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Old 02-03-2009, 02:33 AM   #1
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Carrying EU2000i on the trailer tongue

Does anyone stow their EU2000i on the tongue of the Airstream like the photo shows? there is just enough room there and I am contemplating strapping it down to secure it while we tow.



We tow with a GMC Savana Van so there is no external storage like a pickup truck does. I would prefer to not have to store it inside the passenger compartment just to be away form the oil and gas fumes.

I am interested knowing how everyone carry their EU2000i's while towing if you do not drive a pickup truck with external storage.
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Do a search this has been covered several times.

enter this in google."site:airforums.com EU2000i" should get you started. Do not include the quotes.

Rubber Maid makes a container which the unit fits in perfectly, you add a gasket and you have no odor. Work the search engine, check 2airishuman posts. I am leaving for work or would pull it up for you.

Check post 12 by Andy from Inland.http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...ting-4889.html
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Does anyone stow their EU2000i on the tongue of the Airstream like the photo shows? there is just enough room there and I am contemplating strapping it down to secure it while we tow.


We tow with a GMC Savana Van so there is no external storage like a pickup truck does. I would prefer to not have to store it inside the passenger compartment just to be away form the oil and gas fumes.

I am interested knowing how everyone carry their EU2000i's while towing if you do not drive a pickup truck with external storage.
If you are going to do that I would definatley get a Honda cover. It is fitted.
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:08 AM   #4
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I was definitely thinking about getting a cover for it because it is a pretty snug fit between the trailer and the propane cover. One of the other issues is whether or not the battery box cover will be able to handle the weight of the generator.

Does anyone make a bracket that goes above the battery box for this application? One that is a direct bolt-on application with no other necessary mods would be very convenient. seems that there are enough airstreamers who use eu2000i for this to be a viable product in the market.
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Malimish, welcome to the Forum.

I like the fit and hope you can work this out. I wouldn't want to have it inside the tow vehicle either, especially if there's an accident and gas spills.

I would consider whether it will damage the aluminum on the trailer or propane cover since as things flex, something will rub on something (or might). My propane cover was rubbing on a part from the Equalizer hitch and I had a small piece of rubber with a glue backing so I stuck it on the propane cover to prevent damage. It's still there after a year. How will you lock it in place?—it looks so tempting to a thief.

There are brackets for gas cans that can be mounted externally, perhaps on the back of your van. I wonder if a generator would fit in one?

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Here is the post and picture of the container look at post #4.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tor-44248.html



You can put the genset in side the container and lock it in the trailer or truck when you leave.
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Malimish, welcome to the Forum.

I like the fit and hope you can work this out. I wouldn't want to have it inside the tow vehicle either, especially if there's an accident and gas spills.

I would consider whether it will damage the aluminum on the trailer or propane cover since as things flex, something will rub on something (or might). My propane cover was rubbing on a part from the Equalizer hitch and I had a small piece of rubber with a glue backing so I stuck it on the propane cover to prevent damage. It's still there after a year. How will you lock it in place?—it looks so tempting to a thief.

There are brackets for gas cans that can be mounted externally, perhaps on the back of your van. I wonder if a generator would fit in one?

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I will tell you that things do flex. Hitched up my "Battery box", in my case my actibrake housing, will not open. When released from the TV I can open the door without hitting the front panels.
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IMHO

Would never mount it behind the tanks. I see a dented trailer and a vulnerable generator.

What we use, can store in the Burb or coach, no spills, no smells.
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I like the container because it hides the Generator and I carry my extra power cords and a few tools and a quart of oil in the container with the Generator. I sometimes cable the unit in the bed of my truck or to my trailer. It is a lot less conspicuous than a Generator sitting out in the open or even with a custom cover on it. Has worked great for me. It meets or exceeds the KISS specification.
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Does your Honda generator really have gas & exhaust odors? In the winter time I keep my generators in the house in the family room so they're handy and warm (and easy to start) when the power goes out and I need them to run the furnace. I've never experienced any odors of any kind with them.

Another thought to carry it inside and contain odors is to slip it into a trash bag and tie it off - lost tech and low cost, and wouldn't take up the additional room as the storage container. Of course make sure it's cooled off well, regardless of the container you put it in.
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I think you might get more noise inside the trailer if you ran the generator when it was mounted there. There might be vibration as well.
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Does your Honda generator really have gas & exhaust odors? In the winter time I keep my generators in the house in the family room so they're handy and warm (and easy to start) when the power goes out and I need them to run the furnace. I've never experienced any odors of any kind with them.

Another thought to carry it inside and contain odors is to slip it into a trash bag and tie it off - lost tech and low cost, and wouldn't take up the additional room as the storage container. Of course make sure it's cooled off well, regardless of the container you put it in.
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The added 60 pounds on the tongue won't affect the balance of the rig? jim
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Does your Honda generator really have gas & exhaust odors?

Hard to avoid them. The Honda cap seals very well, but pressure does build up in the tank and when the vent is opened for running, you do get some odor. On start-up when using the choke there can be a stronger gasoline smell as well
One of the nicest benefits of LPG is the lack of exhaust smell and lower running temp. Two nice benefits while running in it's "house".
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