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romore

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Posted: 01/31/18 02:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Aside from all the other issues the generator will take a beating backing into camp sites if you are not very careful not to mention inattentive drivers. I wouldn't do it.

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There's a shelf that installs on your A-frame up front, above the propane tanks, designed to carry a generator. Something else to look at, given all the drawbacks of a rear bumper mount. Could be really useful if you have the propane powered champion.

Lots of us leave our generator(s) in the truck bed all the time, too.


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all the above ans.... That ghenny mounted on the back will be eating road junk from the wheels and rain all the time (it's negative pressure back there) do don't expect the Champ to last very long because it won't.

IMO, it's a bad ideal all around


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“I would need to gain more support from the chassis frame i would thinkL

You is thinking right. Lots more to mounting 200 pounds on the rear bump per than adding brackets. Good to hear the TT bumper supported your weight bouncing down the road for...oh...a couple thousand miles...right? Centered? Not to the right or left, right?


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On a personal note, I wouldn't want to be near you in a campground while you use a Champion 3100 to run your AC. I hope you are talking about private land or BLM/dispersed camping.

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The Champion 3100 is an inverter generator. 58 dbA.


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You might want to run this one by the legal bureau of your insurance company because you are putting yourself in a position of liability operating a MV on a public highway with a fabrication like this.
There is a reason why travel trailer mfg.'s do not offer options like this.

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Fredetteb wrote:

JCR-1 wrote:

I have a light 21 foot trailer and use a 3100 champion generator for A/C. My question is I would like to mount the genny on the rear bumper with some brackets however the rear bumper is only attached (welded)to each end of the frame with nothing in the middle . I would need to gain more support from the chassis frame i would think. Although I weigh over 200 pounds the bumper does support my weight without bending. I am wondering if I could weld on some angle brackets to the bumper. Seeking thoughts , ideas..Thanks


For several years we had a rear mounted genny on our camper. We were lucky enough to have a friend that fabricated a rear bumper hitch for us. The biggest concern on these rear bumpers isn't so much the static weight but the torsion effect of the weight on the bumper.

If you do decide to add a hitch or carrier to the rear, ensure that the box bumper is reenforced to prevent twisting. We achieved this with a "T" shaped section of angle iron welded from the frame to the underside of the bumper.

I would also recommend the double hitch setup also. We didn't use this and the lateral rocking was very noticeable especially on uneven roads.


this right here! i'm getting ready to do the same thing with mine. I have a 27' and the champion 3100. your going to want to redo the bumper mounting. i'm going to extend my bumper back about 4" so the tube is directly under the gen. its the twisting of the tube with any weight hanging off the rear of the bumper. that a bad design and causes problems. i'm also going to make a davit with a small winch that I can use to lift the gen off and put it back on. it will fit a socket on the tube then store in my storage compartment when traveling.
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Keep in mind when you stand on the bumper, the forces on the connections to the frame are almost in pure shear.

If you hang the generator off the back, it gains leverage and becomes a twisting force.

A mount fabricated over the tongue makes more sense assuming it doesn't put you over the hitch weight for the tow vehicle.


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I had to go back and read some of your previous posts to figure out what kind of camper you have. In a previous post you said you have a Coachmen Clipper 17RD (For visual, Click here.)

It's a single axle trailer, which means any weight you add on the back will be noticeable on the tongue. But maybe the trailer is still heavy enough on the tongue, this will not be any issue. Still, this would be my first concern. When the tongue is light, the trailer will get bad sway. But you won't know until you try and see how the extra weight on the back handles.

Next, looking at the many photos on the Google search, it looks like your bumper is a traditional 4 inch metal bumper welded in 2 places to hold it on.

Carefully look at the actual welds and see if the weld runs the entire length of the connecting points, or if it is just spot welded. If spot welded, the bumper will not hold anything but itself. I'd even remove the spare tire in that case.

If the weld is solid along the seam, it will be a much stronger weld and you may have a good chance at success. However, there have been stories of bumpers falling off due to too much weight and inadequate welds. Definitely re-inforce the bumper with additional support before you try adding the extra weight. If it's originally spot welded, have it welded completely. That's an absolute given, must do!

One thing you have to remember, the bumper may be able to support your 200 pounds by simply standing on it. But, if you start jumping up and down on it, what happens then? When driving down the road, the rear of the trailer extends beyond the axle several feet. In the middle of the trailer, bouncing may be only a couple inches. But extend that to back, and the bumper may be moving up and down, being jerked 6 inches to a foot. And the harder the "hit" the more force there is on that bumper. Add additional length and leverage with the carrier hanging on the bumper AND the weight of the generator, and a simple 1 inch bump in the road (could) cause a couple thousand pounds of force bouncing up and down on that bumper.

Bottom line.... yes! Get it strengthened and give it a try. If tongue weight is reduced too much, shift weight inside the camper to compensate.

If it were mine, and I wanted the generator, I'd do the extra welding and support in a heart beat!

You sir are correct.. I checked and the bumper is solidly welded to the frame rail. Weight of the genny is 80 lbs and would be placed centered over the support bracket. As suggested I would reinforce with another bracket to prevent any twisting. The genny would also be 1/2 over the bumper itself and the other 1/2 in air.I think it will work fine. My majopr concern is weight and lightening up the tongue. I dont want to increase too much overall weight as these trailers are speced out without any safety margins. I could add another battery up front to counter the genny . ??

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