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Old 06-19-2007, 11:03 PM   #1
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Generator drawer slide

I've spent the last couple of weeks reworking the generator compartment on our 310 mh. The insulation was disintegrating and the lower pan was an oily mess. I used our backhoe with pallet forks to support the generator as I slid it out. The transfer went smooth but I decided at that point that I'd rather have the generator on drawer slides. With slides I can just use the motorcycle stand to slide onto.

Attached are some pictures of the before and after. The slides cost a total of $70 + $15 sh. They are rated for 500 lbs and the genset weighs 350 lbs so I felt that was an acceptable safety margin considering the generator would only be pulled out for service and/or removal.

I ended up having to steam clean the tray it was so oily and grungy. The drawer slides were mounted to the sides of the original tray and as a result raised the whole unit about 1/2" higher than it was originaly. When slid out the whole assembly feels extremely solid. I'm quite pleased with the installation. I used bolts in two of the original front mounting holes with 1/2" spacers to lock the tray down while in use. Overall I think it was well worth the price and effort to do.

Next is to rebuild the steering linkage on the drivers side
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:07 PM   #2
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Nicely done!
Thanks for takin the time to post the great photo's!

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Old 06-20-2007, 10:13 AM   #3
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that is great, it is definitely a pain to service the genset in situ! Hooray for less skinned knuckles
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:20 AM   #4
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What Brad doesn't mention is that he's working very hard to get all of the essential stuff done before a trip to Virginia in July. He means to pull the generator out again later and steam clean it, and I will probably paint it at that point, so it will look much nicer.
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Thanks for the nice comments. Still yet to do (down the road) is add a battery disconnect switch inside the compartment with a long enough cable to let it slide out all the way. Also I need to lengthen the AC output wires to allow it to slide out as well.

If I do decide that I need to be able to run the generator while its slid out I might try making a couple of adjustable fold down legs to support and stabilize the tray.

I'm not sure how well the insulation will hold up, but it was cheap and if it lasts a year to buy me some time it will have done its job. And the compartment light isn't back in yet either plus I would like to redo the mounting of the hour meter. Fortunately none of it really needs to be done right this minute

Now if I could just figure out why its only putting out 112 volts I'd be happeir

Thanks,

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