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Old 08-11-2008, 11:53 PM   #21
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this brings us to the next vessel and imo the IDEAL model for my needs...

i passed on this one for several months and repeated times handling it....

the dimensions suggested the 2000 would NOT fit...

but the lid really appealed because of the locking latches and double layer and almost air tight seal...

in addition it's more durable stuff.

i've carried a smaller sized version for many years with sharpnheavy tools inside and it has held up nicely.

as u can see from the pix, the genset HANDLE stick UP above the container sides...

so this could be a problem right?

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:05 AM   #22
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looking down on the genset it JUST fits lengthwise...

that is exactly how i wanted it to fit.

there IS room on the side for about 3-4 inches of stuff.

the extra electric cord is in this one, but the standard parallel kit fits too.

and a shorter container is easier to lift and move and takes up LESS space in the truck bed.

the lid rests mostly ABOVE the container sides, except for a small matched groove....

and it turns out the lid underside has DEEP channels that swallow the handle...

so once inside and latched it fits perfectly for length and doesn't shift sideways.

because the honda handle is tucked into a lid channel, there is NO movement of the genset INSIDE the container....

and a bit of gasket "expertly" fitted into the lid groove means it really is sealed nicely.

not a whiff of anything, until the lid is popped off....

so the 3rd pic is.... 'too big on the left and too small on the right'...

with the genset sleeping nicely in the middle bear bed...

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:07 AM   #23
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one last shot of all three vessels for size comparison...

and to sumarize...

the top/silver container looks deeper than the black action packer...

it's really not because of the lid variations.

the lower blue hinged lid box holds the genset fine with room for other stuff,

but it's bulkier to move and the lid isn't air tight.

and the middle action packer is JUST RIGHT!

back in the r-m link provided u can see all of these..

as well as a LARGER black action packer.

it has a hinged lid and while it is larger,

the lid channels run the WRONG way,

so fitting the genset handle doesn't work the same..

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Old 08-12-2008, 12:12 AM   #24
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there is also a stanley worksite plastic tool box on wheels....

that will hold BOTH gensets side by side.

but it weighs 120 lbs or so loaded and is a problem to heft up.

no pics or links, i'm done.

having found and used the holy grail of 2000 containers i shall LOOK NO MORE!....

because looking inside the magic box can be dangerous...

thank u and good grief.

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Old 08-12-2008, 02:13 AM   #25
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.... and that my friends is the story of how goldilocks and three bears find the holy grail. and they all Airstreamed happily ever after. THE END! :-)
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:35 AM   #26
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I only go there when I can't find what I need at Ace Hardware. Ace is a chain of local franchises, rather than a big orange monster.
I do just the opposite, mainly because Ace can be overpriced on some items. Example a all thread rod at ACE $19.95 at HD $3.95 I think ACE was missed priced but they wouldn’t believe me. Ace dose get enough of my business to keep them around.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:27 AM   #27
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Hi 2'air,

We really like reading your post because you have done the homework and we reap the benefits. What a great idea for the generator.

We like the saga of Goldilocks, Monty Python and Indiana Jones. We didn't think they could ever be put together in one thread but.... you did a great job.

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Old 08-12-2008, 09:23 PM   #28
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Thanks for the detailed report on finding the right container to fit the Honda 2000i. I wanted to retire the original cardboard box I've been using to store it while on the road and you saved me a lot of work in determining what container to get.
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2air, that was most illuminating.

I have been using the gray box on the top of the stack in post #23 with no mods.
I have been bungee-ing it closed.

I am now in search of the most excellent "locking lid" box #2 in the middle of the stack.
I do hope Monty is available to help me in my search for the holy grail of storage boxes.

My genny thanks you. Clippity clop.
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well kids u r all welcome!

and bam...

bun-geeeed ?

if u would like a customized lid for the roughneck...

u can have mine and 4free ! (see post 20 and 22)...

just send me a sase and it's yours...

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2air, that was most illuminating.

I have been using the gray box on the top of the stack in post #23 with no mods.
I have been bungee-ing it closed.

I am now in search of the most excellent "locking lid" box #2 in the middle of the stack.
I do hope Monty is available to help me in my search for the holy grail of storage boxes.

My genny thanks you. Clippity clop.
Bam....I was unable to find the Rubbermaid ActionPacker Storage Box #1172 in any of the stores in our area. Found that the best deal on the internet was Amazon.com who sells it for $37.23 with free shipping. I also found it at Target's online-only store for $27.99 but they would hit me for $21.71 addiitional for tax and shipping to NJ.
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What about buying an open bed pick up. NO worries about smell then.
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Bam....I was unable to find the Rubbermaid ActionPacker Storage Box #1172 in any of the stores in our area. Found that the best deal on the internet was Amazon.com who sells it for $37.23 with free shipping. I also found it at Target's online-only store for $27.99 but they would hit me for $21.71 addiitional for tax and shipping to NJ.
Have you tried Wally-World, our local store had a space for them but were out of stock. Seems they had a run on them recently, gee wonder why..
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Rivet look in automotive section

our local WalMart had them in the automotive section, only storage container they had over there, but did not have them in household with the rest of the storage containers.

bought two, they are heavy!

glad to have 'em, thanks again 2air'!
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THANKS for all the great information! Only you could make buying a Rubbermaid Tote so entertaining!! Bought my 2 on Amazon today!

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These excellent containers are at Walmart for $24.88. The new EU2000i Companion (with the parallel kit built in) has exactly the same dimensions as the EU2000i -- 20.2" X 11.4" X 16.7" -- so the containers continue to work with the new generation of generators. And they are proudly marked "Made in the USA."
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:26 PM   #37
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Great info - Thanks, 2AIR!
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Thanks 2air for saving me from three generations of sub-optimum plastic storage. My new Eu2000 is nestled snugly in the 24 gal Action Packer --nice green and tan ones from Academy Sports. It is hermetically sealed with foam tape.
I note that there still is room in the box for one of these Rotopax gas containers -- the flat ones that are designed for ATVs. It seems the one or two gallon would slip neatly in the Action Packer. Any thoughts?
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thanks all for bumping this thread and finding the info useful.

nice find sage' i have not seen that petrol holder.

at just 3 inches thick it SHOULD fit, maybe.

that would be a great addition if it does.

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:48 PM   #40
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Great stuff - ordering my "Honda Genny" now - and was wondering how to store it during transport - guess I wonder no more...

BTW - don't know if I would recommend an extra 90 pounds of a 2000i sitting on the tongue of anyone's trailer - don't these folks ever go to the scales?
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