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Old 05-17-2012, 12:32 PM   #1
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I have just purchased a Honda 3000is generator. Is it safe to leave on the truck bed with a camper cover while running the generator if tailgate is left open and windows open? I know we have to be careful re carbon monoxide but how much ventilation is needed? Husband will not (repeat NOT) take the camper off the truck. Thanks
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As long as there are no oxygen breathing critters inside of the shell, I see no reason you can't do it.
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Howdy...what about only leaving the windows open and the tailgate locked...you know why!???!!
I NEVER remove my camper.....it is just too handy! Just lock it and the tailgate and am good to go...blessings....Callie
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Husband will not (repeat NOT) take the camper off the truck
One possible solution is husband stays in camper.
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As long as there are no oxygen breathing critters inside of the shell, I see no reason you can't do it.
Not entirely true. Generators don't like to breathe carbon monoxide, either. It will run a whole lot better if it's not choking on its own exhaust fumes.
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I am assuming the generator would sit just I side the tail gate and the tailgate would be opened as well as the topper doors and windows. I Don't believe the generator would be breathing it's own exhaust in this case.
People have been known to haul their pets in carriers in the back along with their equipment. I wouldn't want my pet inside the topper when the generator is running, even with everything open.
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A little cornfused....a portable generator that's not portable. Whats the point?

Our 2000i runs fine in a tent.

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As long as you leave the tailgate down, you could point the exhaust toward the open air (and maybe the trailer if hitched). Open the side windows on the camper for better circulation.

I think the 3,000 watt weighs close to 100 lbs., so I can see why they don't want to move it.

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Not entirely true. Generators don't like to breathe carbon monoxide, either. It will run a whole lot better if it's not choking on its own exhaust fumes.
Can you say EGR?
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As long as you leave the tailgate down, you could point the exhaust toward the open air (and maybe the trailer if hitched). Open the side windows on the camper for better circulation.

I think the 3,000 watt weighs close to 100 lbs., so I can see why they don't want to move it.

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It will work just fine, send the exhaust out the side window. Weighs closer to #150.
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Looks like the 3000is with electric start weighs in at 134lbs, the 3000handi at 78lbs.

My bad ...not so portable after all, sorry.

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Thanks for the advice Hubby will be happy he doesn't have to haul that thing in and out of truck everytime we change sites. Stay calm and carry on!
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I have been doing that for years. I open the window on the cap, leave the tailgate open. Sometimes I set up a fan to blow the fumes out of the truck bed and add some cooling air to the generator. wolf146
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I used to do this with an OLD diesel truck that would not start below 10*F unless the block heater was plugged in.

I ran a 2400 watt gennie in the bed with a cap on it. With just the side windows opened on the cap, it would choke and die on its own exhaust after an hour or so. with the cap side windows AND the cap rear gate window open, it was fine.
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