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Old 05-23-2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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Carrying and securing Honda Generators

I intend to mount a receiver hitch on the front of my truck with a platform carrier to carry 2 Honda 2000i generators.

MY questions is, does anyone have suggestions on how to lock the gens. to the carrier or truck? Running a chain, etc through the carrying handle is not what I want to do because it wold be to easy to cut the plastic handle. I would like to have some way to mount them permently to the carrier if possible yet be able to remove them if needed. Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:14 PM   #2
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The idea I have is simple, but the execution may take a little explanation.
You can install a flat mount on the front of the truck for the generators to sit on, with a flat eye bolt extending from the bottom of the generator through the platform. You would use a flat steel bar under the platform with holes for the eyebolts to stick through, and a pair of padlocks to secure them.
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I used (hard to see in picture) some straps that crank to tighten - to keep our 3000i secured to the platform - so it did not shift around. I then used a bicycle lock with padlock to secure it to the TV frame - for security. Worked like a champ.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:37 PM   #4
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Please pardon the roadkill on the generator - maybe a better picture of the straps and security...
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:59 AM   #5
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Overlander63- I thinnk I understand what you are saying but am wondering how to connect the gens. to the eyebolts? The 2000s don't have metal handles llike Nilesrob's 3000. The handles are plastic. I had also thought of some metal brackets similar to what A/S uses to hold down the battery. I like Nilesrob also but am concerned about someone just cutting the cable or lock. We were in Quartzite, Az. the past two Jan. and Feb. and stealing gens was rampant. I would put ours inside when we went to bed and that is a hassle. I would like to mount them permently enough that it will take some work to get them off in a hurry. Thanks to both of you for your input and pictures. I at least having a starting place now. Thanks again.
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Make sure the airflow is not being restricted to your Duramax engine. This type of set up is apt to increase engine operating temperature.
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Overlander63- I thinnk I understand what you are saying but am wondering how to connect the gens. to the eyebolts? The 2000s don't have metal handles llike Nilesrob's 3000.
Yes, I'm suggeesting running the eyebolts through the BOTTOM of the generators, rather than the handles. A thief would take a look at that, and try to find easier pickings. With the keys, you could unlock the padlocks and have the generators off the front of your truck in a couple of minutes.
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Got ya! Not sure how much room insite the little gens.there is. The bolts would have to go through the plastic with mabe a small piece of f;at metal to back up the nut and make it harder to just rip them through the plastic. I will pull the covers off and take a closer look. If it is like I am picturing it, the eye bolts would stick out the bottom of the gen. and Would need to sit on something while on the ground.
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newbie question

Just curious what the generators are there to power: is it so that you can have hot water and A/C while camped where there is no power to connect to?

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Right. My water heater is gas only. I use the gens. for recharging the battery (1) and for running the a/c and microwave. Most of our camping is primitive.
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Other than attaching the generator other than the front of the tow vehicle?
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Kenyon - Not sure what you are asking. Thanks
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I lock mine with a 6 ft motorcycle cable lock.Binetto Steel Cable Locks & Chain Locks: T-Series, P-Series, G-Series & S-Series - Binetto Gas Scooter Accessories - CBXManMotorcycles.com.
Then, I attach an alarm that activates when a pin is pulled out of it.

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Locking an i3000 Honda Generator

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I intend to mount a receiver hitch on the front of my truck with a platform carrier to carry 2 Honda 2000i generators.

MY questions is, does anyone have suggestions on how to lock the gens. to the carrier or truck? Running a chain, etc through the carrying handle is not what I want to do because it wold be to easy to cut the plastic handle. I would like to have some way to mount them permently to the carrier if possible yet be able to remove them if needed. Thanks for any ideas.
Hi,

This may be more what you had in mind.

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I used stainless steel eye bolts to go through the bed of my truck; ya, it's an aluminum flat bed.

Then I bought a 3' section of 1/2" round steel. I then got the locks I wanted to use; drilled holes in the rods with my drill press. I had to use a larger drill on the hole opening on one side where the shackle goes into the rod in order to get the shackle far enough past the other side of the rod to actually lock into the body of the lock.

The rods go through the pieces of metal that the rubber feet of the generator are mounted too. This allows me to adjust how tightly the generator is held down using the nuts on the eye bolts.

Yes, someone could go under the truck and remove the nuts on the eye bolts that are on the inner portion of the generator. But, the outer rod eye bolts have a large box that has tools, etc., in it directly under them. In order to remove them the box would have to be removed; not possible without the box being open.

I took off the two handles on the generator so I could use an aluminum box to keep the generator out of the weather when not in use. It wasn't necessary to do this but I wanted a smaller foot print for the box and removing the handles saved 10+ inches in the space the box takes.

Hope this helps....

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