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.
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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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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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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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.