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Old 06-30-2015, 02:28 AM   #127
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What can you teach me about using a generator to top of batteries while dry camping? I "assume" battery selector is in run mode, so do you run the generator for 30 mins and check the see level battery indicator shows progress.
I guess, please share your technique. Thanks
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Hi, I have only used my generator a few times and that was for running my air conditioner. On one trip, I wasn't planning on boondocking and left my generator at home. Then of course, I needed it for a non-hook up camp ground. We only stayed for two days. Hopefully with my bed mounted generator, I will get a lot more use out of it. My experience with battery chargers and car alternators, battery charging takes hours. I will not use the battery charger cables, but rather run it through my converter.
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Old 06-30-2015, 02:25 PM   #128
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That's what I was thinking too. Great job on the tie downs. I had a terrible experience once with a borrowed honda 2000. I had it heavy cable locked to my 5er. I had it stolen at a State Park... So I had to buy 2 more, one for me and one to replace my friend's. I too have upgraded my bed cover, that's where the generator will stay.
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Old 06-30-2015, 05:38 PM   #129
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Yes, Bob, that tie-down solution looks great. One question: aside from convenience, is there any reason not to put the genny up front in the bed?

I have pretty much the same rig you have, and am thinking I'd like the weight farther forward. Got a Backflip bed cover that opens all the way, so (hopefully) venting exhaust wouldn't be an issue.

Have a terrific summer, maybe we'll cross paths!
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:58 AM   #130
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Yes, Bob, that tie-down solution looks great. One question: aside from convenience, is there any reason not to put the genny up front in the bed?

I have pretty much the same rig you have, and am thinking I'd like the weight farther forward. Got a Backflip bed cover that opens all the way, so (hopefully) venting exhaust wouldn't be an issue.

Have a terrific summer, maybe we'll cross paths!

Hi, my plan was to have my generator mounted close to my tailgate for a few reasons. Shorter power cord, tailgate will help keep power cord plugged in, easier to add fuel, only have to partially open my bed cover, rollup box would keep the generator about a foot away from the front, easier to start and run my generator, and generator will be running while driving at times.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:04 AM   #131
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Running on fumes.

Hi, today was my first tank while towing. It was getting 10.7 MPG. I got stuck in the middle of nowhere with 15 miles to empty and 30 miles to the nearest gas station in either direction. I pumped the gas out of my generator into my truck and barely made it to the one building, one pump, gas station. My truck took 35.5 gallons in a 36 gallon tank. While there, I re-filled my generator and put gas in my new gas can. Didn't think I would need my gas can so soon. This is on the first day of my trip.
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:58 AM   #132
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Wow, that's cutting it close. Been there done that. Sometimes things get ahead of us, lots of things to keep track of. The older I get the more exciting it gets to travel. Never know what I may forget about next. Enjoy your thread. Keep it up.
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Or, why trip planning should always include a daily refuel at the four hour drive time / one hour safety break point.
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:00 AM   #134
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I think that it won't happen again. We all have stories like taht, often not shared 😶
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:02 AM   #135
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I won't tell you what I put in my diesel once after a long drive and an unfamiliar gas brand/pump handles oddly colored....
Experience is still the best coach!
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Where were you going? I've hit my Tundra's low fuel warning light but was within 10 miles of the next gas stop. Filled up only 21 gallons (26 gal tank)

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Old 07-02-2015, 08:54 PM   #137
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Where were you going? I've hit my Tundra's low fuel warning light but was within 10 miles of the next gas stop. Filled up only 21 gallons (26 gal tank)

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Hi, we are on another one of our adventures called "Bob, Lee, and Dusty's random trips." [our blog on this forum] We left Salem, Oregon and we want to hit the East coast and parts of Canada where we haven't been. I was born and spent my entire life in the big city and I just can't get used to the fact there are places in this country without gas stations. I did expect that on our Alaska trip, but parts of Oregon? Today we are in Idaho.
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That's my kind of adventure. Until.I can do it ..... share
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Hi, today is the 13th day of our trip. This truck has no problem pulling our trailer. Set the cruise control at the speed limit and or at 65 MPH most of the time. My truck down shifts but maintains the 65 MPH up every hill we hit so far. The engine never sounds like it is working hard. I love the way it automatically down shifts when going down hills. The engine drag holds on most hills. but sometimes needs a little braking. I was pulling into traffic once and my truck actually burned rubber. [this thing has power] We have gone close to 3,000 miles so far and my average gas mileage for the entire trip is at 10.6 MPG. I was hoping for better, but I'm glad that it isn't worse. I haven't tried Premium yet to see if it makes any difference.
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if you drop your speed to 60mph you should see about 12mpg. I do towing a 31foot.
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