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Old 12-28-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

Most small generators are air cooled, might overheat if enclosed.
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Old 12-29-2010, 01:13 AM   #2
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

Thats what I am fixin to do. Currently looking for an old boat trailer with a long tongue. We'll only pull it when we need AC, which is about 1 month a year.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:27 AM   #3
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

I was thinking of doing the same. I would think a fan mounted on the box should get enough air through. Maybe extend the intake air to the outside also. i thought I read somewhere that a lot of noise comes from the engine itself along with the muffler.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:54 PM   #4
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f448...tor-47000.htmlthread where they discussed soundproofing generators interesting info on mufflers
http://www.campertrailers.org/generator_box.htm Actually built one... shows how
http://www.rv.net/cforum/index.cfm/f...d/15131645.cfm discuses soundproofing cheapie Chinese gensets... the next link is how the soundproofing was done (post is kinda buried far into the thread)
http://www.rv.net/cforum/index.cfm/f...9.cfm#20415669Sound Abatement Enclosure Details and Photos Copyright Professor Randy T. Agee, E.ED., October 15, 2007

The RV net info seems to be the best of the lot.

A little more genset info..... Note: Fred Hobe is a pro Bus (Highway coach) converter. He is the one who puts on the Bussin' Rally in Arcadia FL every year. Lots of good info on these pages that can be adapted for a skoolie.
http://users.cwnet.com/thall/fredhobe3.htm building a genset on a slide out
(page 6 shows how to build freeze-proof water tanks http://users.cwnet.com/thall/fredhobe6.htm)
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:43 AM   #5
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

Having seen and heard them run, all I can say is: the Eu-series Hondas are worth every penny they cost. Silent, powerful (people run them at or slightly above their rated outputs all the time), anvil-reliable, efficient, and they just keep going, and going, and going...

If I find one for a good price, my Genesis will have an Onan diesel...if not, I will use a portable Honda Eu2000 or 3000. (Having front & rear road A/C, I do not need to run the genset while driving.)
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:59 AM   #6
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

We are currently running an Onan on the Class C. It was replaced with a rebuilt of the same size just days before we left NC because the Onan dealer/repair said the old one couldn't be fixed (we brought the old one out with us... it's in pieces in the back of the bus... just like we picked it up... guy thought we would leave it with him). It ran okay all the way out but after sitting for 3 months (ran twice during that time) it quit working... acted just like the old one (like it needed fuel). We added a dedicated fuel tank and ran it okay down to Corpus and back. It has quit working again. Needless to say, we aren't thrilled with an Onan. Finding an authorized dealer is a PITA. Closest is in Albuquerque. Not sure I want to do that again. We will opt for a cheapie genset. We don't use a generator much except when running down the road and pavement parking. We are considering a diesel portable contractors the we will enclose and install a quieter muffler. We've have the construction generators before and David has had good luck with them.... at least better than with Onan.
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Re: Generator on a trailer?

I know how that goes. Its not going to be that light or small.
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