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Old 10-25-2007, 02:05 PM   #1
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Another generator question

Can you keep a generator in your truck and use it while it is in the truck, without putting it on the ground (as long as it is well ventilated)? I really like the electric start Yamaha generator, but there is no way I can lift 150 lbs in and out of my truck by myself. Even with a ramp it would be difficult. So, does anyone out there keep their generator in their truck permanently?
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:09 PM   #2
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Can you keep a generator in your truck and use it while it is in the truck, without putting it on the ground (as long as it is well ventilated)? I really like the electric start Yamaha generator, but there is no way I can lift 150 lbs in and out of my truck by myself. Even with a ramp it would be difficult. So, does anyone out there keep their generator in their truck permanently?
Yes you can, I am leaning that direction with my 2400is. Partly because I don't want to lug the bugger and partly because I will feel better if it is bolted into my bed. This option is less useful if you plan on using the generator for much more than battery recharges. If you will be running the thing for extended periods, or want electricity when the TV is somewhere else, then this plan isn't so hot.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:14 PM   #3
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A fellow in our unit has his Honda 3000 in his truck bed and runs it there.

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Old 10-25-2007, 02:21 PM   #4
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Can you keep a generator in your truck and use it while it is in the truck, without putting it on the ground (as long as it is well ventilated)? I really like the electric start Yamaha generator, but there is no way I can lift 150 lbs in and out of my truck by myself. Even with a ramp it would be difficult. So, does anyone out there keep their generator in their truck permanently?

Sure can, I do it with my Yamaha 3000 w/boost. I have it chained down and also have two HD cable locks attacched to the frame of the gen. It actually reduces the noise even more ( not as though it isn't already super quiet) being surrounded by the bed and cab.

We have traveled over 20,000 miles, sea to sea, and no one has ever messed with the generator in the bed. Keep it covered when not in use, something other that a generator cover is best to decrease the awareness of the bad guys, like a cheapo BBQ cover, it works for us.

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Thanks so much for the info. The Yamaha 3000 w/boost is just what I wanted to get.
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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Question gen. or solar

If you had to choose would you get a generator or go solar?
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It depends on what your usage will be. A generator of the proper size will power everything in your trailer including the A/C. Or a smaller gen can be used for battery charging and small electric appliances (2000 watt). They can be converted to propane or you can order the Yamahas that way from the factory with a warranty and use your LP tanks.

OTOH, solar is silent and a one-time investment. It will also keep your batteries up and with an inverter, you can still power some small appliances or TV. Only down side to solar......you don't get nuttin' at night!!!
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Thanks for the reply but which would you choose if you had to choose one?
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Thanks for the reply but which would you choose if you had to choose one?
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Generator every time. I like the idea of solar, but it has to many drawbacks- not the least of which is I like to camp in the shade. Furhtermore, it cost less to get going and you have to burn a lot of gas before the "free" sun will catch up with the cost of fuel.
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Yes you can. I do it with my bulldog 3500. . In addition, I put hard foam panels agenst the bed sides of the truck. The foam panels help reduce the noise somewhat As stated, just keep it ventilated.

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