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kfp673 wrote:

Lantley wrote:

In general I think your plan is doable but not necessary.
It just doesn't take that long for the RV to cool down once I turn on the A/C to justify running it hours before arrival.


OK, I admit it. My real plan was to make it cool so I can convince my wife, kids, and dogs to ride back there the whole trip. I'm not sure how all the silence in the truck might negatively effect me, but these are the sacrifices I am willing to make! [emoticon]

I get it. it's all becoming clearer to me. I feel your pain[emoticon]...LOL


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MFL wrote:

Most portable generators need to be level when running. Roads are not level, and the carrier may not be level, when hooked to tow vehicle.

Jerry


I've never seen anyone have a problem with the generator running while on the road. When we go salmon dipping in Chitna, we often take a chest freezer in the back of one of the trucks and run it off of a Honda 2000. Other friends have gone to Colorado for elk hunting and used a chest freezer all the way back to Alaska with a Honda 2000 and no problems.

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I ran 2 Honda EU2000's in the truck bed while running down the road so the AC could start cooling off the rig and never ran into a problem doing it. Im not sure what kind of ac's the others have but when its high 90's and the trailer has been baking in it all day it takes a while for it to cool off - at least for mine it does.



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hussbuss wrote:

The only problem you might run into are low oil alerts on the small generators. As the oil sloshes away from the sensors it will shut them down. Motor home units don't have these. I tried with my bumper mounted champion and this what happened.


This is the reason I mentioned earlier about generator sitting reasonably level, and not bouncing on the rear of a TT. Many posters saying they run theirs in truck bed (no problem), need to sit on a carrier, on back of a TT, and go for a short ride. Just 25 miles at hiway speed, add a few bridges, RR crossings, etc, should give an idea of the difference. [emoticon]

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living in north carolina our summers can get very hot. if we tow during the day our TT temp inside can easily get to 90 plus degrees on a long trip and it takes a long time to cool down. what i found that helps somewhat is to turn on ac night before we leave and put ac thermo on about 65 degree. everything in TT heats up, furniture, cabinets etc. not just the air. when we leave home i open the roof vent in bathroom and bedroom and crack open a couple of window in the back. the air will circulate some going down the road which helps.

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If you do it then you might want to run a chain over them and lock them down. (I don't like being the paranoid guy) But, it's possible that if you leave them back there and stop for lunch or something then someone could grab them and go before you even realized they were gone. Same thing at the concert. While you were off watching the show they could disappear.

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Trackrig wrote:

MFL wrote:

Most portable generators need to be level when running. Roads are not level, and the carrier may not be level, when hooked to tow vehicle.

Jerry


I've never seen anyone have a problem with the generator running while on the road. When we go salmon dipping in Chitna, we often take a chest freezer in the back of one of the trucks and run it off of a Honda 2000. Other friends have gone to Colorado for elk hunting and used a chest freezer all the way back to Alaska with a Honda 2000 and no problems.

Bill


we did this, my gen a 3500 Champion is mounted on the back of my T/T. I ran a heavy duty extension cord up to my pickup bed were I had a 7cu. freezer. going down the road i would run the gen about a 1/2 hour every other hour it kept everything frozen solid.
Jay D.

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