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Old 07-01-2017, 06:45 AM   #1
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2017 UPDATE - Storage Container for Honda EU2000 generator

I wanted to post this as an update to the older thread http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tor-44248.html

I bought my lovely twin Honda EU2000i (Named 'Selma and Patty' from the Simpsons, I mean, we name our trailers, why not the gens to) after reading a LOT here on Airforums and watching tons of YouTube videos.

One of the considerations I gave for buying the 2000's was the ability to store them inside the trailer in a container. Lots of people had great luck with the Rubbermaid Action Packer 24 Gallon... Lots of people with the older Honda EU2000's that is.

***WARNING TO THOSE BUYING THE NEW EU2000i's *** Not only does the new fuel cap cause an issue, but the lids on the Rubbermaid also doesn't fit well with the handle.

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Currently I'm on the fence as to taking the Dremel out and making 'modifications' to the lids, if anyone has other experiences with this, please post!
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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Fuel cap was my only problem, I just set the generator off to one side of the box and the handle fit between the ribs in the lid.
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One of the reasons I converted my Yamaha 2000 to propane was the option of storing inside the trailer or tv without having to worry about gasoline leakage or odors. I use a fitted cloth cover.
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Old 07-01-2017, 03:33 PM   #4
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Ditto to Michael. With most TV/AS rigs costing well over $100k, the cost of having a propane generator system is a negligible added expense, . . . without even factoring in the huge increase in safety and convenience, which is hard to put a value on, but significant IMO.

Ever seen gasoline explode?

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Old 07-01-2017, 07:28 PM   #5
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Same issue here.
I just cut out the center rib with a utility knife.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:42 PM   #6
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I carry mine in the base of a storage container with a tie-down strap looped through the carrying handle and connected to the truck box, fuel cap vent off, no problems... I have to laugh at those worrying about gasoline "exploding", you had better stay at home as you are surrounded by gas filled bombs on the highway, lol... Also, the bad guys overseas like to enhance their explosive devices with L.P. tanks, have you seen them explode!!! You just have to use common sense whenever you are carrying any type of flammable liquid/gas and hope the guy driving next to you does as well...
: ) Travel safe!!!
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Major - we fought LP, Diesel and Gasoline fires as school. Gasoline just catches fire immediately on a good day and explodes on a bad day. Diesel you have to work hard to make burn but basically it doesn't. LP tanks in their unmodified late model construction are very resilient to damage in an accident and the biggest fear is a pooling of escaped gas in low areas. Tank Blevys are extremely rare.

Point is - many well informed people are and should be afraid of traveling with gasoline. The tanks expand like mad in the heat and simple static discharge (think plastic) can set off the escaping fumes when you open the tank or if the rubber gasket fails. In a car accident, the loose gas almost always ignites while the well constructed baffle tanks don't.

I understand why people do it but if only one converts to propane, then ....
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:19 PM   #8
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I get it, I get it... convert to LP... convert to LP...

BUT! Can someone post a picture of the two Honda's with the LP conversion kit hooked up? Seems like a lot coming off of the LP tank.
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Old 07-04-2017, 03:46 AM   #9
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The new search function above in the blue box works great, and here are the results for "honda 2000 companion propane" FYI:

https://www.google.com/search?q=hond...:airforums.com

These threads look like they may yield good info for you, although some are older -- FYI and FWIW:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ns-143211.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f287...ors-64302.html
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...000-26971.html


I think the main limit [as you anticipated] may be that the low-pressure LP port on your AS may not be rated for the propane flow required to run both gens at the same time. I seem to recall reading that others have had to take the propane directly from one of the tanks, or rig up a "T" under the trailer before the low-pressure port. Both of these two later options work OK, if my recollection is correct. Another option is to use standard BBQ LP tanks for the gens, which are sold/swapped in most campgrounds, hardware stores, gas stations, etc. Of course, then you have to find some way to carry the new propane tank.

Good luck!

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PS -- Edit -- This thread about one 2000 conversion seems to have a lot of info also FYI:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...ne-162556.html
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I took my heat gun and softened the ribs in the lid that were in the way of the fill cap. Then I pushed them down with a 2 x 4 to where they would not be in the way. I did this in lieu of cutting them as I thought with them melted it might provide a little more structural rigidity than if they were just cut away. This modification also keeps the generator from moving around within the container. If you melt it slowly it looks ok. If not, it looks a little ragged. Mine looks pretty bad - but at least it is only on the inside!
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Was baking a birthday cake. One generator was enough but thought it was too loud so I turned on the second and both ran just above quiet idle. No flow problems but it was only running the fridge and convection oven. Not sure at what amperage the flow would be too low.
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