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Old 11-07-2014, 11:05 AM   #15
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We started several years ago with one EU2000 then added the Companion ... but we were always a bit underpowered for boondocking. So, for a number of reason we traded in one of the 2000s (kept the companion) on the EU3000iS and could not be happier. However, you will also need cooling air to the electric start (YES) 3000 while it is under your topper; for us, that means leave the topper door open while the 3000 is running. We position it backwards under the topper with the exhaust air moving up and directly out of the topper. We bought the Honda wheel kit (because this is a relatively heavy gen compared to the 2000 series) and store it lashed forward in the PU box while underway. When we stop and need power, it is a simple task to roll it to the rear and "block" it in place on the bed slide. With the PU box end gate locked and a chain or cable from the gen to the side box tie-down point, we are relatively secure... unless at a rest stop. Then, I close up the topper and we live with the batts and solar ... no AC, however. It is a great set up for us and has worked well for the past 3 years. YMMV

The 3000 when at full output is about the same as one of the 2000 at no load ... much quieter than two 2000 maxed out. (You can check the Honda sound specs on line, but they don't really tell the whole story) It does use a bit more fuel, however; and, since there is not a fuel pump as in the 2000, will not easily accept an external tank as do the 2000 series. Eco mode makes the fuel consumption point mostly moot - I guess. Most fellow campers do not even realize that we have a gen ... as they don't hear it... nor see it while it is in the PU bed ... we usually just run a shortened power cord from the back of the truck to the front power inlet on the AS. And the bonus of electric start is really appreciated on the cold winter start ups - we generally AS from ~Feb to Nov every year...65 days so far this year.
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:30 PM   #16
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Several years back at the Can Opener we had 'HappyCampers' (IIRC) with that setup. They had a full bed slide and the 3000 mounted toward the front. They used a 90 degree flange to divert the exhaust upward and had a chimney hanging fron the topper roof downward directly above the 90 degree diverted exhaust. I seem to recall they used a electric vent on the roof but the details escape me.

With a front power inlet always hooked to the camper and electric start they would fire it all up :60 away from the stop and things would be nice and cool
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Old 11-07-2014, 03:02 PM   #17
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That sounds close to what I have in mind

I'm thinking that a Fantastic Fan in the roof of the topper could pull out the exhaust from the generator. I could fashion a couple of intake vents in the topper to get fresh air in.

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That sounds close to what I have in mind

I'm thinking that a Fantastic Fan in the roof of the topper could pull out the exhaust from the generator. I could fashion a couple of intake vents in the topper to get fresh air in.

Brian

assuming overnight use of A/C then the convection as with our reefers is an intake below. CO will also build without it. Take the saws all to the truck bed and build a grate of some fashion.


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I dropped the two Honda 2000's for the EU3000i Handi. It does not have electric start, but weights around 90 pounds and has integral wheels. It sits in the bed of my Ram 2500 and I've run the 30amp cable to the front electric input. Used this all summer, very easy, also very quiet. (Trailer had 15000 BTU A/C). Downside of this generator is gas tank...not as large as the 3000is model. It is possible to use the extended range tank from the 2000, though it has to be at roughly the same height as the top of the generator as this model doesn't have a fuel pump. Very quiet operation, very low maintenace. Great solution to my need for A/C in the summer.
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That sounds close to what I have in mind

I'm thinking that a Fantastic Fan in the roof of the topper could pull out the exhaust from the generator. I could fashion a couple of intake vents in the topper to get fresh air in.

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Hi Brian,

With this proposed setup, I'd be concerned that the products of the exhaust (i.e., CO, oily residue, etc...) would permeate everything else you had inside the topper. I liked your earlier idea for an exhaust connected to the generator and vented directly outside. You could run a test with the fantastic fan and some rags and such in the truck bed to see if my fears are overstated.

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I carry a Honda 2500w contractors generator in the back of my truck covered with a full cap. My son welded a plumbing union fitting onto the exhaust manifold and gave me a length of stainless steel hose. ( He works at a refinery and this is common stuff for them). My generator is not of the super quiet type but running in the covered truck bed with the exhaust hose reaching outside it is serving my needs when needed. I hope to get one of the real quiet ones one of these days but for now I'm good. I cannot run the AC with it but it covers all other needs nicely.
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If you don't need the full topper and could get by with a tonneau cover, something like this would work.

Generator Toolbox 4000 watt 30 amp

When we get our AS, I plan to mount this on a flatbed along with an Amerideck lift (to carry the Goldwing).
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Thanks for that information. I had never seen one of those units before.

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