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Old 05-27-2015, 12:45 PM   #15
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We have a cap that's the same height as the cab. I've never tried to run the generator in it, but it does have a sliding front window and a screen window, so it would theoretically be possible.

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Old 05-27-2015, 12:53 PM   #16
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Watch which way the exhaust is pointed. I have melted a plastic bed liner with a generator exhaust. What I learned: open the tailgate and turn the generator exhaust out-

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Old 05-27-2015, 01:07 PM   #17
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If you are concerned about security, consider building a simple removable plywood housing box for the generator. That can be combined with a chain, etc. to keep it from being a theft magnet.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:17 PM   #18
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I wouldn't attempt to suggest what the "best" option is, but I can tell you what we have done and it has worked for us. 2500HD Silverado with a cab high top and bed slide. Our Yamaha 2400 sits on the back of the slide. We have the Yamaha tied to the bed and when we need it we can either set it out or pull the slide out to the tailgate and leave the rear window up on the cap and run the generator/inverter as needed. Canoe rides on top.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:04 PM   #19
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Not so familiar with the Honda Genset but I've often mused about extending the exhaust on my monster generator that is just for power failures for our house.. On mine I would remove the small muffler and thread a pipe adapter and larger pipe to carry the exhaust away from the generator. Maybe something like that can be installed in your covered truck bed. Or you might have to get someone to makeup an adaptor if the exhaust muffler is bolted on. There is a lot of heat in the exhaust...never mind the fumes
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Old 05-27-2015, 06:12 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by carmelo View Post
I hope that I am doing this picture thing correctly.
This should be a pic of the bed of the truck, the genset is under the white towel toward the back. All of this "stuff" stays in place without tie downs at all.

I have the very same cover and love it. It is named "Undercover". I had them install a lock on my gate also. This is a great way to go. Your AS is always visible.

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Old 05-27-2015, 06:25 PM   #21
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Thank you for all this advice. It has been very helpful.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:02 PM   #22
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Pickup Pack & Bed Roller

I went through the same thought process: Tonneau cover does not leave much room, and. depending on type, lacks security; fiberglass cap with windows has more room; but, again, makes generators, tools and other equipment in the back of the truck visible and vulnerable. After much searching, my solution was both a "Pickup Pack" (Pickup Packs by Highway Products Inc.) and a "Roller Coaster" bed slide from Highway Products. I think they give me ample room (I went with two 8' tool boxes down each side of the box, and the "dome" cover to give more height on the box). I'm very pleased with the product:
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:32 PM   #23
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I forgot to mention that the Pickup Pack I bought came with the "headache rack", and a ladder/lumber rack that fits on the rear (I don't have it on in the photos) for canoes, kayaks, whatever; and you can also get the regular flat-topped bed lid, which costs you 4" of height, but makes for a more attractive matching flat surface with the tool boxes. You can get a gull-wing lid box that goes across the front, but as high as my Ram 3500 4x4 is I didn't want to have to be reaching up and bending way over to get things in and out - the two 8' side boxes are very convenient. All the boxes and lid are heavy-duty aluminum, and well made. All three latches have steel mortise locking rods attached to the "T-handles" with key locks, and although my Ram has a locking tailgate, the dome lid has a lip that comes down across the top of the tailgate that also prevents the tailgate from being opened when the lid is closed and locked. The roller bed is rated at 2000#, although they do have a 4000# model available. I'm looking at getting the two Honda 2000 units to hook in tandem, and plan to just let them sit on the rear edge of the roller bed with exhausts facing out, tailgate down and top hatch closed to keep out the weather. That's the plan, anyway...
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:55 PM   #24
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I have put the Lund Genesis roll up lockable soft tonneau cover on my last 4 trucks.Simple,doesn't interfere with full pickup bed usage and its water tight.Very durable.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:06 AM   #25
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Cover suggestion

Hello all.

I am new to Airstream - a full timer who is trading in a motorhome and awaiting delivery of a new Classic. As for the cover, I like the ReTrax. It's retractable and locks in any position so I can easily cover or open it as much as needed.

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Old 05-28-2015, 01:58 PM   #26
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All these ideas and photos are awesome! Thanks to everyone for sharing. Still looking for a solution that will work well for our pickup.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:11 AM   #27
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i have used all three options on various trucks i have had. the problem with a full sized shell is crawling to the front on your hands and knees. same issue with a solid tonneau. right now i have a roll-up that came on the truck. certainly not as 'secure' as the other two choices but out of sight out of mind.

as long as you are not sleeping in the truck bed or have pets in that truck bed, i don't see what problem you allude to when you are running the gen set. simply open up the tail gate or the side windows or lift up the tonneau. since nothing is living in the truck bed, you should be go to go no matter which choice you make.

i secure the my gen set with a motorcycle locking cable left over from my days of riding. it would require quite a bit of effort to cut this cable, not that it could not be done.

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