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Old 05-27-2015, 09:49 AM   #11
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I measured the proportions of my 122s when leaving home this morning. The ratio of coupler-hub-storage is ~3:1. That's measured to the middle of the rear baggage door. So figure any weight stored that far back, such as a 30 lb generator will take 10 lb off the tongue and add 40 lb to the axle.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:58 AM   #12
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I'm open to any other ideas to help bring the tongue weight down to give me a safety margin instead of being right at the max.
Re-engineering the battery is one option I've considered. Moving the battery off the tongue and replacing it with one or two AGM batteries within a vented case under the rear bed would make a sizable difference on tongue weight. They could be put in the service side sliding storage area or perhaps in the cool-cat compartment.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:58 AM   #13
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CJ, you mentioned your large propane generator being in the bed of your truck. Not sure the size of it, but assuming you're in the market for a smaller generator for purposes other than ballast, have you considered attaching a hitch and hitch rack to the rear bumper of the A122S?

We did this to our pop-up and we use it to carry ice chest or other items as a means of reducing the footprint in the tow vehicle and camper while towing. We tend to pack heavy. See below the hitch mounted to the rear bumper.



We use something similar to this, ours is packed away right now, or I'd photo the exact one.



With this type of setup the offset to the tongue would be closer to 1:1, and you could store just about anything there in the right tote, whether generator or other items. Just a thought.

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Old 05-27-2015, 01:16 PM   #14
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We're right at 15%. My big LPG powered generator would be up in the back of the truck bed. I'm open to any other ideas to help bring the tongue weight down to give me a safety margin instead of being right at the max.

BTW, retired firefighter/emt here as well. 20 years as a fire fighter in the military and about 15 years as a volunteer with the fire dept and ambulance squad.
Have you given this a thought?

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Old 05-27-2015, 01:57 PM   #15
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How about considering a tool box in the bed of the truck? A fancy tool box can also hold gasoline (or diesel) and serve to increase distance before visiting a fuel station.

We purchased a Rubbermaid plastic deck box for hoses, extra extension cords and whatever. They come in several sizes. Ours is certainly large enough for a Honda EU2000i generator. It is a Rubbermaid 5F21 Deck Box, 10CF.
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Old 05-27-2015, 03:58 PM   #16
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im thinking a 1000 watt Yamaha or Honda would suit your needs, and fit underneath your bed deck....suit your needs .. if your just using it for charging batteries and the occasional use.
i would transport it dry ... but these higher end inverter style gen-sets are very well engineered and should not leak a drop of gas.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:16 PM   #17
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A note on generators. The Northern Tool PowerHorse is comparable to the Honda 2000. It is as quiet, same weight and size and half the price. Read the reviews. They are very good.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:23 PM   #18
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Many good ideas. Perhaps the answer is removing weight from the tongue itself. Don't want to mess with the battery and electrical so maybe the answer is moving the two propane tanks into the truck bed for transport?
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:51 PM   #19
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The Honda has locking vent on the gas tank cap. You could lock the vent and let the genny run till it quits. It would be pretty dry by then.
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Honda 2000 dimensions are 20.2 x 11.4 x 16.7 inches (LxWxH)
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