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Old 09-04-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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Question Running Honda 2000 generators in the rain??

I recently bought the tandem Honda 2000 genrators setup and plan to do some camping in an area w/o power and which has a high probability of rain. Shall I just let it rain on them while their running or try to put some sort of temporary rain shed over them? Any ideas or solutions employed for this woud be appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Some buy a cheapo nylon pup tent and put them in there. I run mine in the bed of my pick-up which is also tall enough that I can slide the genny under the truck but that is extra work.

I wouldn't leave mine out in the rain.

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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We put ours under a picnic table, out of the direct rain, if there is one in the camp site. Otherwise, we use a tree or (Costco) plastic-top folding table as a rain cover. However, rain is seldom a problem when and where we usually camp. If it does rain, it usually only lasts a short period; so we wait until the clouds clear.
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Mine are mounted in my service truck but i really like the tent idea. They do produce some heat so just keep them far enough away from flamable surfaces and you should be good. Keep an eye on them so they dont grow legs and walk away :-(
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I might try to protect them with a small umbrella secured with a bungee cord, but I don't think rain would damage them, and the receptacle is a gfci type so no problem there. I would take a look at what the owners manual says.

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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I have a piece of one of those silver auto windshield shades that I cut into a large "hat" for my Honda 2000. Fold it in an upside down V shape large enough to cover the unit with some overhang. I put a couple of pieces of one-side adhesive velcro strips on the generator and other side on the "hat." Generator still gets plenty of air circulation and unless the rain is coming sideways, it stays dry. Velcro keeps it in place nicely.
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I have a "sportbrella". It is a large beach shelter which is like a giant umbrella that sits on its side. It pulls double duty as a gennie shed as well.

http://sport-brella.com/sport-brella
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Our stays out in the open during rain. Unit seems pretty well sealed. I'd only be concerned about water in the gas, but that has not been a problem.
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I have a "sportbrella". It is a large beach shelter which is like a giant umbrella that sits on its side. It pulls double duty as a gennie shed as well.

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I checked the website out and this looks very interesting and the umbrella would be quite useful for the beach as well. (I live near the gulf coast!)
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I have a piece of one of those silver auto windshield shades that I cut into a large "hat" for my Honda 2000. Fold it in an upside down V shape large enough to cover the unit with some overhang. I put a couple of pieces of one-side adhesive velcro strips on the generator and other side on the "hat." Generator still gets plenty of air circulation and unless the rain is coming sideways, it stays dry. Velcro keeps it in place nicely.
I keep a couple of these in my truck for parking at the airport and they may serve double duty. Thanks for the insights.
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I checked the website out and this looks very interesting and the umbrella would be quite useful for the beach as well. (I live near the gulf coast!)

I do like it. It stores nicely behind the sofa, and it is deeper than that picture shows. I simlpy turn it so its "back" faces into the prevailing rain/wind, put the gennies all the way in the back with their exhausts pointing out. They stay very dry. There is a stake kit and lines with it, as well as pockets on the skirts to fill with sand or rocks. Pretty steady.
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If not taining hard, we put them under our endgate ... heavier rain - under the topper cover.
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We have a tonneau cover on our truck bed... so we can leave to tail gait down to provide plenty of air circulation and have the generator(s) under the tonneau cover to protect them from the rain.... works great.

We have also put them under a small kid's card table and draped a table water-proof tarp over the table to create a 3-sided cover leaving one side away from the direction of the rainfor ventilation...
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