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Old 06-24-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Powering on the Honda Generator

We just purchased the Honda EU2000i Inverter Generator Combo Package. Our towing vehicle is a Ford F150. Can we leave both generators running while they are sitting on the back of the truck bed?

This seems like a simple question, be we just can't seem to find a definitive answer.

Thank you all for your help, we very much appreciate it.

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Old 06-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #2
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Why not?

Need more info on your thinking - why do you think it might be not all right.

Been doing it for years, am I missing something?

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Old 06-24-2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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Sorry for not clarifying my question more.

My husband is thinking the engine might get hot after running for hours, and the hot engine might get too hot on the truck bed liner. The instructions say the generator should be cooled by allowing 3 feet of empty space above and around the generator.

So obviously it's okay if the generator is on the ground. But we just weren't sure if it was sitting on the back of the truck.

The fact you've been doing it for years is probably telling us it's okay.

So thank you Silver Hawk for your answer!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:53 PM   #4
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Been doing it for years. I have Rhino lining and it isn't even warm to the touch under my Honda.

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:28 AM   #5
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I do it, but would make sure which direction the exhaust is pointed, I know someone that melted the vinyl siding on their house because the generator exhaust was too close...

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:37 AM   #6
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Is your trailer a front bedroom? If so, make sure the exhaust is not firing right at your bedroom windows.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:49 AM   #7

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On the bed.....

....not in, no cap. I wouldn't worry as far as heat goes. Keep all truck windows closed.

We use a small 3 person tent, out of sight and weather.

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:21 AM   #8
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Those generators do not get hot, aside from the exhaust output of course. Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:31 AM   #9
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We run ours on the tailgate all the time. I just turn it so the exhaust is pointed out to the side. Got a poly feed pan from Farm & Fleet for the gen to sit in. The pan makes it easy to slide in and out. I built a cart the same height as the tailgate so when it's time to take the gen out of the truck I just have to slide it from the tailgate to the cart and roll it away.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #10
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We run our generators in the bed or on the tail gate from time to time, especially if it's going to be raining ... In the rain we leave the tonneau top closed with the tail gate down and the exhausted pointed outward ... the important thing is to have enough circulation around the genrator to get good air flow/ventilation.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:51 PM   #11
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The Honda EU2000i pulls in cooling air from the bottom sides, so it's important that area be kept clear.

There's a thermal-type circuit protector that will shut down the electrical side of the generator if it gets too hot from making power, but the engine will continue to run, so it is important it have a good source of free air for cooling.

The 3-foot spacing is conservative, but a good rule of thumb to use. Probably more important is to not operate them unattended.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:28 PM   #12
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I've seen quite a few folks pull into a campground with their two Honda's running and their A/C on. Since I have an SUV, I don't have that option...but I sure do use them if I'm boon docking and it's hot out.
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In the bed of the truck, with a topper? It's a generator, right? Get a small 120v fan, plug it in to the generator, and let it blow on it. I know, too easy...
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Be careful with gasoline if you have a plastic bed liner. It is not grounded and there is a risk of fire when pouring gas. Do it on the ground.

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