intention of not camping or parking where weather dictates running the a/c at night, but knowing me, if it can happen -- it will.

The coach was a 1998 Georgie Boy Cruise Master, we just happened across on the way home from looking at another coach, by the way.
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Our bed is over the gen set. When the slide is out the foot of the bed is over it. I have tried to sleep with mixed results. Poor design but it is OK with us as there are limited times we would spend the night without elec.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Our gen is under our bed and it is not a problem-It may depend on who makes the gen.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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Our previous gas mh had an Onan gennie in the rear opposite the bedroom slideout and for the most part the noise was not that overbearing. A properly working muffler will help a lot in reducing the noise. We also purchased a GenTuri exhaust system, which is an extension to the gennie exhaust pipe, that directs most of the sound above the roof line. I personally didn't feel feel comfortable sleeping with the gennie running so we purchased the GenTuri. This is one of those need things vs want things.
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The drone of the genset is white noise to me. The only issue is we won't/can't open the window above our heads due to exhaust.
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Have never needed to run ours at night & would probably throw rocks at anybody in our group or in the surrounding area, that did! If it was loud & annoying that is. I mean if its keeping you up, imagine how thrilled your neighbors must be.
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...It may depend on who makes the gen.
In this case, Generac.
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Don't most gas powered motorhomes have the generator 'under' the bed?

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^ All the other ones I've looked at have been driver's side, mid-coach.
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You'd be running the gennie if you needed A/C, then the drone of the A/C would help cover the noise of the gennie. It evens out!
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Don't most gas powered motorhomes have the generator 'under' the bed?

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No. only a few were designed that way.
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We had one with the generator drivers side right behind the driver and this was fine. The class C had it in the right rear corner next to the bed...not good for sleeping. My preference is not near the sleeping area.

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^ All the other ones I've looked at have been driver's side, mid-coach.
We've had 3 Class A's and all of them had 'underbed' generators. The main thing that bothered me when it ran - was the vibration, the noise wasn't such an issue inside the coach. Can't speak for outside.

I haven't done extensive searching recently for gas fueled motorhomes, so haven't thought about where generators are located.

We just bought a pre-owned diesel which of course has the generator in front.

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