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Old 06-05-2008, 05:13 PM   #15
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Nilesrob - What did you use for the corner markers? Seems like they need to be fairly stiff to keep them from bending when traveling. Thanks.

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Old 06-05-2008, 05:34 PM   #16
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With reference to the GMC/Chevy pickups with the Duramax, 4 wd, etc. - and especially the crew cab - beware of the capacity of the front suspension. It's marginal at best - at least for the 2003 model year! You would think that the beast could carry anything you wanted to on the front end - but I would advise weighing it first. You might be in for a big surprise! I don't have the numbers right in front of me but I recall that my truck has a reserve capacity on the front suspension of less than 400 lbs. when loaded for travel, with just my wife and I in the cab. Three additional passengers could cut into that even more.


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Old 06-05-2008, 07:45 PM   #17
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i too would be concerned about airflow to your engine on a hot road warrior day. how feasible would it be mounting your generators on a roof rack? you could even buy one of those fenders you see some truckers use to help streamline your already slick airstream and protect your hondas from the road kill ala nilesrob's setup.

then again after you've setup camp it may look goofy driving around with a couple of genny's on the roof because theyre a hassle to take down

what would wally do!?
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:13 PM   #18
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Mounting the gennys on the roof is a bad idea. First of all, they are dense enough to possibly damage the roof. Second, this will raise the center of gravity of your truck and substantially increase the risk of rollover.

I also shuddered at the sight of the large generator completely covering the most important part of the grill. That's the last thing you need when towing.

There are good reasons to have the genny at the front of the truck, though. It is secure, and away from the trailer with its (minimal) noise and fumes. A 2000, or even a pair oriented correctly, might be a better fit than that refrigerator-door-looking 3000 right in front of the radiator.

I know this idea won't work on every TV, but my 1990 Suburban has cubic YARDS of space under the hood and under the rear. The gas tank would have to be dealt with, but think how secure a generator would be there!

Only downside is the fuel economy of this big old thing, like 10 gallons per mile.

The front of the TV is a great place, as long as the radiator gets its air.
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:08 PM   #19
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Thanks all for answers to my incomplete question. The problems that occur are numerous and I have already lost a trailer hitch off my truck as it was not locked and I didn't want to lose my generator. Strapping and locking are the only solutions. Thanks
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:12 PM   #20
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I have been thinking about a pair of Honda EU200i generators hooked up together to power my 2008 27 FB Intnl CCD. I have the 15,000 btu AC. I am wondering if that gives enough power to run everything at the same time?
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Take a look here for some stainless steel pad eyes and other hardware that is quite a bit stronger than Homer's fare.
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:21 AM   #22
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Nilesrob - What did you use for the corner markers? Seems like they need to be fairly stiff to keep them from bending when traveling. Thanks.
The corner posts came with the rack/tray. They are fairly sturdy and don't bend even at highway speeds. They are pretty handy though - keep you from forgetting the rack is there.

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