Originally Posted by William Brown
I have an 85 16 ft Scamp
I purchased a Honda EU
2000i generator and I am debating where to mount it. My preference is to mount it on the tongue using a rack welded from the tongue extending over the battery box. The trailer shop where I would be having the work done suggested that I should mount it at the rear where I have a luggage rack. Their feeling is that the front mount would present a fire hazard with the generator mounted next to the propane cylinder.I understand their point however I am concerned about weight bias with a rear mount.
Carrying the generator in the tow vehicle is out of the question as it is a Hyundai Santa Fe and would have to be carried inside.
I appreciate any thoughts or advice on this issue.
I decided to put add a back porch for my generator. But ... being interested in safety while towing, I weighed my trailer (fully loaded); and also weighed the tongue; and the trailer and TV combined. I did consult with Frederick and he was extremely helpful.
I then researched the effects of adding the generator and "porch" to the back of the trailer. The danger of having too much weight in the back of the trailer is that the front will tend to lift up while under way, causing instability [a crash
]. You want to make sure that your trailer will handle the additional weight safely.
Also, think about where your fresh water tank is located. If you tow with a full H20 tank (I just keep a minimum amount of H20 on the road and fill up near my destination), you'll have to include that in your calculations.
If it is safe, a back porch is a great way to go. I made a cover for the generator. But a large trash bag and bungie cords will work just fine. I do not carry a gas can on the porch. I put gas in the generator close to my destination and manage to use most of it up before returning home.