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Old 05-11-2022, 06:24 PM   #1
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Generator and carbon monoxide

Just bought a pre-owned Timber Ridge 24RKS and canít wait to boondock!

Iíve seen numerous YouTube videos about mounting cargo carriers at the rear of their trailers and running their generators without removing from the cargo carrier.

Iíve also read literature that says your generator should be at least 20 feet away from the trailer in order to avoid carbon monoxide risk.

Is carbon monoxide a risk if the generator is mounted right up against my trailer?
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Old 05-11-2022, 06:45 PM   #2
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We carry a HF 3500 genny on a carrier as you describe. We have used it for several years without removing it and had never had any problem or had the alarm for carbon monoxide go off. We generally have the doors and windows closed when running the genny as we are running the AC.
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Old 05-11-2022, 09:36 PM   #3
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As long as your smart about it, I don't see a problem. Keep any windows in the area shut and open up one on the other end of the rig. You also have a CO detector yo warn you so make sure its functioning
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Old 05-11-2022, 10:07 PM   #4
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Yes, it is a risk. But it can be mitigated. You are probably at a greater risk from someone else's generator, seems like those are the ones I have heard of. Even with our better sealed units, you can have outside air intrusion. Maintain your CO Alarm and you will be OK.

If I were using it and prevailing air currents were moving the generator exhaust toward my coach, I would move my generator.
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Old 05-24-2022, 02:57 PM   #5
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Thanks to you all for your help. I wound up with one of these:https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jackery-2...Emer/460323320
Works great, and powered the CPAP for two nights with no problems at all!
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Yes, it is a risk. But it can be mitigated. You are probably at a greater risk from someone else's generator, seems like those are the ones I have heard of. Even with our better sealed units, you can have outside air intrusion. Maintain your CO Alarm and you will be OK.

If I were using it and prevailing air currents were moving the generator exhaust toward my coach, I would move my generator.
RV/Household CO alarm will keep you alive but not healthy. You could have 30-40ppm and never know it.



We used a portable handheld CO detector that tells us when there is CO from from any (furnace, stove, HW tank, generator and campfire) source.
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