Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-21-2010, 01:29 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
Rawn77's Avatar
 
2017 30' Classic
Montreal , Quebec
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 211
Send a message via Skype™ to Rawn77
Generator in back of Pickup truck

I just bought a used Dodge Laramie pickup truck with the idea of putting a Honda or Yamaha 3000 in the rear bed. My intention is to leave it there semi permanently even while running it.
The bed has the BedRug carpet installed as well there's a tilt up fiberglass tonneau. I'd be installing tension storage bars inside the bed to keep the gen in place at the same time providing breathing room from the sides.

My question to you experts is about the height. The pickup bed is 20" deep without the bedrug installed. The Honda is 22.4" tall while the Yamaha is 21.9".

I'd really like to keep the pickup bed closed while not using the gen but am now worried about the height restrictions.

What do you guys suggest?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	!B)PQfPwEWk~$(KGrHqUOKm4EvyFnjv)2BMMmnEL-hg~~_12.JPG
Views:	240
Size:	32.5 KB
ID:	107194   Click image for larger version

Name:	!BwPMTqgB2k~$(KGrHqIOKjIEwPcsWIP9BMI!3R30K!~~_12.JPG
Views:	191
Size:	48.4 KB
ID:	107195  

__________________

__________________
Ron
Montreal, QC

2017 Classic
4 Flexible 100w Solar Panels
3000w Magnum Hybrid Inverter
1000 Amp Hours Lithium Battery
Honda EU3000
Drain Master Sewer Connection
2017 GMC Denali 2500 Duramax
Hensley
Rawn77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 03:47 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
tkasten's Avatar
 
1965 22' Safari
Vassar , Michigan
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 847
Images: 6
Gen

I have a Honda 3000 chained in the back end of my 09 Chevy Silverado. I had to use a high end roll back tonou cover because of the height of the Gen. My dealer told me that they could make some of the covers like yours work by raising the railing a bit. I opted for the roll back because we some times carry our 4 wheeler and it would not fit with a hard cover. Having the Gen. in the bed is really nice. It is electric start and quite a mouse. When the gen is running I have the top rolled back and the tail gate up. Hope this helps....Tim
__________________

__________________
Tim
TAC MI 14

Everyday is a Saturday
tkasten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 03:58 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
 
casarodante's Avatar

 
2012 31' Classic
Visalia , California
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 480
Images: 29
I have been thinking of this also in my F250. I have a hard fiberglass lid like you. I would use one or two of my EU2000i's. I plan to crack the lid about 4-8 inches to keep an airflow going.

One concern is the exhaust. I would like to find some way to direct it out and not have it constantly be hitting the inside of the bed or the lid. Still thinking about it.
__________________
Roger & Roxie (rore62) Smith (Air#178 - WBCCI#1646)
Visalia, CA (between Fresno & Bakersfield)
2012 31' Classic - Nuestra casa rodante
Blog: http://www.casarodante.org - Old Airstream slides: http://airstream.casarodante.org
casarodante is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
3 Rivet Member
 
Rawn77's Avatar
 
2017 30' Classic
Montreal , Quebec
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 211
Send a message via Skype™ to Rawn77
Could you tell me the brand and model of your tonneau cover.
As well, when your tonneau is closed, is there an indentation in the cover where the gen is touching it, or is there sufficient clearance?
Thanks for your reply,
Ron
__________________
Ron
Montreal, QC

2017 Classic
4 Flexible 100w Solar Panels
3000w Magnum Hybrid Inverter
1000 Amp Hours Lithium Battery
Honda EU3000
Drain Master Sewer Connection
2017 GMC Denali 2500 Duramax
Hensley
Rawn77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 04:26 PM   #5
_
 
. , .
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 8,812
ron

from the pix it appear u have a UNDERCOVER brand tonneau...

they have cross bracing behind the top layer, such that they sit FLUSH to the bed.

most of the fiberglass molded tonneau-z are HOLLOW backed and the cavity is 2-3 inches above the rails...

are, snug, leer are 3 popular brands like this.

you'll need to visit a truck accessory shop and verify the EXACT clearance.

i've seen several inverter style gensets mounted UNDER tonnueas.

all seemed to fit in that cavity on the back side of the fiberglass shells.

i did see one truck that had the tonneau mounted on a short RISER (about 3-5 inches) added to bedrail ...

clearly home made but it was water tight, black like the rail covers and looked OK.

the are and leer and snug brands are extremely nice and can have thule/yak rails ADDED to the top...

they come painted/clearcoated in any color u might want.
_________

did u opt out of towing with the merc' ?

good looking truck,

almost purchased the exact same color (but long bed 3500) a few weeks ago...

has that thing got a hemi?

or a ctd ?

cheers
2air'
__________________
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
2airishuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
Happycampers's Avatar
 
1979 30' Argosy
Havelock , where we park it
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,652
I would put a cap on and do what I did. There is a Fantastic fan in the roof that moves the air through the slider window in the front of the cap and gives the generator plenty of air. I was using it last week +90 degree heat and the truck closed and locked. Ran all day with the a/c on.

Marvin
__________________
Marvin & Annie
Niki (fur baby)
1979 Argosy 30 (Costalotta)
WBCCI 10103
"Happiness is a warm Puppy" Charles Schulz
Happycampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 04:57 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Happycampers's Avatar
 
1979 30' Argosy
Havelock , where we park it
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,652
Forgot to add pics.
Attached Images
  
__________________
Marvin & Annie
Niki (fur baby)
1979 Argosy 30 (Costalotta)
WBCCI 10103
"Happiness is a warm Puppy" Charles Schulz
Happycampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 05:18 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
1975 29' Ambassador
Reno , Nevada
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 1,351
These portable gensets are not designed to be operated within closed or restricted spaces. Check with the manufacturer or the manual for proper clearances.

Rebreathing exhaust fumes can reduce the performance of the genset and it is also possible, despite compartment forced air ventilation, to also have heat problems.

A friend with a front bedroom AS had the CO alarm go off when using his Honda in the bed of the truck while still hitched. Don't underestimate exhaust fumes!

If you want to run a genset inside, get one designed for that. Also make sure it is installed properly (the one in my B-Van wasn't and I had to do some work to get vent holes properly sized, fuel feed correct, and exhaust routed).
__________________
bryanl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 05:34 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Happycampers's Avatar
 
1979 30' Argosy
Havelock , where we park it
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,652
Good point Bryan. After I installed mine I sat inside with it closed up beside the generator and could not smell any fumes, when it comes out of the fantastic fan the exhaust would have to travel 27 ft. over the top of the trailer to reach the a/c, that is with the truck hooked up the trailer.

Marvin
__________________
Marvin & Annie
Niki (fur baby)
1979 Argosy 30 (Costalotta)
WBCCI 10103
"Happiness is a warm Puppy" Charles Schulz
Happycampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 05:37 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
tkasten's Avatar
 
1965 22' Safari
Vassar , Michigan
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 847
Images: 6
Truck Bed Gen.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rawn77 View Post
Could you tell me the brand and model of your tonneau cover.
As well, when your tonneau is closed, is there an indentation in the cover where the gen is touching it, or is there sufficient clearance?
Thanks for your reply,
Ron
You can see the name in the following pics. I ordered the truck with an 8' bed so I could keep my tool boxes and still be able to carry my 4 wheeler at times. The cover rolls up to the tool box making just enough room for the 4 wheeler. Most of the time I have the gen in the bed. Good luck.....Tim
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0816.JPG
Views:	162
Size:	204.4 KB
ID:	107199   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0817.JPG
Views:	170
Size:	204.1 KB
ID:	107200  

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0819.JPG
Views:	313
Size:	204.2 KB
ID:	107201   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0822.JPG
Views:	232
Size:	204.5 KB
ID:	107202  

__________________
Tim
TAC MI 14

Everyday is a Saturday
tkasten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 06:53 PM   #11
tpi
Rivet Master
 
2005 25' Safari
Trabuco Canyon , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 866
Images: 2
I have my Yamaha 3000 in the pickup bed most of the time. No bed cover though. One of the attractions of the 3000 model for me was the larger fuel tank and approx 8 hr. run time at full load.

I'd like to see one of these generator's dimensions built with pickup bed cover in mind. It seems to me to be a worthwhile design consideration.

The Yamaha EF 2400 is 18.2 inches tall but only holds 1.6 gallons of fuel. The EF2800 is 16.7 inches tall but is open frame model (still somewhat quiet).
__________________
tpi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #12
3 Rivet Member
 
chaimemet's Avatar
 
2008 31' Classic
Ft. Lauderdale , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 171
Images: 4
Shorecord Power?

What arrangements have you all made to bring the power from the truck bed to the rear of the AS where the shore cord connection is? I do not have a front connection and wonder what I can do to shorten the power connection length.
__________________
chaimemet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 08:16 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
tkasten's Avatar
 
1965 22' Safari
Vassar , Michigan
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 847
Images: 6
Truck Bed

Quote:
Originally Posted by chaimemet View Post
What arrangements have you all made to bring the power from the truck bed to the rear of the AS where the shore cord connection is? I do not have a front connection and wonder what I can do to shorten the power connection length.
Glad you asked. While renovating/updating our vintage 65 Safari I replaced the shore power cord (it was shorting out) with a 30' cord that reaches the bed of my truck while it is in front of the trailer. I have found that it will transfer vibration through the hitch so I lift the hitch off the ball. When time to travel in the am I just lower the hitch back on the ball. You can also purchase a shorter 30 amp ext. cord say 10' or 15'....tim
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN0111.JPG
Views:	195
Size:	204.2 KB
ID:	107208  
__________________
Tim
TAC MI 14

Everyday is a Saturday
tkasten is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2010, 08:39 PM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
chaimemet's Avatar
 
2008 31' Classic
Ft. Lauderdale , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 171
Images: 4
Beautiful AS

Thats is just a magnificent photo! I mean I don't how the inside could come up to the level of what is shown of the exterior!

I have a 31 2008 Classic Limited. It is 50amp due to 2 ACs but i do step down to 30amp and I have 2 Honda 2001s with a series connection kit with an auxiliary gas feeder tank.It will feed the 20amp/15amp to the the rear but I think if you want to run down the road connected you would have to have some sorta permanent connection under chassis.

I have just returned from the Georgia Rally at their park in Helen and I found that a number of people had gotten fed up with the Dometic debacle of attempting to run the frig in 90+ weather. They installed an AC frig cheaper colder and could run down the road for up to 4 hours or so and still be cold. A truck based AC power generator would help. I did not have a chance to see how a retrofit had been done.
__________________

__________________
chaimemet is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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
Generator in pickup w/shell? cbgenrich Generators & Solar Power 26 11-12-2016 01:02 PM
What Diesel pickup truck has driven to the North Pole? purman Tow Vehicles 15 11-08-2008 11:45 PM
safe to operate genset in the back of a pickup? hlopez Generators & Solar Power 9 04-07-2008 02:38 PM
Need help in selecting a Pickup Truck for a 34 SO DEO Tow Vehicles 53 11-20-2006 12:06 PM
Ouch! What happens when an Argosy MH meets the back of a dump truck 66TradeWind Airstream Motorhome Forums 13 08-12-2002 03:49 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.