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Old 03-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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New to RV'ing - question about generator usage

I know that my generator is the only thing that will power my rooftop AC units, yet, in the generator and RV manuals, they both say "do not sleep in RV with generator running." Is this just a statement for legal purposes only??? In the summer at night, I fully expect i will want AC all night long.

Am i missing something here? Tx
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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Where does you generator exhaust terminate. Mine goes out the back behind the bedroom slide. With a good CO detector I would feel comfortable sleeping with the genny running. I did see a MH that had a stainless steel 3 inch ( maybe a little larger) tube running up the back of the coach venting the exhaust out the top. It was remarkably quiet. If we boondock more with other campers I might consider doing something similar.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:05 PM   #3
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Written by lawyers. I won't sleep with my genny running without a functioning CO detector.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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Welcome to IRV2. Your ac's should work on shore power as well ?? Many people sleep with their genny's on. You'll want to be sure you have a good carbon monoxide detector and if your fumes are getting into the RV , they can be diverted with an extension on the tailpipe called a gen turi.
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I use the generator auto start on our MH at all hours when camping out in the open.
Have 2 CO detectors that are operational.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Some motorhomes only run one a/c off of shore power. Generally rigs with 30 amp supply. As for running gen all night for A/C, you can do it of it is a factory installed unit with no exhaust leaks. People have self installed generators in a non generator cabinet and have poisoned themselves from the exhaust.
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Since the risk of CO2 poisoning is real, the lawyers have given you warning not to sue the RV Mfgt...and if you get a Gen-Turi, you're sure to not be smelling the fumes.

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Old 03-29-2013, 05:37 PM   #8
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most campgrounds have quiet time. generators not allowed during this time or some neighbor will explain it to you in not so nice terms.
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generator is in the very front of the unit - between driver and passenger area (THor Palazzo). The exhaust tube comes out in front of the front left wheel about 6-8 inches from the body. The coach does of course have a CO2 detector inside.

And because of my hobby (mtn bike racing), I will use the RV at lots of places where there is no local hookups for power, water, etc. so have to be self contained.
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I have a palazzo and I have my genny to run via ags. I have had it running at night with no issues, just remember to close the front window our the fumes will come in lol this trip it had been a nice temp at night and forgot to close the window had it open furring the day, well the co2 detector woke me up and scared the .... Out of me. But since I keep the window closed and things are fine
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Welcome to the forum. Run only with CO detector that you know is reliable. I would have two of them to be extra safe and the Gen turi is a good idea...
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:26 PM   #12
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Based upon a quick search, your Palazzo is a diesel with a diesel genny.

Very small CO in diesel exhaust, with your CO detector and you should be just fine.

Lawyer talk as others have said.

Gas genny, a completely different issue.

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Also need to consider neighbours, especially if you are running the exhaust up and out above the roof. Neighbour might have roof hatches open and your exhaust ends up inside.

I think two or three people died last year at a rally and that was one possible cause
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Something that we try to do when we are boondocking, is to park with the rear end of our MH into the wind. That way the exhaust is blown away from the MH. There are time when we are out hunting that the weather gats a little on the cool side, so the generator is running all of the time. Our generator is in the front of our MH with the exhaust on the left side.
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