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Colo Native

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Posted: 02/06/18 02:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking to put a generator on a folding cargo rack on the hitch of the TT when I get it, I want to also be able to run it while it's back there (good idea or bad) because I plan on building a cage around it or a least heavy duty metal straps so it doesn't walk off. I figure I would need to put some sort of heat shield between it and the back of the trailer wall. Anyone done this and if so do you have pictures to share?


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Bad idea. By mentioning a heat shield, you've implied it's a loud open-frame generator. If I were to run my Honda 2k near something, the only heat I'd be concerned with is the exhaust.

Further, if this is a loud one, it'll be even louder inside if it's that close, up high, and mounted on something that will vibrate. It's best to keep generators out of sight at night rather than any sort of protection devices. But, and I hate to presume, if it's a construction generator you won't have any theft worries.

My apologies if my assumption is wrong.

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This has been discused a 100+ times. Use the search and read on.


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MWJones wrote:

This has been discused a 100+ times. Use the search and read on.


I have read the various posts in this forum a few times and don't remember anybody previously asking about this specific design/situation.
I do agree that the idea sucks, however.
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MWJones wrote:

This has been discused a 100+ times. Use the search and read on.


Bumpyroad wrote:

I have read the various posts in this forum a few times and don't remember anybody previously asking about this specific design/situation.
I do agree that the idea sucks, however.


Recent discussion on the same BAD IDEA of mounting a genset on the rear of a trailer.

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Be aware that mounting the gen to the frame will cause vibrations through out the
frame of the TT and you may hear/feel them while inside. I put my gen far away from the TT and chain it to a tree - use an extension cord to connect to the TT.
It's already a quiet Yamaha gen but this way I don't even hear it.

On occasions that I have had the gen close to the TT - I can smell exhaust fumes.

* This post was edited 02/06/18 06:02pm by fitznj *


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I have not seen one but, Outdoors RV has a design not only for a platform but also a mounting system to avoid those errant Genny's "walking off" Since you are in Colorado , one of them shouldnt be too hard to find. I dont know if you can buy one from a dealer, but at least you may find some ideas worth borrowing.

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Do you mean one of these?
https://www.amazon.com/Stromberg-Carlson-CC-255-Trailer-Tray/dp/B00U8AXRPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517962831&sr=8-1&keywords=trailer+tray

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See it all the time in Walmart campgrounds. Not pretty.

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how about the size of your generator.no I haven't done this but I'm getting ready to.
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