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Old 06-26-2020, 02:35 PM   #1
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Front Generator Mount

What are your thoughts on this front hitch mount I built for my Gen set? It sticks out 24 inches from the front bumper and is at hitch height of 14 inches. Easy to lock up to the front tow points on truck & My power & propane hoses allow me to run it while still hooked to trailer.
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Old 06-26-2020, 05:23 PM   #2
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I think it's pretty cool!
However, you can't see it, so I'd worry about parking and crashing into a signpost or car.
Also, it blocks your front license plate, is that a big deal in TX?
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:14 PM   #3
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It doesn't really block much in the way of airflow as its below most of the radiator area. Yes it is "out of sight" but I could always add a "flag staff" to mark it. As to the License plate, I'm not sure. The mount does have a "second" rcvr so I could make the plate "plug in" as well.

All good comments and things I did consider. There is space between the "back" (actually the front with controls) of the generator and grill for access to all gen set controls which allow for air flow as well.

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Old 06-26-2020, 07:21 PM   #4
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Just wondering, have you tried driving with that set up in the rain, and if the nylon cover is enough?
I like your idea using a front mount. How long are the ramps? Did you make the ramps or did you purchase those?
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:39 AM   #5
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I have not had a chance to drive much yet but I am concerned that the cover may not stay put. It is just Nylon so I msu make a better cover out of Sail material (dacron).

The ramps are 6 feet znd from Harbor Freight. I have less than $50 in the whole thing since I already had the front hitch. You can buy these for sbout $150 to $200...
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Thanks SailAS!
And I have a last question. Are you able to push the Yamaha 3000 up the ramps by yourself or is a helper required? I know that is a heavy generator. Maybe your 6' length on the ramps puts the incline at a low enough rise to make it doable for one person.
Also may I suggest a couple of simple drop thru pins to fasten the ramps to the carrier when loading. I would be afraid of them slipping off the carrier with a load on and breaking a few toes. Just a thought. You really got me thinking on this project of yours. I may do something similar if running my gen from the back of my pickup bed doesn't work out for me.
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I can easily push/pull the gen set up the ramps by myself & I'm 71 years old.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:43 AM   #8
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You've been a great help, thank you.
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Nice work! I have been contemplating a similar setup, thinking it would be a lot easier than pushing the generator up into and out of the truck bed (not happening when hitched up to the trailer.) It reminds me of the set up my step father used for his fishing cart.
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Don't you think that if a strap breaks or fails that it would cause a serious accident?
More redundant straps for safety.
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"Hold Down" straps do come with different ratings depending upon how much you spend. I regularly haul $25,000 motorcycles in my truck and almost always when we're towing the AS.

That's the primary reason I wanted the bed of the truck as free of obstacles as possible. The bikes weigh up to 765 lbs. I don't use cheap tie down straps.

The ones shown in my pictures are rated at 1000 libs working strength & 3000 lbs breaking. Thats a safety factor of circa 15 to 1. I'm more worried about the handles on the gen set breaking than those straps.

You can use more if it floats your boat.
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