RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Boondocking
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-03-2017, 10:02 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
54Fun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 179
Generator(s) in truck bed

We're typically doing full hookups, but I want to give Boondocking a shot. Buying 2 Ryobi 2300 watt generators to parallel together to be able to run my 37' TT (50amp) so I can at least run 1 AC unit here in FL. I'd imagine once you set up at a site, you'd want to drag the generators away from the TT (they are pretty quiet inverter generators). But what about in the bed of the truck, if the cover was open, and exhaust not pointing towards the TT or the cab of the truck - is this fairly safe to do from a carbon monoxide standpoint? I'm thinking even for short stops say at a rest area to throw the slides open and kick on the AC and have lunch...is this doable and safe? Sure would be easier to secure them in the truck bed...
__________________

54Fun is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-03-2017, 10:05 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Nowhere, now here. Freedom!
Posts: 3,685
Is it doable? Sure. Should you do it? Heat, odor, risk of fire, etc. Gotta figure this out for your own acceptable idea of risk.
__________________

__________________
ORV 19B Full Timer Since '15, '14 Ram 2500 Diesel and a GSD. As of December 17 I'm in Pendleton OR for a tax paying job so I have an opinion about things
de K7NOL 146.52Mhz Safety? (CLICK ME!)
1bigmess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 02:12 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 7
Leaving a generator in the truck bed is a good way to get it stolen, especially at places like rest stops, parking lots, etc. Probably won't be there long enough for you to get carbon monoxide poisoning, unfortunately.

Tweakers will steal anything that isn't welded / chained / nailed down, and destroy everything welded / chained / nailed down in an effort to steal it.
SillyLilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2017, 05:54 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
54Fun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 179
Quote:
Originally Posted by SillyLilly View Post
Leaving a generator in the truck bed is a good way to get it stolen, especially at places like rest stops, parking lots, etc. Probably won't be there long enough for you to get carbon monoxide poisoning, unfortunately.

Tweakers will steal anything that isn't welded / chained / nailed down, and destroy everything welded / chained / nailed down in an effort to steal it.
Well, yes...it would certainly be chained up inside the bed. I have a hard top folding tonneau cover that covers everything and locks it up out of view (when not being used). I'm less worried about security of it being stolen, as I am about about the question related to CO.
54Fun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2017, 09:00 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: On the Road
Posts: 1,580
We do this although we're running one Yamaha 3000. We do have a carbon monoxide detector in the front of the trailer (x2 in the back) and have never had an issue. Ours is cabled in the back with locks and when not towing I keep it covered with a tonneau cover. We also have a 50amp plug on the front of the trailer and a transfer switch inside so I can plug into either end of the 5'er. Be safe and have fun.
__________________
2012 Nu Wa 363RSBDA
2016 Ford F-350 Dually 6.7
Duoglide1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2017, 11:19 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 181
I leave my two Yamaha 2Ks double locked when driving and overnighting. I do not have a shell on the truck and have ran them all night long on Eco before.

When boondocking they are locked together and to the front tire of the truck some 30' away once unhooked. The truck acts as a noise shield although they are very quiet.
__________________
1992 Dodge D250, 18cm housing, getrag 5sp, 4" straight pipe
2015 Pacific Coachworks Sand sport 18SLE
1320Fastback is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 08:45 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 886
Quote:
Originally Posted by Duoglide1 View Post
We do this although we're running one Yamaha 3000. We do have a carbon monoxide detector in the front of the trailer (x2 in the back) and have never had an issue. Ours is cabled in the back with locks and when not towing I keep it covered with a tonneau cover. We also have a 50amp plug on the front of the trailer and a transfer switch inside so I can plug into either end of the 5'er. Be safe and have fun.
x2 No problem.

At first I ran our Champion in the bed of the truck when we were moving constantly. No issues. I did put in a CO detector in the bedroom for peace of mind. Never registered a damn thing. I had it locked to the truck bed. Exhaust pointed to the back of the truck. Usually had the tailgate up. We have a firth wheel, so the bedroom is OVER the bed.

I did take the CO sensor outside to make sure it worked and put it on the bedrail, it started wailing in a hurry. But never registered anything but 0 inside the trailer. I would get one. They are $25 at Walmart with a display.

In fact, I've gotten even lazier, and mostly just run Champion while its in the basement with the door open LOL. never been an issue. Exhaust pointed out the side, and I generally shift it so its kinda sticking out of the door.

Right now we're at Greenbelt National Campground and we've been boondocking for 1+ week - but not moving - so I have it out and locked to the front landing gear. CO detector still in the bedroom and still registering 0.
__________________
2017 F-350 6.7 Diesel, CCSB, SRW, Fx4. Curt Q16/R16 - 11.5K GVWR
2005 Alfa SeeYa! SYF30RLIK - 16.2K GVWR, 4xGC2, 600w Solar MPPT --Full time July 2016 to December 2019--
mrgrayaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2017, 09:00 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Palm Coast, FL
Posts: 702
I run our Champion 3,400 watt inverter generator while itís in the bed of our F150 without any problem. I use a cable with a Master padlock to secure it and when not in use it is out of sight under a tonneau cover.
__________________
Bill & Jeri RV Travels
2019 Keystone Montana 3121RL 35'
2018 Ford F-350 Lariat CC SRW SB 4x4 Diesel
bfisher003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2017, 08:29 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
wnorton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 118
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrgrayaz View Post
x2 No problem.

At first I ran our Champion in the bed of the truck when we were moving constantly. No issues. I did put in a CO detector in the bedroom for peace of mind. Never registered a damn thing. I had it locked to the truck bed. Exhaust pointed to the back of the truck. Usually had the tailgate up. We have a firth wheel, so the bedroom is OVER the bed.

I did take the CO sensor outside to make sure it worked and put it on the bedrail, it started wailing in a hurry. But never registered anything but 0 inside the trailer. I would get one. They are $25 at Walmart with a display.

In fact, I've gotten even lazier, and mostly just run Champion while its in the basement with the door open LOL. never been an issue. Exhaust pointed out the side, and I generally shift it so its kinda sticking out of the door.

Right now we're at Greenbelt National Campground and we've been boondocking for 1+ week - but not moving - so I have it out and locked to the front landing gear. CO detector still in the bedroom and still registering 0.


Great feedback.
wnorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2017, 08:29 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Piedmont South Carolina
Posts: 70
I've run our Honda 3000i in the bed of my truck plenty of times. No problems and I keep it locked under the tonneau cover when not running.
richamor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2017, 01:09 PM   #11
Member
 
ike66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Florissant, Co
Posts: 50
I leave generator in the truck all the time. I drive a 2 foot piece of rebar in the ground and run a #6 wire from generator ground lug to rebar. Just a little added precaution since the generator is not sitting on the ground. Have never locked it up but where we boondock at we rarely ever see anyone else.
ike66 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2017, 11:22 AM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 94
Quote:
Originally Posted by ike66 View Post
I leave generator in the truck all the time. I drive a 2 foot piece of rebar in the ground and run a #6 wire from generator ground lug to rebar. Just a little added precaution since the generator is not sitting on the ground. Have never locked it up but where we boondock at we rarely ever see anyone else.
Smart man!
__________________
Palmeris - TV - 2014 ford f450 platinum
Palmeris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2017, 08:20 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 816
I'm running my Champion in the bed of the truck right now, under a tonneau cover. My cover opens from both ends, and the generators are in the front. I've propped the front open to allow air flow and keep the rain off it, and the tailgate is down to finish the circulation and allow the exhaust out. Ran a cable lock thru the bed tie downs and hitch for security. The tonneau keeps the noise down a little bit more.
__________________
2017 F350 Powerstroke DRW 4x4
2013 Cedar Creek 36CKTS Custom
https://www.facebook.com/TrippinWithTheSmiths/
aknavy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2017, 11:18 AM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 4
We have two Honda EU2000I generators & separate, twin feed fuel tank chained down in the bed of the truck. When in use I leave the hard surface rollup tonneau cover open and the tailgate closed. I have the generators exhaust facing the cab of the truck. Exhaust is not a problem, noise level is minimal and I'm planning on putting an insulated thin sheet of plywood over the generators to reduce the noise even more while running. When we have to go somewhere I unplug the shore power cord from the camper, coil it up in the bed of the truck, closed the tonneau cover and drive away. ALWAYS lock the camper door and trailer tongue when we leave and what is left outside is "cheap, fair game items" for the SOB who thinks they got to have what I have. Knock on wood, nothing has "walked off" yet.
__________________

Ortep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
generator



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
8' truck bed vs shorter bed, pulling a 37' fifth wheel Tim L. Texas Boomers 6 08-18-2017 05:16 PM
Generator storage in truck with tri-fold bed cover? fiddleddd 5th Wheel Discussion 7 04-25-2016 02:47 PM
Anyone upgrade their Sleepnumber bed to a better Sleepnumber bed LK23 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 17 12-11-2008 05:17 PM
Wiring For In Truck Bed Generator goose222 5th Wheel Discussion 5 04-01-2006 05:43 PM
Will rain hurt a Honda EU2000 generator in a truck bed Threevagabonds 5th Wheel Discussion 23 10-19-2005 10:05 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.