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Old 02-26-2015, 07:20 PM   #1
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Generator In Truck Bed Problem

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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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?
You can't make it work. The generator can't be made 6 inches shorter, and the tonneau cover can't be made 6 inches taller. You would be better served by a pickup bed cap the same height as the pickup cab.
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What kind of tonneau cover? Ours is a soft cover with bows and it is several inches taller in the middle. If you have one of the hard fiberglass ones I suppose you could mount a hood scoop on it.

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Do you NEED that big of a generator?
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Go to a metal fabricating shop and have them build you an aluminum enclosure. It could be rounded and look like a mini Airstream. Seriously, a good shop shoud be able to make a cabinet similar to what welding or service trucks have. It might be costly, but it will look good and protect the gen set.
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Go to a metal fabricating shop and have them build you an aluminum enclosure. It could be rounded and look like a mini Airstream
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Is there anywhere in the bed that the floor sheet metal could be cut out the size of the generator's foot print. if there is an area with enough clearance, you could fabricate an aluminum box with a lip around the edge to sit in the hole and support the generator at a lower level.

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Here's a thought. Scrap the tonneau cover and either chain or bolt the generator to the bed, then build a box to fit over the gen or, use a vinyl cover to protect from rain. If you have a standard size trk bed your not going to have a lot of room left anyway. You could cover or bag anything else that goes in the bed to keep it out of the rain.
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Here's another thought. Get an electromatic shrinking machine , shrink it while traveling, then enlarge when you're ready to use. I don't know where to buy them but I know they make them because I saw one in "Honey I Shrunk the Kids." 😃

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Perhaps a pair of Honda 2000's would do the job and fit without mods.
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How about a vertical spacer connected to the top rails of the bed and gate? Then you could attach your cover to the spacer just like you would normally attach the cover to your bed top.

You could weld together pieces of steel to build a "cage" and cover the open spots with aluminum panels that are riveted to the steel? Won't that look sexy with your trailer?

If you aren't worried about the aesthetics maybe you could just bolt 8" x 8" pressure treated lumber to the top four sides of the bed. Then mount the cover directly to the wooden frame?

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Either as stated go with a cap, OR I simply keep the soft cover back and run the generator when I need it rain or shine. I cover it when it's not in use in the bed with a cover purchased for such purpose. It is locked into the bed of the truck, still can be stolen, but then a vinyl cover is only eye deterrent anyway. Had mine for four years, only use occasionally and when not in the bed of the truck, it's in the garage.
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We have a Yamaha 4000 with the Tonneau cover on a Ford 250 and all works fine.
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Okay, time to get a new train of thought going. 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!
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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?
I have 2 Honda 2000 that hitch in tandem, I really like them. Easy to load, can be used in or out of the truck and for chores around the house. I use a mid to heavy chain to keep them mine.

By the way they are very quiet.
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