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Dooger54

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Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« on: October 10, 2017, 04:03:31 PM »
I'm looking at buying a small portable generator for my pull behind RV.  I would like to keep the generator in my pickup bed so I don't have to lift it in and out.  Is running it this way considered safe?  I would leave the tailgate down of course.  But I might like to leave my vinyl bed cover on.  Anyone have experience with this?
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 04:08:35 PM »
I'm looking at buying a small portable generator for my pull behind RV.  I would like to keep the generator in my pickup bed so I don't have to lift it in and out.  Is running it this way considered safe?  I would leave the tailgate down of course.  But I might like to leave my vinyl bed cover on.  Anyone have experience with this?

When you say "vinyl bed cover" are you talking about a tauno cover?  You can run a generator as long as the exhaust is facing the rear and away from any combustible material.
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Dooger54

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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 04:39:56 PM »
Yes, I have a roll up vinyl tonneau cover.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 04:56:31 PM »
Yes, I have a roll up vinyl tonneau cover.

I would ever run it with the cover on.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 06:20:27 PM »
One recent post on the forum was a guy that built a custom across bed tool box for his generator. It was designed to operate with the lid closed. He provided access for exhaust and fuel filling. One of the biggest issues you need to be aware of is the possibility of theft. Generators are a favorite for theft because of their easy resale.  Whatever you can do secure your generator is a good thing.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 09:31:06 AM »
One recent post on the forum was a guy that built a custom across bed tool box for his generator. It was designed to operate with the lid closed. He provided access for exhaust and fuel filling. One of the biggest issues you need to be aware of is the possibility of theft. Generators are a favorite for theft because of their easy resale.  Whatever you can do secure your generator is a good thing.

One reason I want to leave it in my pickup bed is the new F150's have lockable side bars in the bed.  I would secure the genny to those with locked cables. 
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 09:43:18 AM »
I often keep and run my genny from the bed of the truck.  Primarily because it helps muffle the sound.
So long as the cover is rolled up and safely tucked away I don't see a problem.

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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 10:18:04 AM »
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So long as the cover is rolled up and safely tucked away I don't see a problem.

They want to do it with the cover unrolled. That's not safe IMHO.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 10:36:20 AM »
They want to do it with the cover unrolled. That's not safe IMHO.

That was one of my initial questions.  So, no, I will keep the cover unrolled.  No big deal.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 12:20:37 PM »
That was one of my initial questions.  So, no, I will keep the cover unrolled.  No big deal.

NO, you want to keep it ROLLED up.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2017, 12:24:12 PM »
They want to do it with the cover unrolled. That's not safe IMHO.


Agreed.

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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2017, 12:37:26 PM »
NO, you want to keep it ROLLED up.

Duh  ;)

Thatís what I meant. Dumb me.
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2017, 05:04:08 PM »
If you have a plastic bed liner, you might want to run a ground wire from the generator to the frame or other steel component.   
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2017, 05:15:23 PM »
Most of the pickups I've seen the bed, and the cab are totally separate So exhaust fumes in cab should not be an issue..

Now if you are still hooked to the 5er,  THEY MAY BE  So I'd avoid that (Because the 5er is above the bed)

If you run it with the cap on the bed so the genny can not get fresh air it won't run long

You need to deal with exhaust and fresh air intake.

There are reasons to do it, and other reasons not to.. Security (Bolted to the bed) is a good reason TO do it. Weight for a larger Genny BUT ONLY WHEN NOT HOOKED TO A 5er)

Make sure the fumes do not inflitrate the people places (5er or cab).
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Re: Safe to run portable generator in pickup bed?
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2017, 08:27:45 PM »
One reason I want to leave it in my pickup bed is the new F150's have lockable side bars in the bed.  I would secure the genny to those with locked cables. 

Cables and chains are good, but many gens are stolen while chained up. Cutting a chain just isn't that hard anymore. At many beach campgrounds in CA, signs at the point of entry advise putting the gen inside at night. Just a word to the wise.
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