Since I tow with a 5er, I began to think about where I might store the two genereators and run them. To my amazement, I measured my front storage compartment and realized that they would fit quite well. FWIW- I did some research online and found a company that sells heavy duty drawer slides. The name of the company is HETTICH and they are rated at a load capacity of 250#. The 20 inch model is $66.33. If the EU 2000`s are stored with the exhaust facing forward in the direction of the tow vehicle, it should be possibe to run them by simply pulling the slide out and starting them up.
In this post, I almost forgot to include the ph. number for Hettich drawer slide. It is 1-800 338-1082. If you do a online search with the company name or query " heavy duty drawer slide" you should be able to get more information if this application has any appeal.
What you have in mind is not impossible, just not as easy as it first appears. The very first thing to consider is CO. It is deadly and you must take that into account whatever you decide to do.
Secondly, the arrangement of the pull cord and the exhaust on the EUs make it tough. The pull cord is on the side and the exhaust is on the rear. If you mount them with the exhaust facing out, you won't be able to get to the control panel which is on the opposite end from the exhaust. Plus, the starter pull cords and the on/off control will be on the sides of the end that is away from you and harder to reach. If you mount them side by side, no matter which way you face the exhaust, one pull cord is going to be obstructed by the other generator.
If you mount them end to end with the exhausts facing away from each other, both pull cords will be on the wrong side and inaccessible. If you mount them end to end with the exhausts facing each other, both pull cords will be accessible. If they are closely mount, the exhaust from one might melt the housing on the other.
You probably won't want to mount them with both exhausts facing into the compartment for heat, noise and CO reasons.
I would suggest that you not plan on operating the units while on the pull out drawer. Just make some nice "cradles" for them and haul them in the compartment. When you want to use them, pull them out and put them on the ground. YMMV.
*This Message was edited on 27-Jan-03 12:33 PM by pulltoy*
I think if you installed them on your slide drawer and pulled it out during operation, you should be fine. You could attain additional margin for safety by installing a CO detector inside the RV in the bedroom area. While trailering, you could bungie them down on the slide drawer and then remove the bungie cords and arrange them in the most convenient fashion during operation.
Not quite as convenient as a built-in genset but close.
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I do 'em on the ground, near the rear vs the bedroom. On a really hot, steamy nite of remote camping, I like the opportunity to run at bedtime, AC thermostat on timer, then let the EU's run dry, or not, but either way nearly totally out of earshot. OTOH, crossing a long hot Texas or Arizona, I put em in the truck bed to run the AC with minimal concerns about fumes or adequate cooling.
I can only put one EU in the forward hatch, have 4 T105's to share the space, and haven't yet built a rack to stack them 2x.
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If the slide mount is not a great idea because of a possible CO issue, where do you run these generators? I was thinking that if this were an Onan installation mounted permanately, The CO issue would also apply. Any thoughts from others who use these honda twins?
I didn't say you couldn't because of CO, I just said to be aware of the problem. For example, facing the exhausts into the compartment would have the potential of putting CO into the trailer if the compartment was not perfectly sealed. If the compartment was under the overhang, is there any form of vent under there that would allow access for CO to the interior? Just looking at those kinds of issues is what I meant.
But you still can't mount them permanently side by side with both facing the same direction and still be able to pull the starter ropes. If your compartment is deep enough, you could "stagger" them and allow access to the starter ropes. But, that drawer better pull out all the way as the starter ropes will be on the end that is partially in the compartment if you mount with the exhausts facing out. Take a look at a picture of the EU1000/2000 and look at where the starter rope is. It pulls out to the side.
I put mine on the ground by the TT's shore power connection at the rear.
As for your Onan generator question, RV compartment mount generators all include exhaust systems that route the exhaust outside and away from the RV.
*This Message was edited on 28-Jan-03 10:14 AM by pulltoy*
Thank you for reponses and valuable advice. If I am on the open highway, I most likely run`em in back of the truck. The CO issue is something to not take lightly. I went to home Depot yesterday to look at CO monitors and will definitely buy one just to be safe. I do like the slide mount idea but only as a tool in getting them in and out. Again thanks again- I value your time spent in responding.