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I purchased a new Champion 4000W generator yesterday and am looking for ideas of how to transport and secure from theft on my Gulf Stream 21 foot TT. I like the idea of having it on the trailer tonuge and saw that Camping World has a carrier that fits over the gas bottles.

Are there any other options I'm missing? I'd like to see photos of your set ups.

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You may be in luck. Thieves go for the inverter gens, not the big heavy open-frame ones.

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Very correct, 2oldman. Thieves know "good" ones from the "loud" ones. Mounting on the tongue? How heavy is it?


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2oldman wrote:

You may be in luck. Thieves go for the inverter gens, not the big heavy open-frame ones.


That's reassuring.... I think. [emoticon]

Lwiddis wrote:

Very correct, 2oldman. Thieves know "good" ones from the "loud" ones. Mounting on the tongue? How heavy is it?


This one weighs 100 pounds. The A-frame mount cargo carrier that Camping World has supports up to 300.

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2oldman wrote:

You may be in luck. Thieves go for the inverter gens, not the big heavy open-frame ones.


From my experience....thieves will steal anything they can steal....open frame, inverter type or even one that is old, rusty and inoperable.

Heck, I left an old pair of vice grips on the picnic table when I went into town...They were gone when I got back.


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downtheroad wrote:

Heck, I left an old pair of vice grips on the picnic table when I went into town...They were gone when I got back.
That's bad luck, or camping in the wrong place. There are those who report they've never had anything stolen.

The best advice for keeping your things is to keep them OUT of sight. But, that makes camping less enjoyable, more like living in a ghetto. I don't do that. Most times I don't even lock the door, or even close it.

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downtheroad wrote:

2oldman wrote:

You may be in luck. Thieves go for the inverter gens, not the big heavy open-frame ones.


From my experience....thieves will steal anything they can steal....open frame, inverter type or even one that is old, rusty and inoperable.

Heck, I left an old pair of vice grips on the picnic table when I went into town...They were gone when I got back.


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Road, its not the capacity of the rack that causes me concern but rather adding that 100 pounds plus rack to the tongue. Does your TV and hitch have that capacity?

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Lwiddis wrote:

Road, its not the capacity of the rack that causes me concern but rather adding that 100 pounds plus rack to the tongue. Does your TV and hitch have that capacity?


The tongue weight, as per manufacturer, is 340 pounds. GMC says I should consider a WDH if I exceed 700 to 800 pounds tongue weight. The rack weighs 65.6 pounds. The generator is actually 98 pounds so it's a tad over 500.

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Lwiddis wrote:

Road, its not the capacity of the rack that causes me concern but rather adding that 100 pounds plus rack to the tongue. Does your TV and hitch have that capacity?


The tongue weight, as per manufacturer, is 340 pounds. GMC says I should consider a WDH if I exceed 700 to 800 pounds tongue weight. The rack weighs 65.6 pounds. The generator is actually 98 pounds so it's a tad over 500.

I could carry it in the back of my truck but I have a hardcover on it that won't close and lock with the generator in there plus I'd have to lift it in and out of the truck by myself.


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