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  1. The trip that we just returned from last night was a month long road test to make sure that the box was weatherproof before I put the generator in. So as requested, I put the generator in the box this morning. The nylon strap that KSH supplied seems more than sufficient to hold the generator solidly in place. The original strap anchors that were welded inside the box may not have been sufficiently strong enough to hold the generator. I removed them because they were in the way of using the original Oliver supplied basket anchoring u bolts. If I were to buy this box again, I’d ask that the welded in strap anchors not be used. There is enough space for my extension cords and rope lights (pack rat deterrent) as well. I draped a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet over the generator to prevent any damage from the cords, etc. I’m very pleased with the results! The extra plus is that the generator box is about six inches narrower (front to back) and eight inches total narrower (side to side). This gives me a little tighter turning radius and a little less worry while backing up. I’m also saving about 15-18 pounds on the tongue. I would have liked to use a “store bought” triangular shaped aluminum tongue box but I never could find one of reasonable size that my generator could fit into.
  2. I purchased a generator box from the KSH folks while we were in Lake Havasu this past winter. I particularly wanted a box for my Honda 2000 generator. For the past five years I’ve kept the generator in the Oliver basket (the older expanded aluminum version which weighed 35 pounds empty) and covered with truckers tarp material. This has worked great but the tarp has aged and would have had to be replaced in another year or so. The stock KHS box has three openings covered with removable aluminum plates so that the generator can be used inside the box. This setup is not at all water resistant and I’m not interested in using the generator so close to my trailer. I ended up getting them to make a box without the three cutouts. The box came with two hold down brackets welded in place which I removed because they were exactly in my way where I needed to mount the box. I was able to use the existing holes in the fiberglass cowling and the original stainless u bolts. The back part of the box is mounted to a 1/4 inch thick by 6 inch wide aluminum plate. The front is mounted to a 1/8 wall 1 inch by 3 inch rectangle aluminum tube. This allows the box to be level. I made two 1/4 inch aluminum spacers for the u bolts to clamp against for inside of the box. The u bolts can also be used to strap down the generator inside the box. I made two 3/8 thick by 1 1/2 inch wide brackets for under the frame. As you can see in the photos, the front bracket was made so that I can hang the safety chains on it as well.
  3. Our generator box is almost finished. We will.post picture when it is done
  4. Here's link to a search for the phrase "generator box." @theOrca's thread is the first one. Several other ideas as well. https://olivertraveltrailers.com/forums/search/?&q="Generator box"&search_and_or=or&sortby=relevancy We don't carry anything on the tongue, so I can't personally help.
  5. Here is another option you may look at a rv generator box the company makes aluminum diamond plate Rv generator boxes that are made for small generators and can be run in the box. I’m sure this will fit the Ollie basket then just bolt it down to the basket should be a secure option i can’t link the web site. The web site is rvgeneratorbox.com
  6. Generator box - Has anyone made their own and if so any suggestions? It is my intent to put this box where the storage box from Oliver goes. I want the generator completely enclosed with a cover that opens. It will have vents for air to come through and exhaust to get out. Our generator runs on gas or propane.
  7. Good article. I agree. I don't even carry or plan to carry a generator in my "generator box". That's where I keep all my chocks and blocks and locks. I like the idea of putting some chill in the cabin (and batteries in your case 😉 ) whenever stopped on warm/hot days.
  8. What do you plan for that area below the steel tray? Access appears to be limited - it appears to be about a 6 inch gap. It would be great for wood blocks, if you can reach back far enough. What was your reason for keeping the Oliver tray rather than just mounting the new tray directly onto the tongue, (to save a little weight and lower the generator)? Are there drain/ debris holes in the bottom of the Ollie tray so gunk doesn’t get trapped there? Do you plan to make a dust cover for the generator box? It is a pretty messy location normally. Please post a followup report after using your generator for a while. Thanks. John Davies Spokane WA
  9. There are so many great projects on these forums that I felt obligated to document mine (partly so that others can avoid my mis-steps!). We dry camp the majority of the time. During the winter (until the snow flies) that is not a problem, but summer time on the Eastern side of Washington State can be uncomfortably hot. When we bought the Ollie we knew that the solar system would take care of most of our needs, but that we really wanted a generator capable of running the A/C. We specified the optional soft start add-on for the A/C so that the trailer would be ready. A bit of research showed that the new Honda 2200 would run the A/C, even if it was running on propane. We chose “Hutch Mountain” as the best propane conversion for the Honda 2200. After 10 years of putting generators into and out of the truck I knew that some kind of generator carrier attached to the trailer was a must-have. We chose “Generator Box” as they have one sized perfectly for the Honda 2200. I asked Hutch Mountain if they would do their magic by installing all needed gear inside a Generator Box. They said they would be glad to do so. I had “Generator Box” directly ship the box to Hutch mountain. They did an install and then shipped to us. Perfect !! I did the install of the Hutch Mountain conversion kit into our new generator. BTW Honda service centers get very twitchy about propane conversions. There was/is a recall of a circuit board in the 2200. My local shop will do the recall, but will not even start the generator afterwards. I may have to school them about modifications NOT invalidating an entire warrantee. In my case the engine is now out of warrantee, but the generator section is still fully covered (federal law on this subject is well established). We bought the storage box on our Ollie. I wanted to save as much space in the box as I could for lightweight things, so I designed a frame to support the Generator Box. I initially intended to have the box dropped down into the storage unit by about and inch and a half. That was a bad idea as the latching assembly which secures the box to the mounting plate will not operate with more than about 3/8” of drop below the edge of the storage box. I used aluminum flat stock and 70 durometer Sorbothane to raise the box and give a little vibration dampening. Parts list, purchased or modified by me: Honda 2200 Companion generator to get the 30 amp locking connector 5 feet of aluminum 2” C-channel, ¼” wall thickness 5 feet of aluminum 1½” angle 10 1” SS ¼” x 20 screws with NyLock and two flat washers each 6 1½” SS ¼” x 20 screws with NyLock and two flat washers each 30 1” SS 10x32 screws with Nylock and 2 flat washers each I made a 69” section of Marinco 10 ga power cord Hutch Mountain made a 69” connection hose to hook-up the front end trailer propane supply to the Generator Box quick disconnect. Pictures follow… Any questions, please ask! Bill and Dorothy
  10. I am looking at the "Generator Box" options for an Oliver Elite II. The "Dimensions" page at Oliver University gives the side to side (I assume/hope they mean ID) measurement of the aft end of the storage tray, and the side to side measurement of the forward end of the tray, but NOT the front to rear measurement. Oh yes, they give the height of the sides of the box... Does anyone know for sure the front to rear ID of the storage tray? With that number I can do the geo-o-metry thing and find the info I need!! Thanks, Bill
  11. Anybody found a good box to store a honda 2000 in that will fit in the basket and allow the genertor to run in it?
  12. This is the way we loaded the gas cans at the end of the season up above 10 thousand feet where we were off grid for over 110 days each year. Our 3000 watt Yamaha generator holds a bit less than three gallons of gasoline, mounted on the Oliver tongue, so the last of the gas was put there, with the empty can carried on the roof rack. The small gas can contained chainsaw oil/gas mix and the last of it was put in the saw, and the saw in it's case. The small saw gas can was carried on the rear rack empty. Now to the casual observer this may have looked dangerous but the empty cans never presented a threat to us. Here is a look at the generator box on the tongue. Photo taken while enroute to winter up on the national seashore S/E of Corpus Christi Texas.
  13. You don't need a pigtail, just a long enough 20amp cord to reach the generator. They do provide a 30amp x 3' twistlock pigtail also when you buy the generator box for the front and this adapter works best for me. It's simply plug & play :) Either plug it into the outlet and run a short cord or from the 3' pigtail - straight into the generator. Like you, I don't want my 25' cord to walk away. https://www.amazon.com/ALEKO-L15-30-Electrical-Locking-Connector/dp/B01CO5FXJQ/ref=pd_sim_60_4?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01CO5FXJQ&pd_rd_r=C3Y05J7R70QWS2W94JKG&pd_rd_w=DMY8d&pd_rd_wg=f4pv8&psc=1&refRID=C3Y05J7R70QWS2W94JKG
  14. I'm revisiting this topic. Any other comments or suggestions? I may be changing tow vehicles eventually, to a Land Cruiser 200, and I like the idea of carrying 10 to 15 gallons of extra gas on the Ollie. The idea being, we drag the trailer back into the boonies, disconnect the trailer, top up the fuel tank on the Cruiser and go off to explore. I wouldn't normally need to carry extra fuel directly on the truck, and that would require an aftermarket bumper with can racks, an expense that I do not wish to make, or an expedition roof rack, ditto.... Maybe I should just carry two or three steel NATO cans on the tongue, on a heavy plate where the generator box would go? I don't think much of the location due to the extra tongue weight and the messy environment, but maybe that makes the most sense. It would certainly make the cans much safer in the event of a collision. Mounted on the tongue, it would be possible to pump the gas directly into the truck, without having to take them off and manhandle them, which is always a painfully awkward experience. This might do the trick... https://www.amazon.com/Gastapper-Electric-Gasoline-Transfer-Equipment/dp/B01MS4T9OD/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486503788&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=12+v+fuel+transfer+pump+gt+Max Thanks for any suggestions, other than "convert your generator to propane" ;) John Davies Spokane WA
  15. No I mean stretch it out, fold it in half or all the way down and put it up on the roof. This one below, it's a little giant style, they sell the Little Giant brand all over my area, but this is the right size and I'm sure there's a container you could buy to put it in, if needed. There's a lot of room up top and if there's a will, there's a way, you know :) . It would fit folded up on the tongue in the generator box, or you should be able to strap it on the rear bumper or even put a rack on the frame underneath. If you fold it in half, it's 6'approximately, you could even put a slide in rack in front of the tires behind the door and it would still be about even with the steps for clearance. :) hehe. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VMXV10C/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=DVETVI1ZF5E8&coliid=I31X7LS4KLFWZG
  16. Share and Enjoy !0Shares0 0 Camping off the grid is a very satisfying thing for Betty and I. It fits into our out of doors campsite style quite well. Camping off the grid with total comfort does need a bit of thought though, especially when it is at high elevation. Both early and late in the camping season up high, the temperatures will drop below freezing at night for brief periods of time. And yet, just before sunrise each day, the temperature starts climbing to comfortable levels quickly. Even though we are camping at elevation, we turn off everything in the Ollie and crack a couple of windows open for the night. This lets us hear the wonderful night sounds and gives the dogs opportunity to alert us to any critter prowlers. First thing in the morning, after quickly flushing and brushing, I go outside with the dogs because we are visitors in the wild kingdom and pets are usually viewed as a threat or a meal, by the full time resident critters. Remember, that leash keeps them safe. Generator box mounted on the Oliver's tongue. One of the first chores of the day is to start the generator, to top off the battery's and give Betty full use of appliances such the microwave, etc. Older generators sometimes require a little more choke to start and run at elevation, but the newer ones seem to handle it better. If the solar panels have overnight snow on them, it is brushed off to give the first rays of sunlight ready access to the photo cells. In this particular campsite the king dome couldn't see to the Southern Horizon ( we used a tripod dish ) and the solar panels were shaded at mid day by the giant old growth fir trees, so we got a head start on battery topping off when ever we could. Kicking up the campfire is among the earliest of chores, not only for heat but for the gentle smoke it provides. That smoke will displace the mosquitos that will be out as soon as it warms up a bit. Those dadgum' skeeters are one reason that the nearby lake is full of trout so we don't let them fret us too badly, just kind of use the smoke to displace them a bit. At elevation the skeeters are not out after dark like they are at lower elevations, but instead are out during the day when it is warm enough for them to fly. The Ollie's great screens keep the mosquitos out but as we go in and out a few will find their way in. That is when we use the ceiling fan on exhaust mode to trap them until they expire. Though we are in a remote area we find that our satellite receiver lets us get the news and weather to plan the day's activity's. For example an approaching weather front may cause us to do laundry and get grocery's today because the highway passes could be closed when that weather system arrives tomorrow. Our entertainment system will let us search for local news stations that will advise of vehicle accidents, man hunts and so on and so forth. Do we spend a lot of time with communications, no, but we do check for updates during a second cup of coffee at mid morning. Cutting firewood to a large extent will depend upon the local USFS or BLM regulations. However, at this time there is so much dangerous fuel overburden on the forest floor, because of the Emerald ash borer killing off so much forest, that it is often times permissible. Our favorite wood to harvest for camp wood is the red fir tree. It cuts easy, splits well, is light weight to handle and it's aromatic smoke is a pleasant thing around camp. When sawing the red fir, cut immediately above or below a ring of limbs to make it easier to split. We always save a large base cut for a chopping block. Turning a bolt of firewood on it's side and cutting with the grain will result in piles of thin shavings to start a fire with. Here is a look at some of those large light weight firewood bolts around the campfire waiting to be split. Notice the folded tarp in the background, it is there to cause the prevailing breeze to gently eddy the light smoke about camp to chase away mosquitoes. That tarp is held in place with tarp straps that do not damage the trees. We don't use nails and remove them whenever we come across them. Sometimes during monsoon season you will be up inside of the clouds during a storm. Now, that thunder can be both pretty cool and scary at the same time because the moisture in the air lets the sound travel much faster, your ears can't tell how far away or what direction it came from ! I guess that the bottom line for us is that we recognize these elevation differences, marvel over their uniqueness and make small adjustments for them as we enjoy all that nature has to offer. Share and Enjoy !0Shares0 0 The post Elevation Camping - Part 3 appeared first on Oliver Travel Trailers. Read the Full Article
  17. Trumpetguy: After you get the generator box installed; can you post some pictures? Thank for the feed back on the Anderson WDH Hitch.
  18. Just to wrap up...now that I have experience with the hitch and have less stress hitching up I can endorse it. I hesitate to confess that on a recent trip I became sandwiched between two rude semi trucks and feeling quite intimidated I floored it to get away from them. Looking down at 90 mph on the speedo I was shocked. The Anderson kept #64 straight and level. The Ollie may have been OK without the hitch but who knows. By way of additional information I called Anderson today to ask if it is ok to lengthen the chains to accomodate the extended tongue. This to add a generator box. The tech said that longer chains actually perform better and control sway and bounce more efficiently.
  19. Thanks Steve. Oliver has suspended the generator box for some product testing. They may re introduce it later as an option. The good news is that my fram and shells are done and we will get our trailer Thanksgiving week. Turkey in the Ollie. Do you run with the tongue extended. Robert says that reduces tongue weight. I ordered the Anderson WDH so it is not much of an issue to put the gen. on the tongue. Dave
  20. Has anyone bought the generator box from Oliver. My trailer is under construction and this is the time to add things I may want in the future. I would be buying at least a 3000 wat propane genset. Would the tongue location place too much weight on the hitch? I have ordered the wdh so maybe that's not such an issue.
  21. Earlier in this thread bugeyedriver mentioned our large generator box on the tongue and how heavy we would load. Here is a very short video that was taken as we returned from "Wintering up" down on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a good look at our genset box and loading. We did not use a sway bar or weight distribution hitch. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FGCLa2fuSA Please note in this 42 second video, how level the Jeep and Oliver are sitting.
  22. That's it. Here is a look at how it clears the generator box: Click for larger view.
  23. Living in the Arkansas Outback means being at the will and pleasure of Mother Nature. A night of coon hunting can turn into a chore of cutting your way out of miles of woods if a storm brings down timber across the road. Usually there is a chainsaw, and fuel sitting on the dog box. But, in a Jeep where we are reluctant to carry the saw and fuel up inside the cabin with us, we needed a outside solution. While shopping for a roof rack, we found this Trail Rack. Here is how it looks with the roof rack in place: Click the photo for a better look. When Ollie is hooked up, the generator box on the tongue is well below the trail rack and causes no clearance problems.
  24. Hello Everybody, I have posted a few pics of the Outlaw Oliver under construction. Tali and I visited with Robert on the fifth of June to see how the new baby was progressing. It's nice to live close enough to be able to drive up easily. This made our third trip. We pick up the Outlaw this coming Friday, June 20. It's getting close. I threw in a pic of the new TV. Sorry Mountainborn, it's not white. A close inspection of the tongue will show this Ollie will be the first of its kind. I talked Daniel into allowing me to re-engineer the frame a little bit. I have an extra 26 inches in addition to the extention. This will allow room for a generator box and have enough room to open the rear gate of the Jeep. We also added two receivers to the rear of the frame for attaching a carrier that I will weld up after delivery.
  25. Geri this may seem controversial, though not intended to be, but, the short answer is yes. The tongue on the Oliver will extend out two feet further by virtue of it's extensible abilities. My adding the generator box is not the factory's solution to adding a generator. The factory has discussed several ways to add a generator, but they nearly all go in front of the propane tank cover. The factory is making bugeyedriver's generator "basket" so that it will have some extra storage there, if I understand it right. Maybe Pete can help us out here. I have went out on a limb a bit here, but it is two hundred pounds fully fueled with 2.5 gallons of gasoline. And it tows just like it did on the Arizona trip last week, without the generator mounted on the tongue. The cool thing is that it uses the existing two adjustable holes in the tongue to bolt it on. Should something unforseen arise, then it is a simple matter to just unbolt two bolts and set the whole assembly, generator and all off. Which would return the Oliver to the way I have been towing it for a couple of months while anticipating the arrival of the generator box. When I check the bubble level on the tongue jack, I find that the bubble is still centered when sitting level and when I stand back at a distance and look, everything is in a straight line.
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