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Old 02-09-2016, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hitch crane for 150lb generator into SUV?

Does anyone have a hitch crane to get their heavy generator (150lb quiet yahama) into an SUV? It appears like an option for pick up trucks - not so sure about clearance for SUV's. Also crane must not take up the entire back of suv since I'll need to have other stuff in there as well. Some of these hitch cranes look really heavy and bulky - almost as bad as the generator. I'm a single lady trying to figure this out. Don't think I can push it up a ramp. Also can you store gas can on the hitch bolted down behind propane near battery? Is that legal? i was thinking of a metal can instead of plastic? So many things to get resolved to get these long awaited journeys going : )...thanks for any help.

PS this was what I was talking about :

http://www.amazon.com/Hydraulic-Pick.../dp/B010MVF9J8
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There's another way that is smaller and portable (not a permanent mount and taking up space).

I have a scooter that I carry in the bed of the truck and utilize a small ATV winch to load and unload it. I made a mount for it which fits the front stake pocket. I have a sling and pulley which goes around the front of the scooter. The end of the winch line goes to a tie down installed in the other front stake pocket.

This setup could just as easily pull a gennie or anything else up a ramp into the bed.
Sorry I don't have a picture of this setup in action, but it works well, and you can get cheap winches for less than $50 if you watch the sales. The whole setup stows in a small pack.
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How about something like this instead?
http://www.amazon.com/Hu-Lift-Equipm...bs_256370011_2
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:45 PM   #4
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The op has an SUV. Maybe two smaller genies in parallel. You can carry them in the trailer. Sixty pounds a piece.
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Here's a 400 lb jib. They also make a smaller one (250lb) called the "curbsider"
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The op has an SUV. Maybe two smaller genies in parallel. You can carry them in the trailer. Sixty pounds a piece.
Sorry, missed that...but a winch could be easier with an SUV than a PU, depending upon configuration. A plate bolted to a seat anchor upon which the winch could be mounted could be easily fashioned.
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That would work.
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Here's a 400 lb jib. They also make a smaller one (250lb) called the "curbsider"
I can't stop anyone from throwing money away, but unless the OP has other heavy items that have to be loaded in and out as well, I'd recommend not spending over $2000 for a Bruno Curb-Sider just to load a generator, when a pair of lightweight Honda EU2000 generators can be purchased less expensively and not require additional (and expensive) modification of the SUV.

As for the other question, yes, it is possible to carry fuel cans the hitch. A Rotopax gas can would probably be the best fit in the space available. Several sizes available, but a 2-gallon capacity should be plenty for refueling portable generators.
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Old 02-09-2016, 05:36 PM   #9
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How about one of these
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B...=sr_1_5&sr=8-5
It actually stores in 2 or 3 pieces. There are several models, get one that swivels.
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We use SpitzLift cranes on our trucks at work. They are the hand crank models. Lightweight and very easy for one person.

http://www.spitzlift.com/spitzlifts/pickup-trucks.html
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We converted out pair of Honda 2,000 watt generators to propane. We only need one for the 23D so a spare propane tank could be carried either inside the trailer or tow vehicle. I can still lift the under 50 pounds weight of the 2,000 watt generators and they weigh slightly less now with no gasoline and gasoline tank inside.

I have a splitter hose to run the pair off of a single 30 pound propane tank. I have a single hose to attach to the front of the trailer propane outlet as well to run one unit.
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If you have not purchased the generator yet, get the two smaller ones and run in parallel. Avionstream is absolutely right on that suggestion.

If you have the big Yamaha. Try a ramp. It's easy to construct and a block and tackle will let you pull it up with a minimum of effort. A 4 part tackle divides force needed by 4 and the angle of the ramp will reduce the force required as well. You may need to put a sheet of masonite or plywood on the cargo floor to bridge depressions so the generator will roll easily once you get it in.

If you want a hoist, an alternative would be to attach a rail to a vertical leg inside the SUV and two adjustable legs on either end of a beam outside the SUV to make a mini bridge crane. Think T with the top of the T outside supported by two legs. With a trolley on the rail, hoist the generator up to clear the rear of the SUV and then slide the trolley forward to sit the generator inside. Takes a bit of assembly, but could be constructed with lumber and shelf bracing, a rail, trolley, block and tackle.

Same kind of idea could be installed using a shelf and drawer system either to slide in as a movable hoist or alternatively as a drawer after the generator was placed on it. Some folks have this kind of storage built into their vehicle.

In any case, you will have a time getting to the spare tire if you have a flat, so consider where you store your gear when you load up.

Now - the gasoline. I would run on propane. It adds cost to the generator, but we all make different decisions.

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Switz, didn't you post about an AC unit that runs on one small generator. Replaces existing. You lose the heat pump, but have improved efficiency. A high $$$ solution, but less costly than back surgery. Pat
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thanks everyone - you are all very helpful and generous with your knowledge. I really appreciate it! I'll let you know how it goes. Beth
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