Ideas on How to store portable Generator and protect from weather

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  1. zac

    zac Funster Life Member

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    I have just brought a generator (cheap one from Aldi) for emergencies only as i have solar and as yet have not run out of power but you never know. Now what i need is some sort of box or bag that the generator can go in when not in use that is airtight as it will need to go in my MH garage. This may sound simple but after quite a lot searching it is more difficult than you would of thought. Some places do sell airtight boxes but they are very expensive at over £100. The generator Dimensions i believe are 500mm x 285mm x 440mm

    I know there are some concerns around storing these things and ideally i would like it on the outside of the MH but i dont have anywhere for it to go. Also i am assuming i need some sort of umbrella of sorts if using it in the rain.

    Having never used one before this is all new, any thoughts and suggestion please?
     
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    Might be worth doing a google search for a large dry sack for storage.
     
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    I have done some searching but they all seem to be very expensive
     
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    A cheaper alternative is an extra large vacuum storage bag but they might not be sufficiently robust.
     
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    Or if you can get some oilcloth you could make a bag.
     
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    I have a Honda genny stored in my home garage.As it has not been used for two years I took it out of the MH. It's wrapped in kitchen type cling film, I it keeps it clean and sealed, stops any smells and should I never use it I will simply cut it out and start....Works for me.
     
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    What about some sort of BBQ cover, they're waterproof and come in different sizes.
     
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    Leave it in the shed at home :sneaky: (Sorry I'm not a fan of gennies)
     
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    wheelie bin:rolleyes:
     
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    I'm not asking if you are
     
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    Next to leave it in the garage at home I think that's the best suggestion. Anti generator bias apart it seems a big lump to carry around on the basis that you most likely will never need it, so by the time you do the fuel will most likely have gone off so it won't start, and apart from all that for emergencies your van should have an engine and alternator/generator all built it that most likely ran just a few days ago so should be primed and ready for action, plus side is you can easily use it while travelling.

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    Thanks but i am not after advice on how to use it or not use it, just on how to store it.Can we please keep this on track as it saves wasting time.
     
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    OK apologies, but I was trying to be slightly constructive, anyway if it comes in a decent fitting cardboard box why not just seal it in a black bin bag so you don't smell petrol and then put it back in the box or even cut the box down if it's a bit big from packaging etc.

    As far as outside use if you are really only going to use it in a dire emergency I would just shroud it with whatever you have at the time and the Mrs's brolly to keep the rain off, doesn't seem much point in carrying even more clutter that you don't envisage using.

    Do run it from time to time at home though to keep the fuel fresh, possibly tip it out every year and use it in the lawnmower or whatever and then fill will new and run it through.


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    thanks, i will ensure it is started frequently when not in the motorhome, it will mainly be used at home in emergencies to be honest but we will be doing a lot more wild camping so it may come in handy. As with all generators i realise it is a sore subject with some but if we use it, it will be with others in mind.
     
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    Ours is in its cardboard box in the garage when not in use. Had to fire it up at the weekend to do the hedge trimming at the end of the garden. Started 3rd pull, as long as it is serviced every year, I can't see you'd have any issues!
     
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    We have two gennies, but we get frequent power cuts and also have electrically operated medical equipment so they are a life saver for us. The big genny stays at home and starts when the power goes out.

    The little one is new and is a spare for the big beast, but if we have an underslung LPG tank fitted to the motorhome it should go in vacated locker. Otherwise we will wrap it on cling film, the local market has a stall that often has massive rolls of catering cling film. The alternative to that would be the industrial cling film used to wrap machinery...... or even the stuff used in airports to wrap luggage.
     
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    Thanks, never thought of using cling film, i would get away with a normal box then as opposed to one that is sealed or airtight. If i never had a gaslow setup i would consider the under slung lpg option and then have a spare outside locker.
     
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    Us too, we live next to a railway line, and although they deny it is their fault. Whenever there are engineering works on the line, our power goes out! The Genny is a god send, we have solar etc. in the van, but not a great deal of help when it is 70 miles away and the power goes out.
    We have also had to top up the van from the genny when our ultra-reliable weather has failed us! :D
     
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    I just hope the van is suitable for the underslung tank. We will see.

    Had the current van done at Autogas 2000 and they did a superb job but it's a bit far for you.
     
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