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Old 04-21-2016, 09:54 PM   #15
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Hi Brad,

This is exactly the set-up that I am looking at. Which way do you set the generator, control panel to the back or to the inside? Also, how do you handle servicing? I was thinking about having the 3000 on wheels or a drawer slide to pull it out onto the tail gate for an oil change.

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Brian, here is what I do...

I bought a scissor lift (at Northern Tool, Harbor Freight or somewhere) that gets the generator up to almost tailgate height, which saves my back. Then I just nudge it onto the tailgate and into the back RIGHT corner of the truck (as facing the truck from the back), with the pull cord facing the tailgate. I say right because the 3000 vents out the right and goes out the window on the cap. And the reason I face the generator with the pull cord facing the tailgate is so I can easily start the generator by simply opening the tailgate to start it and then close the tailgate after starting.

The cap I chose was the Leer with the oversized Windoors, which allow me to gain access to the bed itself and for the purpose of venting the generator. I also happen to have an auxiliary fuel tank in the bed and the Windoors allow me easy access to refuel. BTW, I absolutely love this Leer cap (particularly after having a tonneau cover for years).

Once the generator is in the truck I don't move it again until we get back home. I have a black 20 foot power cord with a male twist lock which connects to the generator and a female 30 amp connector that connects to my trailer power cord.

I find I can run the generator this way, even in the rain. If it is raining, I place something under the Windoors to keep them open, but low enough to not let rain into the truck bed. Otherwise, I just open the Windoors all the way.

I have posted a few pictures here taken from different times, just to give you an idea of what I have done, after much trial and error!
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Old 04-21-2016, 10:59 PM   #16
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EU3000is

For all you Honda EU3000 owners, any issues running the 15.000 BTU AC units on the late model AS? Even Honda's website doesn't list it as suitable for 15,000 only 13.5k and jumps to twin EU2000s for 15K BTU units.

Just took delivery today on EU2000 and Companion for this reason for incoming FC25 and hope I made a good choice. I really liked the 3000 better except for loading/unloading.

Thanks for all the wisdom on this site.
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Old 04-22-2016, 03:49 AM   #17
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Brian, I'm doing the same thing and cabling and locking it to the rear tie down. Five gallons of gas, is good insurance if running low on fuel in the tow vehicle.
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:51 AM   #18
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I do NOT have the 3000 but I had the same issue to solve. I got LP for the fuel type so I hook up the hoses and instead of getting a topper I went with a gentent so it is out in the open to exhaust. The pic is not my unit but from product info.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:35 AM   #19
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Our New Lucy also has the 15K air conditioner. I would also be interested in hearing about an EU3000's performance with this a/c unit.

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We have not had issues running the 15k ac unit, although it has been rare when we have used it; maybe just to cool the trailer down after a hot day driving.
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Old 04-23-2016, 07:00 AM   #21
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My 15K AC runs fine with the Honda 3000 if that is the only thing running. I leave hot water heater off and don't try to use microwave at same time or it will shut down.
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:53 AM   #22
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Thanks for the input. Good to know.

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Yes, thanks for the input!

Another question on cooling down hot trailer. As a newbie, I have read that the trailer should be closed up while traveling. Are there any recommended tips on keeping any vents or windows open while traveling. Live in the south and mostly summer travel, so things could get real warm all shut up for 6-8 hours traveling all day.

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David, I usually leave both my covered roof vents open when on the road. Keeps the trailer well ventilated and much cooler.
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Thanks Michael! Are you talking about what comes standard on the Airstream or the additional vent covers like the Fantastic "Breeze" or equivalent from Maxxair or others?

This forum and folks like you are great. My trailer is supposed to be completed next Friday and looking forward to picking it up from the dealer in FL in early/mid May.

Much appreciated!
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Thanks Michael! Are you talking about what comes standard on the Airstream or the additional vent covers like the Fantastic "Breeze" or equivalent from Maxxair or others?

This forum and folks like you are great. My trailer is supposed to be completed next Friday and looking forward to picking it up from the dealer in FL in early/mid May.

Much appreciated!
I have Maxxair covers on both my vents. Congrats on the new trailer. You will love it for sure.
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I have the same generator with the electric start and remote. My daughter is in college and we dry camp for football games. Love the Honda. The generator will shut off if you drive down the road, because there is an oil pressure switch or sensor that will shut the unit down when you round a corner. There is a quick attach mount that is available that secures the generator in your pickup, but then it will be too tall for the tonnaeu. For my 25 foot Safari, the best option seems to be to extend the frame rails, which are just steel building purlins, cut the locker lid to clear under the generator and mount it on the left side of the bumper and keep the cover on it. When in the truck, the lift up to the bumper height is a lot easier than into the F-150, but the generator is very stable sitting on the carpet in the bed of the truck and doesn't need to be tied down. I also purchased a Magnum Dimensions hybrid charge controller/inverter and with that and the Honda, can handle almost 6000 Watts, when the Magnum replaces the stock charge controller. With the hybrid Magnum, you could run your microwave or hair dryer while your A/C is running.
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I also purchased a Magnum Dimensions hybrid charge controller/inverter and with that and the Honda, can handle almost 6000 Watts, when the Magnum replaces the stock charge controller. With the hybrid Magnum, you could run your microwave or hair dryer while your A/C is running.
Curious - does this Magnum charge controller/inverter mean that you could power devices (once charged) in absence of the generator - like as in boon docking situations when you don't want (or cannot) run the generator? If so, I for one would love to learn more, if this does not hijack the original post.
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