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DWeikert

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Posted: 08/11/17 05:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Finally got some pics of my generator box mounted on the truck.

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Started with this box (42.5"L x 20.5"H x 24.75"W). Added removable casters and got a Dee-Zee toolbox hitch mount from Tractor Supply.

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This project went through many iteration as I discovered just how much ventilation is needed for a generator box. Testing in its current configuration, in the shade on a 90* day the inside of the box got no hotter than 106* after 90+ minutes on heavy load (portable heater). All vents, except the door giving access to the generator outlets, have screen over them to prevent insect homesteading.

I fished an electrical cord along the chassis and come out in the bed of the truck with enough to make it to the shore power door on the camper so I can stay plugged in the whole time the camper is on the truck.

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The corner markers are just driveway markers from Home Depot cut to length so they're just visible over the hood. I've wrapped a few of my own fly rods so I picked up a set of ferrules of the appropriate diameter and made an extension to give me a set of branch feelers for the times I'm working my way back wooded areas.

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Haven't had the opportunity to use these yet.

Also added an extended run kit for the Honda.

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Dan
2008 Chevy D/A 2500HD ECSB
2010 Northstar 8.5 Adventurer


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Posted: 08/11/17 05:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice set up. Yours is bit fancier than mine.[emoticon]

Picture of my front mount generator.


2005 Forrest River Cardinal 29rkle FW
1998 Lance 980 11'3" TC
2017 CHEVY 3500 SRW 6.0
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Honda eu3000 generator mounted on cargo rack
50 gal aux tank
Crestliner 1850 Fish Ski boat mostly fishing now!
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DWeikert

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Posted: 08/11/17 06:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks. If it makes you feel better this is what I used for a few years. (The genny and a couple 5 gallon diesel cans are under the tarp.)

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You're not worried about obstructing air flow to your radiator? Do you drive a lot of hills or in significant heat? Just my 2 cents, otherwise it looks like you did a great job.

Did you use a standard extension cord to run power to the rear box/truck bed?

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Posted: 08/11/17 08:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was initially concerned but on a trip last year to Montana during a heat wave I tested with the current receiver extension and one that lifted the box 4" to allow free airflow over the tranny cooler and saw no significant difference. Although the box had a lot more wobble with the riser.

The extension cord is just a 20a outdoor cord from Home Depot. Actually, the end coming out of the genny box and the end coming out under the front hitch are molded ends the same cord. I cut to length and added plug/socket as needed.

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Posted: 08/12/17 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have driven many thousands of miles with my generator on the front with TC and boat and have seen almost zero difference in temp.

I have thought about running a cord like you have also.

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