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Old 01-10-2008, 05:06 PM   #1
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I've been looking for a solution to carry my Yamaha 3000 around with a SUV. Those with Pickup trucks don't have this issue, but those with SUVs like myself have to juggle cargo and 2 dogs in order to carry a generator....

Take that problem, and make it worse in my Excursion as there is no way I myself can dead lift the ~150 lbs up from the ground and into the back of the Excursion without some assistance of another strong person...

Others recommended me to get a front hitch and get a cargo platform carrier and carry the generator that way. That would be OK, but I still can't get the generator up and into the platform without help... till now....

Take at look at my setup.... Now I can easily roll the generator up and down myself, without assistance.

Note that this is not my ideal way to carry my generator... My ideal is in the back of a 2008 Dodge 2500 Mega cab, but that's gonna be a few years away until I get at least 100K on my Excursion today...

If it rains, will have a waterproof cover, but just haven't located the ideal cover yet...

I will cable lock this to my tow hooks or frame, so when we park it won't walk off....

It is a bit strange to drive around with something out in front like that, but it's not bad at all....
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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Pretty cool rig; I like that. Thanx.
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Where did you get the roro (roll on/roll off) cargo platform?
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:58 PM   #4
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Have you noticed any engine overheat problems? This carrier is meant for a rear receiver installation
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My thoughts exactly Lew, you block the radiator air intake and overheating will take place. It also has to be vibrating up and down, if this carrier ever fails under the TV goes the Gen Set. Not a good setup.
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My thoughts exactly Lew, you block the radiator air intake and overheating will take place. It also has to be vibrating up and down, if this carrier ever fails under the TV goes the Gen Set. Not a good setup.
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I know this has been discussed before, I'll see if i can dig the thread out, blow the dust off, and post a link...
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:44 PM   #7
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Have you noticed any engine overheat problems? This carrier is meant for a rear receiver installation
Nope... In fact, I researched this quite heavily and made many measurements before I decided on this setup. The radiator is still quite far back from the grill and even the generator itself, there is alot of airflow and circulation that is still occuring. The tranny cooler actually sits below the reciever, and not to mention the radiator also extends quite a bit down below the bottom of the setup too.

I don't drive with the ramp folded up, only took that pic to show that it had the ability to fold up like that.

As far as "designed for rear" that is not exactly true. I talked to the manufacturer exensively on this. Most will applications will use this in a rear hitch, but the design does not care if it front or rear, as this design was orginally for carrying electric handicapped scooters for both front and rear of vehicles. The model I have is desiged for 300 or 350 lbs, I forgot which, and my front hitch is designed for 500 lbs. The hitch and ramp are designed for even the static momentary shock pulses "bouncing" that occurs with the weight extended like this.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:55 PM   #8
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My thoughts exactly Lew, you block the radiator air intake and overheating will take place. It also has to be vibrating up and down, if this carrier ever fails under the TV goes the Gen Set. Not a good setup.
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As mentioned before, there is no impact to the air circulation to the radiator or the tranny cooler. I even talked to (2) differnt Ford Diesel techs on this and they agreed that cooling would have liitle to no impact. In fact, the diesel has a thermostatically controlled clutch fan, which only seems to come on if I am pulling a load up a grade greater that 6% for a extended amount of time at ambient temperature greater than 70 degrees. If the fan came on becase addtional cooling was required, it has a huge amount of suction creating a large amount of air circulation. I've only had it come on a few times since I owned the truck, all times when on passes with the A/S on passes in CA. Usually shuts of in 30 secs or so.

As far as vibration, using a hitch silencer, virtually all rattle is minimized (much was not there to begin with) and "vibration up and down" is not occuring. I've tested this with speed bumps at various speeds.
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I can't find the thread now (of course), there were a lot of ideas about this, both good and bad, but one concern i remember was if there were an accident, there is anywhere between 1-10 gallons of gasoline out there. Of course, if you hit something hard enough to crush your generator, you may not be in a position to worry about it anyway.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:59 PM   #10
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Where did you get the roro (roll on/roll off) cargo platform?
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:01 PM   #11
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I can't find the thread now (of course), there were a lot of ideas about this, both good and bad, but one concern i remember was if there were an accident, there is anywhere between 1-10 gallons of gasoline out there. Of course, if you hit something hard enough to crush your generator, you may not be in a position to worry about it anyway.
I dont carry Gas, as my genset has been converted to Propane. I never carry fuel (propane or otherwise) up front. Only the genset, with the propane in the back of the Excursion.
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Sounds like you have done your homework on this project. Happy camping!!
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Kevin,

Thanks for the clarfications! I feel much better now........
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I dont carry Gas, as my genset has been converted to Propane. I never carry fuel (propane or otherwise) up front. Only the genset, with the propane in the back of the Excursion.
Good, that seemed to be the concern over placing the generator up front.
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