Where to put outboard and generator.

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 15:27
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We are in the final stages of setting up our new van and 100 series cruiser ready for our round aus trip.
We are having trouble working out a place for the outboard and generator to travel. We have a little 3.4m boat on a rhino boat loader all up with racks weighs around 110kg so not keen to ad more to the roof. I know it has a 150kg limit but I prefer to be lighter on the roof. Looking at mounting the 15hp outboard on the rear bar of the van, but at 37kg I am a little worried about it being to heavy as the spare wheel is also there.
Any ideas?
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 16:02

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 16:02

Do you have room on the drawbar of the van?
Many folk have a bracket clamped or welded to the drawbar to take an outboard either sitting upright, or laying down, but the right way, not the wrong way.
Most outboards will allow them to be placed flat. From memory, mine allows laying flat providing the handle side is uppermost.


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Follow Up By: Kiwi100 - Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 16:55

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 16:55
The drawbar or in the back of the tug are better options than swinging out the back of the van or up on your roof. How big is the van, what is its loaded weight and what is its ball weight? Where is the generator going to go?

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Reply By: Dazmit - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 08:06

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 08:06
Kiwi has the right advise. Best to go to your local weighbridge and have the van weighed including ballweight with it packed up. If you only have the standard 400kg limit you will probably find that you are right on the limit if not over before you add the Genny or outboard which will then leave the options of putting them in the back of the Cruiser or having your van re rated.


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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 21:41

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 21:41
If your motor is a 2 stroke you can mount it anyway, if its a 4 stroke you will need to mount it in a certain orientation.
One thing I have struck that some people don't realise, a marine motor has NO air filter! Your average outboard cover isn't enough. I cover the fuel inlet and also stuff a very clean rag tightly in the air intake and then put the cover on.
Good luck with how you mount it.


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Follow Up By: sam h6 - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 21:47

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 21:47
I have made a mount for the rear bar as that's the only space I could find other than in the car which I didn't want. That's a good thought actually. We are going to get a canvas bag made for it so I might have a draw string or similar put on it so it has less chance of filling up with dust. Would hate a little dust to ruin a good fishing trip!!!
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Follow Up By: Grumblebum and the Dragon - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 12:10

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 12:10
Mine is only a 5HP Mariner - lives in a custom made canvas bag strapped to the cargo barrier. The 2.6m Zodiac lives beside it.

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Reply By: jacent - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 00:17

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 00:17
Some ppl mount them on their rear wheel carrier, instead of dual spares one spare and the outboard on the other
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Reply By: Drummo - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 18:30

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013 at 18:30
Hi Sam ,I fold rear seats(middle row) forward and place motor across on floor strapped down to seat clips surrounded by a couple of cushions. Generator in front corner of caravan boot as I do not use it very often. Hope this helps
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