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Old 05-11-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Smile Where did you put your Generator?

Our plans are to purchase a 5th wheel in about 6-9 months. Still have 1 1/2 year at job. Most of the 5th wheels I've looked at do not come with a generator.
Our plans are to travel about 6 months per year during the warmer months so AC will be needed. Thanks for letting me try and get a handle on this problem. Don't want to stay at campground every night.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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flcountryboy,
If you are buying a new unit, then order it with the generator already installed. Mine is propane powered, which I think most of the 5er's are, that way you don't have to carry gasoline to power it. If you are looking at a toy hauler, the have a gas station on board, so they may come with a gasoline powered generator. Mine is factory installed, it is in the drivers side front compartment.
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Thanks Frank
I've been looking at used units online and at a couple of dealerships when we travel.
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I carry two 2kw generators in the bed of the truck. They are light enough that there is no problem picking them up and setting them on the ground under the 5er.

Mostly, I only use one at a time. Occasionally, when I need A/C, I hook both generators in parallel.

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We just had a Cummins Onan 5500 generator installed on our 5th wheel. It is surprisingly quiet and will run just about anything we need. We are getting ready to install a Magnum 2000 inverter. We have a couple of Honda 2000's but we we're always afraid they would be stolen. Now we just push a button and have instant power.
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We just had a Cummins Onan 5500 generator installed on our 5th wheel. It is surprisingly quiet and will run just about anything we need. We are getting ready to install a Magnum 2000 inverter. We have a couple of Honda 2000's but we we're always afraid they would be stolen. Now we just push a button and have instant power.
That's what cable locks are for.

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did you go with a propane or gas generator? and why?
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We had it installed at NuWa's Service Center and they only install propane generators. I believe they think they are safer than gasoline generators. And cables locks will not keep a generator safe. If a thief wants it, they can steal it. Kind if hard to steal our installed generator.
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We had it installed at NuWa's Service Center and they only install propane generators. I believe they think they are safer than gasoline generators. And cables locks will not keep a generator safe. If a thief wants it, they can steal it. Kind if hard to steal our installed generator.
If a thief wants it badly enough, nothing is safe. All you can really do is make it sufficiently difficult that they will go after something else instead. Given the time, a determined thief could open your bay and remove your permanently installed generator.

The fact is, that it just doesn't happen very often. Some things aren't worth worrying about.

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do you guys think most 5th wheelers carry some type of generator?
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I have a Champion 4kw generator, kind of heavy that travels in the back of the truck when I expect to need the air conditioner. However, I think it's a bit loud to use in a campground. The bigger Hondas (3kw) or Yamahas are very quiet and will handle an ac unit, but a bit on the pricey side.
I also have a 2100 watt Powermate inverter generator that I carry for travel. I don't expect it to run an ac unit but will handle the rest of the trailer. Wasn't interested in a builtin as I need the storage space.

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I just built a rack 28"x84". its supported by 1/4" 2x4 tubing welded to the frame. I have a 8500 watt generator that will fit nicely on it.
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