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Old 09-13-2018, 09:37 AM   #1
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Operating Generator in the Rain

Hello...searched the site but do not see this addressed anywhere. Does anyone run their generator without cover in the rain, or put into a small tent or cover of some kind that also keeps it hidden. I realize ventilation is important but wondered what others are doing? Thx
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:58 AM   #2
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A 5'x7' tarp strung between two trees makes an excellent rain shelter for most generators. Don't use a tent, carbon monoxide doesn't flow through tent walls easily and the buildup will be in the tent while you walk in to turn the generator off or to refuel or even just to check on it.

As for operating a generator in the rain, essentially it's the same as standing in a bathtub and plugging in a hair dryer... If you "really REALLY feel it's safe" go ahead. For me, I'll find a work around to keep the generator dry and not service it until the rain clears. Generators, water (rain or spilled beer) just don't go together.... YMMV
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:31 AM   #3
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I keep my Honda EU2000i in a 20" x 28" x 22" dog crate my dog out grew on a bumper mounted hitch platform I got at Tractor Supply. When I'm traveling the generator goes in an exterior compartment in the trailer and the crate and platform go in the back of the truck.

I covered three sides of the ventilated top half with a tarp with a felted mover's blanket folded into it to help keep the rain out and reduce noise. It's held in place by binder clips on the front and a bungee cord in the back. The back is hinged with Velcro tie wraps.

The generator sits with the exhaust facing the door opening on three layers of kneeling pads alternated with scrap pieces of milkhouse plastic to virtually eliminate any vibration transferred to the trailer and raise it up. Some water does get in through the front and the ventilated lower half in heavy rainfalls, but in three five month seasons dry camping in a State Forest it has never been a problem.

I tried to attach pics, but the forum doesn't allow it. If you are interested send me a private message and I will try to send them that way.

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:40 AM   #4
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"Generators, water (rain or spilled beer) just don't go together.... YMMV"

Spill beer! Heaven forbid.
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:03 AM   #5
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For the inverter generator I would just place it under the truck or the trailer, wherever it it fits, or provide some kind of small cover. At home, the 6,000 watt I use during power outages 1-3 times a year and normally during nasty storms. The way it's built, the large plastic fuel tank provides cover for all of the electric components.
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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Cabelas sells a little EZ Up style generator tent. I w been tempted but never pulled the trigger. Instead I've set up under a table or EZ Up style tent.
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:32 PM   #7
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Here are some rain tent covers for operating generators in bad weather:

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_at/?...ab9a962d555ccc

This is a blog discussing options:
https://generatorgrid.com/blog/wet-rain-snow/
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:23 PM   #8
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I had a Guardian 15000KW generator that I used for a food truck and it was great back-up for my house during hurricanes here in Florida. I installed Plexiglas panels in areas that would be affected by rain including building a box over the controls and outlets. Never had a problem and it would run all night. It was big enough to run the whole house including two central air units. My electrician wired an outlet on the pole that my RV and/or food trailers plugged into so it was well away from the house. I cut the panels and then pre-drilled holes in them. I then used self tapping screws and attached it to the steel frame.
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Old 09-14-2018, 03:23 AM   #9
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Keith, "I tried to attach pics, but the forum doesn't allow it"
Simply click on the "Reply" box, type your message and then look for the little paper clip towards the top of the message area. Click on the paper clip and simply load your pictures. Not too many and not too big.....
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Keith, "I tried to attach pics, but the forum doesn't allow it"
Simply click on the "Reply" box, type your message and then look for the little paper clip towards the top of the message area. Click on the paper clip and simply load your pictures. Not too many and not too big.....
Thanks Jim. On my phone it's a grey square at the bottom with a plus sign in it. I tried attaching the pic, but got a message "file type not allowed" or something similar. I'll try resizing it.
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