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Old 04-23-2015, 10:03 PM   #11
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We did a more costly version.

We extended the back bumper and had a custom built Generator Box made to fit our Yamaha 2400. Just have to open the door and start it up.

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Anders. When the fabricator added the extra bumper did he go under and reinforce the frame as well? Also how far have you travelled the back roads with the new bumper/generator holder? My trailer had the warning sticker about loading etc.
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I keep a spare deep cycle battery for my boat and take it along for camping. If I use it in the boat, I charge it from the on-board charger. Works great.
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Hi get rid of the cheep power hog light bulbs. Up grade to leds.
Solar panels only work well if the sun is shining and need many battery. Watch for a sale on a champion 2000 inverter generator. Light wight and will run 9 hours on 1 gal at part load. About $500.00 + on sale.

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Old 04-24-2015, 12:24 PM   #14
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Anders. When the fabricator added the extra bumper did he go under and reinforce the frame as well? Also how far have you travelled the back roads with the new bumper/generator holder? My trailer had the warning sticker about loading etc.
B and B. We discussed reinforcing but decided it would not be needed. The 1/4 plate that we installed on top starts about 1 inch ahead/forward of the original bumper (not very clear in the pictures). The 1/4 inch plate really re-enforces the whole setup.

I would say 75-80% of the load is on the original bumper. The generator is 75 lbs. The box is light, maybe 20 lbs.

The whole setup has been given a good shakedown. Last year we clocked around 13,000 km (8,000 miles) over 3 months with the trailer in tow. Traveling from our home on Cortes Island, BC, to Vancouver, north through BC up to Yukon and Alaska. We did some pretty rough roads, however we decided to leave the trailer behind in Dawson City while driving the Dempster hwy up to Inuvik. So far so good. We have about 40 plus posts from that trip up on our blog and hope to have the rest up in the next few weeks.

Regarding the weight distribution, the trailer tows just like it did before. I am though installing a new glide ride pinbox. The Glide ride pinbox is about 100 lbs heavier then the current Lippert pin box that is on the trailer now so this will pretty well offset the gen box. Now I just need some extra muscle to help me with the install.

Adding to this, I just finished installing some extra lights (signal, break and tail lights combo) on the bumper and will take some pictures (when it stops raining) and post them on my blog.

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I would say that 40 watts may not be enough. I have a 60 W system on my Vibe 6501 and it will keep my battery full, have camped for over a week and battery was never below 85 % full. I would look around at different solar panels, I find Zamp to be very expensive on a dollar per watt basses. My system is two 30 watt briefcase panels http://www.sunforceproducts.com/prod...PRODUCT_ID=150 on a 20 foot wire so I can move them into the sun. All my interior lights have been changed to LED.
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B and B. We discussed reinforcing but decided it would not be needed. The 1/4 plate that we installed on top starts about 1 inch ahead/forward of the original bumper (not very clear in the pictures). The 1/4 inch plate really re-enforces the whole setup.

I would say 75-80% of the load is on the original bumper. The generator is 75 lbs. The box is light, maybe 20 lbs.

The whole setup has been given a good shakedown. Last year we clocked around 13,000 km (8,000 miles) over 3 months with the trailer in tow. Traveling from our home on Cortes Island, BC, to Vancouver, north through BC up to Yukon and Alaska. We did some pretty rough roads, however we decided to leave the trailer behind in Dawson City while driving the Dempster hwy up to Inuvik. So far so good. We have about 40 plus posts from that trip up on our blog and hope to have the rest up in the next few weeks.

Regarding the weight distribution, the trailer tows just like it did before. I am though installing a new glide ride pinbox. The Glide ride pinbox is about 100 lbs heavier then the current Lippert pin box that is on the trailer now so this will pretty well offset the gen box. Now I just need some extra muscle to help me with the install.

Adding to this, I just finished installing some extra lights (signal, break and tail lights combo) on the bumper and will take some pictures (when it stops raining) and post them on my blog.

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I would highly suggest that you reinforce the original bumper to the frame and under the bumper. I speak from experience about losing my bumper and carriage that I have built on to it. I had a 1977 Shasta, when the bumpers were real 4 inch pipes. Could not bend or hurt the bumper, but the welds are what gave way. A 1/4 plate on the top will help, but the welds on the sides and bottom now will take a massive amount of stress and movement with the added load you put on. These welds will give way one day and the framing that you made will drop/slant down to the roadway. It may last, how you have it for two years or five years (mine lasted around five years before the welds broke), but one day it will be dragging the road. imo. Beef it up to the frame and beef up the welds. It does look very very nice.... good job..
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I would highly suggest that you reinforce the original bumper to the frame and under the bumper. I speak from experience about losing my bumper and carriage that I have built on to it. I had a 1977 Shasta, when the bumpers were real 4 inch pipes. Could not bend or hurt the bumper, but the welds are what gave way. A 1/4 plate on the top will help, but the welds on the sides and bottom now will take a massive amount of stress and movement with the added load you put on. These welds will give way one day and the framing that you made will drop/slant down to the roadway. It may last, how you have it for two years or five years (mine lasted around five years before the welds broke), but one day it will be dragging the road. imo. Beef it up to the frame and beef up the welds. It does look very very nice.... good job..
Hey Brother Les,

Thanks for the heads up..... it's nothing like experience. I will have a look at mine and might just ad a support.

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