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Old 07-03-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Front basement generator storage

I am in the process of purchasing a 2013 Eagle 33.5RETS and was looking at the front basement for an aftermarket generator and I have several questions.

1) I would assume that there is some kind of soundproofing installed in the basement walls when it has a factory generator, anybody know if that can be purchased from Jayco or have a suggestion for a good alternative

2) What is the weight limit on the steel floor of the basement compartment? My current generator weighs in at 108lbs and the next size up will weigh significantly more, I would hate to have it fall out running down the road.

3) Does anyone know if a unit can be retrofitted so that the generator is tied into the electrical system so it can be used without having the basement door open with the cord running out to the side plug?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:36 AM   #2
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I suspect there is more to just sitting a generator in the pass thru storage area and hooking it up. The area will have to be sealed with the lower floor open for drainage of spills. The generator exhaust will have to be routed to the bottom area pointing away from the trailer. Of course you will want to soundproof the walls.

The only bad side to this "for me" would be your bedroom is probably close to being right above it which really would make me "VERY" nervous with having the deadly carbon monoxide CO poisoning fumes possibility of leaking into the bedroom area. This could be a very dangerous situation for you...

Stuff happens no mater how good it is installed...

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I'm with RoyBraddy. I think the carbon monoxide situation could be much more dangerous than the weight on the steel floor. I know this didn't address any of your questions but just had to respond
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #4
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Go with a lp generator and do away with most noise and no exhaust.
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I understand that LP generators really burn through the fuel. The "built in" generators I have seen have an additional sheet metal box built into the forward compartment to seal off the sound and fumes from the rest of the trailer. If installed properly I would be no more concerned about the possible emissions in the bedroom than I would be of fumes from the propane furnace or the fridge running on propane. Having a built in generator is a great way to go if you have the space and the $$ to do it. I have 2 honda 2000 watt inverter generators and I am happy with them but is is a pain in the back side to hoist them out of the front compartment and set them up. Would much prefer something built in. As for the weight limit on the front compartment floor..... I carry the 2 hondas a folding table, 2 folding recliners, 2 collapsible chairs and a plastic patio rug. Total weight about 150#. I believe that the floor is quite sufficient to hold a reasonable size generator.

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On Edit: You are talking about a regular RV type built in genny aren't you? If you are talking about mounting a large job site type of genny I would not advise that at all.

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Thanks Panhead. I currently have a 4K Champion but have considered upgrading to a 5.5K if necessary. Either one is actually lighter than the Onan gen sets I have looked at.

The CO problem should be a nonissue as Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air and settles downward, I will also be figuring out some way of venting exhaust, possibly by utilizing the 2" battery vents that are already there and an electric fan to pull air through the compartment.

The front basement is already designed for a generator with a steel tray floor that looks like a drop in so I am not too worried about drainage of spills either. My biggest concern is soundproofing it so that I don't disturb others nearby and can actually sleep with it just below and behind the bedroom. The next concern is the fuel system. There won't be a lot of room for pouring gas into the top of the tank and lifting it in and out will be a PITA. I'm thinking about a portable tank like used in small boats running to the fuel intake bypassing the top mounted tank altogether.
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Thanks Panhead.

The CO problem should be a nonissue as Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air and settles downward, I will also be figuring out some way of venting exhaust, possibly by utilizing the 2" battery vents that are already there and an electric fan to pull air through the compartment.

There won't be a lot of room for pouring gas into the top of the tank and lifting it in and out will be a PITA. I'm thinking about a portable tank like used in small boats running to the fuel intake bypassing the top mounted tank altogether.
Man...I gotta tell you... what you are talking about is scaring me!!! I can't believe no one else is saying what a dangerous situation this could be. Seriously, please re-think what you are talking about doing. The generator you are talking about is going to put out a tremendous amount of toxic fumes, not to mention the heat!
From what I know about this, the front area is designed for a propane onan-type generator properly installed by someone trained in this area. The front area can be used to transport a generator but is not the place to run one. For safety's sake, please check with your qualified dealer's service department (not the sales department), who knows about these things and not exclusively from comments on this forum. IMHO
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Front basement generator storage

I have another idea for you.

I have seen generators mounted on heavy duty sliders. They pull out of the storage space but stay on the sliders and run that way.

Makes it so there is no lifting, it's out in fresh air, and a little less noise inside.
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I guess they have really changed the designs then. My 1998 Designer is made with the generator to be installed in the left (looking nose on) storage which has a vented door, opened floor for CO2 escape, and all wrapped in metal; with the right storage as a split gasoline/storage. I have a gasoline line that passes through the wall into the gen compartment, so no worries about filling/spilling there, and the gasoline tank is easily accessible for filling with a standard 5 gallon can. All this is directly below the bedroom. Our unit did not come with a gen factory installed, but the wiring, etc. is all there. All I have to do is buy a quiet model and install.

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