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Old 02-27-2015, 02:15 PM   #21
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How about tipping the generator against the wall of the bed not so much that fuel comes out but enough so that it fits under the cover. Lash her in tight and hit the road!
along this line of thinking, convert to propane so fuel spillage isn't a problem. However, I think I would go with a cap or two honda gens if I really needed that much power.
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:17 PM   #22
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Go honda they will fit
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:27 PM   #23
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Go honda they will fit

I have the honda pair. Plenty of power and they fit in my chevy under the RollX cover just fine. No need for big modifications to anything. KISS.


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Old 02-27-2015, 04:10 PM   #24
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You would think that one or more of the big 3 would offer as an option on their 3/4 ton trucks a built-in 4k generator that would run off the truck's fuel tank like the Class C motorhome manufacturers do. There has to be a way to design it into the side somehow. What a market with all the 3/4 tons pulling trailers and for contractor use. I would buy one in an instant.
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:40 PM   #25
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It seems to me that whatever you jury-rig together is going to look weird and/or compromise the integrity of the truck bed/tonneau cover. If you're one of those folks who has to have things that are different, good luck. If not, why are you against two eu2000i generators that are wired in tandem? Mine fit under my Back Flip cover and are held right in front of the tailgate. They sit on a piece of polished plywood so that I can pull them on to the tailgate to start them and then slide them back into the bed to decrease the noise (leaving the tailgate down of course). In any event, you should chain the generator(s) to the truck bed. Tonneau covers are susceptible to theft and campground thieves tend to strike quickly and often at night. The chain might not stop them but it will slow them down and make them make noise.
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:18 PM   #26
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I also have 2 of the Honda 2000 and the extended run fuel tank. Easy to load. Runs entire load on my 30 amp system. It all fits great under bed cover of my F250. I looked at others but this was the best fit for me.


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Old 02-27-2015, 07:21 PM   #27
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Another vote for two Hondas

Two hondas are half the weight, 2/3 the cost, have 90% of the rated output and can be used singly if you don't need to run the AC.
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Wink Gotta Be Blue

I'll go against the grain here. Blue is one of my favorite colors, and I have lost count on how many Yamaha motorcycles I have owned. My truck is black, my genny has gotta be blue.
I just priced an Ef2000is for 879 bones from my local dealer. Tax,Tag, Title, was $966 OTD. Did I mention you get a fuel shut-off valve, and a fuel gauge? Rated to comply to the environmental freaks for 500 hours too. The red ones...well, you compare em. Mo $ !!!

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Old 02-27-2015, 09:03 PM   #29
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Well there's an option and blue too
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:48 PM   #30
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Easy response ...keep your current TV, don't cut a hole in the box ... and get a topper - save all the headache!

We ditched the Twin EU200s and replaced with an electric start gen mounted in our box ... quieter and more efficient; we have never looked back - now just looking for the remote start / stop. Is this roughing it for boondocking or what!
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I think I would consider a topper if I were you.
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I assume the generator does not have a wheel and leg kit or skids that can be removed? My 4000 watt generator just barely fits maybe a quarter inch clearance under my diamondback aluminum cover. I had to take off wheels even the rubber pads and I cut my plastic bedliner for the footprint so it would fit. It's real handy to have when I'm boondocking or at truck stops overnight.
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I didn't want to go with the two 2000's because I want electric remote start. I don't want to go with a topper either. I will keep looking.
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Pretty drastic but can you gain enough by cutting off the handles and removing the wheels? Not my choice but it might work. Peace jim
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I suppose you could put a couple of crossbars ABOVE the rollback tonneau cover and mount the generator on the crossbars. Then you could either put the generator in a weather-resistant enclosure or cover it in some other way. That would also maximize the storage space under the tonneau.
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I suppose you could put a couple of crossbars ABOVE the rollback tonneau cover and mount the generator on the crossbars. Then you could either put the generator in a weather-resistant enclosure or cover it in some other way. That would also maximize the storage space under the tonneau.
Two words .... VERY unsafe.
YMMV IMHO.
The OP is looking to do something that none of the rest of us have had any success with ... good luck.
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I understand your love for the blue, I prefer it, also.

I have seen fiberglass tonneau covers that are 6 to 8 inches taller than the box, about as high as the bottom of the rear window.
They lock down, and hinge from the front. They have struts to hold them up so you can get stuff out of the box.

Unfortunately, I don't know who makes them. Perhaps Google can find them for you.

BTW, I have a friend whose brother has a concrete company. They have a bunch of Honda 3000 s on their maintenance trucks. They used to have them bolted down, but still kept having them stolen. Now they weld them to the truck bed.

I keep my Yamaha 2800 out of sight under the tonneau, but it doesn't have electic start.
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Two words .... VERY unsafe.
YMMV IMHO.
The OP is looking to do something that none of the rest of us have had any success with ... good luck.
Since the OP is rejecting every sensible suggestion for some reason, all that's left are off-the-wall suggestions. Mounting a generator to crossbars would require careful engineering in order to be done safely, but it's not automatically unsafe.
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Old 02-28-2015, 01:18 PM   #39
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"I would like to go with a Yamaha 4500kw generator and carry it in my pickup truck bed. The problem I have is I want to put it under a tonneau cover but it is about 6 inches taller than the bed sides. Any suggestions how I could make this work so the generator would be protected from rain and theft?"

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It appears the root problem is that the Yamaha 4,500W generator is too large to fit under the OP's tonneau cover. Even so, most suggestions offered (and rejected) seem to be centered around somehow squeezing that specific generator into a box that is too small.

In addition, the OP is resistant to considering smaller generators that can be paralleled; apparently, because they don't provide enough power, or the color is wrong.

I think I have found the solution (which I suspect many of you may have also considered): A Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor -- Ready to process household waste into 1.21 jigawatts of energy!

This unit comes in neutral black and white, with a striking, fire-engine-red locking handle to securely seal radiation safely inside the fusion chamber during fuel conversion. At a compact 18 inches tall, the Mr. Fusion Reactor will easily fit under nearly all tonneau covers. Or, mount it atop the external battery box on your Airstream to be the envy of all SOBs and boondockers. Plus, you'll have enough excess power to light up the entire campground, AND any nearby cities.

Available later this spring, $399.99 (plus shipping).

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Sorry, I couldn't resist after seeing the release of this Back to the Future replica... No offense intended; I apologize if the above is taken the wrong way (i.e., other than as amusing reading).

Seriously, from the suggestions that others have offered, there appear to be only a couple of reasonable alternatives:
  • Select a single generator with dimensions that will fit under your tonneau cover, and adjust your power needs to fit the wattage available.

  • Purchase two smaller generators that will fit, and will provide enough power to meet your needs when connected in parallel.

  • Buy a bed cap (camper shell).

  • Buy a tarp, some chain and a big padlock.

  • Somehow, raise your tonneau cover 6 inches or more in height.

If none of these alternatives are acceptable, then I'm not sure what other viable options are available. I, for one, am stumped...
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I like the fusion reactor idea! Could fuel his vehicle as well. Save a lot of fuel costs. Think I'll get one too! 😄😄😄

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