Keeping your generator secure when crashing for a few hours in a parking lot

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UTTransplant

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I definitely have run a generator in a Walmart parking lot. I wasn’t the first to turn one on either. It was in southern Missouri on a hot summer night. There were a few semis running overnight plus another few RVs with generators by the time we got there. We had reserved a regular campground site, but there wasn’t anything big enough to fit us when we got there! We went to a nearby Walmart, opened up the truck bed, and turned on the gennie. There would have been no sleeping any other way. Oh, and we always call before we get to the lot to make sure we are welcome and where we should park. We have since spent a night in the same place in the motorhome, also running a generator for the summer night AC.
 

jsmithminer

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Not many people would be stealing a 130 pound generator, which is what the Honda 3000 weighs. If you had a couple of Honda 2000s, 50 pounds each, it would be a more interesting target. Just use a big chain, and leave it in the truck bed if possible. Not much else you can do.
3/4 inch log chain big lock tinyour truck frame.
 

whiteva

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We often boondock with our Honda 2000i. For security I have a cable & lock with a single wire taped and hidden along side the cable. After locking the cable to the MH, the wire ends are connected to a hidden simple circuit and switched on. If some low life tries to cut the cable/wire, a very loud siren will sound from the MH. (Amazon for the siren).
A simple guide for most any DIYr can be found and modified to fit the exact needs of your camper. www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC6yQeWy5Ms

Search terms (#wire_break_alarm #electronics_circuit #Cut_wire_alarm)
 

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Cameodon

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Why?

Walmarts are loud, right off the highway. Who would notice?
They don't! I use 3000W WEN inverter, cable locked in bed of truck partially hidden under tuneau cover. An inverter is quite quiet, i idles!! I do spomtimes plug in a small fan to keep it cool
 

Alontheway

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There is no "code" or anything where walmark over-nighters do or don't run a generator. This is no campground. If you do not want to hear gen noise then do not park near an RV or semi rig.

If you get the Honda 3000 gen (or any Honda) there are special trays made where you mount the gen on it and it locks to the tray. Some are generic and will work with any brand. The tray can be locked to your truckbed, trailer tongue, a hitch or anything. These are expensive.

Are you using the gen in the bed of a truck or just pulling it out of storage and using on the ground?

Any way you can securly and permanently mount it somewhere where it can be used is best.

Cables can be cut easily by any homeboy with scissors. Do not use cable locks for anything except lawn chairs or something you are willing to lose right away. Use of multiple lock systems might mean the thief is not prepared for one of them.

Heavy chains are good, but bolt cutters cut right through. The honda trays are more ideal because they use puck locks and are confusing to a thief who is not educated on the construction schematics of the tray and will not be able to defeat them so quickly.

I chose instead to make my own locking tray.
 

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Edd505

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There is no "code" or anything where walmark over-nighters do or don't run a generator. This is no campground. If you do not want to hear gen noise then do not park near an RV or semi rig.

If you get the Honda 3000 gen (or any Honda) there are special trays made where you mount the gen on it and it locks to the tray. Some are generic and will work with any brand. The tray can be locked to your truckbed, trailer tongue, a hitch or anything. These are expensive.

Are you using the gen in the bed of a truck or just pulling it out of storage and using on the ground?

Any way you can securly and permanently mount it somewhere where it can be used is best.

Cables can be cut easily by any homeboy with scissors. Do not use cable locks for anything except lawn chairs or something you are willing to lose right away. Use of multiple lock systems might mean the thief is not prepared for one of them.

Heavy chains are good, but bolt cutters cut right through. The honda trays are more ideal because they use puck locks and are confusing to a thief who is not educated on the construction schematics of the tray and will not be able to defeat them so quickly.

I chose instead to make my own locking tray.
Great power where you need it: Saw.jpg
 

Alontheway

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The side grinder is King, it will defeat everything except the Queen. The Queen is you alseep in your RV hearing a grinder grind away. The grinder needs time where the bolt cutters and scissors do not need time. Cordless side grinders are the worst invention for RVers lives.
 

Edd505

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The side grinder is King, it will defeat everything except the Queen. The Queen is you alseep in your RV hearing a grinder grind away. The grinder needs time where the bolt cutters and scissors do not need time. Cordless side grinders are the worst invention for RVers lives.
But really great in the shop (y)
 
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