Generator transporting?

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  1. A-Ranger12

    A-Ranger12 Active Member

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    For those of you with generators, where do you usually transport it? In the pup, or in the tow vehicle? At some point I will be getting a small inverter generator, and am a newbie at transporting one.
     
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    I don’t want to risk a fuel spill or gas odor in my pup so I carry mine in the TV.
     
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    If I had one I would have to put it in my TV. The way my pup collapses an inverter would not fit in there under the fold over galley. Ideally I would have a rear rack, or extend the front tongue to get a cargo platform, but both are far beyond my ability to do myself, and likely out of budget to pay someone to do, plus I am not certain the trailer frame would even support such drastic mods.
     
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    We transport our Honda EU2000i in the back of the Titan. I don’t want to have gas spills in the Aliner. Or breathing gas fumes either by accident.

    Happy camping...[ALPU][PUT]
     
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    Mine rides in the bed of the truck with a canvas cover on it.
     
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    I transport mine in the truck bed.
     
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    My Yamaha 2000 is propane and I carry it in my Aliner.
     
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    I'd always transport my EU2000i in the back of my truck but because I stored it in my heated workshop when not in use I DIY'd a Rubbermaid bin to seal in gas & oil odours.

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    I have the 2KW Honda and have it secured in the truck bed next to the tail gate. I also have a secured hard folding bed cover so this is a fully secured pace for my generator... I like the idea my generator goes where I go... To run the generator I just pull it out onto the dropped tail gate...

    It is very useful to have the generator in the truck as I get to rescue folks and myself all the time haha...

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    The other reason for the generator is to recharge my battery bank in the mornings during breakfast when I am off-road running everything off my battery bank... It has to run for three hours to get my depleted batteries back up to their 90% charge state ready for the next day/night run off the batteries... I plug my trailer electrical connector into the generator to do this using my on-board Converter Charger setup...

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    I am stealing that idea! Thanks for posting it!

    The genny will either have to get transported in the back of the tow vehicle or in the camper. A way to seal up the fumes and gas odor is mandatory, and the tote fits the bill nicely.
     
  11. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    mine sits strapped down in the back of my pickup, gas can also is strapped down in the bed too. I do not take the jenny very often as I usually stay at parks with elec. and water.
     
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    I don't have a pickup, and I don't like the idea of it possibly falling over inside the pop up so it rides in the back of the jeep. I am OCD about fuel and oil so it is kept spotless, as is the gas can. I have zero odors in the jeep from it. The moment the genny has a leak of any kind it would be repaired. I've never had a spill or odor while transporting gas cans or generators. Just keep on top of maintenance and always keep everything wiped down and spotless.
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Unfortunately my Honda EU3000is is too big to put in my pup, so it rides in the back of my Expedition. At the campsite I chain it to the trailer under the front bed.

    I’ve never had any gas odors from it while traveling.
     
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    When you say ‘in TV’ people should specify ‘inside TV’ (meaning where people are) or ‘in BED of TV’. Two very different things. Though car guy (post #12) carries cleaned gen -and- gas can inside the people space of his Jeep! All my plastic gas cans seep, so I would never do that. Maybe there are higher quality plastic cans or metal Jerry cans that don’t leak.

    Since having a gen that ran on propane was important to me, I carry it inside my SUV. And of course I do not need to carry separate fuel (gas) for it at all.
     
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    Do a search for "Stens No-Spill" gas cans. Best cans I have seen. I replaced all my cans with them.
     
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    I carry my Champion 3100 inverter generator in the bed of my truck with the fuel can. I have a canopy on my truck and leave the rear 1/4 window open for ventilation
     
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    The Mrs pointed out that since the camper has dual propane tanks, get a genny that runs on propane. No gasoline fumes to worry about, and it eliminates the gas spill problem. Plus we will already be toting the second tank. Propane is $7-10 for 20 lb fills around here, so the cost isn't a killer given our expected use.
     
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    Just keep in mind that genset power output will be reduced ~ 10% to 15% when running on propane vs gas.

    https://www.chainsawjournal.com/propane-vs-gas-generator/
     
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    This would be for the little 5000 btu air conditioner. Specs say 440 watts/4.1 amps at 115 volts, so even accounting for other things like battery charging, 1400 watts running should be plenty.

    I'll keep this updated if I do end up with a dual fuel genny.
     
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    Was one of our main reasons to buy our Coleman evolution e3. Pretty slick, but the e4's front deck is huge. Saw a pup selling on fb market place, it was the pup w/out the axle, oriented like normal but on what looked like a 35' to 40' tandem axle flatbed trailer. Now not a frame alteration obviously but I see lots of flat bed trailers of different sizes on marketplace all the time. Just a fanciful thought.
     

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