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Old 09-20-2015, 01:30 PM   #1
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Genny prep removal

I bought a 2010 Designer which has the generator prep from the factory. I can't afford the appropriate genny and can us the $$ to install solar, while carrying a small generator.

The question is: Has anyone ever tried to remove the generator prep so as to make more room for a battery bank and other solar components? If so, please reply with and suggestions.

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Old 09-20-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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I have a 2011 Pinnacle which was ordered with gen prep. I removed the onboard gas tank, and put a plywood floor in the gen compartment. I use the space which contained the gas tank for carrying a third 30lb propane tank, held down with a ratchet strap. This space is open at the bottom. I installed a shelf in the compartment, and use the space for carrying a bbq, stove, and some tools.

I carry a 3000 watt Yamaha generator in the truck bed, and I installed the gas tank in the bed to carry a fuel supply for the Yamaha. I ran a power connection from the gen prep junction box in the front compartment, to the pin box area, so I can plug the generator into the fifthwheel when hooked up to the truck.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:08 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I see that the fuel tank should be easy to remove. I like your use of that space for more propane. I hear that can be hard to come by in the desert. I think I'll try that. I want to make room for 4 extra batteries, so I may try to remove the metal genny box itself. I'll post about how that goes. There's lots of room under there.

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Old 09-22-2015, 10:37 PM   #4
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Why not leave the metal box in place? That's what I did. Make a rack on the floor of the compartment to hold your four batteries with hold down clamps.

To remove the gas tank, it must come out of the bottom. I had to lift the front of the fifthwheel using the jacks as high as it would go, then I had just enough clearance to remove the tank. There is a large plastic charcoal canister for the vent...I removed it and discarded it.
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