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Old 03-03-2007, 05:39 PM   #1
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SUV's and generators

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Do SUV owners have suggesetions on how to conveniently deal with generators for their trailers. I can't conceive of lifting mine in and out of an SUV to use it each night but at the same time I would love to get out of my pickup puller and into an SUV configuration
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Hi Don -- Hope you're enjoying the Forums!

I lift my 40# Honda eu2000i up and down from the pickup bed once a day when I'm boondocking (about 25% of nights). I don't want to leave it sitting out when I'm off hiking, fishing or in town. Therefore I use it to recharge batteries daily & put it right back in the truck. I would say my lift is probably 50% higher than anything you'd have to get it into an SUV.

Still not solved to anybody's satisfaction is the issue of where the heck to store gasoline -- you don't want it in the passenger compartment in case of accident. So a lot of people give a second look to a genset LP conversion.
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So a lot of people give a second look to a genset LP conversion.
What is a genset LP conversion? Is that made by Honda? We looked at the generator today......looks like a sweet machine....pj
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What is a genset LP conversion? Is that made by Honda? We looked at the generator today......looks like a sweet machine....pj
A Genset is shorthand for a generator set. Lp conversion is converting a normally gasoline burning unit to LP (propane) burning.
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Greetings Don Cook!

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Do SUV owners have suggesetions on how to conveniently deal with generators for their trailers. I can't conceive of lifting mine in and out of an SUV to use it each night but at the same time I would love to get out of my pickup puller and into an SUV configuration
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While I haven't yet felt the need for a portable generator, I tow my Overlander with a Suburban (I have owned two pickups and never want another) and have mapped out the following plan --
  • Install front receiver on Suburban.
  • Purchase steel carrier that uses receiver for its mount.
  • Install marker flags on corners of steel carier to reming driver of its position.
  • Purchase keyed lock to secure stell carrier to receiver.
  • Purchase cable style bicycle locks to secure gnerator to carrier.T
I have been considering a front receiver just to make parking either of my trailers easier in the increasingly tight confines of the driveway on my family farm -- the landscaping that my mother and I planted 30 years has matured and lines the edges of the driveway.

The carrying platform that I have been considering can be seen in the link below:

Versatile Hitch Racks by Let’s Go Aero

Good luck with your investigation!

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hello as discussed in other forums putting a gen in the front is bad . what happens when you get in a accident , you just hit the car in front of you and the gas tank is broken now gas is all over the front of your vehicle and the rear of the car you just hit.now a spark is involved in this accident. voom a fire is going now both vechicles are now on fire I hope no one is trapped in the wreck. that is why they say no to front and rear mountings.I hope that this makes sence. save some one life it just might be your own.
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We keep Honda Eu2000 in rear of Excursion...

Granted, it's a long way back there, but we keep both a Honda generator and trailer spare tire (Now..) in rear of SUV.. Both are strapped down with cables and motorcycle tiedowns to the metal loops in the floor, to discourage flying forward in an incident... Similar answer for small pastic gas container, wrapped in two plastic bags and strapped down so as not to fly around...

I can lift 40+ pounds in and out of SUV, and we use heavy bike cable lock to keep it attached to frame when parked... That is reason few SUV owners use Honda Eu3000 or larger generators... Anything heavier than 50-70 pounds needs wheels and a lift for many of us... If someone wanders through campsite with bolt cutters, we lose.. I'd probably put back in vehicle if we were heading out for an entire day... And yes, it means no air conditioning when boondocking, but that is part of the adventure of the wilderness for us...
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This is an interesting alternative.

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2500 Sierra/Suburban/Tahoe 5.3/6.0L Vortec Cool!!!!! I would love a generator. Just don't want to have it in the SUV. Propane conversion sounds good but on the Honda adds to bulk and requires removing the carborator (?) and the Yamaha is bigger but you can switch back and forth from propane to gas. If the gas is emptied, would it still pose a risk, besides the dangerous projectile? I do like the underhood built in idea. Didn't think I would see it on the list for our Suburban.
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Do SUV owners have suggesetions on how to conveniently deal with generators for their trailers. I can't conceive of lifting mine in and out of an SUV to use it each night but at the same time I would love to get out of my pickup puller and into an SUV configuration
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Don,
We went to Wal-Mart and bought a clear plastic box with air tight lid that just fits our Honda EU2000i. We have experienced no gasoline smell. It can and should be straped down. The unit is easy to lift in and out of our Tahoe. Sometimes I lock ours to the trailer breakaway chains when we are not there. My friend had his 4000 chained in his pickup bed, but it was cut and stolen...The spare gas can is still a problem and we see some value in a propane conversion. If you must have AC a second 2,000 gen will do it.
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Old 03-03-2007, 09:39 PM   #11
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Do SUV owners have suggesetions on how to conveniently deal with generators for their trailers. I can't conceive of lifting mine in and out of an SUV to use it each night but at the same time I would love to get out of my pickup puller and into an SUV configuration
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Hi, Don. One idea I have been thinking about was to remove my SUV spare tire from underneath my Navigator and mounting a small Onan generator in it's place; It would use the battery power and fuel from the SUV.
And not to split hairs, but Honda says the EU2000 weighs 46.3 lbs plus fuel. [close to 60 lbs?] I can handle 40 lbs easy, but 60 lbs and more is pushing it.
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And not to split hairs, but Honda says the EU2000 weighs 46.3 lbs plus fuel. [close to 60 lbs?] I can handle 40 lbs easy, but 60 lbs and more is pushing it.
Read the above post and said "hmm...."

Grabbed one of the fueled up EU200i's and put it on a medical scale.

Exactly 55 lbs.....
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You're right...

Dennis, thanks for this info. It caused me to go back to Honda EU2000I Generator - Honda Super Quiet Generators and the specs say 46.3 pounds empty. From countless ins & outs from my pickup bed I would have guessed it would be heavier than a 40# softener salt bag. And the noise dampening rubber feet on the Honda don't make easy any sliding on my rubber bed mat.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:35 PM   #14
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I have two Honda generators (EU1000i & EU2000i) and they do double duty - standby power for the house (for furnace & refrigerator) when we get power outages, and for power when we are boondocking with the A/S. I keep both generators in the house during the winter time and have never experienced a gas odor.

Carrying gas is a matter of risk and exposure - you see people carry extra gas all the time hauling jet skies, motorcycles, ATVs, etc. When I'm going boondocking or hauling my motorcycle for some dirt road riding, I haul them empty. At the last gas station before heading in, I stop and fill up the various tanks and spare gas cans, so I'm not hauling the fuel any longer than needed. When it's time to leave and go home, any unused gas can go into the truck or SUV tank, so they're empty on the trip back.

When I got my diesel truck that put an end to putting the unused fuel into the tank, but I'm familiar enough with my equipment that I can gauge pretty closely, and don't take more than I need.

Just another option to think about.
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