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OldSchoolCowgirl
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2018-09-14 3:23 AM (#7407883)
Subject: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?




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Thinking about putting a rooftop generator on my LQ.
Anyone have that set up? Pros and cons?
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1DSoon
Reg. May 2009
Posted 2018-09-14 3:59 AM (#7407884 - in reply to #7407883)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?





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all pro's no con's

it's the only place it should be


 
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OhMax
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2018-09-14 9:36 AM (#7407898 - in reply to #7407883)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?


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We just traded up to a trailer with a rooftop genset from lugging around a portable gen.

Pro’s - inside push button start. Love it. Quieter, I don’t worry about fumes as much (but still have monitors of course) and I don’t have to lug the old gal in and out of the tack room.

Con’s - we’ve had a little bit of a learning curve with it using some oil, air filters, etc. having to climb up on top of your trailer because the gen shut off before you got your morning coffee brewed is a great way to start the day. But that’s our own learning curve having never had one before. We’ve learned my hands are a much better size for changing the air filter than my husbnds.

We’re going to have it gone through and tuned this fall or next spring, the cruddy part is losing the entire trailer during that process, but that’s just planning. Ultimately if you do have a failure you can just plug into a portable generator.


I would not go back to a portable generator, all said and done. Just learning the ins and outs of the Onans. A guy we ran into who’s worked on them for a long time said when we replace this one to put the bigger 5000 series Onan on and we’ll never have an issue. He works on the 4000’s much more often.
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winwillows
Reg. Jul 2013
Posted 2018-09-14 10:06 AM (#7407902 - in reply to #7407884)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?


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1DSoon - 2018-09-14 3:59 AM

all pro's no con's

it's the only place it should be


 

This^^^^^^^
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FLITASTIC
Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2018-09-14 12:13 PM (#7407918 - in reply to #7407883)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?



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I'm the opposite actually. Roof top, ALL CONS. When something breaks, its a hassle to go up there. Once mine blew an oil seal and I had tons of oil running down the side of my trailer. Harder to work on. I LOVE my portable. I just leave it in the back of my truck most of the time. Easy peasy. When it needs work its right there!
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BamaCanChaser
Reg. Nov 2012
Posted 2018-09-14 12:40 PM (#7407924 - in reply to #7407902)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?



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winwillows - 2018-09-14 10:06 AM

1DSoon - 2018-09-14 3:59 AM

all pro's no con's

it's the only place it should be


 

This^^^^^^^

Yes yes yes

https://www.tsln.com/news/preventing-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-in-th...
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Wild1
Reg. Oct 2008
Posted 2018-09-16 11:23 PM (#7408034 - in reply to #7407883)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?


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Although it's nice for it to be on top, ours hums quite loudly and when trying to sleep it's one of those things that keep us up, but we've only had this trailer for a year. I'm hoping we will get to the point of tuning that out. It's so nice to have a push button start!
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mandita8907
Reg. Nov 2010
Posted 2018-09-17 9:21 AM (#7408062 - in reply to #7407883)
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Mine is under my back tack and while it may be in a convenient location I wish it had been mounted up top. If I could change one thing about the trailer it would be to remount the generator.
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fulltiltfilly
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2018-09-17 11:28 AM (#7408081 - in reply to #7407883)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?



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Keep in mind I have never had a roof top generator.....but how do you fill it? Do you have to climb up on the roof?? 
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kj11
Reg. Jul 2012
Posted 2018-09-17 11:43 AM (#7408085 - in reply to #7407883)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?



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We have also never had a rooftop one so we might be totally missing out... but we have a 3500 inverter that we use for camping and races, its easy enough to throw in the back of the pickup and the extra $150 remote start that we added has been well worth it ;) For us it works better for a stand alone inverter we can use for the camper or the horse trailer vs buying a second one
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1DSoon
Reg. May 2009
Posted 2018-09-17 12:16 PM (#7408091 - in reply to #7408081)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?





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fulltiltfilly - 2018-09-17 12:28 PM Keep in mind I have never had a roof top generator.....but how do you fill it? Do you have to climb up on the roof?? 

pull up to the fuel pump,,,,,pop the cap open and fiill up. Close cap and drive away. 

 
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fulltiltfilly
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2018-09-17 1:52 PM (#7408113 - in reply to #7408091)
Subject: RE: Generator On Top Of Trailer. Pros And Cons?



I hate cooking and cleaning


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1DSoon - 2018-09-17 1:16 PM
fulltiltfilly - 2018-09-17 12:28 PM Keep in mind I have never had a roof top generator.....but how do you fill it? Do you have to climb up on the roof?? 
pull up to the fuel pump,,,,,pop the cap open and fiill up. Close cap and drive away. 



 

Oh how easy!  
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