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Old 03-29-2011, 03:18 PM   #15
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I will be installing a Onan in my 2005 30’ classic in the next month or two (have actually started and have the relay switch installed). It will work off the propane system and will be controlled by a switch inside.

Currently trying to figure out how to extend the propane lines to the bedroom. This is an issue because of the axles and water/holding tanks.

Didn’t really think anyone would be interested here. Guess I could, if there is interest, document the process …
Are you KIDDING?

Of course we're interested. Much more interesting than another floor repair.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:24 PM   #16
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We purchased two small Honda generators (and then purchased the cables to tie their output together) to get the watts we need. There will be some loss but I think it is worth it. It increases the cost but it saves my bad back.
Ditto; we did the same thing; even the wife can lift them. Also; 2 Honda 2000s hooked up in parallel will run your AC.

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Old 03-29-2011, 04:57 PM   #17
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Went on caravan with a lady that had a big generator. She had a little lift with a winch that fit in one of the back the stake sockets of the truck. Worked like a charm.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:24 PM   #18
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What Silversled and Eleighj said.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:05 AM   #19
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The ramp I bought is a Lund ATV/Motorcycle ramp. It is about 6 1/2 feet long and the (mostly) solid surface makes it easy to load the generator and the motorcycle. It is also short enough too sit in the pick-up bed. I originally purchased mine at a "Cycle Gear" Store in Salem Oregon. But there are alot of options out there with the internet...of course.
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:18 AM   #20
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:50 PM   #21
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I've decided to get a generator and prefer to have a single unit that will allow the use of the air conditioner. The only issue is that when it is full of fuel it weighs 170 pounds, My back won't allow that any longer. I've thought about a hitch mounted winch or possibly a ramp. Has anyone out there come up with an easy solution to this problem? Jerry.
i carry a 3kw generac quite pack with me to civil war reenactments in
florida. and my back was broken in 5 places. i have a ram 2500 and i mounted a draw hictch on the front and use a wheel chair lift, i mounted the generator on a heavy duty lawn cart and roll it on to and off the lift.
once i'm aty site i unhook and pull to the rear and unload the generator and power up. i have a 79 31" unit and 3kw powers my ac, tv, and lights if i wish to use my micro wave i need to turn off the ac first. i would be
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:23 PM   #22
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Thanks for the response. I plan to get the 3000 watt Yamaha with the boost capability. For this trip I'll probably just leave it in the bed, on the tailgate with the tonneu cap raised. By the next trip I plan to have a hitch mounted winch that will allow me to lift the generator off the tailgate and swing it around to set it on the ground. I already know how I'm going to build it but I've run out of time for this trip. Jerry.

Jerry, Don't have the time to make a hitch hoist.?
I found the answer. Today I purchased a Yamaha 3000 w/boost Generator and stopped by Cabella's and found that they carry the perfect solution.
It's a receiver mounted (hitch hoist) mainly used by hunters to get deer in the back of a pick up or to hang it for field dressing. It's part #AM 42-0465.
The price is $179.99.
It swivels 360 degrees, has a handcrank, lifts 450#, and it sticks out enough so you can lower the tailgate to put the gen in the truck.
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Bluto - you made my day - this is exactly what I've been looking for in product & price!!!
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:25 PM   #24
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Has anybody just left the 170# generator in the truck bed and operated it there. The advantages are many: you don't have to move it, security (out of sight) and even more quiet. I am thinking just install a fantastic vent in the top of the cap and open the side windows of the cap. I suspect Honda or Yamaha would not bless this idea, but what do you folks think?

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Has anybody just left the 170# generator in the truck bed and operated it there. The advantages are many: you don't have to move it, security (out of sight) and even more quiet. I am thinking just install a fantastic vent in the top of the cap and open the side windows of the cap. I suspect Honda or Yamaha would not bless this idea, but what do you folks think?

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Doing that now. But.... Plumbed the exhaust out with flex SS line. The exhaust comes out from behind the flaps. Have the fantastic fan and run it on low. My problems... Fill caps on all gens are vented so fumes build up in the cap, stringing a 30amp line from the tt. I have a eu6500is that is way to heavy to load and unload. Tried the same exhaust thing with an eu3000is but the way the exhaust is ported out from the engine...well just not practicable from a conversion standpoint. The 6500 is sealed from the head to the exhaust tip so was a simple "plumbing" job..but for high temps. Don't know how blue is plumbed but you really need to get the exhaust out and like marine engines... Run the bilge fan before firing her up....boom!!!!!
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Bluto - you made my day - this is exactly what I've been looking for in product & price!!!
Glad I could be of some help.

I think you'll like it. It's not high tech, but it does the job of getting that generator on and off the tailgate. It's just a nice HD gizzmo. The part that fits into the receiver is a 2" size so if you have a 2 1/2 in receiver tube a couple of wood shims in the right place would work to keep it from wiggling in the receiver. Either that, or use a 2" to 2 1/2" adaptor. It locks in place with your hitch pin anyway.
I'm now on the search for a couple of short web lift belts to attach thru the gens handles and hook to the lift cable of the hoist.
If you see anything that will work let me know.
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Old 04-28-2011, 09:39 PM   #28
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I have been using my 3k generator in the back of the pickup under a cap for years. It's too heavy for me to load and unload while on the road. I set the fuel cans outside away from the generator and I always open the side vents and rear hatch for a fairly long period before starting up the generator, so that any fuel vapor can disipate. Then I make sure the exhaust is pointed toward the rear hatch. It gets a little warm inside the cap in the summer sun, otherwise I have not had any issues.
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