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Old 08-21-2006, 08:12 AM   #1
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Honda Generator - Carry in Van

I have a Honda Generator EU2000i (2000 watts)with a shut off on the gas cap. I plan to carry it in the back of my large van. I do not plan to carry a gasoline can. Please advise. Thanks, LCP
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I have a Honda Generator EU2000i (2000 watts)with a shut off on the gas cap. I plan to carry it in the back of my large van. I do not plan to carry a gasoline can. Please advise. Thanks, LCP
We carry ours in the back of a Suburban. As long as you close the vent on the gas cap, it should be fine. We do not notice any gasoline odor. Your run time will vary with load requirements.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:50 AM   #3
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Phew, no one wants their vehicle to smell like gasoline. Propane certainly isn't odorless either. One thing you could do would be carry the generator empty, fill it using a siphon from your tow vehicle's gas tank, run it dry or re-siphon back into your vehicle, then throw away the siphon.

You can buy clear flexible tubing from Home Depot or one of the other big box stores for chump change. If you want, rather than reusing it, you could toss it in the trash. Of course it WOULD burn nicely in a campfire, but the plastic could be toxic if burned. You could also siphon some soapy dishwater through it, let it drain dry and reuse.

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we carry ours in the back of our van too. I just cover it with a plastic bag, I really don't notice any smell either.
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If your gasoline supply is to be siphoned from your tow vehicle's gas tank, try it at home first. Some newer vehicles come with an anti-siphon baffle to prevent theft. If you do use the siphon method, you can store your hose exposed on you battery box where it will gwt plenty of ventilation and won't stink up anything.
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Hi Foiled Again--I tried to siphon gas from the tank of my 2001 1/2 ton Suburban. Couldn't get the hose very far into the filler neck. Couldn't reach gas. Guess it has anti-siphin baffles like moosetags said.--Frank S
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We also have the same generator (Honda eu2000i). That bad boy is heavy. In order to avoid moving it around too much, and to avoid carrying it in our Excursion, I had a receiver installed on the front of our Excursion. I then install a rack in the receiver and place the generator on the rack.

When we get to where we are going, I never move the generator. I just run an extension cord long enough to run from the electrical on the AS to the generator on the front of the Excursion.

Saves my back, avoids gasoline smell (and risk) in the Excursion, and reduces the potential for a 150 pound generator from being tossed around in our TV in the event of an accident.
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We also have the same generator (Honda eu2000i). That bad boy is heavy. In order to avoid moving it around too much, and to avoid carrying it in our Excursion, I had a receiver installed on the front of our Excursion. I then install a rack in the receiver and place the generator on the rack.

When we get to where we are going, I never move the generator. I just run an extension cord long enough to run from the electrical on the AS to the generator on the front of the Excursion.

Saves my back, avoids gasoline smell (and risk) in the Excursion, and reduces the potential for a 150 pound generator from being tossed around in our TV in the event of an accident.
Ahem, are we talking about the same Generator?

An EU2000i weighs 46lbs. according to Honda. Add a few ounces of gas, and you're at 50lbs, perhaps.
http://www.hondapowerequipment.com/M...elName=eu2000i
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parks1963 ,I have carried my eu2000 with the vent cap shut ,inside the travelall on my trips .Never had any fuel smell.Remember these units cannot
emit vapors anyway by law these days ,and if you run the gen with the cap vent shut ,it will run out of fuel and die.They seal very well .I don't think you have a problem with it in the vehical .

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