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Old 07-28-2016, 06:01 AM   #15
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Having just left Florida and traveled up to NY, I had the generator running constantly for days never turning it off even while driving JUST to stay comfortable inside the coach.

That's what it is there for and the more you use the generator the less problems you will have with it.

Make sure your CO detector(s) are functioning and are not too old.

Trust me there are way more ways to die in your coach than by using the generator.

The times you have to be careful are when you are parked very close to someone else who is running their generator and the fumes are coming into your coach through an open window. People HAVE died that way.

Also, you can purchase a Genturi and install it while parked which takes the fumes up over the top of your coach.

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Old 07-28-2016, 06:05 AM   #16
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The exhaust is shooting out and dispersing to a large area. Its not just drifting around like a gas heater.

People sit in running cars for hours in traffic jams and survive.

With the government mandating everything, if using your RV generator was dangerous, there would be warning stickers and lockouts, we would need to disable, all over the controls.

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Old 07-28-2016, 06:24 AM   #17
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I run mine for 4-5 days non stop in 100 degree weather. Without it, I would be looking for a motel room.
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Head North! We are in Northern Minnesota and have yet to use our air! In fact most mornings use the Heat Pumps!
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Head North! We are in Northern Minnesota and have yet to use our air! In fact most mornings use the Heat Pumps!
OOooooo. That hurts! Can't wait for fall to get here.
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The only time I'd worry about running the generator would be in a large parking lot, full of RVs, that have their generators running. By yourself out in the woods or along side the highway doesn't seem to pose that much of a risk to me.
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Old 07-28-2016, 06:52 AM   #21
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Sorry... the MN in post #12 above was to read MH.
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Thanks for quick response,,,but you have left out parts that kind of worry the DW and myself too......Fumes,,,the deadly type,,,,easing inside somehow !!
Don't worry about that.
Just make sure your smoke and CO detectors are working and that your generator exhaust system is in good shape.

Carbon monoxide detectors/alarms, (aka: CO detectors), are designed to sound off, and wake you up, if "deadly type fumes" somehow ease inside your coach.

(BTW, if you don't wake up for any reason all your worries are over).

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Old 07-28-2016, 07:30 AM   #23
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staying cool while overnighting

Several years ago while running the generator in a casino parking lot in California my CO detector went off at 1:00 AM. The way the wind was blowing it blew the exhaust against the RV. Jumped up and turned the RV around and let the exhaust blow away from the RV. Have never slept with the genny running since. There where no RV's around us at the time.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:42 AM   #24
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Might have been the Kalifonia air.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:49 AM   #25
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If you really want to run your generator and are concerned about the exhaust, you can check out a generator exhaust system. While I am not a Camping World fan, this was the first link I came across as an example.

Gen-turi Generator Exhaust System - Camco 44461 - Automotive Accessories - Camping World
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When traveling I stay at Passport America campgrounds and so far their electric hook ups have been able to power my AC's with no problem.

If I stayed at a Walmart lot for the same hours running the generator. My overnight cost(fuel to run gen) would be more $$ then the peace of mind not worrying about CO gas.
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We have run it through the night a few times when needed. If there is any breeze, I'll park so the exhaust is downwind. If the coach is closed up tight, meaning all windows closed and latched, all vents closed, etc. you are fine. In order for fumes to get in, some air has to escape. If air can not get out, nothing can get in. Some make the mistake of leaving a window cracked open or a roof vent open for fresh air. Big mistake if the genny is running. My wife is very sensitive to propane, or exhaust fumes, and yes CO is odorless, but is associated with fumes that you can smell. She and our CO detectors have never gone off.

That last statement doesn't sound right. I should clarify that she has never alerted me to any exhaust fumes. As for going off,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,............ Don't let her read this.
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I may have missed the point of this thread but diesel exhaust will not kill you. No one has ever committed suicide in a diesel car

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