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Old 06-09-2021, 03:02 PM   #1
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Mounting a generator on my Trailer

I have a Champion 3400 watt dual fuel inverter generator. It weighs about 100 pounds dry. I'd like a way to mount it on my Jayco 212QB somewhere. I'm already running close on max tongue weight towing with my Durango, so I think I'm limited to carrying it on the rear bumper somehow or even storing it in the camper (not my first choice especially if it has gas in it.

Looking for people who have added bumper shelves or whatever to the rear for ideas.

I've never really boondocked and probably won't. Just curious how others might do this. The generator is mainly for back up during hurricane season. It runs the AC and hot water heater and we can run the fridge in the house. That way we have a cool place to sleep. hot water for a shower and can keep the main fridge going so our food does not spoil.
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Old 06-09-2021, 04:06 PM   #2
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i mounted our 3500 w Champion to my rear bumper. i extended the bumper about 8" to get the weight of the gen centered over the bumper tube with different bumper mounts to the frame. it works great. i also built a davit to remove the gen from the bumper mounting and put it back on. the davit fits in a socket and is removed and stored on the wall of my storage compartment. it works very easy not much effort to unload or load. we spent almost 5 weeks in Alaska it came in real handy.
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Old 06-09-2021, 04:37 PM   #3
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Mount n lock generator tray and bumper supports is what I added to my fifth wheel to haul my 158# Yamaha. It worked great.
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Old 06-09-2021, 06:40 PM   #4
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I've had a Honda 2000W and a Genrac iq3500 on the bumper and both vibrate the trailer.
Carrying it there is no biggie if you support it right. Running it there for me was annoying.
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Old 06-09-2021, 07:43 PM   #5
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Just an fyi I aquired a honda 3000is that was in a wood box with broken u bolts that was in a ditch. Seems it WAS attached to said rear bumper tube on a camper on a bumpy section of road. You won't know its missing till you get to the campsite......
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:01 AM   #6
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I'd take it off to run it. I can imagine how annoying that would be when trying to sleep.


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I've had a Honda 2000W and a Genrac iq3500 on the bumper and both vibrate the trailer.
Carrying it there is no biggie if you support it right. Running it there for me was annoying.
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:03 AM   #7
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I assume that is not a store bought modification. Looks like some nice metal work. Thanks!


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i mounted our 3500 w Champion to my rear bumper. i extended the bumper about 8" to get the weight of the gen centered over the bumper tube with different bumper mounts to the frame. it works great. i also built a davit to remove the gen from the bumper mounting and put it back on. the davit fits in a socket and is removed and stored on the wall of my storage compartment. it works very easy not much effort to unload or load. we spent almost 5 weeks in Alaska it came in real handy.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:15 AM   #8
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Mounting a generator on my Trailer

Sounds like to me you would be better off keeping it inside the trailer, for the chance you may need to take it with you.

Donít know your trailer but considering your not going to be boondocking all that much, or not at all, and the restraints on your TV, not sure its worth the trouble to add a mount. Leaving it inside also allows for placement over, or slightly rear of the axels, which helps greatly with a limited tow vehicle.

We load our Honda 2200i in the front storage compartment, and even after going down rough roads, I have yet to smell a hint of gasoline in there.
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Old 06-10-2021, 02:09 PM   #9
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I've had a Honda 2000W and a Genrac iq3500 on the bumper and both vibrate the trailer.
Carrying it there is no biggie if you support it right. Running it there for me was annoying.
we use ours on the trailer if its just an overnight stay or if we pull off the road for lunch and need the power. it doesn't really make that much noise or vibrate much, you can hear it but for a few minutes its not annoying. for an overnight its used to run the coffee maker and the wife's curling irons and hair drier in the morning i can start it with the remote so the coffee is going before i get up. if boondocking we have a long extension cord so i can set the gen away from the camper.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:31 PM   #10
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Have you considered replacing the Durango with a truck?
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Virtually every video or pics of a trailer sway accident that I have seen, the trailer had a bunch of crap (usually including a generator) installed on the back bumper. You will be surprised how little weight change it takes to make an trailer handle badly, or scary.

My Bigfoot has the fresh water tank at the very rear on the floor underneath the bed. Terrible place, I have been putting all the weight I can over or forward of the axles to help with the handling, its OK now, but I have considered putting the spare tire underneath on a hoist or frame to get more weight forward.

Putting weight on the very front and rear of a trailer is really a poor idea, as it creates what I call the "bar-bell effect". The inertial force created by the weight at the very ends contributes to making a trailer continuing to sway after the smallest upset due to wind or a passing truck.

I think you need a heavier tow vehicle.

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Virtually every video or pics of a trailer sway accident that I have seen, the trailer had a bunch of crap (usually including a generator) installed on the back bumper. You will be surprised how little weight change it takes to make an trailer handle badly, or scary.

My Bigfoot has the fresh water tank at the very rear on the floor underneath the bed. Terrible place, I have been putting all the weight I can over or forward of the axles to help with the handling, its OK now, but I have considered putting the spare tire underneath on a hoist or frame to get more weight forward.

Putting weight on the very front and rear of a trailer is really a poor idea, as it creates what I call the "bar-bell effect". The inertial force created by the weight at the very ends contributes to making a trailer continuing to sway after the smallest upset due to wind or a passing truck.

I think you need a heavier tow vehicle.

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Old 06-11-2021, 06:20 AM   #13
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Weíve gotten off track here. I actually found several add on bumpers that would accommodate my generator eTrailer should I decide to do this.

I certainly appreciate everyoneís concern and since Iíve been around on this site for a while anyone interested can look up discussions Iíve posted on towing this trailer with the Durango. Iíve done the math and weigh my loaded rig.

As to mokurtís question, yes, Iíve considered a truck. I just have not convinced myself to pull the trigger but a nice 2500 Ram is probably in my future. That should tow just about anything Iím likely to get since I donít want a trailer any bigger than I have. Fortunately for my wallet, gas 2500 standard beds are as rare as henís teeth around here on the lots. Everyone is selling fully dressed out diesels for $85k+ and those are easy to walk away from.



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As to mokurtís question, yes, Iíve considered a truck. I just have not convinced myself to pull the trigger but a nice 2500 Ram is probably in my future. That should tow just about anything Iím likely to get since I donít want a trailer any bigger than I have. Fortunately for my wallet, gas 2500 standard beds are as rare as henís teeth around here on the lots. Everyone is selling fully dressed out diesels for $85k+ and those are easy to walk away from.
I'm towing our 25 ft. Jayco with a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel with 180K miles.
Bought this truck used in 2002 with 30K miles on it.

Looked at new ones last year but just to expensive for us.Even newer used ones were expensive!
My old dodge does well.
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