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Old 09-19-2016, 11:19 AM   #11
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Just a little off topic, but all those who are running a genny in the back of a pickup are you a least putting some sort of vibration damping ( as in rubber mat) under the gen to absorb some of the vibration/noise from the frame of the unit sitting on the bed of the truck?
I have a rubber mat in the bed of my pickup.
The genny sets on it.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:27 AM   #12
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If you run it in the back of the truck, make sure the exhaust is pointed away from any bed liner you may have or it will melt.

Don't ask me how I know that.
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:31 AM   #13
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I just bought the Champion 3400 (gas) with an inverter. This model will fit under my pick up bed cover for secure storage and protection. I also purchased an auxiliary fuel tank and hose system that connects to the genny (12 gallon tank with the same connections that many boats have).
I bought this for when on the road I can stop at one of many legal places available and stay over night and run the TT (Flagstaff 27 BEWS w/15K AC). I plan to chain lock the generator and fuel tank to the TT tongue so I can secure the truck bed at night. I do not plan on running the genny in a campsite or RV park that has power hookups.
This generator will also serve as a home back up in the event of long term power outages that previous weather has produced.
Yes, I will have to lift the generator in and out of the truck bed, not a problem, (today...) but depending on what is stored in the back of the truck may dictate other options later.
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So as to not disturb the noise police (ssshh they are sleeping), I have a Champion generator and also run it from the back of my truck. Usually it is for Walmart camping only. I don't have a rubber mat and don't find the vibration all that bad. Then again I am firing it up quite late and after a long day of travel so not much would bother me. Definitely keep it pointed away from the bed rails of your truck. I position it in the centre of the bed and let er rip.

I don't use mine in a CG, but I do take it on all winter camping trips and have used it in the winter when the power has went out.
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:36 PM   #15
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some love to think their stuff don't stink . but nothing worse then camping out where there are few other campers and the guy with his honda thinks he can run it all night just because it's not a rv park .
What campgrounds are you talking about?

Every public campground(state/national/county) I've been to, in 30 years of camping, DON'T allow running generators overnight.
They all had specific generator hours.
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We've only seen "generator hours" at NASCAR races. But even then, we've had a doctor's certificate to be allowed to run it for my husbands c-pap machine.
When boondocking, would you be expected to sleep in 90 degree weather without running the generator?
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We've only seen "generator hours" at NASCAR races. But even then, we've had a doctor's certificate to be allowed to run it for my husbands c-pap machine.
When boondocking, would you be expected to sleep in 90 degree weather without running the generator?
Hmm, how many campgrounds have you been to? Never seen a public CG that didn't have quiet/generator hours. And if you have specific power requirements you should look into devices that run on 12v or get an inverter. Some folks do feel entitled though (we try to avoid those......😁 ). We boondock 80℅ of the time in the southwest and rarely run the a/c past 10pm. We do have a 12v fan though...
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I had the camper out a couple weekends ago at a no hookup site. I found out after it was too late that my trailer batteries were shot and I was counting on those to run my propane furnace during the overnight quiet hours since it got quite chilly at night. What saved me was the fact the campground was nearly empty and my closest neighbor had no problems with me running the generator all night despite quiet hours starting at 10pm. Otherwise, I may have found a cheap motel in the area.
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We've only seen "generator hours" at NASCAR races. But even then, we've had a doctor's certificate to be allowed to run it for my husbands c-pap machine.
When boondocking, would you be expected to sleep in 90 degree weather without running the generator?
Every campground I've been to, for the past 30 years, had generator hours.

So maybe you usually stay at places with electric hookups where they don't need generator hours.

Many c-pap owners simply use a 12v DC adapter or use an inverter.
No need for a generator.

And if it's 90 degrees, then stay where there's hookups, if you want to avoid generator hours.
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We've only seen "generator hours" at NASCAR races. But even then, we've had a doctor's certificate to be allowed to run it for my husbands c-pap machine.
When boondocking, would you be expected to sleep in 90 degree weather without running the generator?
Yes! If there were rules in place about quiet hours, it does not matter the temperature or how uncomfortable you are. No generators.

I realize this is a slippery slope but the doctors certificate wouldn't fly at most of the campgrounds I've stayed at that had quiet hours. You either adhere to the rules or relocate.

I would think rather than present a certificate to 'allow you exception' for running your generator where/when prohibited, you should be looking for alternate ways to power your equipment and abide by the rules like everyone else.
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