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My nice RV mechanic suggested I place the Honda generator I plan on ordering on the bumper?  What would be the best rack?

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Margaret.  Oliver Legacy Elite II, 2017 (Jasmine).  Nissan Armada 2018.  Hull 179.  

 

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I'd personally never put gas, or a gas genset on the bumper, but others might. For a number of reasons.   Rear end collision hazard, top among them. Difficult to use rear exit window in a true emergency.  Theft opportunities.  Changes tow balance, etc.

There is a tray available for the tongue, if your trailer doesn't have one already. 

All you need is a small, lightweight genset to charge the batteries, imo. We only carry a Honda 1000. 

It charges batteries, when solar fails in crummy weather. It won't run ac. Slightly heavier, in the 220 to 2400 watt range, may run the ac for you, as well. Still something I can lift and move. Not as easily, but possible. 

Does your trailer have the front generator connection? We do, though we've never used it.

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7 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

I'd personally never put gas, or a gas genset on the bumper, but others might. For a number if reasons.   Rear end collision hazard, top among them. Difficult to use rear exit window in a true emergency.  Theft opportunities.  Changes tow balance, etc.

There is a tray available for the tongue, if your trailer doesn't have one already. 

All you need is a small, lightweight genset to charge the batteries, imo. We only carry a Honda 1000. 

It charges batteries, when solar fails in crummy weather. It won't run ac. Slightly heavier, in the 220 to 2400 watt range, may run the ac for you, as well. Still something I can lift and move. Not as easily, but possible. 

Does your trailer have the front generator connection? We do, though we've never used it.

Great answer, thank you.  How would I get the tray, just use the Oliver website?  Sorry for being such a newbie.  I haven't checked for the connection.  The generator would definitely be a 1000, as that is all I can lift.  I would have to go to higher elevations to escape heat.

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The Honda 1000 weighs approximately 30 pounds. The 2200, about 50. I can lift either. 

If you can leave it on the tongue, in a basket, it's kind of immaterial,  except for changing tongue weight. And, having to have the bathroom window and vents closed to eliminate the station wagon effect. (And setting off your co monitor...)

Call Oliver about the basket, or you can get something fabricated locally. There have occasionally been some for sale on the forum.

If you routinely camp with electricity,  it's pretty irrelevant. 

I know your trailer doesn't have solar, but I'd suggest a portable solar  panel, if you only rarely boondock.  

 

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That little generator will easily fit in the back of your truck bed, along with a GOOD gas can.. (A dual fuel model can be connected to your trailer propane system.) You don’t need to store it outside in the weather and filth. I  assume that you have some sort of cover for the bed. Keep it near the back, slide it out into the tailgate to operate it, or just set it on the ground and loop a bike cable lock around the trailer frame. The little 1000 watt suitcase units are great for battery charging but they won’t multi-task at all. Or operate the air conditioning😥

For much easier access to everything in the truck, add a bed slide (loooong drawer with roller bearing slides).

John Davies 

Spokane WA

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@John E Davies, I think I remember from another thread that she tows with an suv.

A number of my friends don't like to have a generator in the back of an suv. 

I could be wrong... 

I absolutely agree, the rear bumper is a lousy place for a generator. 

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17 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

@John E Davies, I think I remember from another thread that she tows with an suv.

A number of my friends don't like to have a generator in the back of an suv. 

I could be wrong... 

I absolutely agree, the rear bumper is a lousy place for a generator. 

Her signature says Nissan Armada, so I guess you are right. Oops.

OTH I have carried a generator in my LC200 for four seasons, and a steel NATO jerry gas can for one, neither of them smell at all.

John Davies

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I know. I have friends who carry gens in their suvs, others who won't even consider it.

It's all a personal decision. 

I'd personally discourage anyone from trying to carry a generator on the Ollie bumper, though...

@Margaret, what batteries do you have now?

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If I had to carry a gas or propane generator, it would be on the trailer tongue, unless I need a pickup truck bed, maybe even then for most people. Hard to come up with another better alternative. 

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7 hours ago, SeaDawg said:

The Honda 1000 weighs approximately 30 pounds. The 2200, about 50. I can lift either. 

If you can leave it on the tongue, in a basket, it's kind of immaterial,  except for changing tongue weight. And, having to have the bathroom window and vents closed to eliminate the station wagon effect. (And setting off your co monitor...)

Call Oliver about the basket, or you can get something fabricated locally. There have occasionally been some for sale on the forum.

If you routinely camp with electricity,  it's pretty irrelevant. 

I know your trailer doesn't have solar, but I'd suggest a portable solar  panel, if you only rarely boondock.  

 

Hi SeaDawg,

I did call Oliver, and I definitely can't afford their tongue basket.  I've seen comparable ones online for much less, but I don't know if they would fit, and I don't know how they are attached to the tongue (?). 

I think I already have a solar panel somewhere; I just need to dig it out.  I would definitely get the Honda EU 1000, as it is quiet, lightweight, and easy to start.  I don't plan to rely on electricity 100 percent.

 

Thank you!

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6 hours ago, John E Davies said:

That little generator will easily fit in the back of your truck bed, along with a GOOD gas can.. (A dual fuel model can be connected to your trailer propane system.) You don’t need to store it outside in the weather and filth. I  assume that you have some sort of cover for the bed. Keep it near the back, slide it out into the tailgate to operate it, or just set it on the ground and loop a bike cable lock around the trailer frame. The little 1000 watt suitcase units are great for battery charging but they won’t multi-task at all. Or operate the air conditioning😥

For much easier access to everything in the truck, add a bed slide (loooong drawer with roller bearing slides).

John Davies 

Spokane WA

Hi John,

I have an SUV, not a truck, and I prefer to keep gas fumes out of the SUV interior.  Otherwise , that would be a good suggestion.  

I do have a 1000 watt suitcase, just not sure where.  I'll have to dig around 

Thank you!

 

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3 hours ago, Kirk Peterson said:

If I had to carry a gas or propane generator, it would be on the trailer tongue, unless I need a pickup truck bed, maybe even then for most people. Hard to come up with another better alternative. 

Kirk,

If you couldn't afford the basket Oliver provides as an accessory, what would you get instead?  They charge a hefty $1600.  

Also, how would you attach the basket to the tongue? 

Thank you!

Margaret.  Oliver Legacy Elite II, 2017 (Jasmine).  Nissan Armada 2018.  Hull 179.  

 

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@SeaDawg,

I just got another set of 12 volt batteries.

@John E Davies and @Kirk Peterson, what type of basket is comparable to the Oliver basket, but less expensive, and how would you bolt it to the tongue?  

Thanks,

I'm going to get rid of that annoying pic that is part of my signature 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret.  Oliver Legacy Elite II, 2017 (Jasmine).  Nissan Armada 2018.  Hull 179.  

 

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4 hours ago, Margaret said:

If you couldn't afford the basket Oliver provides as an accessory, what would you get instead?  They charge a hefty $1600.  

Wow! That is a lot for that basket! I might check to see if I had a local fabricator. We have a fabricator that does a great job, hard to imagine it costing more than a few hundred dollars. 
There are some on Amazon that I think people have used. You would have to remove the generator from the box to use it, and come up with a way to securely attach it. 
 

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You might like took at this thread:

You could also post something in classifieds-- looking for a front basket for Ollie Elite II.  You might get "lucky" and find someone who no longer wants theirs....

I actually think the box is nice for a Honda 1000. It'll stay clean, and out of sight.

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