Prior to this weekend I accomplished...
1) Changed out the shower curtain for a cloth material shower curtain. Hangs nicer and feels better in the skin than the plastic!
2) Added 3" foam mattress topper. Wow! The foam topper on the plywood is nice than the original mattress! (yes, the original mattress is still there)
3) Added power jack. This was a Christmas gift from the husband. Was going to wait a while before "splurging" on this. Glad I didn't have to wait!
Now, this weekend was busy.
Pulled it to my driveway so I'd have all weekend with tools and power and kitchen close at hand.
4) Changed out the shower head to an Oxygenics Fury RV. SO MUCH better than stock!
5) Hung hooks beside bed for robes. (picture would be nice, I'll get one next time).
6) The big project was putting a generator shelf on the back. I mounted to the bumper so keeping weight, bounce and moment arm (twisting force) all to a minimum was of utmost importance.
I have a 2k watt inverter generator that weighs 45# dry (but only holds 1 gallon of gas). Even though it's "light", I didn't want to carry it in and out of the trailer every trip.
I started with a pair of Mount-N-Lock bracket arms. I like that the weight on the bumper is divided between two mounting points instead of being concentrated in one spot.
4SQUARE™ RV Bumper-Mounted Cargo Box Support Arms
I mounted a high quality plastic shelf (weight rating at 1,000#, yes, this rating was just shelf, the full unit rating was higher) to the arms with stainless steel nuts, bolts and large washers.
I mounted the generator on a rubber pad on the shelf and strapped it down. The strap is a 1,000# ratchet strap and encompasses the generator, shelf and bumper. I also put a cable lock around the generator and bumper.
To provide weather protection and "out of sight, out of mind" theft protection I covered it with a high grade plastic tote. This is also strapped through and around with 1,000# ratchet straps.
In case the weather is poor and I want to run the generator I installed a vent in the side of the tote for exhaust (and cut one of the holes in the the shelf a bit larger for fresh air intake). Ran it covered for about 30 minutes. Seemed to perform perfectly.
The bracket arms are about 8#. The shelf is a couple of pounds (much lighter than the standard shelf install). The back feet of the generator are almost mounted on the bumper itself (further reducing the possible moment force).
My husband followed me when I took it back to storage tonight and said it was solid. No bouncing whatsoever!
Oh, and sidenote. I backed the trailer into my one car width driveway...by myself! And again at the storage unit, back it in between both trailer neighbors! Go me!
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