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ozzie123

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Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:26:46 AM »
My partner and I are newby RV'ers and just converted a 30 ft. class A into a lovely tiny home on wheels. We bought a Honda EU2000i 2000 Watt generator to be used in tandem with solar for our power needs. My question is about using a generator during rain and perhaps some snow during the later winter months. We live on the British Columbia coast and Canadian winters out here are notoriously damp.

I'm curious to know how others protect their generators during use in rain/snow/wind so that there are no electrical issues or damage to the generator. We will be using it mainly to power our oil filled radiant heater and our batteries.

Thanks!

Rene T

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Re: Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 06:30:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum.
A Honda EU2000i is not very tall. Can you find a spot under the RV where it will fit?  Just make sure the exhaust is facing out away from the MH. If not, it would be pretty easy to build a enclosure similar to a A Frame house out of a couple pieces of plywood.
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Memtb

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Re: Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 07:26:43 AM »
 If it will not fit beneath the rig....maybe a large (enough) plastic dog house. Just make sure that it will "breath" properly, for cooling as well as air to run!  Lightweight and has bottom for wet soil or snow protection.
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dave54

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Re: Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 03:27:15 PM »
The Honda is reasonably weather proof.  A light drizzle does not hurt it.  In heavy rain I just put it under the picnic table.
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Len and Jo

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Re: Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2017, 03:28:29 PM »
I made a custom box for mine with upward opening opening (yes, paid attention to venting requirements of the 2000i).  Also tried to color match the surrounding that we normally camp in.  Must always remember that you are generating 120 volts AC and that can be very dangerous in a rain. 
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markandkim

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Re: Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 05:42:19 PM »
Buy or make a pup tent from a tarp. Open on both ends.

Easy.
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Re: Protecting generator from weather while boondocking
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 05:13:04 PM »
Look on you tube for your genny questions, lots of good answers there.
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