aluminium plain or chequerplate for generator box?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:07
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We are planning a box to go on the a-frame of the caravan to carry the genny and the petrol. What should we use? How thick? Plain or chequer? It will sit behind the "shadecloth" type stone guard, and on the roads we chose can expect a battering. Any feedback appreciated. Thanks. Motherhen
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Reply By: Member - Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:44

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:44
IMHO the chequerplate type is not only stronger, but looks better as well.
A plain ally finish would show every scratch and blemish on its surface.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:56

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:56
Go the Checkerplate. I have to re-paint the box on my A frame after each trip and the checkerplate will not show as many stone marks.
As for the thickness, mine is (I think) 3 mm.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:57

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 12:57
The 5 bar tread plate looks great and as it is mill finish, scratches and nicks don't stand out like dogs thingy's. I don't know where you are but, if in Melb area, there is a tool box shop specialising in ally boxes near the corner of Dandenong road and Ferntree Gully road. I'm told if they don't have a suitable box off the shelf, they are more than happy to fab one up to your needs. If you're keeping fuel in it perhaps a vent would be something to think about.
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Reply By: beatit - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:02

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:02
G'day Motherhen,

Spent the last year or so looking at doing something like that for my camper trailer. To cut a long story short, settle for a gal metal toolbox converted for the purpose.

Spoke to any number of manufacturers about a box that incorporated a slide etc so as to simply slide out and start the genie (Honda 20i) and the whole show was going to cost an arm and a leg. The issue I had was that most standard boxes did not fit the genie and I wanted it dust/water proof.

Can provide a photo (would have to take it first) and can offer further info if interested.

I suppose it all boils down to money and how much space you have.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Member - Johnno - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:52

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 13:52
G'Day Beatit

I am planning on doing the exact same with a Honda 20i on our camper. Will have to move gas bottles etc first though. If you can get a pic or two up I would be grateful. Size of toolbox or other info would be appreciated too. I am sure there are other forumites interested too!!

John.......
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Follow Up By: beatit - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 14:34

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 14:34
G'day John,

No probs, will snap, measure and post.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Flash - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 15:05

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 15:05
Are you talking storage only OR are you making a box to run the generator in to make it quieter.
If the latter you'll keep more noise at bay using marine ply.
(I have a ply one with sound deadening foam and a fan etc. for airflow and it has to be "heard" to be believed. I can run it anywhere without upsetting the neighbours.)
Cheers
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:45

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:45
Storage only - impressed with your plans but chose not to use a silencer box. Most likely if we need it and we have neighbours, mains power won't be far away.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 15:10

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 15:10
Yeah mill finish chequer 3mm will be fine, it would be easy to make one side drop down and fit some h/d slides etc, or mount one side on the slides so it unlatches and pulls straight out. Make sure you use some doubler plates to spread the load where you bolt it to the a frame.
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Follow Up By: signman - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 17:03

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 17:03
Hi Bradley,
A bit of off topic here:

I don't think those drive lights the top of your bar will be legal in NSW in a short time.
The regulation will be something like: the tops of any auxilliary lights to be no higher than a horizontal line level with the bottom of the windscreen.
I guess this is gonna do away with the wankers with the roof mounted lights too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:05

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:05
Yep but in vic there is no reg for light height, according to the VSI regs. and i can b...s... my way around the vision intrusion regs for bonnet scoops etc. But as soon as thesebleepe themselves, i'll just fit a single pair of lightforce xgt.

BTW - roof mounted lights can be wired up to be 'work lights' for off road use only as far as the law is concerned, if they say they cant be outside of the dimensions of the vehicle, then incorporate them into a roof rack, or if a ute, make the front bar on the tray higher and underhang them etc.

Hmm horizontal with the base of the windscreen, no probs if you have a sloping bonnet or a landy.

cheers pal.
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Reply By: Ray Bates - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 23:03

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 23:03
My geni box is on the rear bar of my caravan. It never gets scratch and is made out of 20g colourbond sheet with angle fitted at all corners. Works great
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Reply By: motherhen - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 23:49

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 23:49
Thanks for your input guys - my husband also thanks you and those who have repsoned to my questions in the past - post 20323. His design does include a slider which he has ordered from Galvins. He is getting quotes from aluminium fabricators for making it up. Also on the go is the project to make aluminium shelving for the back of the Patrol as inspired by Truckster.
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 01:25

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 01:25
I also looked at doing this on my camper. In the end I removed the gas bottle, had a mate weld a length of tube across the drawbar with 2 gerry can holders and the gas bottle holder in between, and I carry my gennie inside the camper. The gennie sits inside its own foam lined timber box, it will not fall over, (hasn't yet!) and doesn't move around.

Less weight on the back of the car and no worries about water, dust, or light-fingered mongrels who might think they like my gennie more than me !
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 09:25

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 09:25
Have you considered that the extra weight (20 - 30kg) you are placing on your drawbar may exceed your vehicle's towball weight?

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Follow Up By: motherhen - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:42

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:42
We have removed a tray with previous owner used to carry a freezer, which we used to carry petrol, water and a rubbish bin. Using aluminium to keep weight down. Have not checked towball weight. Thanks for the thought.
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:42

Friday, Feb 11, 2005 at 23:42
typo - should say which previous owner
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 11:17

Saturday, Feb 12, 2005 at 11:17
Motherhen, just a tad off topic, to keep your ally ,plain or chequerplate ,looking like new ,wash with truckwash TC18 then chamois dry ,spay with Mr Sheen, stays like "new".
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