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Old 02-18-2015, 04:33 PM   #1
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Generator vibration on a Scamp trailer?

I have a 19 foot Scamp gooseneck, and I am considering a Honda EU 3000 generator (I like the idea of the remote start). I would like to mount it on a platform behind the bumper. Does anyone know if a generator causes enough vibration inside the trailer to be bothersome?
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(I was thinking of mounting the generator at the rear of the trailer. The trailer has a cargo platform made of 1 and 1/4 inch angle iron that is bolted to the trailer frame. This platform is behind the rear bumper. I would like to put the generator there.)
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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Are you talking about mounting it on the platform where generally propane tanks go? I can't speak from experience but would assume it would vibrate some unless you had some type of rubber mounts that it was mounted on. Hopefully someone that has done this will jump in soon.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:20 PM   #3
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I would be a bit concerned about carbon monoxide infiltration if you are putting it/running it on a platform in back of the trailer. Scamps are not exactly air tight and that is kind of close. It would be better to mount it in the truck bed in front of the hitch if possible. That way it would be further away from the sleeping area and the vibration concern would be eliminated.


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Old 02-18-2015, 06:08 PM   #4
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One certainly would not want to put it under the overhead bed area. In fact, the Honda 3000EU manual http://cdn.powerequipment.honda.com/...X31ZT76221.pdf
states: (emphasis mine)


The exhaust system gets hot enough to ignite some materials.
Keep the generator at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from buildings
and other equipment during operation.
Do not enclose the generator in any structure.
Keep flammable materials away from the generator.


and it's a tad heavy to put on the back of the trailer. There is at least one person on the site that mentioned that he mounted a 3000EU in the back of his TV and just hooks his power cable to that when running.


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Old 02-18-2015, 06:48 PM   #5
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The best gen. mount for a 5er I think was done by Kamper Bob. He welded a 2" reciever tube (from HF) to the gooseneck just below the deck. I think he used a small ATV cargo platform to mount the generator to. The generator set directly over your hitch.
Edit: He made is own dolly platform. I was going to use an ATV rack.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:06 PM   #6
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I have a 19 foot Scamp gooseneck, and I am considering a Honda EU 3000 generator (I like the idea of the remote start). I would like to mount it on a platform behind the bumper. Does anyone know if a generator causes enough vibration inside the trailer to be bothersome?
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(I was thinking of mounting the generator at the rear of the trailer. The trailer has a cargo platform made of 1 and 1/4 inch angle iron that is bolted to the trailer frame. This platform is behind the rear bumper. I would like to put the generator there.)
That would work well for a genny mount but even with the rubber feet you will get a bit of vibration transfer inside. I don't find it a problem but I really don't run it much more than 15 minutes at a time. As far as fumes getting inside, think of the millions of RVs with onboard mounded units that exhaust down or just to the side and they aren't anymore air tight than our eggs. Can't say I've ever heard of anyone having problems with CO from a genny though I guess it could happen. Your LP heater or stovetop would be much more a cause for CO concern IMO.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:08 PM   #7
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On board generators, designed for enclosed compartment use, are (supposed to be) installed in a vented (usually metal lined) compartment and the exhaust system is designed to direct the exhaust down and away from the underside of the trailer or motorhome. The exhausts on the Honda and , I believe, all other portable generators, exhausts out the side at some level above the base. And me thinks that Honda is onto something with their 3 ft minimum recommendation.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:23 PM   #9
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I have a 20' Class C (I'm also rehabbing a 13' Tote n' Tarry)...well my Class C has an Onan Generator which is spendy, weighs...hmmm maybe up to 3-400 pounds, puts out a considerable amount of exhaust which although piped to the outside still manages to get in, I never use it and I'm considering selling it.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:13 AM   #10
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On board generators, designed for enclosed compartment use, are (supposed to be) installed in a vented (usually metal lined) compartment and the exhaust system is designed to direct the exhaust down and away from the underside of the trailer or motorhome. The exhausts on the Honda and , I believe, all other portable generators, exhausts out the side at some level above the base. And me thinks that Honda is onto something with their 3 ft minimum recommendation.
Our Motorhome had a generator mounted in a metal lined, vented compartment. It worked fine until one still day when the generator's exhaust accumulated under the motorhome and managed to infiltrate the motorhome setting off the carbon monoxide detector. We added a 6 foot extension to the exhaust output after that and no longer had the problem.


I admit the Scamp is tighter than the motorhome however when ever I use a generator with our Scamp I locate the generator away from the Scamp.
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We have a 3000 watt Yamaha Generator mounted on the tongue. We can barely hear it and can't feel any vibrations. Never experienced any exhaust problems.
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Always follow the generator safety instructions and place the unit the prescribed distance from the RV to avoid being Carbonmonixide to death.
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