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.