Mounting Honda EU20i on A Frame of Caravan

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 12:57
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I am considering mounting my Honda EU20i on may caravan A Frame, which has 2 x 9kg bottles, 2 jerry can holders & stone shield. I wish to run it mainly on the a frame. Anyone know of a suitable box/design to do the job? & what are pro/cons?
Yes there was a post last year, does anyone have any pics of completed jobs?
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Reply By: Notso - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 13:27

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 13:27
How much downforce has the van got on the towball now? What is your legal limit etc.

Anyhow you would need to find out what Honda recommends re the box and ventilation etc. These things don't like getting overheated.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 13:42

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 13:42
I had a custom box made up and also wired the box so the Honda could be run for short periods in the box. (Made an exhaust extension tube). I remove the Honda when using it for more than 10 minutes as I don't want it to overheat.

Follow the link to pictures.

Honda eu20

Regards Derek.
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Reply By: russ36 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:16

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:16
considering the output capability of the unit, and the small requirement of fans, i would be building a large sucking fan into the side of the box and a large blowing fan into the other side. then you have a quieter,weather protected, thief protected generator that gets all the ventilation it could ever need....and the boxlid can be easily popped open should you wish to store it in the open 25m from camp
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 20:49

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 20:49
Make you box 'upside down'. That is the base with turned up sides is fixed to the drawer bar. A couple of tie down points in the base let you tie the gennie down with a strap or occy. The 3 sided box then fits over the gennie and overlaps the turned up sides of the box. A latch on each side holds it is place.

The benefit is that you just remove the box top and the gennie is in the open and well ventilated to run in place. Also easy to remove if you are in one place for a while and want to get the gennie further away.

Norm C
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Follow Up By: eclipse1 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 18:18

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 18:18
Norm thanks for feedback
I'm not sure what you mean, about the 3 sided box part
Do have a picture or diagram?
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 09:45

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 09:45
Sorry Eclipse1, bad description. It is actually a 5 sided box. Effectively a bow without a base. The base is made separately and is fixed permanently to the draw bar. You then connect a couple of tie down points to the base.

Sit the gennie on the base and tie it down with ratchet or occy straps. Put the box over the top of the gennie and onto the base. It will either sit flush with, or overlap the small sides on the base, depending on how you build it.

The is a range of latches that can be used to hold the box firmly on to the base. Check out Bunnings.

I don't have a pic. This is an idea I developed to use on my CT, but I ended up finding enough room in my storage box to carry the gennie. I was going to make the box from ply wood as I am pretty handy with timber and have all the tools. I have seen a similar design made from sheet metal.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 10:33

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 10:33
G'day Eclipse,

This is my trailer sett up. It works but heat does need to be managed.


Kind regards
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Reply By: eclipse1 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 18:20

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 18:20
thanks for your replies
Does anyone suffer noise/vibrations problems when mounted on a-frame or van?
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