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Old 08-12-2010, 05:13 PM   #29
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One of our concerns is how to protect the generator from weather (particularly rain). I like the pup tent idea too, especially for weather. You could use it to stash other things as well... So far what we've been doing is using a kid's folding card table (purchased at a resale shop for a few bucks) that is just tall enough to go over the Honda 2000. If it's not a windy rain, this works great to keep rain off.

We are in the process of fashioning a vinyl cover that fits over the table creating a tent affair with sides that can be removed, opened or rolled up. We can then roll up the side that is away from the wind to allow enough air in... When we don't need the table to shield the generator we use it as a small table on the patio, so it's double-duty.

By the way, I don't like to sit the generator in the dirt...so we sit it on a lid from one of the totes we use, or one of the collapsible crates we carry with us.

When we are away from camp and at night we put the generator back into the bed of the truck (which has a locking tonneau cover). We never leave camp with the generator in open view. When we've cabled it down we've used the trailer tongue, a wheel rim or a tree.
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:20 PM   #30
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As far as where to carry it and how to "secure" it. The attached pics can speak for themselves.

Do you travel with the generator there? I tried placing mine there and trying it down with a couple of nylon straps. Seemed secure, but the fit was a bit tight and I didn't want to risk marring the shell. Seems to me a 1000 would be perfect there.
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Honda gen accessory

Frank, I would suggest a hour meter for your generator. I paid about $30 for mine several years ago. The crankcase capacity on the 2000 is about 1 qt.
I change mine every 30 hrs or at the end of the season, whichever occurs first. I call it cheap insurance over the long run. It takes less than 5 minutes to install the Honda hour meter. Enjoy, Larry
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Larry: Thank you for the suggestion of an hour meter. I'll look into that since I plan to follow the maintenance schedule or improve on it. Clean oil is the life of any engine.

Wayne: I plan to carry it there. I considered an EU1000, but the price difference was not worth halving the output and the 2000 will probably last longer at the light loads that I intend to use it under. It fits fairly loose there and strapped down has no place to go. The main thing is to keep it outside since I tow with an SUV, keep it from falling off, and give it some level of theft deterrent. We'll see how it behaves.

jdalrymple: I know, I know...it's a generator thread, but since I started the threat, I should be cut some slack in posting my other traveling companion, Tess, and AS fanatic. She's 8 years old, has traveled thousands of miles by car, float plane, hot air ballon, boat and canoe and makes lots of friends wherever she goes. Good bird dog and one heck of a fish spotter!

Thank you all for your great comments.
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