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Posted: 03/11/21 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Covers don’t cost a lot so why not use a cover when not in use - rain or shine. Essential? Probably not.


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Posted: 03/11/21 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To answer your question we don't really know, but I'd put it under the table, toss a tarp over it etc.


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Posted: 03/11/21 02:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My firefighter friends use those Honda’s in all weather without any problems

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time2roll wrote:

This is my favorite quote:

soren wrote:

I use a Honda 2000, on a daily basis as a homebuilder. It runs eight hours a day, sitting in the mud, snow or on a gravel pile. It has spent days in the pouring rain, seen a few snow storms, and got peed on by a dog. After three years, the case is banged up a bit, it needs a tune-up and an oil change. As for a rain cover......seriously? Don't forget to knit a little sweater for it too....it's chilly out.


Lol, I think I remember that post!
Personal experience: virtually the only time we use our 6kw generator at home is when the power goes out. 90% of the time the power goes out it’s due to storms and the generator sits out away from the house (noise) in the weather. When camping with the little Honda, it runs in the rain too.
Professional experience: In my profession we run many generators daily for temp power during construction. All weather, rain, snow, have worked a lot in the desert as well, but 10 years in Seattle, if we didn’t run gennys in the rain, our guys would have to use hand tools 6 months out of the year.
You know it’s a miserable day out when someone is stationed at the genny re setting the GFI all afternoon!
Short story, it is perfectly acceptable and accepted to not only expose them to rain, but to use them in rain as well.


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Posted: 03/11/21 03:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the outlets dont have any covers you could use pieces of tape. Same with the intake and exhaust if a sideways wind could blow some rain in there.

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Generators come in 3 types for this
1[emoticon]pen Frame "Contractors" likely should be tarped

Enclosed, be they 2: Traditional generators (Think Generac 1000) or 3:Inverter are usually more or less water resistance..

A horizontal driving rain.. Not a good thing for any device.


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Posted: 03/11/21 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

This is my favorite quote:

soren wrote:

I use a Honda 2000, on a daily basis as a homebuilder. It runs eight hours a day, sitting in the mud, snow or on a gravel pile. It has spent days in the pouring rain, seen a few snow storms, and got peed on by a dog. After three years, the case is banged up a bit, it needs a tune-up and an oil change. As for a rain cover......seriously? Don't forget to knit a little sweater for it too....it's chilly out.


Sounds like my pair of Honda 2000. Only difference is mine are about 15 years old. Only problem I've had is when the temps get down in the low teens and they are cold soaked over night. They are more a bit cranky especially when they have summer oil in them.


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Thunder Mountain wrote:

time2roll wrote:

This is my favorite quote:

soren wrote:

I use a Honda 2000, on a daily basis as a homebuilder. It runs eight hours a day, sitting in the mud, snow or on a gravel pile. It has spent days in the pouring rain, seen a few snow storms, and got peed on by a dog. After three years, the case is banged up a bit, it needs a tune-up and an oil change. As for a rain cover......seriously? Don't forget to knit a little sweater for it too....it's chilly out.


Sounds like my pair of Honda 2000. Only difference is mine are about 15 years old. Only problem I've had is when the temps get down in the low teens and they are cold soaked over night. They are more a bit cranky especially when they have summer oil in them.


I have the same experience with my pair of Honda 2000s. The only difference is mine are only 12 years old. They have spent many weekends running in the rain.
That is a big reason I recommend a Honda over a cheap brand. I chuckle to myself over people that will spend tens of thousands on an rv, then cheap out on a generator.


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As a retired fire captain I have experience with Honda generators in wet conditions. Our light plants were based on a 1000 watt Honda generator with a flood light attached. We used them outside, inside, when ever and where ever needed. They stand in water, mud, at odd angles and get rained on. I have seen one hit with a full straight stream from a 1 3/4 nozzle and get knocked across the room. It quit running. We stood it up, fired it up and it never missed a beat. Water proof? I don't know. Fireman proof? Seems to be.

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Posted: 03/12/21 04:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

profdant139 wrote:

We just drape a tarp over it, and anchor the tarp with rocks. I'm not sure that rain would be harmful, but I don't want to take a chance.


You do need to make sure the air inlets and exhaust are clear. Exhaust in particular could start a tarp on fire, so a tarp would need to be supported well up above the unit.


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