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Old 05-08-2011, 07:47 PM   #1
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hauling a generator

Any ideas on loading a 3200watt generator in my truck? It weighs 129 lbs, and it
is a bit much to expect my wife to help out. I have heard of guys using carts etc. Looking for any ideas on how to store it so loading is easy. Thanks
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And that is the reason I sprung for the extra $$$ and got a pair of Honda EU2000i with the parallel kit. They weight about 50# each and I can easily load them in the truck, one at a time. I carry a small 4 wheel cart to load them on. I also have the 6 gallon extended run tank for the generators.

For your situation, you might check Northern Tool or Harbor Freight for the lift that mounts in the corner of the truck bed that can easily the generator.

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Glad u posted that. We are wondering the same thing about our generator. Will look into the lift.
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Heck, I mounted my Yamaha 3500 generator to the bed of my F-150...no lifting in and out...truck is still functional to haul most things..I have a tonneau cover that I lock when not running the genny. Just open the cover, turn the key to start, and I have full power for the trailer...runs AC, microwave, and all....

Generator goes with me when I leave the site, and is locked under the tonneau...I don't worry about anyone stealing it.....did I mention that I have it bolted down in the truck?.......if they tried to steal it while it was running late at night, our dogs would surely hear and bark...it would take them awhile to unbolt it, and by then the 911 call would have police there, or I would have wandered out with my shotgun, asking if they were have a nice evening.......hah.
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When you use the search feature in the page heading you should find many past discussions about generators, types, loading, etc.
I initially tried to use a construction generator for dry camping, in addition to many other reasons for abandoning that construction generator, weight was also a problem for me. I even bought that hydraulic lift Search results for: 'hydraulic truck bed crane' for the bed of the truck Harbor Freight sells. After 1 year of wrestling that heavy generator around I bought a 3,000W continuous output Boliy RV's choice for Portable Power - Boliy USA, Home of the Boliy Generator invertor series genset. Full of fuel it weighs 78#, easy to move about by myself and powerful enough to run the A/C and, microwave, at the same time.
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Heck, I mounted my Yamaha 3500 generator to the bed of my F-150...no lifting in and out...truck is still functional to haul most things..I have a tonneau cover that I lock when not running the genny. Just open the cover, turn the key to start, and I have full power for the trailer...runs AC, microwave, and all....

Generator goes with me when I leave the site, and is locked under the tonneau...I don't worry about anyone stealing it.....did I mention that I have it bolted down in the truck?.......if they tried to steal it while it was running late at night, our dogs would surely hear and bark...it would take them awhile to unbolt it, and by then the 911 call would have police there, or I would have wandered out with my shotgun, asking if they were have a nice evening.......hah.

I did the same exact thing with ours.
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My Champion 3500 weighs just over 100 lbs, and I can lift it in and out by myself if I have to, but wife can lift her end easily.
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My Champion 3500 weighs just over 100 lbs, and I can lift it in and out by myself if I have to, but wife can lift her end easily.
I have a champion 3500 as well, my 13 year old helps me load it when hes around.. if not, i can manage it myself.
when im boondocking for 1 or 2 nights I wont even unload it.

that Boliy looks like a nice setup, but a bit pricey. I paid 325 for mine with a wheel kit.
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