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Old 06-24-2022, 07:00 PM   #1
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I ordered a Westinghouse dual fuel generator for emergency use and if we ever boondock. I am thinking about storing it in the front storage area, but not sure if the floor is strong enough to support it, It weighs 104 lbs, if that won't work, will have to come up with a way to lock in on the cargo carrier on the back or in the bed of the truck next to the cab. It comes with a RV compatible plug in, so at least that's a plus..
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Old 06-24-2022, 09:03 PM   #2
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If necessary, adding some support under the compartment should take a competent welder but a few hours.
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I ordered a Westinghouse dual fuel generator for emergency use and if we ever boondock. I am thinking about storing it in the front storage area, but not sure if the floor is strong enough to support it, It weighs 104 lbs, if that won't work, will have to come up with a way to lock in on the cargo carrier on the back or in the bed of the truck next to the cab. It comes with a RV compatible plug in, so at least that's a plus..
Here is some food for thought, I chose to place my Onan i4500 in the bed of the truck mainly for security reasons. It is a pain to run the power cord from the rear shore power connection to my gen set in the bed but no worries for theft when boondocking and it just rides around with me until I need the full truck bed.

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Some 5th wheels are pre wired for a generator in the front and have an auto transfer switch already installed. It would be easy enough to add a Power inlet connected to the generator wires to the ATS. Then you do not need a long cord to reach the bed of the truck, a regular cord will do, and its safe because the unused power inlet is NOT hot, due to the ATS switching.

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Here is some food for thought, I chose to place my Onan i4500 in the bed of the truck mainly for security reasons. It is a pain to run the power cord from the rear shore power connection to my gen set in the bed but no worries for theft when boondocking and it just rides around with me until I need the full truck bed.
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Old 06-26-2022, 07:01 AM   #6
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Here is some food for thought, I chose to place my Onan i4500 in the bed of the truck mainly for security reasons. It is a pain to run the power cord from the rear shore power connection to my gen set in the bed but no worries for theft when boondocking and it just rides around with me until I need the full truck bed.
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I am leaning that way, since my truck has a bed cover and also has a couple of tie down rings in the corner that I could use to lock it down with a chain and padlock. Don't know if my old body could handle wrestling it in and out of the front storage bay. LOL Will have to wait until it gets here this week to see where it will fit the best.....our rig doesn't have gen set up in the front bay, but am pretty sure the cord would reach to generator in the truck...
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I am leaning that way, since my truck has a bed cover and also has a couple of tie down rings in the corner that I could use to lock it down with a chain and padlock. Don't know if my old body could handle wrestling it in and out of the front storage bay. LOL Will have to wait until it gets here this week to see where it will fit the best.....our rig doesn't have gen set up in the front bay, but am pretty sure the cord would reach to generator in the truck...
one option is to get a crane hitch, you could pick the genset up with it, and set it into the bay. Never used one but have been considering getting one.
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one option is to get a crane hitch, you could pick the genset up with it, and set it into the bay. Never used one but have been considering getting one.
Never saw one made for a fifth wheel hitch. Had one that mounted in a receiver hitch on a work truck I used at one point to load and unload car wash equipment, etc.. but that style would never work loading a generator in the front storage bay. It wouldn't extend out far enough and there would be enough clearance...
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Never saw one made for a fifth wheel hitch. Had one that mounted in a receiver hitch on a work truck I used at one point to load and unload car wash equipment, etc.. but that style would never work loading a generator in the front storage bay. It wouldn't extend out far enough and there would be enough clearance...
gotcha figured if you had a 5th you also had a hitch, clearance is an issue for sure.
Why I haven't made that decision yet.
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