Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-16-2022, 08:51 PM   #1
Winnebago Camper
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Posts: 13
bumper mounted generator

I'm thinking about mounting a generator to the rear bumper of my 2019 Micro Minnie. Generator weighs about 80 pounds.
Any advice, suggestions?
Gary Gregg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2022, 07:04 AM   #2
Winnie-Wise
 
Fred 2106DS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: South Central, Pennsylvania
Posts: 281
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gary Gregg View Post
I'm thinking about mounting a generator to the rear bumper of my 2019 Micro Minnie. Generator weighs about 80 pounds.
Any advice, suggestions?
First, I would note that it's been reported that Winnebago does not recommend adding additional weight to the rear bumper. The rear bumper on MMs is only designed to essentially carry the weight of the spare tire. I would recommend contacting Winnebago to confirm. From personal experience, I would agree with what has been reported.

Here is a link to what I posted about carrying an additional 75# on the rear bumper, along with the spare tire: https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/...ml#post3854184

Also, check out Blubugger's post which follows mine.

I ended up adding a receiver hitch to the frame and so far it has worked well for us. The receiver hitch carries a dual recumbent trike carrier which weighs approximately 75#. Though, I'm sure Winnebago would not recommend this modification either. https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/...ml#post3909982
__________________
2016 Winnebago Micro Minnie 2106DS, 200Ah BB, 400w rooftop solar, Renogy 2000w inverter
2020 Tundra SR5 DLCB TRD Off Road, 5.7L V8 w/6.5' bed & 38 gal. tank
Blue Ox Sway Pro w/750# bars, wired RVS rear view camera, Renogy 20A DC/DC charger
Fred 2106DS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2022, 10:16 AM   #3
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 117
I dont have a TT any more but when I did I make a set up to carry a plastic truck work box, a 4000 genset. What I used was a pair of those receiver hitch setup bolted to the frame. It extended past the original bumper wide enough for me to mount a HF carrier. I mounted the plastic box in it and made mounts for the gen to ride in (no wheels). We towed it all over and had no issues. I carried the spare tire in the bed of the truck. I used 1/8 inch x 4 x4 steel tube to make new bumper as the original was just small gauge steel and were known to break if extra weight added past spare tire, BTW the genset was an electric start with remote and I was going to wire it so it could be run while towing for AC etc. Got the idea from a guy we met at a roadside rest in Mississippi one summer.


Will winnie say no, definitely, but it will be your determination to add or not. We had no issues at all. I the truck box I carried 2x6 about 6ft long for level boards with some smaller ones for additional level. also the stuff needed for sewer drain and other small stuff since we didnt have any place for this stuff. Again worked well. The long tubes were 2x2x1/4 I drilled them and used carriage bolts from inside to mount so nothing would have a head inside to obstruct sewer hose. I could send pics if you need better explanation.
hank857 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2022, 10:24 AM   #4
Winnebago Master
 
bigb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 631
The ability of the bumper to hold the weight while bouncing down the road is only part of the equation, there is also the issue of upsetting the balance of your trailer. Even a modest amount of weight on the rear can affect handling and sway, especially if you have a smaller tow vehicle. There is quite a bit of leverage available at the back bumper.
__________________
Brian
2011 Winnebago Via 25Q on 2010 Sprinter Chassis
bigb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2022, 10:29 AM   #5
Winnebago Owner
 
Marine359's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 835
We mounted a Thetford 27gal tote to the bumper which weighs about 25lbs. That plus weight of the spare approaches the 75lb weight limit of the bumper. So, I definitely would not mount a generator on the bumper. But it should be ok mounted on a receiver mounted “trunk”.

BTW Gary, there are products that bolt onto the tongue so you can mount a generator above the propane tanks if you’re comfortable with adding that much weight to the tongue. Less costly than a bolt on receiver.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CH2PRE8...CZRFZHFRXXVTM0
__________________
Jim. 2021b Micro Minnie 2108DS, 110w foldable solar
2021 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6L Gas 4x4, Husky C-Line
170AH LiFePo4, Xantrex XC2000, Champion 2500w df
Marine359 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2022, 11:37 AM   #6
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Posts: 117
yes weight added can have an effect, but it is easy to remedy. Either one can add a gen to the front or if adding to back can get a tire hoist like used on current trucks suvs and mount to front a frame for tire. It will help counter the back weight and add some tonge weight to the mix. again this is something one would need to fabricate but it would not be difficult. Remember you said it would have affect on small tow vehicles, I towed with F350 so was not an issue.
hank857 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2022, 05:29 PM   #7
Winnebago Camper
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 6
Idea for generator

This is what my dad semi custom made for my hitch mounted generator stand.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	A02F9551-565B-49EA-8A41-CE4DCE48500C.jpg
Views:	26
Size:	345.9 KB
ID:	181779   Click image for larger version

Name:	40B095F5-DF23-4A53-8FD6-73391E0436D3.jpg
Views:	35
Size:	295.8 KB
ID:	181780  

Click image for larger version

Name:	A5CFE386-1DB9-4AAE-A70C-3D3FA8CA85C8.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	273.1 KB
ID:	181781  
Airvet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2022, 05:30 PM   #8
Winnebago Camper
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 6
Oops, guess you have to stand on your head to see it��
Airvet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2022, 09:53 PM   #9
Former Winnebago Class A
 
sgtstriker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central California
Posts: 40
I just installed the Stromberg C255 genny rack on my 2017 Rockwood 2502KS TT. Easy install and will hold about 300 lbs., in front of the axles, meaning it adds to the tongue weight instead of subtracting and causing trailer sway.... I highly recommend going this route. Your rear bumper is not built to take much weight, and putting more weight behind the axles is a bad idea.....
https://www.amazon.com/Stromberg-Car.../dp/B00U8AXRPW
__________________
Need To Get Out More....
2003 Winnebago M38G Adventurer on Workhorse Chassis
sgtstriker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2022, 04:57 AM   #10
Winnebago Owner
 
RocknRoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Upstate SC
Posts: 209
I recently purchased a front receiver hitch and carrier to haul my E-bike. I imagine you could get a cargo tray to carry a generator.

https://www.amazon.com/CURT-31038-Fr...ct_top?ie=UTF8

Not only has this allowed me to redistribute payload from the rear to the front axle, but I can also now remove the bike (70 lbs.) without having to decouple the TT from the rear hitch, rolling it off instead of lugging it off the truck bed.

Total weight of the hitch, carrier and bike is 150 lbs., 60 lbs. under the front GVWR rating.
__________________
2020b Micro Minnie 2108TB / 2022 F-150 Super Crew 4X4
RocknRoll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2022, 06:12 AM   #11
Winnebago Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 2,972
Quote:
Originally Posted by RocknRoll View Post
I recently purchased a front receiver hitch and carrier to haul my E-bike. I imagine you could get a cargo tray to carry a generator.

https://www.amazon.com/CURT-31038-Fr...ct_top?ie=UTF8

Not only has this allowed me to redistribute payload from the rear to the front axle, but I can also now remove the bike (70 lbs.) without having to decouple the TT from the rear hitch, rolling it off instead of lugging it off the truck bed.

Total weight of the hitch, carrier and bike is 150 lbs., 60 lbs. under the front GVWR rating.
Good idea. In addition to my MH, I have a Ford e350 van and was wondering how I could carry a generator without blocking the back door. This I'm going to save.
__________________
Bob C
2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U
Workhorse Chassis
BobC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2022, 08:07 AM   #12
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 186
Smaller generator, put in camper. Fits under dining table. Added a SoftStartRV controller and I'm good to go.
__________________
2015 27RBDS
Fasttimes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2022, 02:58 PM   #13
blubugger
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 127
Blog Entries: 6
Micro Minnie 2106 rear bumper capacity

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fred 2106DS View Post
First, I would note that it's been reported that Winnebago does not recommend adding additional weight to the rear bumper. The rear bumper on MMs is only designed to essentially carry the weight of the spare tire. I would recommend contacting Winnebago to confirm. From personal experience, I would agree with what has been reported.

Here is a link to what I posted about carrying an additional 75# on the rear bumper, along with the spare tire: https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/...ml#post3854184

Also, check out Blubugger's post which follows mine.

I ended up adding a receiver hitch to the frame and so far it has worked well for us. The receiver hitch carries a dual recumbent trike carrier which weighs approximately 75#. Though, I'm sure Winnebago would not recommend this modification either. https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/...ml#post3909982

Thanks for the reference and over the past year since I reported that the original bumper sagged, almost stretching those bolt holes completely out. So I had a weld/repair shop restraighten and weld the original bumber to the (short) frame extensions. Being mindful of tongue weight, I used unistrut and front fork clamps to fashion a short bike rack which can carry two light weight bikes. Usually only one is mounted on it. I compensate by loading a bit more items towards the front of the trailer. I have not had any noticable sway issues, driving sensibly and mindful of weight issues.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	A463850C-6EC5-4295-8A7F-7D25042A1681.jpg
Views:	17
Size:	207.7 KB
ID:	181786   Click image for larger version

Name:	E55D7DF8-69A8-4057-BEED-36E6A0862381.jpg
Views:	12
Size:	228.1 KB
ID:	181787  

Click image for larger version

Name:	626FB0C1-6EC7-45D0-B1DD-2B2487B9BBA4.jpg
Views:	16
Size:	524.5 KB
ID:	181788  
Blubugger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2022, 10:29 AM   #14
Winnie-Wise
 
Fred 2106DS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: South Central, Pennsylvania
Posts: 281
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blubugger View Post
Thanks for the reference and over the past year since I reported that the original bumper sagged, almost stretching those bolt holes completely out. So I had a weld/repair shop restraighten and weld the original bumber to the (short) frame extensions. Being mindful of tongue weight, I used unistrut and front fork clamps to fashion a short bike rack which can carry two light weight bikes. Usually only one is mounted on it. I compensate by loading a bit more items towards the front of the trailer. I have not had any noticable sway issues, driving sensibly and mindful of weight issues.
Thanks for the update!
__________________
2016 Winnebago Micro Minnie 2106DS, 200Ah BB, 400w rooftop solar, Renogy 2000w inverter
2020 Tundra SR5 DLCB TRD Off Road, 5.7L V8 w/6.5' bed & 38 gal. tank
Blue Ox Sway Pro w/750# bars, wired RVS rear view camera, Renogy 20A DC/DC charger
Fred 2106DS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2022, 10:53 AM   #15
Winnebago Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 2,972
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fasttimes View Post
Smaller generator, put in camper. Fits under dining table. Added a SoftStartRV controller and I'm good to go.
I don't think this is very safe, even if it's empty of gasoline, the fumes from an empty tank can be a problem.
__________________
Bob C
2002 Itasca Suncruiser 35U
Workhorse Chassis
BobC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2022, 11:55 AM   #16
Winnebago Owner
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobC View Post
I don't think this is very safe, even if it's empty of gasoline, the fumes from an empty tank can be a problem.

Nah, I have a Champion dual-fuel generator and only use propane. Clean as can be and weighs only 39 pounds.
__________________
2015 27RBDS
Fasttimes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2022, 03:32 PM   #17
Site Team
 
creativepart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Spring Branch, TX
Posts: 5,514
This over the propane tank mount looks like a great option:

https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Cargo-Ca...on/CC-255.html
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	hitchmount.jpg
Views:	4
Size:	82.3 KB
ID:	181792  
__________________
2017 Winnebago Adventurer 37F
2016 Lincoln MKX Toad
creativepart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2022, 03:37 PM   #18
Winnebago Owner
 
Marine359's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Asheville, NC
Posts: 835
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fasttimes View Post
Nah, I have a Champion dual-fuel generator and only use propane. Clean as can be and weighs only 39 pounds.
X2
Never use gasoline. My 39lb Champion lives in the pass thru.
__________________
Jim. 2021b Micro Minnie 2108DS, 110w foldable solar
2021 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6L Gas 4x4, Husky C-Line
170AH LiFePo4, Xantrex XC2000, Champion 2500w df
Marine359 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
generator


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bumper Mounted Hitch, Minnie 2500 RL Beaverceek Winnebago Travel Trailers 1 07-02-2019 06:18 PM
Side Mounted Cameras Don G Winnebago General Discussions 13 02-05-2011 01:52 PM
Dash Mounted Pull Out Workstation sightseer 30B General Maintenance and Repair 22 04-05-2007 12:08 PM
Update on glass mounted CB Antenna fun time Electrical | Charging, Solar and Electronics 6 02-07-2007 04:45 AM
Roof mounted dish move in wind Big Ben General Maintenance and Repair 14 04-25-2005 04:59 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Winnebago Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×