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Old 08-27-2010, 06:14 AM   #1
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Generator carrier

We like to boondock, but I like my creature comforts, you know, satellite TV, icemaker, sleep comfort bed, etc. Lately, itís been getting more difficult for Kat to get the generators out of the front compartment, especially when weíre hooked up to our tow vehicle.

As she was setting them up last time, getting the extended gas can hooked up, and then everything locked down with a cable, I suggested that she make some sort of carrier for them so that when we are in the mood to boondock for a week or so, we can put them on a carrier and when we donít need them, can put them back in the front compartment.



She promptly got to work building a frame for the rear of the Monty. She added two additional 1 ľĒ hitch receivers to support the whole contraption. While she made the frame out of steel for strength, she used aluminum for the carrier to cut down on the weight, speaking of which, after all is said and done, it only weighs 74 pounds.



After dry-fitting everything, it was looking pretty good. After putting the bottom in, she made supports to strengthen the frame and to reduce the generatorsí vibration.



With the frame painted and installed on our 5er, she continued by bolting the carrier to the frame, after putting some rubber underneath key points to again reduce vibration from the generators.



Once the carrier was bolted to the frame, I stood back to admire it and helped out by putting the reflectors on it.



She locked the generators down by using security fasteners and a strip of stainless steel covering one set of the bolts and that locks to the carrier.


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Old 08-27-2010, 06:44 AM   #2
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Great job!
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:10 AM   #3
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:31 AM   #4
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That looks very nice. I just mounted a 5500 watt Generac on our slide out bicycle carrier(after beefing it up). I don't suppose you're gonna travel with that? If so, you might want to put your license plate on it. Don't know about other states, but here they recently started ticketing for obscured plates.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:51 AM   #5
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Great Job... looks like it's time for a new signature picture to feature it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:04 AM   #6
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That looks great! And I know you said you had the gennys 'locked' down with a security bolt but that will only slow a thief down. If I were you folks I'd put something on to completely cover them. Some heavy duty metal mesh would work. I saw one setup that way and it really adds some security. It was mounted in such a way that you really had to search to see how it was attached.

I didn't take any pictures much to my disappointment! I plan to do what you've done plus put the mesh stuff on one of these days and a picture would have helped. Your pictures will be a big help. Good luck and let us know how it works.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:31 PM   #7
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This is our travel mode. The gas can can't be stored on the carrier fo a couple of reasons - 1) the sun (heat) will cause the plastic to bulge, and 2) kinda worried about a rear end collision.



The bolts that attach the stainless straps to the gens and the carrier are not accessible; we do realize that if someone really wants the gens, they'll probably get them. The idea of mesh looks interesting.

For those interested, Kat used mostly scrap steel and aluminum. Total cost for the project was a whopping $112.69
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:21 PM   #8
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Kat is a excelent fabracator, was she in the building trades, a tin bender maybe, she sure knows her stuff, and does great work.
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:23 AM   #9
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I to must say nice looking carry-all. When you find time could you include pics of the frame mount and the way Kat added extra support to the tray? Thanks

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Old 08-28-2010, 06:35 AM   #10
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Once again a great project. Kat's abilities continue to amaze us! You're a great team.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:11 AM   #11
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Here are a couple of more pictures.

This one shows the stainless bar covering one set of bolts:



This is an example of the reinforcement of the carrier. It is metal that has been bent into a short U which provides a lot of srength:



And, here is the frame:


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Old 08-28-2010, 08:19 AM   #12
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Nice looking frame connectors. That should give you plenty of support. Kat did an outstanding job. You're a lucky man.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:45 PM   #13
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:02 AM   #14
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Michael and Kat,

Nice job, looking forward to you showing it off at Quartzsite...which by the way is only.......146 days away.
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:02 PM   #15
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well all I have to say is, "you go sissy". can you build me one when we get our 5th? Love you both..
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:06 AM   #16
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Great Job!! When are going to mass produce them? Put me down for one if you decide to do that.

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Old 09-29-2010, 03:09 PM   #17
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It has worked well for us. We just spent a few days off the grid and it was really quite nice to not have to deal with them...
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:20 PM   #18
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You need a new picture of your rig that showcases the new generator carrier.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:37 PM   #19
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Got a close-up of your new gen carrier this afternoon, great job! We are staying at Ocean Lakes, and you were ahead of us going into Myrtle Beach State Park. We sold our Monty in April and now have a Motorhome. Still are MOC'ers in our hearts & have made some great friends over the years. Enjoy the great weather and fantastic beach. Bill & Stacy Webster MOC#1249
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:10 PM   #20
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Now what do you think about adding solar panels?
I look to your thinking on this, one of my upcoming projects.
Good job guys, very nice.
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