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Old 07-29-2020, 03:54 PM   #1
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I HATE THIEVES or how to not get your genset stolen

So I just got my Carlson Stromberg Gen Tray. Plan on mounting it to the tongue in the am and then getting a buddy to help me lift my new Champion 3500 Remote Start inverter up there and get it secured. (Pray to God that never happens) are you bolting them down? Is there a kit? Pics? Videos? Straps?
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I agree! I can tolerate a lot of things but I can't stand a thief!
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In 40 years the only theft I've ever seen at a campground was a generator.

The guy had it sitting by the front of his coach and it wasn't locked down in any way.
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Lick the handles.....just kidd'n...can just as easy being taken from a pickup bed.....I use a 5/8th cable lock.....
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Old 08-01-2020, 01:36 PM   #5
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So I got the Stromberg Carlson Gen Tower installed, when I mocked it up it was just too tall so I lowered it by 8", cut 4" off of top and bottom of the legs, shortened the front support and drilled correct holes. SOLID...ROCK SOLID this mount is.

Covered the tanks with a new PVC soft cover.

Will mount Generator as soon as I get stout chains and locks to secure it from thieves. Plan on putting a pretty stout chain inside of a clear protective hose and chaining/locking it down right. It's weight (98 lbs) and the fact that they will have to either;

A. Break the locks.
B. Cut the chains.
C. Saw off the top ears and handle of the Genset.

Will be of some deterrence. It will at least slow them down and it will be pretty noisy too.

Will post pics of it when finally done.
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Next is additional storage. Bought a good used truck tool box.

My thinking is from my former Marine Aviation and flying days. I added 150 lbs to my tongue weight with the tower and generator/inverter. Sooooo let's offset that some by adding weight to the tail.

Fabricating a set of L brackets out of 3" channel iron and 2"angle iron. Plan on raising the spare tire 12-16" up and then remounting it. Then locate tool box just to the left of the ladder to clear. Then loading it with set up gear, chocks, leveling blocks, jack, tools etc.
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So I got the Stromberg Carlson Gen Tower installed, when I mocked it up it was just too tall so I lowered it by 8", cut 4" off of top and bottom of the legs, shortened the front support and drilled correct holes. SOLID...ROCK SOLID this mount is.

Covered the tanks with a new PVC soft cover.

Will mount Generator as soon as I get stout chains and locks to secure it from thieves. Plan on putting a pretty stout chain inside of a clear protective hose and chaining/locking it down right. It's weight (98 lbs) and the fact that they will have to either;

A. Break the locks.
B. Cut the chains.
C. Saw off the top ears and handle of the Genset.

Will be of some deterrence. It will at least slow them down and it will be pretty noisy too.

Will post pics of it when finally done.
Well now they are just going to steal the whole trailer. Many years ago a girlfriend of mine at the time came out of her apartment and walked to her parking spot and found her car up on blocks and all 4 tires missing. I told her to get locking lugs to secure the brand new tires. Next week she came out and the car was gone. Cops told her the thief knew she would have new tires and came back but couldnít get the tires off so they just stole the car.
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Nice job. I've been thinking about doing a similar setup in reverse. Gen in back, tool box in front.
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Well now they are just going to steal the whole trailer. Many years ago a girlfriend of mine at the time came out of her apartment and walked to her parking spot and found her car up on blocks and all 4 tires missing. I told her to get locking lugs to secure the brand new tires. Next week she came out and the car was gone. Cops told her the thief knew she would have new tires and came back but couldn’t get the tires off so they just stole the car.
Thieves stole my contractors trailer from in front of my house. House was empty for a while because of the fire repairs. Hard to stop a thief that targets you specifically. The best you can do is to make your stuff a harder target.

My insurance agent asked me to remove a sign on my doors that said "The doors are locked for your protection, not mine".
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YOU WANT IT SECURED FOR THEFT, BUT ALSO bolted/ secure FOR 15-60-MPH CRASH/ ROLLOVER/ COLLISION, and/or rough roads, unexpected pot-holes, speed-bumps, etc. MFR Literature suggestions?
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Updated finished Gen Tower and Locked down the Gen Set.

Mounted the rear bumper tool box. Man this thing really helped with the storage issue I was having. Also added about 150-200lbs to the rear bumper to offset the 150-175 lbs I added to the tongue with the tower and generator.
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Wife made the cover, out of sight out of mind, covers held by bungees.



Chain trough the handles & the mesh of the rack on the back of the 5W.





Locks keep honest people honest. Thief wants it he will get it, there are lots of battery operated metal cutting tools and even portable cutting torches.
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"Mounted the rear bumper tool box. Man this thing really helped with the storage issue I was having. Also added about 150-200lbs to the rear bumper to offset the 150-175 lbs I added to the tongue with the tower and generator."


I too hate thieves (I'm a victim now several times over).

Is this additional 500# still within your TT weight allowance? And when properly set up for 10-15% tongue weight is it still acceptable to your TVs capabilities?

PS: don't forget the additional weight of the additional cargo (genny fuel) you must carry.


Another FYI: a simple drill bit - run in to the locks key hole - will disable a typical cheap lock within just a few seconds of run time.
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I pray your rear box is frame mounted and fear if bumper mounted that bumper is thin-wall and will twist or peel, and drag/ tear off? Many pics are available on internet of failures, maybe many in this forum? There was even the rear hitch carrier (probably from a Class-C?) where driver lost hitch pin and dropped entire rack and contents on a twisted mountain road in TN (Poster was seeking owner, who did not stop). TIP: ALWAYS us LOCKING PIN (vs spring clip) in hitch receivers.
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