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Old 11-07-2018, 03:38 PM   #1
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Just installed custom generator rack on Bambi

After seeing several different strategies for carrying small Honda generators on an airstream, I worked with a local metal fabricator to build an aluminum rack to bolt over the battery box. It uses the “puck lock and plate” configuration on either end to secure the generators (also made of aluminum) and we put a mount in the middle to secure a crush proof Jerry-can to carry fuel. The center plate on the rack is removable so you can access the batter department without removing the rack. However, removing the batteries would likely require unbolting the rack. I can still use the anti-sway hitch and can still access the spare tire rack underneath the trailer.

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Old 11-07-2018, 04:45 PM   #2
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Looks like it's solidly built.

Is there a particular reason you're opting to carry 2x gennies? I would think a Bambi has the smaller 13.5k A/C which could be handled by a single genny with easystart?
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Old 11-07-2018, 05:11 PM   #3
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. . I worked with a local metal fabricator to build an aluminum rack to bolt over the battery box. It uses the “puck lock and plate” configuration on either end to secure the generators (also made of aluminum) and we put a mount in the middle to secure a crush proof Jerry-can to carry fuel.

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Well designed and executed. But what about rain and weather protection?


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Old 11-07-2018, 07:15 PM   #4
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Custom Gen Rack

How much does all of that weigh including full Fuel Container?
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:39 AM   #5
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Airstream dealer recommended the two small generators for boondocking the 19 Bambi Flying Cloud. I’ve read posts from people who have been successful with just one. Each generator weighs 47 pounds. I haven’t put the rack on a scale yet but it’s aluminum and is lighter than a generator. A gallon of gas weighs about 6 pounds. I can carry 5 in the can. I purchased the covers in the picture below for weather/travel protection.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:24 AM   #6
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That’s very cool! If I didn’t have a front bedroom and the associated front storage door I would do something similar.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:34 AM   #7
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Are you going to remove them for operation?.
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:23 AM   #8
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After seeing several different strategies for carrying small Honda generators on an airstream, I worked with a local metal fabricator to build an aluminum rack to bolt over the battery box. It uses the “puck lock and plate” configuration on either end to secure the generators (also made of aluminum) and we put a mount in the middle to secure a crush proof Jerry-can to carry fuel. The center plate on the rack is removable so you can access the batter department without removing the rack. However, removing the batteries would likely require unbolting the rack. I can still use the anti-sway hitch and can still access the spare tire rack underneath the trailer.

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Welcome to the Forum,
This is what the 23D Club would call a quality item. Well Done! This looks like it will meet your needs well.
Looks like it is built very well.
180lbs of tongue weigh is nothing to sneeze at but well within a manageable limit. (better than 180lbs on the rear)”my opinion“
Keep us posted on how it’s working out.
Also if you have any more detailed pics that would be nice. I always enjoy studying others design work.
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The rack is designed to run the generators in place. The exhaust faces outward while the controls and ports for linking the generators face inward. Here are some more “technical” pictures;
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Looks nice. It looks like two guys could remove the nuts from the u-bolts and haul the whole thing off. I would somehow secure those nuts.
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Looks nice. It looks like two guys could remove the nuts from the u-bolts and haul the whole thing off. I would somehow secure those nuts.
Maybe turn the U-bolts over and drill some holes through the top to access the nuts. The holes to remove the nuts would be under the generator when locked in place and would not have access. You would also need to weld a “guard” in place to prevent accessing the outside bolts from the underside.
Just an idea?
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:08 AM   #12
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Thumbs up Just Installed Custom Generator Rack On Bambi

Nicely Done!
Did you/fabricator make sketches with dimensions that you/they maybe willing to share?
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Have you tried running them in place yet. I wonder about the vibration transferring to the frame and felt inside the trailer specifically the floor.
Great installation though. A good idea if you have limited space available in ones tow vehicle.
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There is one issue that I see, clearance during tight turning.
Please check
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