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    Honda EU2000 Generator Install

    I thought I would share what I did to install two Honda EU2000 generators on my trailer. We pretty much dry camp exclusively and I got sick and tired of hauling generators around. Really have no place in the trailer itself to install a generators, so I installed a tool box on the back of the trailer, bolted to the frame due to the weight. I had a local metal shop make the mount and the aluminum tray and I mounted the tool box on the tray using vibration isolators.

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    I installed the generators in the tool box. To allow ventilation and exhaust gases to escape, I installed deck lids used on boats in strategic places. Six inch deck lids on the exhaust and eight inch deck lids to allow access to the pull start and to provide ventilation. I used a 12V transmission cooling fan to provide ventilation, it runs off of the 12Vdc outlet on one of the generators. You can see the top of the fan in this picture. Deck lids are installed when the generators are not in use, so it is a clean, water tight design.

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    I also grew tired of hauling gasoline around, so I converted my generators to propane using the Hutch Mountain Propane conversion kit (highly recommended). I mounted the propane regulators behind the trailer skirts at the rear of the trailer, tapping off the line used to feed the grill. There are holes in the bottom of the tool box to let any leaking propane escape, these combined with the holes cut for the deck lids and fan ensures no propane buildup in the box.

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    It also sucks to have to haul out the power cord all the time, so installed a transfer switch and ran a 10 AWG wire back to the generators and plugged it into the 30 amp outlet on my companion Honda. So all I need to do is start the generators and after a 30 second delay, power kicks in. Actually, I have two transfer switches that automatically select either shore power, generator power, or inverter power, depending on what is energized. They remove any possibility that two sources can be inadvertently connected simultaneously. Here is my inverter setup.

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    So I have had this setup for two years now and it is pretty awesome. I arrive at camp and all I need to do is start the generators or turn on the inverter, instant power. In the summer you do need to be careful and ensure the generators are not allowed to be in direct sun, normally not an issue for us as we are usually in the forest. If it happens to be hot and the generators are in the sun, we will put up and easy-up to shade the generators. If it rains, we close the lid and ensure the ventilation fan is on. Beauty is I do not have to haul generators and gas.

    DAN
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    TwoElkhounds - Nicely Done!

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    TwoElkhounds…..I can see a lot of thought went into that set-up. Nice job!
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    Very impressive!
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    Awesome. Could you please post a pic of the tray and the mounting to the trailer frame. I have been wanting to do something like this but not sure.
    Looking for ideas.
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    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country Campers View Post
    Awesome. Could you please post a pic of the tray and the mounting to the trailer frame. I have been wanting to do something like this but not sure.
    Looking for ideas.

    Thanks
    Brian
    I would like to see pics also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Country Campers View Post
    Awesome. Could you please post a pic of the tray and the mounting to the trailer frame. I have been wanting to do something like this but not sure.
    Looking for ideas.
    Thanks
    Brian
    It was actually pretty easy. I used the existing mounts for the rear hitch, simply had a metal shop cut two lengths of 2"X 3" tube stock, 1/4 thick. Holes were drilled to align with the existing hitch mounting bolts. Replaced the bolts with longer grade 5 bolts that extend through the tube stock. In the middle, I simply had a length of 2" X 2" stock cut to length and used the hitch receiver to support. Hardest part is to make sure the holes on the end supports are correctly located so as to align the height with the middle support (since this is fixed). Had the metal shop bend the pan out of 3/16" aluminum diamond plate. Some pictures to illustrate.

    Also forgot to mention that I used the far end to mount a second spare, always like to have a backup.

    DAN

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    Very good & nicely done. I think my hitch is welded on, but maybe I could drill holes through it. I want to do this type of set up to carry my 275lb dirt bike. I don't trust using just the single receiver hitch.
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    Yeah, I wouldn't trust just the receiver hitch. I have been behind people that have heavily loaded up the center receiver and the loads sway quite a bit, putting a lot of torque on the receiver. Guaranteed to eventually fail. Provided you have a solid, flat surface to mount onto the frame, what I did should work perfectly to haul your bike. It is rock solid.

    DAN

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    Dan - yes, one of the more impressive detailed mods. I have seen......well done !

    In the picture with the second spare on the rack, it appears as though the left side tail/turn/brake light is blocked or ?

    Dan
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