Hitch Mount Generator

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Postby markopolo » Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:06 pm

Spring project is still on hold. I've decided go with the 4 springs I have but keep the option to add two more. One other forum member wants to add springs on his. I can't wait to see or hear of his results.

The Rola looks really good and opens pretty wide. For our Chevy's, it definitely looks like it opens wider than the Stowaway.

Like you point out, with it, we don't need to access the van rear doors as often anyway.

My new generator is 18.5" inches high. Max height for an item in a Rola is 17". That's from an email from the company.

The Let's Go Aero Gear Deck is probably my best / only option. If there's enough space in the Gear deck for my lounge chairs then I could put my tire in the back of the van............. wouldn't need springs......... that'd be kind of funny :roll:
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Postby bobojay » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:00 am

Oh ok, the new genset won't fit. Well if you've already bought the gen that kinda makes the decision for you. I had read your posts about the gen but it didn't sink in!
Right now I'm looking for the cheapest place to buy the Rola. It looks like a quality piece.
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Postby markopolo » Sat Mar 17, 2007 1:37 am

$499.95 at http://www.reese-hitches.com/rola-cargo-carrier.htm

Have you seen a better price anywhere?

I think the Rola looks a bit better than the Gear Deck.

Here's the Gear Deck on a van:

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and with large generator:

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Postby bobojay » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:22 am

That's a good price, but ETrailer.com is less.
Oh, but does that include shipping??

Just checked on Reese, it's $587.43 w/shipping to my ZIP Code with the license plate mount. Is the License mount necessary?? I think the cargo carrier covers it on the Chevy. Have you checked that out?
ETrailer.com is $550.94 w/shipping on the carrier only w/o license mount. Hummm, license mount with them is $24.99 w/shipping that'd be $574.90, still cheaper than Reese.
ETrailer is having a ship special right now of $.99 on orders over $150.00.....
Interesting!
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Postby bobojay » Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:23 am

By the way. The wife hates the look of the Gear Deck, so that nixed that one!
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Postby markopolo » Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:54 am

bobojay wrote:By the way. The wife hates the look of the Gear Deck, so that nixed that one!


My wife doesn't like it so much either ................. :D

I entered my Canadian address on ETrailer.com and it said .99 cent shipping also. :shock:
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Postby bobojay » Sat Mar 17, 2007 5:04 am

Hummm, interesting about the shipping to you!
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Postby markopolo » Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:59 pm

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I found an aluminum box online that will fit the generator and still give me about 18"x24"x23" space for other things.

I'd have to put it on slides. It would fit to the side of the tire so it wouldn't interfere with raising or lowering the tire.

I've found slides rated at 500lbs (300lb vehicular) or 150lbs if laid flat.

Nothing purchased yet - need to talk to a welder first :wink:

DW is ok with the diamond plate box :D

As I continue to over complicate this project :roll: I may just go back to a simple easily removeable platform just for the generator. Leave it home for short trips (2000 watt inverter already in my van) and just take it for longer dry camping trips.
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Postby markopolo » Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:44 pm

I am going ahead with this hitch mount generator project. It's not inexpensive but it may end up costing 50% of what my dealer wanted for an under mounted Onan. That said it is still a lot of money.

The negatives:
  1. I don't have remote or electric start capability
  2. It uses my hitch
  3. A rear end collision would destroy it

The positives:
  1. This generator should be much quieter than the Onan (58dB vs 70dB)
  2. Pure Sine Wave Power
  3. Maintenance will be easier (I don't have to go under the van)
  4. It's portable, can be put on another vehicle or left home when not needed


I could not find a cost effective ready made box so I'll make one. (the one in the photo above would have cost me CDN$1,000!) It gets a little complicated because I want to be able to lower my spare tire and open my rear doors.

To do this, my tread plate aluminum box will be on slides and it will be mounted to the side of the spare tire. Additionally, the generator will be mounted on a slide out tray in the box for easy maintenance and so it can run out in the open. I hope to run it in the box but first need to determine its cooling requirements.

I've ordered the aluminum cut to my required measurements.

The slides should be here next week. These slides usually cost around $100 per pair. I found a retailer that had too many and was selling them off at $33 per pair.

RT already tapped into the van's gas tank. I want to use that fuel source, coupled with connectors and shut off valve to run the generator.

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Postby rv-n-agin » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:28 pm

RT already tapped into the van's gas tank. I want to use that fuel source, coupled with connectors and shut off valve to run the generator.
The RT is set up for the Onan which has a built in fuel pump. How are you going to get the fuel up with this generator that you ordered? Does that also have a pump?
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Postby markopolo » Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:40 pm

Thanks for the info - I didn't know that. I thought it was gravity/suction.

Maybe my idea won't work then. Basically, I had hoped to use the van's fuel tank as an extended run tank. People use gas cans for extended run time with Honda EU2000's etc.

I was thinking of extending the RT installed hose to the rear of the van to some sort of shut off. Then, when needed, connect a fuel supply line from the shut off to the generator gas tank. The fuel would be "sucked in" through a modified generator gas tank top. The modification would be to remove the vent from the generator gas tank top and replace it with a fuel fitting.

If that doesn't work then I'll still extend the RT installed hose to the rear of the van to a shut off then, from there, use a simple manual transfer pump to fill the generator gas tank or gas can.

I don't want to carry a full gas can. There's no space for it.
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