- Dec 19, 2007
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Your Harbor Freight generators are not meant to be operated in a closed and insulated space with no airflow for ventilation. They'll burn up. RV generator enclosures provide draw through ducting and a crankshaft powered fan that moves air through the alternator and engine which is then exhausted overboard.so thats the thing. all the onan units i find are all clapped out 3 billion hour units... or theres some nice marine units with extremely low hours but I think they're setup with jacketed exhaust pipes, etc and they're like $6000. Heres my reasoning with the HF units. Yes they will be more effort, but they're extremely quiet and they have a killer warranty. Also we're pretty new to this and trying to find out where to go, what resources we will have available to us, etc. So I dont want to go bonkers with a boondock setup if 99% of the time we're gonna have a plug within 20 feet. The HF route is a little hokey but it gets us on the road and it doesnt cost a fortune. If we find out "hey we're running on gen power or our solar/battery bank cant keep up and we REALLY need a solid genny setup then I'll already have the front bay setup for it.
How are you going to handle the exhaust? The generator space in an RV is sealed, and manufacturers run extensive tests on prototype RV units to ascertain they do not allow CO infiltration. Running your setup all night with your family on board isn't a good way to find out you made a mistake.
Refueling a hot generator with them inside?
You can only hillbilly things so much.