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Old 04-30-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Operating generator in truck bed

As I recently posted, I purchased a Dometic generator. Now my question is, can I operate the generator in the truck bed? My plan is to open the tailgate as much as possible (tailgate hits top of tongue jack), open tonneau cover and run generator while we are stopped but hooked up to tow vehicle. I even thought of dropping a ground wire from the generator to the ground and perhaps putting a small fan in bed to provide cooling. Of course I will be sure no flammables near.

The owners manual says not to operate generator in truck but they do not rovide a reason.

I am hoping you all tell me it's ok because it will be a real pain getting the generator out of the bed since I cannot open the tailgate but about 3/4 ways.

Thanks for your comments.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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I have done it before while traveling down the road before.
Ran a cord to Tt bulkhead plug .
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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When dry camping my Boliy generator lives in the truck bed ALL the time, fortunately it just fits under the flip-up toneau cover so I can raise the last panel when the gennie is running. I have an extension 30A cord to use if needed. The main reason for leaving it in the truck bed is that I don't want the gennie to "grow legs" when we are away from the campsite.

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Old 05-01-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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My generator lives in my truck bed on dry camping trips, but I can put my tailgate all of the way down. I make sure the exhaust is pointed away from everything
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:59 AM   #5
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My Yamaha 3000 lives in my truck bed pretty much 365/24/7 cause it is so heavy. I built a "home" for it in the bed. The exhaust side has metal foil and insulation to keep the heat off the waterproof Teflon coated Kevlar (friend in the business) I made the cover out if.

The reason it should not be run in the bed is it gets hot. You should also not run it "uncovered" in the rain or when wet.
The electronic inverter will be damaged if run wet.

The ground connection on the generator is not for connecting to the "dirt" ground; but to the camper's frame. This way your GFI's in the camper will be reliable when you power the camper with your genset.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
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So should I ground the generator to the frame or will the ground wire in the power cord do the same thing? When does the actual ground (dirt) come in?

Also, wow, I didn't know know you could put so much in the bed with a fifth wheel hitch. Nice.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:37 PM   #7
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So should I ground the generator to the frame or will the ground wire in the power cord do the same thing? When does the actual ground (dirt) come in?

Also, wow, I didn't know know you could put so much in the bed with a fifth wheel hitch. Nice.
Yea, and its a short bed, too.

I don't believe "Dirt" ever comes into play with our campers when using a generator. They are "frame grounded." I have a gator clip on a long wire that I clip to the camper's frame when we boondock. That is all I have ever done.

Maybe one of our electricians can jump in here.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:36 PM   #8
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Hmmmmm...... part owner in a plastic milk box company Lou ???? LOL

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Our Honda stays chained into the box of our truck anytime it comes with us as well. The exhaust is pointed up and out the side by design with the Honda when it is set in the bed sideways.

From my Honda owner manual.

GROUND TERMINAL
GROUND TERMINAL
Before using the ground terminal, consult a qualified electrician,electrical inspector or local agency having jurisdiction for local codes or ordinances that apply to the intended use of the generator.

The generator ground terminal is connected to the frame of the generator, the metal non-current-carrying parts of the generator, and the ground terminals of each receptacle.
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Hmmmmm...... part owner in a plastic milk box company Lou ???? LOL

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Be amazed what you can find if you look.

I have to add that the "milk" crates work GREAT not only in the truck bed but in the basement storage area. Makes loading and unloading for other uses and getting the camper inspected; a snap compared to how I used to do it.

PS they are not stolen. "Fake" Milk Crates are available at VERY attractive prices. http://www.cateringsuppliesdepot.com...FYje4AodKTT4Nw
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