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Old 03-28-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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Generator in truck bed w/ camper shell

Wanting to put a camper shell on the bed of my truck to secure belongings on a long, cross country trip. Concerned about running the generator that is going to be mounted in the bed for periodic use if we have to do non CG overnighters. The shell I'm looking at has vent windows and I could run a fan off the generator itself to move exhaust out, just wondering if the heat is going to build up aside from the exhaust fumes. If this is not a good approach I'm not sure what to do with gear boxes etc. if we park unattended which is going to happen some on the way to destination and back. Thoughts?
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:56 AM   #2
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STOP!

I would NEVER do what you are suggesting, carbon monoxide poisoning, not fun!

Yes it is vented, but is it vented enough for you to enter the shell safely?
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so I have a shell on mine...i leave the tailgate open and the shell tailgate up which provides an awning like for my two generators. I open the vent windows on the camper shell and point the exhaust out of the shell. since the back end is open.. I have a cable looped through them securing the generators with a big lock
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:35 AM   #4
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I run my generator in a open bed. I will not do it even hitched, has to be far enough from the trailer. Bed is above the generator ad who know where Carbon Monoxide goes.
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Sounds liveable

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so I have a shell on mine...i leave the tailgate open and the shell tailgate up which provides an awning like for my two generators. I open the vent windows on the camper shell and point the exhaust out of the shell. since the back end is open.. I have a cable looped through them securing the generators with a big lock
I can't leave the tailgate down because I plan on having the TT hooked up but I did figure on leaving the shell back window / liftgate open along with the side vent windows. I can run a box fan off the genny to force out the fumes which should dissipate heat also. The genny will be bolted to the truck bed, only theft concern is the other gear boxes that will be in the bed but I'm thinking no one would try to do a grab thru an open window since they are big and if the shell's open we are in the trailer. Thanks for feedback.
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It sounds like a good plan to me. Park into the wind and dont sleep when gen running. Safe travels
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Would the Canvas ends of the Roo let CO into your trailer? not bashing the Roo, just a questions on difference between hard side and soft side trailers
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Not the quietest place to put a generator. A closed space just amplifies the sound. Placing them on the ground and away from the RV is much better for everyone.
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Same as Mountndream. I have ran a 4000w generator in the shell with tail gate up and cap door & windows open for several years, even in AZ without a problem. Just use common sense if there is any left out there.
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Old 03-28-2016, 04:37 PM   #10
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No canvas

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Would the Canvas ends of the Roo let CO into your trailer? not bashing the Roo, just a questions on difference between hard side and soft side trailers
Our Roo has 2 hard slides, a dinette side and a king bed out the back, no canvas but excellent question since most Roo / Shamrocks do have soft bed slides.
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