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Old 01-16-2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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Running generator in the rain or snow

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Looking for ideas on protecting my generator if I have to run it when it's raining. A home made project would be my first choice. I found GenTent but it is $200.

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Which gennie? I don't do anything to protect my Honda EU2000's.
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When I use a Honda 2000 instead of the on board generator, in bad weather I just sit the Honda under the front slide but never the bedroom slide. If I was looking at something free standing, I would look a some of the small pop up tents designed for shade on the beach, especially for children. They wouldn't be very durable with snow and rain but they would be inexpensive and should last a season at least.
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I bought my EU2000 in 2010. It has been out in the open on my boat cabin top, since. I only cover it while stored. 6 months, 3 times.

Down here in the harbor 1/4 of the boats have them out in the open.

They fade from the sun but keep on ticking.
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I have two 2k Hondas and I use a small fold-up table with a tarp over it. I guess I could just leave it out in the rain, but it just seems like abuse to me.


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I have two 2k Hondas and I use a small fold-up table with a tarp over it. I guess I could just leave it out in the rain, but it just seems like abuse to me.


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Same/similar here. Repurpose stuff already be carried. A folding table with a plastic table cloth covering/draped over the edge. A couple pieces of wood used for leveling to raise it off the ground.

One could make a frame from PVC that could be broken down. A tarp or similar draped over the frame.
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Personally I think covering it and it not getting good ventilation would run a higher risk of damage and be more abuse to it than letting it get rained on. Probably runs cooler when it rains. They are built to be a outdoor product. Save your money.
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Personally I think covering it and it not getting good ventilation would run a higher risk of damage and be more abuse to it than letting it get rained on. Probably runs cooler when it rains. They are built to be a outdoor product. Save your money.
Agree, along with the fire hazard if the covering material somehow gets near the exhaust.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:29 AM   #9
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PVC pipe frame.. tarp.. just make sure lots of room from HEAT...


or 2 peices of plywood.. and a set of hinges.. making a "A" frame cover...


for my Home.. generator (7K)... I made a dog house with the front and roof hinged .. so the front panel and roof make a "A" frame over generator.. with wide open front and sides of "A" frame over head.


many ideas.. 1 will come to you.


but a folding table.. with all 4 sides OPEN.. will work .. but add weight on top of table.. so wind will not move it.
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Our little low end Boliy genset 'survived' the wrath of two hurricanes and many, many inches of rain while sitting in the driveway uncovered. Most of these generators are built for surviving the elements with no physical protection. That PVC framework does sound good if you feel the need to cover yours though
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My generac generator... in its manual. asks NOT to run in bad weather...


I have no idea why.


the fuel tank does offer a bit of protection by itself. maybe wind driven rain...
but all vents face down.
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My generac generator... in its manual. asks NOT to run in bad weather...


I have no idea why.


the fuel tank does offer a bit of protection by itself. maybe wind driven rain...
but all vents face down.

Probably a less then direct translation from the original Chinese version. The main use for these is by on job site contractors and backup power during a storm
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My generac generator... in its manual. asks NOT to run in bad weather...


I have no idea why.


the fuel tank does offer a bit of protection by itself. maybe wind driven rain...
but all vents face down.

It may have something to do with the electrocution hazard if you touch the running generator during a pouring rain, and it's sitting on very wet ground
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Usually just lower the tailgate and put the gen under it.
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