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Old 04-13-2015, 07:57 PM   #1
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Can you run the generator while you sleep?

I am interested in getting a class C in the next couple years and one of the big reasons is for the onboard generator. While watching a YouTube video from Cruise America, they stated you should not run the generator while you are sleeping. I understand they are worried about carbon monoxide poisoning, but is this really a big risk? Plus they have CO detectors don't they?
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Old 04-13-2015, 08:56 PM   #2
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Yes, most units have CO detectors, but not sure you would like the noise of it running either. Many campgrounds have specified hours in which you can run a generator, all night is not usually an option.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:25 PM   #3
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I was thinking more about when boondocking or over nighting at Wal-Mart.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:28 PM   #4
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You could but the Co2 detector in these things is very sensitive. I doubt you would make it through the night without setting it off.

And yes, the genny is too noisy to have running while sleeping unless you are a heavy sleeper and you are out in a field by yourself.
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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Wally world camping is different. I've never done it and not sure of the protocols there. I'm guessing you wouldn't be the only one running your generator in that "campground".
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Old 04-13-2015, 09:46 PM   #6
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Can you run the generator while you sleep?

We have run our Genny in our 3170 while sleep and the noise inside the coach is acceptable for sleep with the slides out. The bedroom is in the rear and the Genny is located just rearward of the drivers seat. At Walmart, we run it with slides in and the genny is a little quieter. Big rigs run theirs and they are a lot louder. CO2 dectector has never been a problem. Never really thought much about it.


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Old 04-13-2015, 10:08 PM   #7
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Having run my on board genny in my C class through the night ( never at a CG) the Co2 never went off and we don't hardly even notice it( its at front we are at back of MH)Keep the windows closed on the side of the exhaust also if you have fan running it will keep a positive pressure in MH to keep any fumes out.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:00 PM   #8
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Get a gentury exhaust extension and your exhaust goes above the roof. We rarely camp in camp grounds and run our generator most of the time. I love to sleep to the hum of the generator.
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Old 04-14-2015, 12:31 AM   #9
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We have a 3170DS and have used the generator many times at night during the Summer to run the AC while we sleep. The CO detector has never gone off from running the generator, but at least it's there just in case there's a problem. The only times we need to do this is when we're headed down to Florida (or back to CT) when we stop halfway and stay at a Walmart or rest stop overnight.

Also, when we stay at one of the 2 local casinos (both have an RV lot - no hookups) where you can "camp" for free. It's usually loaded through the Summer with RV's all running their generators at night, but everyone is spaced far enough apart where the exhaust and noise is not a problem - unless you are the only one who decides not to run your generator.
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Old 04-14-2015, 02:54 AM   #10
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We also have used the generator at night when it is hot and want the air conditioning on while boondocking. There was already a CO detector in the rear bedroom. For additional safety, I installed a second CO detector near the sofa bed in the front of the motorhome. For less than $20, a second CO detector is cheap insurance.

In a related matter, I also installed a second smoke detector in the rear bedroom, as the factory only installed one near the front of the motorhome.
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