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Posted: 08/07/06 02:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am considering mounting a generator on the rear bumper of my travel trailer. I have scoured the net to find if theese mounts are available with no success. Has anyone seen anything like this?


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Posted: 08/07/06 08:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw one a while ago set up that way. The rear bumper was almost dragging the pavement as it had bent the frame clear up to the wheels, even the sheet metal on the sides was buckled. Didn't look safe at all!

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go to www.funroads.com and look at the juice box it's self contained with wheels the slips on and off the receiver looked pretty slick when the factory guy came by the shop but i was to busy to check it out for long

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What ever you do, DO NOT attach anything to the "bumper" that you want to keep for very long. Those things are nothing more than a fancy sewer hose carrier at best. They are made of very light gage sheetmetal and rust out quickly. If anything, fabricate a reciever hitch that you can bolt to the frame for attaching things to. At least then you will have a fighting chance of keeping it for more than a hundred miles.


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Posted: 08/07/06 11:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

donn0128 wrote:

What ever you do, DO NOT attach anything to the "bumper" that you want to keep for very long. Those things are nothing more than a fancy sewer hose carrier at best. They are made of very light gage sheetmetal and rust out quickly. If anything, fabricate a reciever hitch that you can bolt to the frame for attaching things to. At least then you will have a fighting chance of keeping it for more than a hundred miles.
Now, don't forget to beef up the frame, that's what I was getting at with my first message. The whole frame, even forward of the axles(s), must be reinforced or it WILL bend. The frames are just NOT designed for that much weight back there. The Juicebox looks like a nice solution IF the frame is reinforced to handle it.

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This weekend, I saw an extension that was attached to the frame and was run up to about where the axels were. The extension came out about 2" from the back end of the travel trailer, then up about 4 or 5" vertically, then extended out another 36" from the back of the trailer. It was either 1/4 or 3/16" welded. The angles were guisseted (sp) with small triangles in each corner. Under the 36" extension the sewer hose was welded.

I asked the guy who did it. He didn't know. He bought the trailer that way. He had a Sears Craftsman 5500 watt unit. I figured it was about 150 lbs.

I had a bicycle rack on the back end of my TT attached to the sewer hose. Just the vertical momentum up and down of the 4 bikes was enough to bend the corner of the steel of the sewer hose connection. I can only imagine the loads being placed on the frame with a 150lb generator. I would guestimate the load would be about 600lbs (4 times the static weight).

You can never over engineer something like this...

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I made a mount to attach my Champion 1200 generator to the back of my camper. It is made from 1.5"x1/8" angle iron front and back and 1x1x.083 square tubing sides. It is many times stronger than it needs to be. It attaches through the bumper bracket to the truck frame. I added wiring so the generator can be run while underway. The Champion 1200 easily runs my 6300 btu 10.7 SEER AC unit.





One feature is that there are 5/16" thick steel tabs, one welded to my mount and one welded to the generator frame. When the generator is in the mount, they line up and allow me to insert a quality padlock. It doesn't make it theft-proof but it is more elegant than a chain.




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Posted: 08/08/06 01:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A friend of mine did that and bent his TT frame. Not only do you have the generator weight, it will be bouncing up and down as you drive down the road.


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Posted: 08/08/06 01:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had one made for our trailer welded to the frame (not the bumper); however, the frame of our trailer is rectangular tubing not angle iron. I kept the generator carrier as small and as light as possible and load the front of the trailer to help balance it out. Our trailer has a GVWR of 7800lbs.

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Posted: 08/08/06 01:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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