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Old 03-11-2016, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default SXSW is in town... front hitch on Sprinter?

Yep, its Austin, and SXSW, a music festival which turns the entire city into a parking lot for three weeks is starting today.

While driving to work, I saw a class "B" (Airstream Grand Tour model) that was equipped for the 90 degree/100% relative humidity weather happening these next weeks.

The "B" had a front hitch rack, with a Honda eu7000i watt inverter generator on it, and at least two five gallon gas cans. Further looking makes it appear to be an Aluminess bumper with the hitch option.

I'd think something like that would be damaging, as it seems to block front airflow and cause the radiator/trans cooler to overheat. However, if this could be done, it looks like an interesting mod, just for adding additional storage. Wonder if it could be done, as it would add useful space for a long trip.

Anyone see this done with a "B" before?

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:10 PM   #2
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I remember someone on the forum was talking about it previously.

As a note I've seen tons of trucks with a front hitch. These are usually used for moving trailers or boats. I've never seen a truck with a front hitch actually carrying anything up front.

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Old 03-11-2016, 10:20 PM   #3
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For some reason, having 5+ gallons of gas in plastic cans on the front bumper sounds like a really bad idea............
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:51 PM   #4
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Saw a food truck using a front hitch with a mounted generator earlier this week. Seems like a good setup for certain use cases and a bad setup for other cases. Can't say I would condone OR condemn it outright.

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Old 03-12-2016, 02:09 PM   #5
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Seems ridiculous to me. Why not just run the onboard generator? Under load, the Honda is nearly as loud, not to mention the sound of the AC unit.
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This is my set up...
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Old 03-13-2016, 03:16 AM   #7
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Saw one of these pumping trucks on my drive today. That seems to works OK as I see them often - so don't know why something on a front hitch on a Sprinter would be a problem.
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Old 03-14-2016, 02:20 PM   #8
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SXSW is an odd place. I personally run far away from it, just like how New Orleans residents head for Disney World or other places to get out of town when Mardi Gras hits their neck of the woods.

I am pretty sure the reason why the eu7000i was in use was because the Texas heat (it was actually 90 degrees where I was) requires running the A/C from 9-10 in the morning to 6-7 at night... and a LP gas tank isn't going to make it over a weekend.

Was an interesting setup.

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