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Old 05-26-2005, 09:28 PM   #1
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Generator in Trailer

Has anyone installed a generator in a trailer?

I keep thinking how nice a Honda generator, maybe on

propane, with a slide in installation, would be.

Now, add in a tankless water heater and basement A/C,

I always wanted a skylight where the A/C is.
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Old 05-26-2005, 10:15 PM   #2
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Rivet Custom installations ...

There is a 24' Argosy in my locale that has been restored. During the restoration the owner installer an MicroQuiet 3600 LP (I think) below the curbside twin berth.

He also removed the overhead AC, installed a Fan-Tastic Ceiling Fan Vent and then set up a custom air conditioning system. (said he didn't like hearing it run all night long)

He has a Ceiling Mount Air Handler set in front of the overhead lockers above his salon couch and the condensing unit mounted aft of the LPG tanks. I think it is a GE brand.

I'm sure, if you wanted to get carried away you could plumb the air ducts. His set up is quite professional and highly functional.

Next time I go visit him I will take some pix & post them.
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Old 05-26-2005, 11:43 PM   #3
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Now, add in a basement A/C,

I always wanted a skylight where the A/C is.
I am working on putting in a basement A/C right now in my 1963 Overlander. So far it looks like it is doable.
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Yup!

I hve seen a generator installed in the credenza. It was insulated with a vented access door to the outside of the trailer. The exhaust stack was routed to above the trailer and very quite. It was an Onan LP generator.
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Old 05-27-2005, 08:30 AM   #5
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I didn't see it, but a fellow in NW PA had a relatively new 30' or 31' Classic for sale about a year ago with a 3000 watt Honda generator (as I recall) installed under the rear queen bed. He said a dealer had done the installation for him "at great expense".

Before we ordered our new 30' Classic last year, I had spoken to someone at the factory about whether a generator could be installed and was told that it couldn't be done.

So, I guess it can be done, but whether it is desirable to do this or not is another question. I know my 2004 Classic has virtually no weight carrying capacity to beigin with, and if I were to add a generator (with the necessary metal box to keep it in, etc) and at least the 200 or so pounds that it entailed I would only be compounding my weight constraints.

We have the outside generator adaptor plug (factory option) installed on the the front of our trailer, and it is an easy matter to plug our generator into it. Right now we only have the 2000 watt Honda, but I'm thinking of getting a second one to run in parallel, and to have an aluminum (waterproof, sound proof) box made, where we can ether keep them on the ground or in the back of the truck bed - personally, I think that's a lot easier and more practical that installing a generator in or on the trailer itself.

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Old 05-27-2005, 08:54 AM   #6
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Hey guys!

Colin Hyde of GSM vehicles has a 66 Tradewind I think that has a factory installed generator in it. It is really neat. I'll try to see if I can get some pictures of it. I'll also send Colin this link to this thread.

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Old 05-27-2005, 10:06 AM   #7
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Rob is correct however it's in a 66 Safari. It's actually an Onan generator that was dealer installed and runs on propane. It does not produce 120v ac though. It produces 12 v dc to charge the battery. It's very compact and looks quite neat. It has electric start and a timer for up to 3 hours of charging at a time and is controlled from inside the trailer. It's basically a propane fired "solar panel" of the day.

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There were a few, very few trailers that were produced with a factory generator in them. I remember seeing one for sale a couple of years ago; I think it was a 31' early '70s vintage. The gen set was installed under one of the rear twin beds. It was an interesting installation. Now I wish I'd kept the photos!

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Onan in a 74 Excella

I came really close to buying a rear bedroom 1974 31ft Excella last year. It had a 12V generator built in under the rear bed, on the street side. I believe it wa propane powered, and definitely a factory option. It had a timer on the inside, much like a service station restroom light. With it one could run the generator for a few hours to charge the battery, or supply 12V power to the system during heavy use times. Sort of a great idea for boondockers that don't need A/C or a microwave. The installation was clean, and the generator was very small. I ended up not buying the trailer because the sheer size of it made me dizzy.....
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Old 05-28-2005, 01:33 PM   #10
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Rivet I refer you here!

As promised 5/26, I refer you to the following:

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factory installed generator

here is what the onan unit looks like for those of you who haven't seen one before!

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here is what the onan unit looks like for those of you who haven't seen one before!

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Vertical shaft engine?

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yup, it is a vertical shaft engine, just like a lawnmower!

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Old 05-29-2005, 02:09 PM   #14
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My Ambassador had one of those in it. It was not quiet when running and needed $400 in parts (gas valve and muffler) to repair.

I figured for $400 I could get a 1.8 kw Coleman that would produce about the same amount of noise and a lot more power and fit in the same space.

Now it is an electrical cabinet for an inverter and still has space to stick in a Honda 2000si if I want to go that route.
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