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Posted: 05/11/21 08:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I don't want to run the on-board genny I plant my portable 1600w away from the trailer, usually the length of my power cord that I plug into the genny. No issues.


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Shouldn't be a problem as long as proper clearances are given for exhaust and intake. I've run ours from my truck bed lots of times and one time ran it as I drove. I wrapped the power cord around the tongue to keep it tight to the side of the trailer and up over the tail gate and to the generator. Drove home 70 miles like that.


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^ What does that have to do running it at camp?
This is a funny thread. OP trying to asphyxiate his tonneau cover! Lol


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mr_andyj wrote:

No problem except in #3 just aim the exhaust out, not in.
Even your truck burns some of its exhaust again, it is called Exhaust Gas Recirculation, there is an EGR valve to take some exhaust and re-burn it, so no, this is not going to be a deal breaker....

CO is heavier than air, so will find its way to the ground, not so much your windows, which will likely be closed bc you are running your AC anyway. Campers are not airtight, so always a CO monitor is in order.

The farther your gen is from the camper the better.
IF the exhaust is literally blowing onto the camper then you might die, literally, so deflect it or aim it away.

I can't imagine the sound a cheapo construction generator will make in the metal cavity of a truck though.

I know I am nitpicking, but CO is slightly lighter than air, but close enough that they mix easily.

I calibrate our CO sensors at work, and I have tested my Kidde CO detector that is in the bedroom of our 5er. It has a readout that is surprisingly accurate. I trust mine because I have tested and verified that it works. Most people don't have that option.

That being said, I run my Honda 2000 under my slide, so I wouldn't have a problem running it in the bed of my pickup while hooked up either.


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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

mr_andyj wrote:

No problem except in #3 just aim the exhaust out, not in.
Even your truck burns some of its exhaust again, it is called Exhaust Gas Recirculation, there is an EGR valve to take some exhaust and re-burn it, so no, this is not going to be a deal breaker....

CO is heavier than air, so will find its way to the ground, not so much your windows, which will likely be closed bc you are running your AC anyway. Campers are not airtight, so always a CO monitor is in order.

The farther your gen is from the camper the better.
IF the exhaust is literally blowing onto the camper then you might die, literally, so deflect it or aim it away.

I can't imagine the sound a cheapo construction generator will make in the metal cavity of a truck though.

I know I am nitpicking, but CO is slightly lighter than air, but close enough that they mix easily.

I calibrate our CO sensors at work, and I have tested my Kidde CO detector that is in the bedroom of our 5er. It has a readout that is surprisingly accurate. I trust mine because I have tested and verified that it works. Most people don't have that option.

That being said, I run my Honda 2000 under my slide, so I wouldn't have a problem running it in the bed of my pickup while hooked up either.


several times at motorcycle events that are dry camping I've had the CO detector alarm when a nearby generator was running and wind in our direction. Generators were 20 ft or so from the trailer.

when we have the generator running I have it down wind from the trailer with exhaust facing down wind. CO is nothing to play with, results can be deadly.


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CO is heavier than air.....


I see a poster has already corrected this statement ("nit picking") - but it caught my eye also.

CO -carbon monoxide- is very close, but is *lighter* than air, and will mix with air.

High enough concentration can/will kill you - recent example was a family running generator in front yard (due to power outage) close to an open window.

Read and heed: https://www.covesmart.com/blog/is-co-heavier-than-air

Maybe "mr_andyj" is thinking of propane?

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Grit dog wrote:

Btw, the CO detector works wonderfully in our new toy hauler. I blew out the dirt and dust with the leaf blower and it started screaming about 5 seconds into the operation.


Lol. You have to either use an electric blower or turn off the battery disconnect to kill the detectors before you fire up the gas blower.

I have a cheap little rechargeable one I use to blow out the garage after I unload in camp.


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ol Bombero-JC wrote:

mr_andyj wrote:



CO is heavier than air.....


Maybe "mr_andyj" is thinking of propane?

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More likely is that they've confused CO (carbon monoxide) and CO2 (carbon dioxide). CO2 is a bit heavier than air, sufficiently so that accumulation in an area, especially one with with poor ventilation, can be very dangerous indeed. Accumulation of CO2 in silos and mines, for instance, has at times proven deadly to workers.





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you are right, CO is about the same as air. That is a myth...
We had a situation where a guy in a tent got CO poisoning but the people walking around were unaffected. I guess that supported the myth...
If CO floats then that is worse as it can float into your windows.

CO2 is harmless, you exhale it and breath it in. The mask-breathers are breathing it constantly inside their gross mask.

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dedmiston wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Btw, the CO detector works wonderfully in our new toy hauler. I blew out the dirt and dust with the leaf blower and it started screaming about 5 seconds into the operation.


Lol. You have to either use an electric blower or turn off the battery disconnect to kill the detectors before you fire up the gas blower.

I have a cheap little rechargeable one I use to blow out the garage after I unload in camp.


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Was a great system check!

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