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Old 08-09-2006, 02:03 PM   #1
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We are the proud owners of a new Honda eu2000i. Buying it was a hard decision because it cost more than the trailer but we coughed up the money and it's sitting in the living room being admired (seriously!).

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How and where do you carry your generators?
How much fuel do you carry?
Where do you carry the fuel?

We bought a new 2 gallon Blitz plastic gas can with the new and improved "No spill" nozzle that spewed gass all over the generator when we tired to use it to fill the tank. We were not impressed.
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Old 08-09-2006, 02:09 PM   #2
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Mine, which is smaller than yours, is kept in a tuperware rubermaid.. insert brand name here.. tub that has the rolled over lid edges. I can't smell the gas when it's in here and if there is a spill, it will be contained to the tub.
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Old 08-09-2006, 02:19 PM   #3
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I have found with most of my gasoline-fueled stuff (lawn mower, weed trimmer, etc) that it is best to just pour directly from the can, ignoring the leaky nozzle. Two exceptions: vehicle fuel tanks need some sort of nozzle, and for the lawn tractor (lots of fuel, awkward filler location) I use a dispenser nozzle and hose setup (Flo N' Go, from Canadian Tire), which works reasonably well.

I don't have carry a generator with the Boler, so my experience is no help with transport, but something like the Flo N' Go might make refuelling the generator easier.
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Mine, which is smaller than yours, is kept in a tuperware rubermaid.. insert brand name here.. tub that has the rolled over lid edges. I can't smell the gas when it's in here and if there is a spill, it will be contained to the tub.
Both the gas and generator in the tub? Do you carry them in the car or trailer?

Brian, Canadian Tire asks for a Canadian postal code which I do not have to view the item.
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No. Gas in car, Generator in trailer. It helps balance the weight if I take it.
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Old 08-09-2006, 05:06 PM   #6
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My trailer is "off the grid" with a solar panel on top. My generator sits at home waiting for Armageddon. It will obsolete by that time-maybe I should sell it.
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Old 08-09-2006, 05:18 PM   #7
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Jim, I don't think your solar panel will run my AC. That's my main reason for having it.

Solar is next on my "to get list" for winter camping when the AC can stay at home.
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I was considering bringing my generator to the Techachpi rally to run my swamp cooler, but.. we'll see.

Liz.. try m4s 2b8 for the postal code.

They kinda give you the answer
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That was so blonde of me, thanks Gina! LOL!
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...Brian, Canadian Tire asks for a Canadian postal code which I do not have to view the item.
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...Liz.. try m4s 2b8 for the postal code...
Sorry I missed that - once you enter one, it is automatically supplied on future vists, so I forgot that it was requested.

I hit the same thing with U.S. sites all the time, and usually put in 90210 (as in Beverly Hills), because it's a valid Zip code which I remember.

Here's a perhaps more useful link, with more options from the same manufacturer: Flo N' Go - Scepter Online Catalog. I'm using the "LE" version for my lawn tractor.
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We bought a new 2 gallon Blitz plastic gas can with the new and improved "No spill" nozzle that spewed gass all over the generator when we tired to use it to fill the tank. We were not impressed.

Thank the California Air Resources Board for the no spill nozzel. I think it was meant to eliminate fumes from the can being leaked into the atmosphere. I have spilled more gas in the last month just filling the ATVs that my grand kids ride when they visit than I have in all of my 65 years. I solved the problem when I was in Arizona 2 weeks ago. I bought 12 plastic fuel can nozzels at Wally World that are not spill proof.
Make sure you drain the fuel from your generator when it is not going to be used for an extended period or use fuel stabilizer if you don't you will be removing the carb and cleaning it as I had to before we went on our first trip in our 13' Burro last week.
For those of you that posted suggestions about silicone removal, thank you.
Now that I am back from camping I will try start the removal chore.

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We carry our Honda 2000 in a plastic tub with lid in the back of our Element. While we don't smell gas while traveling, occassionally we do when open the car in the morning, so I added some foam insulating tape around the lid to help keep the odors in.

The 2.5 gallon gas container is bungeed and cable locked to the top of the battery box on the Scamp. This location was selected after the "dragging gas container, people hollering at us" incident last year when I was using the space 'next' to the battery box and the container shifted and the bungees failed to hold it.
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John, I'm glad to know it's not just us having trouble with those dang nozzles. We are going on vacation next week to Wyoming, you can bet we will take your tip and look for regular nozzles out of state.

Patrick, I'll look for a tub to put the generator in that seems to be a good idea. The generator is sitting in my living room right now and I don't smell any fumes. When we get the tongue stuff layed out for real we'll try to fit the can into the plans.
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I have found 2 containers that will hold a Honda 2K without wasting a lot of space. The smallest is the 18 Gallon Rubbermaid roughneck 18 GL Roughneck. The lid doesn't quite close but will with a deformed area where the handle is too high for the container. The 18 gallon has a recessed lid which is the reason for the fit problem. On the plus side it is of a pliable and tougher plastic.

There is a 22 gallon Rubbermaid container. It has a flat lid, but is of thinner, less flexible plastic. The lid will close with no problem and there is only an inch or two wasted space. It is not 22 Gallon latching lid tote container available at Sam's Club. Although it might fit. Here is theone I got Duratote

I carry generator and gas can in rear of pickup. I've carried gas in the rear of an suv before and never felt comfortable with it back there. If I were to carry a gas can in the rear of suv again I would put the gas can in a a container as some have suggested. Since I have several and a variety of manufacturer and size of containers in the back of my pickup it is effectively camoflaged in plain view. Turning either container upside down over the generator with exhaust end propped up provides an effective rain cover for the front panel electronics.

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