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Old 01-04-2015, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hi there,

We plan to get a small generator to provide battery charging while boondocking and are wondering how folks generally transport their generators (Honda 2000 or similar)?

The forward passthrough on the 214WDS doesn't seem to be amenable to this without the potential for spilling fuel or oil.

Transporting it inside the Trailer or tow vehicle seems possible if stored in a container you could seal up.

Recommendations??
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I store mine the back of my pickup. Kind of a pain to get it up there, it's a Honda 3000 and weighs about 130 lbs. I store the gas cans there too.
I did the same thing when I had my Tahoe, but I took the generator and gas out when I got the trailer set up. With the pickup I just leave everything in there.
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Don't have a pickup and that is why we are looking at the smaller gensets. We have plenty of room in the back of the Expedition, but don't want to deal with odors from the genset.

I did see someone post about using a big tupperware like container that might take care of that issue.
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I keep my Honda 2000 in a big plastic storage bin, but we could still smell the gasoline when it was in the back of the Pathfinder, so we carried it in the trailer (secured with bungee cords) and then took it out when we arrived.

With our Tacoma, we now carry it in the cargo bed -- we have a truck cap to protect it from the rain. Problem solved.
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Hello. I have a Honda 2000i which I store in the pass thru on my X210WBS. no problems with fuel spillage or smells.

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Thanks for the replies.

I will start with trying Mike's method and see how that works.
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I stored my Honda eu1000i in the back of my Sienna van, in a plastic tub. Gas smell wasn't an issue with this little generator.

However, I stored the gas tanks (2 x 1 gallon) on the trailer tongue due to the smell issue.

Now, with the truck, just plan to toss in in the back...
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Hi,

We carry the generator and gas cans in the back of the pickup, so no issue with fumes. I note our Honda EU2000i generator does have a manual shut off valve on the gas cap to limit gas spills and fumes. That might be a good feature to look for when shopping for a generator. Also, some gas cans leak gas and fumes a lot more than others do. Containers are available that are well sealed, but probably are pricey.

I don't think carrying either the generator or fuel in the passenger compartment of the tow vehicle is a good idea. In a collision they could become deadly missiles and also spill fuel.

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Mike, it is true that the Honda does have shutoff valves, but we found that there was no way to make it completely odor-free.

Having said that, it did not leave a bad smell when we used to carry it in the trailer during travel (well-secured, of course). But inside the SUV, it smelled a little too much.
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Hello, Yes it does have a shut off valve on the fuel cap. we have just been away for 10 days. The generator sat in the pass thru for the whole time. Temperatures in 30 degrees Celsius range. (96 plus in your language). No petrol smell at all. Thanks.
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I keep my Yamaha under the dinette. I also leave it there when the trailer is stored. I have no odors in the trailer even when it sits there for months with big temperature swings.
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I have carried my Honda 2000i and companion 2000i inside and in the very front of my XT 276 toy hauler for 'front weight' when hauling two Harleys in the garage portion to help balance the load.

I had both gas cap valves turned to 'off' and never got even a hint of gas smell inside the camper.
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