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Old 10-09-2022, 02:34 PM   #21
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Rear mounted generator

Iíve been RVing for about 30 years. Iíve owned several travel trailers and fifth wheels. I wouldnít store something as heavy as a generator on a cargo carrier at the rear of either type camper. It would definitely bounce up and down, but thatís not the worst thing. Adding weight that far back will effect how the camper handles going down the road. It can cause swaying, sometimes serious swaying. I would do more research on it, maybe look for some videos. Iíve seen a few on you tube. Good luck and safe travels.
 
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Old 10-09-2022, 03:55 PM   #22
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That's allot of bouncing for a generator.
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Old 10-09-2022, 06:11 PM   #23
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I'd like to know more about "peeling the onion" on a 2006 29RL .....no bumper or frame exposed by Keystone......need that bike rack at minimum. LMK thanks
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Old 10-09-2022, 07:24 PM   #24
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FYI,

I have a 2011 347THT toy hauler with a bumper. I put a HF foldup cargo carrier and a 2" receiver. I used it to carry a Honda 3000 which weighs 130 lbs.
It does bounce. I have it strapped down so the entire cargo carrier bounces with that weight. I have the gen centered but the problem is if it's slightly off center it tweaks either left or right and bends the carrier.
It can bottom out and after about 600 miles of a 1200 mile trip I had to take it off and put it inside the TH because when I checked the carrier was seriously tilted. I didn't want to take a chance and lose the generator. It was highway driving with fuel stops.

If both ends of the cargo carrier could be stabilized to the frame it would have been a lot better but otherwise that weight twisting on a 2" receiver is a no go for me.
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Old 10-09-2022, 09:19 PM   #25
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So far mine hasn't fallen off, even hauled my axles back from Elkhart.
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Old 10-09-2022, 10:29 PM   #26
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Thanks for all the comments. It sounds like welding a hitch to the frame will be an issue for my rig. So, I think I'll just leave the generator in the truck bed.
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Old 10-09-2022, 11:01 PM   #27
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i would go with the idea of a double receiver hitch to balance the weight.....but my '06 doesn't have a bumper....looking into (and hoping for club answers) to accessing the frame
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Old 10-09-2022, 11:09 PM   #28
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I would do a double receiver also but it sounds like the frame connections may be a big deal. (no bumper on mine either)
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Old 10-10-2022, 07:14 AM   #29
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Thanks for all the comments. It sounds like welding a hitch to the frame will be an issue for my rig. So, I think I'll just leave the generator in the truck bed.

With a fiver thatís the best way. Put a receptacle in the front of your camper just over the door to the front compartment and run a short cable to the generator.
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Old 10-11-2022, 09:08 AM   #30
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I intend to put mine on a tray like in the pic below one of these days real soonÖproject #38 is on the list.
What are your plans to be able to use the generator when the door is closed? Will you build a sealed box around it, how will you vent the exhaust? Best way to connect it all up. I know so many questions...I am looking to do the same thing right now...but I haven't figured out the answers yet.
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Based on what I have read here from others that have installed the tray drawer for the generator - I assumed you only run the generator when you slide the genny out of the compartment. My install in on hold for now. We have not been able to travel for several months due to a medical complication DW is experiencing.
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I know others have added platforms on the rear of their campers, and had a platform that worked well on my previous travel trailer. But on my Montana, I ruled the platform completely out for a couple reasons.

First, the length of this beast makes the rear end extremely bouncy. I wouldn't want to subject my generators to that kind of bouncing.

Second, when I attached the platform, it blocked my rear baggage door and my ladder. I keep all my lumber, electric cords, extra jack pads, and everything I use to set up the trailer (outside) in that cubby. Adding the platform would mean I'd have to remove everything on it before I could open that hatch door. Um.... that was just too much extra work.



I make a license plate holder, attached it to a shaft of a hitch, slide that into the receiver and just display my little vanity plate that says, "Love Shack 2" instead. It's completely out of the way. and that hitch helps support my electric cord so there's not so much weight dangling on the plug-in. (it works for me).

I never used the platform on the Montana because of that. Actually, I ended up giving it away.
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