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Old 05-20-2020, 03:35 PM   #1
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Generator Tongue Storage

Hello,

Noticed there was several old threads related to storing generators on the tongue of the Airstream, but none of them are very recent. I was hoping to reach out and see if anyone had any updated ideas or solutions for storing generators on the tongue frame.

We have a 2020 27' International FBT with a rear hatch and are looking to store 2 generators and possible extra fuel on the front vs rear due to the hatch.

Any input including pictures, links etc is greatly appreciated.

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Dara
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:36 PM   #2
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Sorry, but the Airstream wasn't designed to carry a generator in either spot.
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I have a 25FB and it comes with a pretty heavy tongue. With 2 full propane tanks, 2 batteries and a spare tire I would be concerned about adding any more weight to the front of my Airstream..I do know know how the 25FB is balanced but it would be a problem for me.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:49 PM   #4
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Several of us have adopted mounting a Honda eu2000 or eu2200i to the tongue. Between the propane tanks and Airstream body. It happen to just fit nicely and work nicely in place there. I would highly discourage mounting anything to the rear or the airstream for structural and stability reasons.

Here's mine with a custom bracket.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...ue-187346.html

Many have used the Lowpro lock bracket. I believe CanAm-RV does commonly setup this for customers Airstreams.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f38...bi-120228.html

Two would be more difficult, with more tongue weight, and can't be run in place.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...bi-189154.html

There's new efforts to mount a propane Onan genny under the tongue, in place of the spare tire
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...ml#post2359438
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Thank you pteck, the information and links were very helpful. I appreciate the effort it took to reply with all the information. You're great!
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Calculate carefully🤓...Have you measured the tongue weight, loaded for camping,(full tanks & provisions)?

AS has a 1000lb TW 'limit', but to be honest quite a few of us are already a bit beyond that,(1200lb in our case), w/o any added cargo mod's.

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I carried a Honda 1000 on top of the battery box on my 20' and now I keep the same one (converts to propane) in the rear compartment of our 25'. The weight of a 1000 isn't much.
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I think that is a good place to carry a generator. My trailer adds 800 lbs to the truck. Another 50 for the generator is certainly not a problem. I carried a spare tire that weighs about the same as a generator to Alaska between the tanks and the trailer body. I looked into putting the generator on the tongue but decided just dropping it in the back of the truck worked well for me. Might look at it again since I am older and weaker and the trailer tongue is a lot lower than my truck bed.
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What is the weight of the stock batteries? If converting to Lithium batteries inside the trailer, the battery box would be empty. Could you fit a generator there more safely?

For those with 3500 generators, how do you deal with loading an unloading a 100 lb dead weight every time you want to hook up? I'd think that mounting it on the tongue in a vented metal box would make a lot of sense.
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Brute force, sturdy German/Norwegian heritage, and an attitude that says I can do it at least once a trip in the recent past. Even though Iím a certified old codger.

Admittedly since Iím now recovering from a broken ankle from a very different event, I may get a couple strong helpers or a mechanical lift from Harbor Freight instead. No point in being overly macho.
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