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Old 08-25-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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Insulating the generator compartment!

OK I'm not sure if I read about what product to insulate the generator compartment on this forum or RV.net - but I can't find the answer anywhere - I thought the product was something like Genprotect (?) but I'm really not sure!

After DH spent hours cutting pieces of insulation, gluing and installing - I notice it was combustible.....well WW3 started - I guess it was my fault that he didn't see that!

Anyway, he wants to insulate the compartment to hopefully cut down on some of the noise.....anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #2
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If the generator compartment is made of sheet metal like mine is, I would Dynamat, It is specifically a sound deadening material and is heat resistant up to 300 degrees.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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I wouldn't worry about the flammability of the insulation that you stuck to the generator's dog house. I have Styrofoam on mine and we know that melts at low temperature.

Look at it this way, the generator is inside a fiber glass outer shell with a plastic door covering the compartment and it's under the dog house. In the event of a fire emanating from the generator the dog house will get super heated and then that heat will convect to the compartment components.

You can imagine the rest, so your insulation is a small factor when you consider the whole scheme of things. The generator compartment isn't fire proof by any means so no need to worry about the insulation.
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I wouldn't worry about the flammability of the insulation that you stuck to the generator's dog house. I have Styrofoam on mine and we know that melts at low temperature.

Look at it this way, the generator is inside a fiber glass outer shell with a plastic door covering the compartment and it's under the dog house. In the event of a fire emanating from the generator the dog house will get super heated and then that heat will convect to the compartment components.

You can imagine the rest, so your insulation is a small factor when you consider the whole scheme of things. The generator compartment isn't fire proof by any means so no need to worry about the insulation.

Well he tore out what he already installed and tossed all the cut pieces in the garbage......I'll see if I can get them out of the garbage and discuss this with him.

However as soon as he saw "Flammable" he flipped - we are both on the Fire Dept. (he is Asst. Chief) and it would be totally embarrassing if anything happened!
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As firefighters you know there are more things inside that compartment besides the insulation that are flammable. I have two batteries inside the same compartment that would pose more of a problem with flame impingement than your insulation or my melting Styrofoam.
How many runs have you made on a generator on fire. In my 20 years I never did. That's not to say it won't happen but it is a rare occurance.
One could spray the inside of the compartment with a fire retardant for a little peace of mind.
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As firefighters you know there are more things inside that compartment besides the insulation that are flammable. I have two batteries inside the same compartment that would pose more of a problem with flame impingement than your insulation or my melting Styrofoam.
How many runs have you made on a generator on fire. In my 20 years I never did. That's not to say it won't happen but it is a rare occurance.
One could spray the inside of the compartment with a fire retardant for a little peace of mind.
Thanks this is all making me feel "better"! We have NOTHING inside that compartment other than the generator!

Most of the generators installed where we live are propane (not talking RV here and almost every home has a generator) - and we have seen one BLOW just recently - actually lifted the mobile home off its piers......yea I know explosion not fire!

Anyway, I think we will be attempting to re-install the cut pieces today!
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I don't have a generator, but here's a thought ...... why not insulate around the outside of the metal generator compartment, therefore keeping the metal between the generator and the insulation...?
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That was my impression, the insulation was attached to the generator's dog house rather than the generator itself. Dunno, only the owner knows what's in the compartment.

Too many RV applications for the same process
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Our generator sits inside a metal box on the driver's side:



What we want to do is insulate the inside (attaching it to the walls) of the compartment.
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I don't see any problem with insulating the walls and ceiling of the compartment.
If you don't want to stick the insulation on the ceiling you can always put a piece of thick Styrofoam on top of the generator proper if it doesn't have any vents on top.
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