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Old 05-26-2015, 07:47 PM   #1
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Generator that will fit under bed?

Looking to get a generator for dry camping/boondocking. Want it to be able to fit under the bed of an A122s so it can also serve to help take some weight off the tongue. Anyone else carry theirs in that location? Looks to be about 16.5" to close the bed down fully, 15" to be able to push it under the wood support member and further back. Anyone know a good generator that will fit this area?
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:51 PM   #2
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I would never ever put a gasoline fueled device inside a living compartment much less under the bed.
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Old 05-26-2015, 07:56 PM   #3
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Just to clarify and I hope I already know the answer. But your talking about just transporting it there and not running it from that location. I know it's a dumb question but needed to be ask.
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I appreciate that. I wouldn't either. There are good propane adapter kits out there that I'd use so no gasoline would be in the camper at all.
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I have a small 1000 watt 2 stroke I got on the Heartland website for the teardrop I'm building. I haven't used it yet but it would probably fit. You might look at some the small Honda's. Pricey but great generators.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:09 PM   #6
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Yes stormrider, just for transport. As I said to help balance the tongue weight better. The A122s comes rather tongue heavy with dual propane tanks, the power tongue jack and just a single group 24 battery. Tried dry water tank and full water tank and there is no appreciable difference in tongue weight. We pack light so being able to shift weight rearward is pretty hard. 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.
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I would imagine a Honda 2000 or the similar Yamaha generator would fit under the bed, but you'd want to check the dimensions first! I'm looking to get the Honda, but haven't done so yet.

I wish mine had a single propane tank, just because of the tongue weight. I actually only have one of them filled to save a bit of weight.

There's no way I could use two full tanks of propane in a single trip! I'm still on my first tank after a year. I actually never even refilled the tank on my first popup, which I had for two years!
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A Honda 2000 weighs 46 lbs. Given the proportions of the trailer, that is not going to make much difference on your tongue weight. And it is 16.7 inches in height. So it is probably out of considerations.

At 29 lbs the Honda 1000 will make less than ten lbs difference in tongue weight while the 15 inches height spec just fits your measurements.

I've thought about this too, let us know what you decide.
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I have 2 Yamaha 2000's, either those or Honda's will work. Both neck and neck when it comes to quality.
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Just my 2 cents worth, but I'd also not transport a gasoline generator in an enclosed trailer. I understand that you're not talking about running it in there, so carbon monoxide isn't an issue. But the sloshing of the gasoline as you travel, in addition to it's just sitting there, could rather easily create gas fumes that I wouldn't want to have around in an enclosed area when I start the gas range, furnace, or other flame-based appliances.
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