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Old 07-16-2015, 06:23 PM   #31
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When I bought my V cross 365 the wife wanted a generator installed. She's my little pepper! Lol. I had an Onan 5500 quiet gen with 18 gallon marine tank. The dealer did the install and put in the auto power switch, anti vibration plate, sound proofing,ran exhaust, ect. They did an awesome job. All what they did was 1500 while I supplied the generator and tank. The Onans that are for RVs have the proper airflow and are much quieter to run. Good luck!
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Old 07-16-2015, 11:34 PM   #32
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DocGTO - do you have some pics of the installation?
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:15 AM   #33
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This photo shows what I did to hold my Honda 3000IS generator. I've painted it black to match the bumper. I had a welder fabricator with 30 years experience come to the house and do it for me. I supplied the material and he charged me $120 for the installation.

I haven't had it on the road since I had done but I will shortly I hope. If it holds up well I may put a platform all across for added storage such as the hoses and electrical cords. I am trying to keep the weight to a minimum as it is on a 2008 8280SS ultralight 5th wheel.

You can see on the left the cover for the spare tire. It is just fastened to the bumper with two u bolts. I am going to remove it which will cut down on any vibration on the bumper. I can always put the spare tire in the back of my truck.

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Old 07-17-2015, 09:44 AM   #34
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DocGTO - do you have some pics of the installation?
Give me a few and I'll take some pics.
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You ask and shall receive. Sorry for the color but it is so bright out, the sunlight off the grass gives everything a green tint. You can see in the pic that we have the Onan 5500 on the passenger side and the 18 gallon marine tank on the driver's side. It all fits perfect in the storage compartment. I usually keep a funnel and some ethonol stabilizer in that area too. The dealer made sure the compartment was insulated with a flame retardtant material and did all the wiring, put in the automatic power switch, ran the exhaust and mounted the generator base. Works great and is pretty damn quiet.

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...I haven't had it on the road since I had done but I will shortly I hope. If it holds up well I may put a platform all across for added storage such as the hoses and electrical cords. I am trying to keep the weight to a minimum as it is on a 2008 8280SS ultralight 5th wheel...Jim
Regardless of how well it is welded to the bumper, the bumper is 16 ga tubing and the weak points are where the bumper is attached to the frame. I would imagine someone will find a generator along the road sometime in the near future.
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Regardless of how well it is welded to the bumper, the bumper is 16 ga tubing and the weak points are where the bumper is attached to the frame. I would imagine someone will find a generator along the road sometime in the near future.
Ouch!
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Regardless of how well it is welded to the bumper, the bumper is 16 ga tubing and the weak points are where the bumper is attached to the frame. I would imagine someone will find a generator along the road sometime in the near future.
That looks like the frame tore at the weld, not the bumper.

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That looks like the frame tore at the weld, not the bumper.

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Regardless, the frame is only 0.075" thick and the end result is the same whether it breaks at the frame, in the weld or the tube.
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Regardless of how well it is welded to the bumper, the bumper is 16 ga tubing and the weak points are where the bumper is attached to the frame. I would imagine someone will find a generator along the road sometime in the near future.
The metal should never tear at a weld like your photo. I would guess there was a lot of vibration hanging off the bumper. This is why I am removing the spare tire carrier from the bumper. Weight alone can cause metal fatigue vut if is bouncing around, vibrating, it is almost guaranteed.

Got to look but may be able to weld a piece of angle iron across the two I beam frames underneath. Then add a fish plate from it to the two square tubes supporting the generator plate. Got to look underneath to see if enough of the frame is exposed to do this though. This would take a lot of the stress off the thin bumper and add streingth to the thin frame.

I am sure it can be done. See:

We Discover Canada And Beyond: Extending the Bumper on 5th Wheel Trailer


We Discover Canada And Beyond: Custom Made Generator Box For Our RV

"This setup works well for us and it seems to be standing up well. Last year we did a trip up to Yukon and Alaska and clocked around 12,000 Km or 7,200 miles." Quote from a member on here, Anders, sent to me.

Would have done this the first time but did not know how thin the bumper was! I am sure Anders and I are not the only ones to do this and would love to hear from those that have!

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