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Old 07-30-2009, 02:45 AM   #1
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carrying fuel for generator


Keath and I both bought the Honda 1000 generator and were discussing the associated issues.

As in, where to safely and securely store the generator and fuel for it. It will run for hours on very little fuel, but a little fuel can make a huge explosion.

I checked the thermometer in the Toad this afternoon. The trailer was closed up ( Max Fan vent was open ) and we're in a heat wave ( 83 F. here at 11pm ). Anyway the trailer interior was 96 F.

I figured I would put the generator in a Rubbermaid container in case of leaks and transport it in the shower. Problem is, I can't have the bathroom vent open when traveling. And, then there is the container for fuel, which will also vent unless you get a small aluminum fuel bottle from Mountain Equipment Coop, which would be a pain to fill.

I'm tempted to order one of those racks that goes into the rear hitch receiver. Etrailer has several to choose from.

And, while I'm at it, I assume I can just plug the AC from the trailer into the generator to charge the battery and run lights etc. I don't have to connect directly to the battery, do I? Please say I don't.

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Old 07-30-2009, 05:55 AM   #2
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Re: carrying fuel for generator

You don't! You'll just need a 30A to 20A (3 prong) adapter.
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: carrying fuel for generator

You could also use the 30A to 15A adapter that came with the trailer. The plugs on the 1000 work for either 15, or 20 amps, but the max output is only 8.3A.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:25 AM   #4
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Re: carrying fuel for generator

If our truck has 2 dirt bikes and assorted 'stuff' in the back there is no room for my 1000 watt Yamaha so it goes in the trailer on the floor usually below the sink. With the vent on the generator screwed shut I have never caught the slightest whiff of gasoline even after bouncing along an old mining road for 7 km.
I carry the gas in your typical red jerry can and that is never in the trailer, always in the back of the truck. When we leave on our road trip to Utah on Friday the generator and gas will be in the back of the truck under the canopy. If you buy a jerry can try to avoid the ones from Cambodian Tire. The 'self-venting' nozzle doesn't work worth crap!!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 04:57 PM   #5
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This is the solution I've come up with for carrying fuel for the generator. The wide strap holds it very securely, but I still have nagging doubt, locating gas next to ( above ) the battery. There shouldn't be any spillage and it's not enclosed. Do I need to worry?

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:24 PM   #6
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I like your solution, Glenn. As I see it, the series of events that would cause a fire here involves you getting rear-ended by somebody who is travelling waaaay too fast. But you'll be safe in the tow vehicle.

Reminds me of WWII jeeps in the movies with the Jerry-can of fuel on the back.

Looking for the negative in the positive - it's easy pickings for a thief.
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