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Old 03-29-2005, 12:48 PM   #1
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I have a EM 5000 Honda generator. I plan on taking it with us on some long trips where we may stay overnight at truckstops ect. where generators running at night are not an issue (it is a quiet generator, but not ultraquiet). It has plenty of power for the fifth wheel and will fit in bed of truck behind cab.

Does anyone use a similar generator, leaving it in the truck bed, with the fiver still hooked up to the truck, to provide power for overnight stops?

My concerns are:
*exhaust fumes into fiver (bedroom is in nose of fiver)
* noise or vibration thru the kingpin into the fiver.

We would of course not have the windows of the bedroom open above the generator and the fiver is relativly new with good window seals.
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I have a EM 5000 Honda generator. I plan on taking it with us on some long trips where we may stay overnight at truckstops ect. where generators running at night are not an issue (it is a quiet generator, but not ultraquiet). It has plenty of power for the fifth wheel and will fit in bed of truck behind cab.

Does anyone use a similar generator, leaving it in the truck bed, with the fiver still hooked up to the truck, to provide power for overnight stops?

My concerns are:
*exhaust fumes into fiver (bedroom is in nose of fiver)
* noise or vibration thru the kingpin into the fiver.

We would of course not have the windows of the bedroom open above the generator and the fiver is relativly new with good window seals.
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Old 03-29-2005, 01:18 PM   #3
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Robert,

Insofar as the first issue is concerned, a top-quality CO detector in the bedroom should give you peace of mind. Heck, put 2 in and be sure - we seem to lose 1 or 2 people at the Houston Rodeo every year to generator fumes in the sleeping quarters of their horse trailers.

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Old 03-29-2005, 03:10 PM   #4
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In truck stops where you park with the big boys who are idling all night it will probably work out ok, in those like Flying J where you park very close to fellow RV'ers the noise may not be welcome.<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">* noise or vibration thru the kingpin into the fiver. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Secure it well. There are some who would have it 5 miles down the highway before you could get your pants on.

Get a third detector, that stuff has a way of seeping in, for another 25/30 bucks be sure to wake up.
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.....I run my generator all nite it is a Onan 12,500 Diesel and next to my Class 8 you can't hear it at all.....my stack is up next to my engine exhaust stack at 10'-10" in the air and I have (2) co2 detectors......also a fan to move air in the trailer.....you can aslo drive in to the parking spot and get away from the other trucks exhaust and noise....lotta light sleepers do this....and they use white noise so they don't hear things that wake them up......geofkaye
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well geof
concerning some noise entering the RV at night,
I've never thought about white noise (maskers).
I'll bet there could be a fair amount of interest on those things among the RV crowd. Do they work?
I wonder who might have tried those things.
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.....I've used mine for about 15 years....and now I have a superinsulated home so I don't hear anything[too quiet] so I still use them......but in areas where they have heavy traffic they are a God send.....take about a nite to get used to them and then you are hooked......good for babies that are light sleepers.....they are made out of radio static that is constant-if it changes you wake up so one must choose your background carefully......geof kaye
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.....one other issue the dog can tune out the noise and wake me if something isn't just right......geof kaye
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I use a Honda EM 3500. I have a TT and a shell on the back of my truck. I just pull the generator out on the tailgate and run it there. I have a chain hooked to the truck and around the generator with a lock. I know if someone had some bolt cutters they could cut the lock and go with it. He would have to be pretty big, the Honda is 200 lbs.

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