1UpUSA Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier
|Manufacturer||Model or P/N||Description||Link|
|Honda||EU3000i Handi||Portable Generaror||B011ABWDTI|
|Honda||08P58Z2800S||Outdoor Storage Cover for Honda EU3000i Handi||B0764J7SVT|
|Honda||08207-10W30||10W30 Motor Oil||B0073W3SD4|
|Searon||WZXHM-HM002A||Quartz Hour Meter AC 120V for Generator ||B01NCEBOJJ|
|Cerrowire||147-4203A||25-Feet 6/3 NM-B Stranded with Ground Wire, Black||B00IKVLC62|
|Lokman||LK-88||Cable Clamp, 12 Pack 3/4 Inch Stainless Steel||B01MSJMAU1|
|Furrion||F52INS-BS-AM||50 Amp 125/250V RV Inlet with Power Smart LED||B017P8HE0S|
|Marinco||6364CRV||50 Amp Female Connector||B002UC4X2W|
|Tripp Lite||P046-015-LL-30A||Extension Cord 30A L5-30P to L5-30R Locking Connectors 15', Black||B01MTG974T|
|1UpUSA||120002||48″ Hitch-Mounted Cargo Carrier||1UpUSA|
|Keeper ||05506 ||15' x 1" Ratcheting Tie-Down with Padded Handles, 4-Pack||B000L5GVCK|
|Micro-Air||ASY-364-X36-IP||EasyStart 364 (3 ton) [ air conditioner ] Soft Starter||364-X36-IP|
Generator Choice: After some disappointment (in no way due to it's design) with the performance of the Honda EU2000i generator running somewhat modest loads (more than the battery charger), I began a search for a higher capacity portable generator that was quiet, dependable, and preferably, with the Honda name on a red case. I wanted something that I could lift and move around, without assistance, and that would run a 15K AC and battery charger, or the microwave and battery charger at the same time without triggering an overload. I finally decided on the Honda EU3000i Handi which skillfully compromises power, weight, bulk, noise, and convenience (but not cost $$$). The big brother EU3000iS has a bit more rated power, electric start, more fuel capacity and run time, and is somewhat quieter, but at a considerably higher weight, thus, I ruled it out. I also considered a few models from the 2nd tier manufactures, but really preferred to stick with Honda.
Transport: For generator transport, I chose to use a 48" hitch mounted cargo carrier from 1UpUSA, a manufacture of fine bicycle racks. The OEM installeed hitch receiver on the Grand Design Reflection travel trailer is rated at 300 lbs, and the cargo carrier is rated for 380 lbs (when mounted on a Class III+ receiver). The with the generator weighing in wet at about 85 lbs plus the cargo carrier weight of 48 lbs, the load imposed on the hitch receiver is about 133 lbs, not counting any additional cargo. While this is well below the 300 lb rating of the hitch receiver, the load is also about 20" behind the hitch, so some hitch de-rating is in order. The 133 lb load seems OK, but I may add some additional support for the hitch. The generator can be secured for travel to the tray using 2 or 4 of the cargo straps noted below. A cable lock adds some level of theft prevention. After installing the cargo tray and running the generator at near rated load while mounted on the tray, I was pleased that the level of vibration and noise coupled into the RV interior is reasonable.
Power Connection: The 50 amp power inlet port on my RV was mounted on the left side, mid-ship. In an effort to allow a simple generator connection to the RV, and more convenient connection to typical RV power pedestals, I relocated the power inlet port to the rear of the trailer as shown below. I then fabricated a 15' 30 amp 10 gauge generator power cord with an L5-30 twist-lock mating connector to the generator from the parts shown below. The cord is long enough to move the generator some distance from the RV if desired, but short enough to allow excess length to be coiled up on the cargo carrier tray when in use.
Hour meter installation: The video above provides good instructions on the installation of a reliable 120 VAC hour meter on a Honda EU2000i generator. I used the same concepts to install the hour meter on the EU3000i Handi as shown below. The control panel on the EU3000i Handi has a vrey convenient location for the hour meter, but be sure to measure carefully as the mechanical hour meter I used is quite long and can interfere with the generator's internal workings if not placed carefully. There are electronic hour meters available from the same manufacture that are much shorter that would not have this issue.
Noise Level: There seems to be considerable confusion (at least to me) regrading the published noise levels for the EU3000i Handi generator. Current published specifications (as duplicate above-right) claim noise range of 52 dB(A) to 58 dB(A) measured at 7 meters (23 feet). Earlier published noise levels (including the Camping World website and the box my generator was shipped in) indicate a range of 57 dB(a) to 65 dB(A) (up to 7 dB(A) higher). Following significant research on my part, I could not find any explanation for this discrepancy. I did some very unscientific noise testing with an old Radio Shack dB meter, and compared the results between the EU2000i and EU3000i Handi. My testing was in line with the higher noise levels of 57 dB(a) to 65 dB(A) notated above. My explanation for the change is that Honda simply revised the published noise levels to reflect the noise levels of other EU series generators for marketing purposes. I was assured by the generator vendor that the noise level specification change was NOT due to any design change. Given the higher power output of the EU3000i Handi compared to the EU2000i, and the considerably lower weight and bulk compared to the flagship EU3000iS, I expect that the higher noise level for this model is simply the result of design compromises necessary to meet the power, size, and weight objectives. In the end, the perceived noise levels in actual use are not objectionable and are within my expectations for a generator of this size, weight, and power.
Adding a 120 VAC Hour Meter
|AC Output||120VAC 3000W max (30 min)|
2600 W rated (21.7A)
|Receptacles||20A 125V Duplex|
30A 125V Locking Plug (L5-30)
|DC Output||12V 100W (8A)|
|Fuel Capacity||1.6 gal.|
|Run Time||3.5 hrs @ rated load, |
7.7 rhs @ 1/4 load
|Dimensions||24.5"L, 14.9"W, 19.3"H|
|Noise Level||58 dB(A) @ rated load|
52dB(A) @ 1/4 load (7 meters)
|Dry Weight||78 lbs|