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reese77

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Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 1:38 PM (permalink)
Anyone using a bumper mounted generator? If so, how do you operate it in the rain? I would think that a plastic cover would now allow exhaust or air intake to flow properly.
 
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    YOAman

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    Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 3:19 PM (permalink)
    A generator will run just fine in the rain.no need to cover it.I have a large 6500 generac on my back bumper, runs just fine, even in a down pour
     
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      reese77

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      Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 3:24 PM (permalink)
      YOAman


      A generator will run just fine in the rain.no need to cover it.I have a large 6500 generac on my back bumper, runs just fine, even in a down pour

       
      My inverter generator has the electronics on the front panel and it is not water proof. I guess a plastic cover would be fine with a hole cut for exhaust and intake.
       
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        fishscale28

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        Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 6:23 PM (permalink)
        You could even make a small type enclosure and as long as you had ventilation and a fan you'd be great.  Didn't you have the area made for the sliding battery tray on your driver's side?  Could you mount it there?
         
         
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          reese77

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          Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 6:50 PM (permalink)
          fishscale28


          You could even make a small type enclosure and as long as you had ventilation and a fan you'd be great.  Didn't you have the area made for the sliding battery tray on your driver's side?  Could you mount it there?


           
          It will not fit in the side compartment, it is wide enough but only 16" high. I made a insulated box for covering the generator but it ended up being too heavy and bulky. I guess if everyone is just letting it run in the rain, I will figure something out.
           
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            roadkillgrill

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            Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 6:52 PM (permalink)
            I have a front mount Honda 3000is and it does fine, but if you're worried here's something that might work
             

             
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              Uncle Groucho

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              Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 9:22 PM (permalink)
              Hello Reese
              That picture above is a good starting point , perhaps a shallow 3 sided box made of a light gauge metal with a front piano hinge and a thick transparent plastic or rubber door so you can see the electrical panel. Good luck , you can figure this out.
               
              Karl
               
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                fishscale28

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                Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 10:11 PM (permalink)
                Maybe like Groucho said-just a little diamond plate aluminum "shed" to put around the top and sides...should work out well
                 
                 
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                  roadkillgrill

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                  Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Fri, 08/16/13 11:52 PM (permalink)
                  best solution I saw when I was looking into it years ago was a piece of plywood with a vinyl tablecloth over the wood. I LOVE K.I.S.S. ... lol But i opted for the Honda instead. And like most of us, it's not worth going out in the rain, but sometimes we do get stuck in it. best of luck!
                   
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                    edwmax

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                    Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Sat, 08/17/13 7:49 AM (permalink)
                    reese77


                    YOAman


                    A generator will run just fine in the rain.no need to cover it.I have a large 6500 generac on my back bumper, runs just fine, even in a down pour


                    My inverter generator has the electronics on the front panel and it is not water proof. I guess a plastic cover would be fine with a hole cut for exhaust and intake.

                     
                    What does the manufacture's operator instruction say about use in rain?
                     
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                      MurphyR

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                      Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Sat, 08/17/13 10:23 AM (permalink)
                      I have a brand new Onan 12kw diesel on the back bumper.
                      I built an aluminum diamond plate shroud to cover.
                      Works perfect!
                       
                      I guess I cant send pictures yet but send me a private message & I'll send you more in depth photos via email .
                      <message edited by MurphyR on Sat, 08/17/13 10:26 AM>
                       
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                        reese77

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                        Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Sat, 08/17/13 11:19 AM (permalink)
                        edwmax


                        reese77


                        YOAman


                        A generator will run just fine in the rain.no need to cover it.I have a large 6500 generac on my back bumper, runs just fine, even in a down pour


                        My inverter generator has the electronics on the front panel and it is not water proof. I guess a plastic cover would be fine with a hole cut for exhaust and intake.


                        What does the manufacture's operator instruction say about use in rain?

                         
                        The manual specifically states that the electrical panel is not water tight. And it is a Powerhouse brand, not Honda so I do not have too much confidence in it.
                         
                        My original box was diamond plated but it was also particle board and insulation board, which made it very heavy.
                         
                        I am thinking of using one of those plastic dog carriers, if I get a large one, I can just use the upper half and mount it over the generator, maybe on some aluminum stilts. I will put something together.
                         
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                          edwmax

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                          Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Sat, 08/17/13 1:01 PM (permalink)
                          A NEMA type 3 electrical panel enclosure is not water tight, but it is rated for use outside and affords protection against rain, sleet, & snow.  This is the type panel that should be on the gen set.  ... So unless the generator manufacture specially states the equipment is not to be operated in the rain or in outside adverse weather conditions I think you are worrying about nothing.
                           
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                            daddywoofdawg

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                            Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Sun, 08/18/13 10:34 PM (permalink)
                            If electronics is your worry you can cover them with a zip-lock baggie,or silicone all openings around the panel.
                             
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                              SantacruzTacoCo

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                              Re:Keeping External Generator dry in Rain Sun, 08/18/13 11:37 PM (permalink)
                              I slide my Honda eu2000i right under the van, I tilt it a little then down under it goes, since it's a honda, it just takes 1 pull to start even tho it's almost falling apart but keeps on going.
                              then I just run a short extension cord to my dist. point and I'm OK just gotta watch out for a flood.
                              Now my smarter tools one, I have a harder time sliding it under but it still fits.
                              and since we are talking about smarter tools I recommend staying away from them, they advertise Yamaha engines and I don't take that away from them but the rest of the components are crap, mine is less than 6 months old and doesn't go into eco-mode anymore, it overloads and shuts down and even when I run it full throttle, the power spikes at times, gotta call smarter tools to see what they have to say about it. 
                               
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